I am a strong supporter of commuter towns; they are great for those who want to be out of the city or who want better affordability.
What if, you can find a commuter town that is also a great location of its own? Wouldn't that be even more amazing?
These options are out there, towns that offer all the primary elements that make a place, a great place to live:
Transport as well as links to London.
We wrote about these elements in a recent post about London areas. The only real difference with a commuter town is the significance of the links to London.
When commuting, you have to decide how long you want to commute; this is very important, we wrote about it here.
Now let us look at some areas that offer all these elements.
A city with a fantastic history dating back over 1400 years. Beautiful village feel with a lot of charm. 56 minutes into London St Pancras International.
More than being a beautiful place to call home, Canterbury is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the location of one of my favourite hiking spots, Blean Woods National Reserve.
There is a wide range of properties on offer. Prices range from around £100k for the smallest apartments to over £3m for large country homes.
A quaint and historic market town with plenty of charm and small-town feel, just 50 mins away from London Waterloo.
The first town in the world to have electricity, Godalming still ranks amongst the top places to live in the UK.
Godalming is the most expensive town on our list with prices ranging from around £100k for the smallest apartments to well over £6m for larger country homes.
Meets all our main criteria and has an excellent transport link to London, taking just 43 minutes to London Bridge.
Royal Tunbridge Wells offers a beautiful mix of old English homes, a stunning market and gorgeous countryside.
Properties in the area are well sought after, and prices range from under £200k for the smallest resale apartments to well over £5m for large country homes.
Sevenoaks meets all our criteria for a great location, with a 28-minute train journey to London Bridge.
Sevenoaks is a traditional market town with delightful country charm and an excellent high street. It is also home to Knole House.
Properties in the area are very popular both for their great value and the access into London. Prices here range from under £200k for the smallest resale apartments to well over £5m for large country homes.
If you would like to know more about these or other great commuter towns, please do get in touch.
*Explanatory note: Average prices are for the price paid based on land registry figures. We used a 3-month rolling average.