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The 20 finest commuter cities in England: All inside an hour of London

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It is usually assumed that the commuter-belt inside an hour of London is featureless sprawl: boring suburbia, as portrayed in Seventies tv favourites The Good Life and Reggie Perrin. 

Yet that is fairly incorrect. Each of the next locations has its personal distinctive character, be it Leigh-on-Sea with its harbour views, Banbury with its quick access to the Cotswolds (at a fraction of the value) or Tunbridge Wells, which is to Kent what Bath is to Somerset. Be it Bray or Bedford, each considered one of them is totally different. 

Yet every is an effective place to stay…

You can use our interactive map to get a style of property costs in every space and the way lengthy it takes to get to London by prepare. 

Hungerford

The banks of the Kennet and Avon canal in Hungerford, Berkshire

The banks of the Kennet and Avon canal in Hungerford

Hungerford has all of the appeal of an Ealing comedy. The solely grocery store is tucked away down a facet avenue and the broad High Street is lined with independents – pubs, eating places, espresso outlets, vintage outlets and a very good books store. It brims with neighborhood spirit. 

Sports groups flourish and there’s an arts pageant which is a wonderfully newbie affair largely that includes native lovers. The Berkshire market city has its personal quirky traditions too, notably an all day knees-up referred to as Hocktide, involving oranges, kissing and far ingesting (don’t ask). 

The common worth of a home bought in Hungerford final yr was £383,000 – significantly inexpensive than close by Marlborough’s £465,000. South of the railway line or alongside the A4 can undergo site visitors noise.

On the market:

  • A 4-bed city home is with Knight Frank for £1,150,000.
  • A 2-bed terraces cottage within the Croft with Jones Robinson is for £365,000.
  • A contemporary 2-bed terraces in Orchard Park Close with Marc Allen is £230,000. 

What’s so particular?

A human scale city in commuter-land.

Supermarkets:

Tesco, Co-op.

Restaurants:

Mia Flore – Italian cafe type, Eliane – wholesome consuming restaurant, The funghi membership (bistro).

Green areas:

Good strolling on the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal. Hungerford Common is a favorite with canine walkers.

Commute:

56 minutes to Paddington. 28 trains a day.

Banbury

Banbury cross, which was erected in 1859 for the wedding of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter to Prince Frederick of Prussia

Banbury cross, which was erected in 1859 for the marriage of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter to Prince Frederick of Prussia

Fancy a transfer to the Cotswolds? Well, except you’re a Mayfair commuting fund supervisor you possibly can neglect it. But switch your aspirations a bit additional north to Banbury in Oxfordshire and also you’re in with an opportunity. 

While in Burford the typical home sells for £838,000, right here you’ll pay a extra manageable £291,000. Surrounded by gentle trade the centre of Banbury, with its slender alleys and pubs, continues to be recognisably a late Victorian market city. 

The wharf, with its vibrant canal boats is approached via Castle Quay Shopping Centre and there’s a superb arts centre. It would additionally pay to take a look at the close by Hornton stone villages of Deddington, Bloxham and Adderbury.

On the market:

  • A 4-bed home on the Oxford Road with Hamptons for £900,000.
  • A model new 4-bed indifferent on Bloxham Road £415,000 with Redrow.
  • A 3-bed trendy semi-detached with Connellsfor £325,000.

What’s so particular? 

Cotswolds-lite.

Supermarkets:

Morrisons, Tesco Extra, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Iceland and Co-op.

Restaurants:

The White Horse, The Dun Cow, Pizza Calzone.

Green areas:

Adderbury to Bloxham Grove. This 5km round stroll from Adderbury is mostly thought of reasonably difficult.

Commute:

56 minutes to Marylebone with a twice hourly service.

Bicester

Shoppers browse the windows at Bicester Village shopping outlet

Shoppers browse the home windows at Bicester Village procuring outlet

If it’s a cut price you need then you could possibly hardly do higher than Bicester in Oxfordshire. It has its well-known designer outlet village for starters: a rigorously manicured choice of shops promoting their style objects at costs that appeal to clients by the coach load. 

Then there’s the truth that it has the biggest custom-build housing improvement within the nation at Graven Hill. Up to 1,900 houses have been constructed and patrons might both match out a ready-made shell or construct creatively inside the broad planning guidelines of a plot with utilities. 

Savings might be appreciable. More lately Bicester acquired a £70million enhance from the Pioneer Square retail improvement which incorporates a big Sainsbury’s and a cinema. In the previous market sq. some Sixteenth century gabled homes are a nod to the city’s previous.

On the market:

  • Church Street, Bodicote. Grade II-isted Hornton stone cottage with Savills £995,000. 
  • New 4-bed dwelling Romford Close with Allen & Harris £615,000. 
  • 4 mattress townhouse Victoria Court with Taylors £350,000.

What’s so particular? 

Everybody loves a cut price.

Supermarkets:

Tesco Superstore, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland and Co-op

Restaurants:

Many however Denis (Turkish) has finest critiques.

Green areas:

Stoke Wood Circular, a 2.4km quick path via Stoke Wood following clear paths.

Commute:

Trains between Bicester North and Marylebone run twice hourly. The quick trains take solely 43 minutes.

Bedford

The Church of St Paul overlooks the Great Ouse in Bedford

The Church of St Paul overlooks the Great Ouse in Bedford

Bedford was once a type of locations that individuals drove via with out giving it a second thought. Not now. In the final twenty years it has grow to be progressively extra wanted and the reason for its recognition is the faculties. 

The 5 primaries and two secondaries, St John’s and St Thomas More RC are deemed ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Most of the costlier houses are within the Castle Quarter whereas the Victorian is discovered round Bedford Park, a 60 acre inexperienced house a couple of mile from the station. 

The common home worth is round £310,000. The locals are a beneficiant lot – in accordance with JustGiving, a charity donation web site, Bedford is probably the most beneficiant city per capita in Britain.

On the market:

  • Clapham Park. A ten-bed nation home with Goodacres £3,500,000.
  • Putnoe Lane. A 6-bed indifferent with Taylors £730,000.
  • Lady Mayor Drive. 3-bed semi with Cooper Wallace £350,000.

Supermarkets:

Tesco Superstore, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland and Waitrose.

Restaurants:

The Embankment pub, Mama Concetta, Santaniello.

Green areas:

Russell Park the place there’s an annual kite pageant and Harold-Odell Country Park.

Commute:

The quickest trains take 40 minutes into St Pancras.

Great Missenden

Great Missenden, where Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of author Roald, and her husband Jamie Cullum live

Great Missenden, the place Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of writer Roald, and her husband Jamie Cullum stay

Great Missenden is the village that fuelled the creativeness of considered one of our biggest youngsters’s writers – Roald Dahl. 

The writer moved right here in 1954, with out even seeing it first, and went on to fall in love with the quintessential English village environment which crop up in so lots of his books. 

Today his granddaughter, the mannequin Sophie Dahl lives within the Buckinghamshire village along with her husband, the jazz star Jamie Cullum. It is a sleepy place, which is its attraction. 

Apart from the personal tennis membership there’s little in the way in which of leisure nevertheless it attracts patrons from Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross who really feel displaced by the migration of incomers to their very own neighbourhoods.

The slender important avenue is lined with homes and outlets that date from the Fifteenth-Nineteenth centuries. Prices vary from £910,000 for a indifferent home to £450,000 for a terraced.

On the market:

  • Ballinger Road. 4-bed new dwelling (inbuilt 2022) with Savills £1,250,000. 
  • Sixty Acres Road. 4-bed indifferent dwelling with Tim Russ £750,000. 
  • Carrington Way. 4 mattress semi with Jeremy Swan £475,000.

What’s so particular? 

Share the olde worlde village dream with a genius.

Supermarkets:

Sainsbury’s and Co-op.

Restaurants:

The Cross Keys (gastro pub).

Green areas:

Plentiful within the surrounding woods.

Commute:

It is 46 minutes to Marylebone and there are 46 trains a day.

Ingatestone

A timber framed house on Ingatestone high street

A timber framed home on Ingatestone excessive avenue

Ingatestone presents that tantalising mixture of city meets nation. In phrases of townie pleasures it presents neighborhood teams such because the tennis, cricket and music and opera teams, whereas The Summer Show is a stage for all of the extra rural pursuits. 

The village itself is image postcard fairly, with its timber-framed houses and good-looking red-brick parish church. The High Street is an attention-grabbing assortment of independents – butchers, bakers and homeware shops – combating their nook with the supermarkets. 

The faculties are an attraction: the junior and infants are judged ‘good’ by Ofsted and the Anglo European School, which teaches the International Baccalaureate, has a superb popularity. 

A indifferent home on this sought-after Essex village will value round £1.2million whereas a flat will set you again £319,000.

On the market:

  • Ingatestone Village. 6-bed trendy home with Walkers £1,590,000. 
  • Chapel Cross. 3-bed semi-detached mews with Walkers £585,000. 
  • Roman Road. New 1-bed condominium with Redrow £290,000.

What’s so particular? 

City comforts in a rustic setting.

Supermarkets:

Co-op and Budgens.

Restaurants:

Vita Bella (Italian), The Archers (gastro pub), Taz (Turkish).

Green areas:

A brief stroll to historic woodland. It’s a couple of mile stroll to the Tudor Ingatestone Hall.

Commute:

34 minutes to Liverpool Street. 47 trains a day.

Letchworth

Letchworth, the first garden city, which was originally developed by Quakers

Letchworth, the primary backyard metropolis, which was initially developed by Quakers

Not so very way back in case you instructed a stranger you got here from Letchworth Garden City you’d be suspected of being an Esperanto-speaking, open-toed-sandal-wearing Morris dancer. 

For the Hertfordshire city was on the centre of the Arts and Crafts motion and traces of it stay, notably the cottages in Nevells Road, Icknield Way and Wilbury Road. It has retained its Thirties out of doors swimming pool however the 1936 Art Deco cinema is now a 4-screen complicated and there’s a trendy grocery store, sports activities and leisure centre. 

Being initially developed by Quakers, this isn’t the place for you in case you take pleasure in pubs. The eating places, nonetheless, do brisk commerce. The city is rising and homes within the newish estates are usually inexpensive than these within the backyard metropolis correct. The common value of a home in Letchworth final yr was £436,000.

On the market:

  • Broadway. An unique 5-bed Garden City-style home with Michael Graham £2million.
  • Eastholme Green. 4-bed home inbuilt 1905 with Charter Whyman £875,000.
  • Bayworth. 2-bed semi-detached bungalow with Purplebricks £215,000.

What’s so particular? 

Quaker-like calm within the commuter belt.

Supermarkets:

Sainsbury’s, Morrsions, Iceland and Aldi.

Restaurants:

Allora is an Italian, The Turquoise Kitchen (Turkish), L’artista (pizzeria).

Green areas:

Letchworth Green manner path at 20km is a favorite, notably with canine walkers.

Commute:

It is 45 minutes into King’s Cross with 81 trains a day.

Princes Risborough

Princes Risborough holds a market every Thursday and a farmer's market once a month

Princes Risborough holds a market each Thursday and a farmer’s market as soon as a month 

While different Chilterns cities are stunningly fairly, Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire is solely enticing. But typically understatement trumps twee and this market city is a pleasant place to stay. 

It has an excellent excessive avenue; a market is held each Thursday and a farmer’s market comes as soon as a month. The annual city pageant – the spotlight of the summer season calendar – is held in July. There is loads of human scale structure, with trendy estates and some Sixteenth and seventeenth Century houses set alongside little roads and cul-de-sacs. Local faculties take youngsters via from toddlers to late teenagers, which will be useful for commuting {couples}. 

The common worth of a semi-detached home final yr was £562,000. There is little in the way in which of fantastic eating – for that it’s essential to drive to Thame or Marlowe. But the locals say which means they will chat in one of many half-dozen pubs with out being nudged apart by guests.

On the market:

  • Beech Cottage, Askett Lane is a Grade II-listed 3-bedroom cottage with Tim Russ £935,000. 
  • Stratton Road. A 4-bed semi-detached with Michael Graham £525,000. 
  • 35 Station Road. A 2-bed terraced with a house workplace within the backyard with Tim Russ £400,000.

What’s so particular? 

Cosy market city.

Supermarkets:

Tesco Superstore, Morrisons and M&S.

Restaurants: 

The Bird in Hand commonly holds avenue meals occasions.

Green areas:

Sections of the Ridgeway National Trail and the Chiltern Way are common.

Commute: 

It is 52 minutes to Marylebone and there are 77 trains a day.

Bray

The Thames at Bray, which is a short walk away from Maidenhead – which offers fast connections into London

The Thames at Bray, which is a brief stroll away from Maidenhead – which presents quick connections into London 

Why did individuals pay, on common £909,000 for a home in Bray final yr? ‘It’s the selection of Michelin-starred eating places in your doorstep,’ says John Henson of Savills in Windsor. 

‘It’s the river, the proximity of so many high unbiased faculties and the truth that Bray actually has a village vibe.’ In some ways, Bray in Berkshire has every little thing you’d discover in a traditional village; simply higher. 

The cricket floor, for instance, is fantastically manicured and as a substitute of the native blacksmith puffing in to bowl, you usually tend to discover a check match star – the affect of the late Sir Michael Parkinson who knew how one can pull strings. 

It is near Heathrow and Maidenhead’s massive shops and glorious state faculties. Several of Maidenhead’s major faculties are excellent, as are Newlands Girls’ and Holyport College. 

There are even estates, although not as we all know them. One home on the Fisheries final yr bought for £7.5million. Bray is a part of a conservation space so finishing up constructing work is more likely to immediate objections. 

Commuting is painless. ‘It’s great after a day in London to reach at Maidenhead station and after a brisk stroll discover you might be on this fabulous village,’ says Henson.

On the market:

  • Vicarage Walk. Newly constructed 5-bed indifferent on the river with John D Wood £4million.
  • Beltoney Vere. 3-bed cottage within the High Street with Savills £865,000.
  • High Street. 1-bed floor ground flat with Oakwood Estates £350,000.

What’s so particular? 

Perfection at a worth.

Supermarkets:

None in Bray however all the standard suspects in Maidenhead two miles away.

Restaurants:

The Waterside Inn, The Fat Duck, The Hind’s Head.

Green Space:

Try the ten.7km Thames Path between Bray and Maidenhead beginning at Riverside Gardens, Maidenhead.

Commute:

It is a brief stroll to Maidenhead station from the place some trains take as little as 26 minutes to get to Paddington. The common is 44 minutes and there are about 301 trains a day.

Frant

The village green in Frant, where house prices are up 73 per cent on last year

The village inexperienced in Frant, the place home costs are up 73 per cent on final yr

If not for the truth that Frant actually exists we might assume it’s a spot in a PG Wodehouse novel. Why else would the station grasp – admittedly a while in the past – run a wellie-warming service for homebound commuters. 

And why ought to the Sloe Gin World Championships happen within the George Inn each December? The setting is ideal too, with the beautiful cricket floor on the inexperienced on the high of the hill, surrounded by excellent timber-framed and Georgian homes. 

The Kent village has its personal store and bowling inexperienced and to high it off there’s the Marquess of Abergavenny’s giant property, simply ready for Bertie Wooster to wreak havoc. The Church of England major faculty is graded ‘good’ by Ofsted.

House costs are up 73 per cent on final yr. A semi-detached now sells for over 1,000,000 kilos and the typical value of a terraced home is £526,000. Spiffing: in case you can afford it.

On the market:

  • Sussex View. A 3-bed semi-detached with Hamptons £645,000.

What’s so particular? 

The world of Wooster in your doorstep.

Supermarkets: 

In Frant? None. All the standard suspects are present in Tunbridge Wells.

Restaurants:

The Lazy Fox, The Abergavenny Arms, The Junction.

Green Space: 

Lots of walks in Eridge Old Park, one of many oldest deer parks within the nation.

Commute:

It takes on common an hour to get to London and there are 69 trains a day.

Horley

Ye Olde Six Bells pub in Horley, which is reportedly the cheapest place to buy a property in Surrey

Ye Olde Six Bells pub in Horley, which is reportedly the most affordable place to purchase a property in Surrey

If you wish to know why Horley is called ‘nappy valley’ you solely have to go to the native park. There you’ll meet millennials by the dozen pushing buggies or chasing after their scampering toddlers. 

The city has a lot to draw them, being the most affordable place to purchase a flat or home in Surrey (in accordance with Surrey Life). As for socialising, there are quite a few unbiased eating places and good pubs corresponding to Ye Olde Six Bells. 

The Basement presents all types of digital video games in addition to a bottomless brunch. A morning spent right here or at Emba, a brand new pilates/yoga studio, is a well-liked stress-buster earlier than its dwelling for extra baby-sitting duties. There are numerous nurseries and no major or toddler faculty is graded decrease than ‘good’ by Ofsted. 

The coast at Brighton is simply a 40 minute drive and one younger mom summed up Horley as, ‘Better connected to London than Reigate and cheaper than Redhill.’ The common worth of a flat final yr was £236,000, which is affordable for Surrey. Semi-detached homes went for £449,000. 

As for the standard of life, the younger Mum added. ‘It may not be the most exciting place in the world, but it’s inexpensive, persons are pleasant and there are many facilities.’

On the market:

  • Meath Green Lane. 5-bedroom home with annexe, pool and tennis court docket with Jackson-Stops £2,250,000.
  • Castle Drive Horley. 3-bed bungalow with White and Sons £499,500.
  • Victoria Road, Horley. 1-bed newbuild condominium with Andrews £190,000.

What’s so particular? 

Happy days in nappy valley.

Supermarkets: 

Waitrose, Tesco Extra, Lidl and Iceland.

Restaurants: 

Shiraz (Turkish), Costa del Sol (Tapas), Jai Ho (Indian).

Green areas: 

The recreation floor has tennis courts, slides and swings. For a extra strenuous stroll strive the three.7km path via Glovers Wood.

Commute: 

43 minutes from Horley to Victoria, with 16 trains a day. 38 minutes to London Bridge with 437 trains weekly.

Leigh-on-Sea

Boats at Leigh-on-Sea, which sees 215 train services a day to London

Boats at Leigh-on-Sea, which sees 215 prepare providers a day to London

There are treasured few locations the place the commuter can return dwelling to the salty tang of ozone within the air however Leigh in Essex is considered one of them. 

A fishing village with cobbled streets of clapboard homes and cockle sheds, it has for lengthy been a favorite with retirees. Now, nonetheless, it attracts City employees, creatives and arty varieties – therefore the fashionable espresso outlets and hipster bars. If you tire of watching the boats touchdown their catch you possibly can view migratory birds on the stretch of salt mash that’s Two Tree Island.

Hadleigh Country Park is 387 acres of marsh, sea wall and grassland. There is an energetic crusing membership or it’s possible you’ll choose to flee the crowds on the award successful Bell Wharf seashore. Two and three bed room terraced cottages hardly ever come available on the market. Many of the bigger homes have been changed into flats, promoting for £261,000 on common.

On the market:

Why so particular:

Sea life after town.

Supermarkets:

Co-op, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Iceland.

Restaurants:

Mariners Court (pub restaurant), Cacina (Italian), The Oakleigh Bar (English bar/restaurant)

Green Spaces: 

Try the four-mile stroll on the Thames Estuary Path from Leigh station previous the ruins of Hadleigh Castle.

Commute: 

It takes an hour on common to journey between Leigh-on-Sea and Fenchurch Street however the quickest trains do it in 42 minutes. There are 215 trains a day.

Egham

Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham

Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham

If you might be contemplating going into the buy-to-let enterprise then Egham in Surrey might be an excellent place to start out. The presence of Royal Holloway (the University of London’s out-of-city campus school) means a gentle provide of scholars searching for lodging. 

Their affect is seen all through the city within the bars, bistros and pubs. Airbnb is one other risk. Heathrow is on the doorstep and vacationers are determined to see Thorpe Park, Windsor Great Park (lower than a 15 minute drive away) and Runnymede. 

As properly as innumerable resorts the city has an excellent mixture of native procuring, together with a butcher and a baker whose households have been serving the neighborhood for greater than 100 years. 

The majority of gross sales in Egham final yr have been semi-detached properties going for on common £488,000. Terraced properties bought for £446,000. Flats value £240,000.

On the market:

Why so particular:

Buy-to-let enterprise starter for ten.

Supermarkets: 

Tesco Superstore, Budgens and Waitrose.

Restaurants: 

Acquolina in Bocca (Italian), Bar 163 (bar and impressive meals), Palow (Persian).

Commute: 

50 minutes to Waterloo. 83 trains a day.

Wraysbury

The Thames at Wraysbury, which offers commutes of less than an hour to Waterloo by train

The Thames at Wraysbury, which presents commutes of lower than an hour to Waterloo by prepare

It was as soon as a weekend retreat for Londoners, who constructed riverside shanties alongside the banks. The Berkshire village, which has two miles of water frontage, is surrounded by gravel pits which were landscaped into 60 acres of lakes, offering sanctuaries for fowl watchers and crusing golf equipment. 

Opposite there’s the island the place Magna Carta is believed to have been signed. There is a handful of native outlets, a publish workplace, two pubs and a village inexperienced. 

About 80 per cent of houses are indifferent, promoting for on common £950,000, a sprinkling of pre-Georgian cottages and some Edwardian and Victorian terraces promote for about £512,000. 

Don’t write the structure off as being predictable although, for Wraysbury has on the market probably the most bewilderingly unique home in suburban Britain. 

The life-long venture of its aged proprietor, it’s a lavatory commonplace bungalow on a good sized plot that has been remodeled right into a cross between a Roman villa and Tintern Abbey. (See ‘on the market’).

On the market:

  • Park Avenue, Wraysbury. A 7-bed mansion with Fine & Country £2,750,000.
  • Waylands, Wraysbury. A 4-bed indifferent with BS Bennett £650,000.
  • Coppermill Road, Wraysbury. A 2-bedroom flat with Chancellors £325,000.

What’s so particular? 

Surprises in suburbia.

Supermarkets: 

Co-op.

Restaurants: 

The George Steakhouse, The Perseverance (Vegetarian pleasant), Spice Village (Indian).

Green areas: 

The park at Ankerwycke has an excellent, flat terrain and is an effective start line for longer walks.

Commute: 

The common prepare time into Waterloo is 56 minutes however the quick trains arrive in 47 minutes. There are 38 trains a day.

Balcombe

The Ouse Valley viaduct in Balcombe, which was completed in 1842 and has 37 arches

The Ouse Valley viaduct in Balcombe, which was accomplished in 1842 and has 37 arches

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an excellent viaduct close by, it is a favorite spot with commuters of a sure unbiased nature. 

Some of them have organised themselves into an motion group against fracking, others help such worthy causes because the Christmas Tree Society to assist the needy. A care group arranges to take individuals to hospital and accumulate their prescriptions. 

There are myriad golf equipment from blended Cubs to tennis, cricket, soccer and badminton. People sail, windsurf and fish in Ardingly Reservoir at weekends. There is a nursery and first faculty and the village has a broad mixture of properties, with new estates deliberate properly sufficient to keep away from any feeling of claustrophobia.

Balcombe in West Sussex is described in parish literature as a ‘happy’ place. Little marvel when the residents can afford to pay on common £1million for a home there.

On the market:

  • Mill Lane. A 5-bed indifferent with Jackson-Stops £2,450,000.
  • Haywards Heath Road. A 3-bed seventeenth Century indifferent cottage with Mark Revill £615,000.
  • Character cottage. A 3-bed semi-detached with PS&B Price £600,000.

What’s so particular? 

A bit of village with a giant social conscience.

Supermarkets: 

Balcombe Stores.

Restaurants: 

The Half Moon (Pub delicacies).

Green Space: 

Try the 14km round stroll from Balcombe railway station automobile park to Balcombe Viaduct and Ardingly Reservoir.

Commute: 

Trains tackle common 55 minutes to get from Balcombe to Victoria however a number of providers arrive in 42 minutes. There are 170 trains a day.

Tunbridge Wells

The Pantiles shopping parade in Tunbridge Wells, which offers a number of independent outlets

The Pantiles procuring parade in Tunbridge Wells, which presents quite a lot of unbiased shops

Tunbridge Wells’s gracious crescents and chic terraces designed by Decimus Burton positively ooze prosperity. It caters for leisure tastes of every kind. 

There are a few artwork galleries, a theatre and a cinema, a full of life arts centre and two golf programs, in addition to a rugby floor and Kent County Cricket Ground. 

The city is a client’s paradise with an enormous vary of specialist outlets and within the Royal Victoria Shopping Mall, all of the chain shops. There is a farmer’s market each Saturday. The finest tackle is Nevill Park, a personal highway with lodge gates. You can even want deep pockets to purchase in Calverley Park. 

Some 70 per cent of the homes alongside Mount Ephraim have been changed into flats. The common worth of a indifferent home was over 1,000,000 kilos final yr. Flats fetched £311,000.

On the market:

  • Calverley Park. Grade II Regency villa by Decimus Burton with Savills £4million.
  • South View Road. 2-bed semi-detached with Freeman Forman £425,000.
  • Wood Street. 2-bed finish terrace with Kings Estates £375,000.

What’s so particular? 

High costs don’t disgust individuals in Tunbridge Wells.

Supermarkets: 

Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Co-op, Budgens, Asda Superstore, Little Waitrose at Shell storage and M&S at BP.

Restaurants: 

Sankey’s Old Fishmarket, Kiko Sushi and Yakitori, The Warren and Tallow (Michelin Guide).

Green areas: 

There are 27 miles of paths surrounding the city, with hyperlink paths to the Royal city centre.

Commute: 

It is 57 minutes to Charing Cross with 377 trains a day.

Oxted

The Old Bell pub on the high street in Oxted, which has a population of 14,000

The Old Bell pub on the excessive avenue in Oxted, which has a inhabitants of 14,000

If you might be searching for a protected place to stay – distant from avenue crime and violence – then Oxted might be for you. It has a inhabitants of 14,000 and all its main facilities are inside strolling distance of each other, together with the station, cinema, Barn Theatre, outlets and leisure centre, creating a comfy ambiance and making it protected to stroll about after darkish.

Station Road West is lined with mock-Tudor outlets whereas Old Oxted is the prettiest a part of city with its 14th-Sixteenth Century cottages underneath their weathered pantiled roofs. 

Oxted, Surrey, has a close-knit neighborhood, with its personal brass band in addition to myriad sports activities groups. The drink and music pageant raises cash for charity. Much of the housing inventory dates from the Twenties, with some Victorian and Edwardian properties. Limpsfield is a fascinating space, lots of the houses having giant gardens – an acre of land just isn’t uncommon. 

The common worth of a home bought in Oxted final yr was £781,000. A terraced property value £440,000.

On the market:

What’s so particular? 

Safe and sound in Surrey.

Supermarkets: 

Morrisons and Little Waitrose.

Restaurants: 

Pan and Vino, Cucina (Italian), Hammonds Wine Bar and Restaurant.

Green areas: 

The Haycutter-Oxted path is a 3 mile stroll from the Haycutter pub via meadows and woodland through an previous mill, church and golf course.

Commute: 

33 minutes to Victoria.

Pangbourne

The Thames bisects fields in Pangbourne, which is just a mile outside Reading

The Thames bisects fields in Pangbourne, which is only a mile exterior Reading

Although it’s only a mile exterior Reading, Pangbourne might as properly be on one other planet. This is the place the buffoons in Jerome Ok Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat stopped off and you continue to discover boating vacationers hoping to recapture lengthy misplaced summer season days. 

Pangbourne right now retains a sure Georgian appeal, solely spoiled within the rush hour when the slender roads are jammed with site visitors heading into Reading or in the direction of the M4 to London. There are quaint outlets, together with a butcher, baker and an natural grocery store. 

The Elephant is a pub that creaks with historical past and light grandeur. The nook storage is a Bentley showroom, which tells you a bit in regards to the demographic. Catherine, Princess of Wales went to the native St Andrews prep faculty whereas Jeffrey Bernard first made himself unwell at Pangbourne College. Detached homes bought for on common £1.1million final yr.

On the market:

  • Riverview Road. One of the unique grand homes. With six bed room it’s with Strutt & Parker £3million.
  • Horseshoe Road. 2-bed terraced with Davis Tate £500,000.
  • Willows Court, Station Road. 2-bed mid-terrace with Parkers £260,000.

What’s so particular? 

Messing about on a ship a brief hop from town.

Supermarkets: 

Co-op. Several extra in close by Reading.

Restaurants: 

The Swan Pub and Restaurant (river views), La De Kitchen (Mediterranean), Lina Tandoori (Indian).

Commute: 

Ten minutes to Reading and an extra 40 to London. You have the choice of the Elizabeth line which takes you from Reading in higher consolation into central London.

Chelmsford

Restaurants on the banks of the River Chelmer in Chelmsford

Restaurants on the banks of the River Chelmer in Chelmsford 

Forget the corny Essex jokes, Chelmsford is a metropolis on the up. The arrival of John Lewis in 2016 has marked its arrival as a serious procuring centre. 

The out of city superstores are buyer pleasant whereas the Thursday antiques and second-hand market makes for extra leisurely, human interplay. But it’s the education that’s the important attraction right here. 

Chelmsford has two selective grammars – King Edward VI for boys and Chelmsford County High, for women. The comprehensives corresponding to Moulsham High, The Boswells and Sir John Payne are all rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and primaries corresponding to Beehive Lane are rated ‘outstanding’. There are a number of massive new developments. 

Broomfield and Links Drive are a number of the extra nice areas however the surrounding countryside, regardless of being savaged by builders, incorporates a number of surprises. The common worth of a home bought in Chelmsford final yr was £398,000.

On the market:

What’s so particular? 

Essex boomtown.

Supermarkets: 

Out of city superstores embody Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and two malls – High Chelmer and The Meadows.

Restaurants: 

Fete Grays Yard, Turtle Bay (Caribbean), Moto Pizza.

Green Spaces: 

‘Heart and Sole’ is a well being stroll scheme, run by volunteers, who organise led walks throughout Chelmsford linked to The Ramblers well-being walks programme.

Commute: 

It takes on common 39 minutes to journey from Chelmsford to Liverpool Street and there are 226 trains a day.

Sevenoaks

Deer graze at the 1,000-acre Knole estate in Sevenoaks

Deer graze on the 1,000-acre Knole property in Sevenoaks 

A commuter city since 1862, Sevenoaks right now is the right place to hold your hat after a tough day spent working within the metropolis. 

The prepare service is sweet, the faculties glorious and the neighborhood is nothing if not attention-grabbing. Sport, for instance, is common however far past the standard group video games, one can find yoga and Pilates courses and all types of hippy-dippy goings on corresponding to ‘forest bathing’ and mindfulness strolling. 

There is a flourishing arts scene, with each a literary and a neighborhood arts pageant. Children are tutored mercilessly regardless of a lot of the state primaries being judged ‘good’ by Ofsted whereas Lady Boswell CofE is ‘outstanding’. 

Youngsters transfer on to the state secondary Knole Academy (judged ‘good’); the Tunbridge Wells grammars or the unbiased Sevenoaks School which is without doubt one of the high personal faculties within the nation. Some of the most costly addresses are on the Wildernesse Estate. 

The Kippington space, with its mixture of Victorian, Thirties and post-war housing, can be common. The common worth of a indifferent home final yr was £1.3million.

On the market:

  • Woodland Rise. 5-bed indifferent on the Wildernesse Estate with Savills £3,150,000.
  • Aisher Way. 3-bed indifferent with Purplebricks £625,000.
  • Crampton Road. 2-bed finish terraced with John Kingston £395,000.

What’s so particular? 

Sport and artsy well-being so near city.

Supermarkets: 

Tesco superstore. Waitrose. M&S. Lidl. Sainsbury’s, Budgens and Co-op.

Restaurants: 

Number Eight, The Vine Restaurant, Cote Brasserie.

Green areas: 

It must be Knole Park, a 1,000 acre medieval deer park with woodland and valleys.

Commute: 

The common journey time to London is 54 minutes however the quickest providers can take as little as 22 minutes. There are 718 trains a day.