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Has Bath usurped Brighton as the Londoner's favourite second city?

Somerset estate agents are dealing with an influx of home movers from London, either looking to move to the Georgian city on a permanent basis or trying to find the perfect second home. Two Somerset estate agents have gone as far as saying that 40 per cent of potential buyers on their books are from the capital. So why is there such a shift away from the country's capital' It is well documented that house prices in London have soared over the last few years, leading to many owners cashing in on the value of their property. Being mortgage free is a big enough lure for some, who can buy a property of a similar size in Bath with just their equity. For others, moving out of the capital allows them to trade up to a much bigger property without increasing their mortgage. Many Londoners also choose Bath as a place to retire, and the influx of older buyers is set to increase when changes to pension pots come into force in April 2015 and cash become more freely available. Traditionally, home movers from London looking for that elusive lifestyle switch without a compromise on cosmopolitan culture would head for Brighton - where the commute to the capital is less than 50 minutes and enables travel times on par with some zone 6 areas in London. However, Bath - which lies where Somerset, Wiltshire and south Gloucestershire converge - is a city that offers a burgeoning arts scene, World Heritage Site status, a rural backdrop and stunning Georgian architecture reminiscent of London's grandest estates, drawing natural parallels with the capital. What's more, the commute to London, which is around 85 minutes, is less of a bar than it was a decade ago. Wifi, smartphones and laptops have turned longer journeys into beneficial transit periods - whether commuters use the time to catch up on missed TV episodes, work or simply read. Here's Winkworth's choice of the most coveted residential roads in Bath, where some of the best properties for sale in Somerset can be found: Royal Crescent - probably the most photographed row of houses in Bath. Property lining architect John Wood the Younger's Royal Crescent provides living on the grandest of scales. The Circus - some of the original townhouses on this Georgian crescent designed by John Wood the Elder survive complete, while others have been converted into apartments. Lansdown Crescent - this collection of 20 townhouses designed by John Palmer is located higher than Royal Crescent and therefore affords spectacular views across Bath. Great Pulteney Street - this is the widest and grandest of roads in Bath and boasts Jane Austen and William Wilberforce as past residents. The glorious Bath stone buildings, many of which are listed, mark the point where Bathwick and the city meet. Bath neighbourhoods and suburbs - some of the very best houses for sale in Somerset can be found on Bath's fringes, and those relocating from London and the south east are often drawn to Widcombe, Bathwick, Claverton and Camden. If you have a property to sell in Bath or are looking to move to the city, contact Winkworth Bath today.

Somerset estate agents are dealing with an influx of home movers from London, either looking to move to the Georgian city on a permanent basis or trying to find the perfect second home. Two Somerset estate agents have gone as far as saying that 40 per cent of potential buyers on their books are from the capital.

So why is there such a shift away from the country's capital' It is well documented that house prices in London have soared over the last few years, leading to many owners cashing in on the value of their property. Being mortgage free is a big enough lure for some, who can buy a property of a similar size in Bath with just their equity. For others, moving out of the capital allows them to trade up to a much bigger property without increasing their mortgage. Many Londoners also choose Bath as a place to retire, and the influx of older buyers is set to increase when changes to pension pots come into force in April 2015 and cash become more freely available.

Traditionally, home movers from London looking for that elusive lifestyle switch without a compromise on cosmopolitan culture would head for Brighton - where the commute to the capital is less than 50 minutes and enables travel times on par with some zone 6 areas in London. However, Bath - which lies where Somerset, Wiltshire and south Gloucestershire converge - is a city that offers a burgeoning arts scene, World Heritage Site status, a rural backdrop and stunning Georgian architecture reminiscent of London's grandest estates, drawing natural parallels with the capital.

What's more, the commute to London, which is around 85 minutes, is less of a bar than it was a decade ago. Wifi, smartphones and laptops have turned longer journeys into beneficial transit periods - whether commuters use the time to catch up on missed TV episodes, work or simply read.

Here's Winkworth's choice of the most coveted residential roads in Bath, where some of the best properties for sale in Somerset can be found:

Royal Crescent - probably the most photographed row of houses in Bath. Property lining architect John Wood the Younger's Royal Crescent provides living on the grandest of scales.

The Circus - some of the original townhouses on this Georgian crescent designed by John Wood the Elder survive complete, while others have been converted into apartments.

Lansdown Crescent - this collection of 20 townhouses designed by John Palmer is located higher than Royal Crescent and therefore affords spectacular views across Bath.

Great Pulteney Street - this is the widest and grandest of roads in Bath and boasts Jane Austen and William Wilberforce as past residents. The glorious Bath stone buildings, many of which are listed, mark the point where Bathwick and the city meet.

Bath neighbourhoods and suburbs - some of the very best houses for sale in Somerset can be found on Bath's fringes, and those relocating from London and the south east are often drawn to Widcombe, Bathwick, Claverton and Camden.

If you have a property to sell in Bath or are looking to move to the city, contact Winkworth Bath today.

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