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Hertfordshire finds favour with London commuters

A new piece of research has revealed the top 20 destinations for Londoners who leave the capital. The Home Counties, as you would expect, figured strongly - taking 18 of the 20 places - with Hertfordshire claiming 25% of the slots (more than any other county). Up until recently, moving out of London was mainly the preserve of families looking to escape the rat race but with sustained house price rises in the capital, the report was quick to suggest that many of the home movers are actually first-time buyers who have found themselves priced out of the London residential market, as well as private tenants who are finding it cheaper to own a property in the Home Counties rather than pay rent in the city. In fact, four out of the five Hertfordshire areas to make the top 20 offer more affordable living than London, according to the latest house price data from Rightmove. The capital's overall average house price now stands at £638,309, with the average cost of a flat now peaking at £527,235. Even some of the most coveted properties for sale in Hertfordshire present good value for money when compared with London. Hertsmere in the county took 8th place - an area home to grand detached residences, open countryside and friendly villages. With an overall average house price of £517,596, however, it is over £100,000 more affordable than the capital. Rightmove figures also suggest that the average detached property for sale in Hertsmere is cheaper than the average semi detached property in London. For those looking to leave London and capitalise on price rises and equity, Three Rivers - appearing at 19th on the list - is a beautiful location that attracts families. The large detached residences, local facilities, and the choice of mainline and underground stations at nearby Rickmansworth, provide an alluring alternative to London. Although more expensive than the capital city on paper, the size and scale of property for sale in Three Rivers dwarfs that of London. It's fair to say that you can purchase a 6,000 square foot five-bedroom house in Three Rivers for the same price as a two-bedroom flat in somewhere like Islington or Notting Hill. Properties for sale in Hertfordshire are not always at the top end of the budget either. Broxbourne, Welwyn Hatfield and Watford (5, 12 and 17 on the list, respectively) all have overall average house prices under £350,000, comment our Hertfordshire estate agents. All three areas also offer fast connections to London mainline stations, with direct rail journeys taking no more than 35 minutes. If you are thinking of moving out of London and would like a selection of the latest properties for sale in Hertfordshire, contact Winkworth today. We'd also be delighted to value any property in the county for sale or rental purposes.

A new piece of research has revealed the top 20 destinations for Londoners who leave the capital. The Home Counties, as you would expect, figured strongly - taking 18 of the 20 places - with Hertfordshire claiming 25% of the slots (more than any other county).

Up until recently, moving out of London was mainly the preserve of families looking to escape the rat race but with sustained house price rises in the capital, the report was quick to suggest that many of the home movers are actually first-time buyers who have found themselves priced out of the London residential market, as well as private tenants who are finding it cheaper to own a property in the Home Counties rather than pay rent in the city.

In fact, four out of the five Hertfordshire areas to make the top 20 offer more affordable living than London, according to the latest house price data from Rightmove. The capital's overall average house price now stands at £638,309, with the average cost of a flat now peaking at £527,235.

Even some of the most coveted properties for sale in Hertfordshire present good value for money when compared with London. Hertsmere in the county took 8th place - an area home to grand detached residences, open countryside and friendly villages. With an overall average house price of £517,596, however, it is over £100,000 more affordable than the capital. Rightmove figures also suggest that the average detached property for sale in Hertsmere is cheaper than the average semi detached property in London.

For those looking to leave London and capitalise on price rises and equity, Three Rivers - appearing at 19th on the list - is a beautiful location that attracts families. The large detached residences, local facilities, and the choice of mainline and underground stations at nearby Rickmansworth, provide an alluring alternative to London. Although more expensive than the capital city on paper, the size and scale of property for sale in Three Rivers dwarfs that of London. It's fair to say that you can purchase a 6,000 square foot five-bedroom house in Three Rivers for the same price as a two-bedroom flat in somewhere like Islington or Notting Hill.

Properties for sale in Hertfordshire are not always at the top end of the budget either. Broxbourne, Welwyn Hatfield and Watford (5, 12 and 17 on the list, respectively) all have overall average house prices under £350,000, comment our Hertfordshire estate agents. All three areas also offer fast connections to London mainline stations, with direct rail journeys taking no more than 35 minutes.

If you are thinking of moving out of London and would like a selection of the latest properties for sale in Hertfordshire, contact Winkworth today. We'd also be delighted to value any property in the county for sale or rental purposes.

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