As the average price of property in London has hit £580,330, more of us are thinking of relocating from the capital.
We've had a look at some of the top commuter spots around London that offer the best of both worlds, quiet havens with excellent schools that also provide easy access back into the city.
First up is Cheam. Located roughly twelve miles from the capital, Cheam station offers direct access into London Victoria and London Bridge stations with a journey time of around thirty-five minutes. Popular with families, local Outstanding rated schools include The Avenue Primary School and St Cecelia’s Catholic Primary School. Green spaces include the historic Nonsuch Park, which in Tudor times was used as a deer-hunting park by Henry VIII.
Gomshall Road, SM2 - £1,075,000 Freehold
Call Winkworth Cheam on 020 8770 7766 for more information.
If you’d prefer to be to west of London, Beaconsfield is only thirty minutes from Marylebone by train and is located a twenty-minute drive away from Heathrow. Local schools include Beaconsfield High School, which is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and the private Davenies Preparatory School for boys. The picturesque Chiltern Hills are less than half an hour’s drive away, with the history trail of Langley Park Country Park around twenty minutes by car.
Eaton Place, HP9 - £1,375,000
Call Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978 for more information.
Weybridge also offers direct access to London Waterloo, and fast trains provide access into the city in fifty minutes. Cleves School, St James Church of England Primary School and St Charles Borromeo Catholic Primary School all offer excellent education options. In terms of green space, Brooklands Community Park provides a picnic area, playground and BMX tracks for older children, while Churchfields Recreational Ground boasts a basketball field and wildflower meadows.
Hanger Hill, KT13 - £1,995,000 Freehold
Call Winkworth Weybridge on 01932 854400 for more information.
Further South you’ll find Basingstoke, which provides direct access into London Waterloo. Basingstoke also boasts a plethora of Outstanding schools, including Castle Hill Junior School, Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School and Dove House School. The Malls shopping centre offers shops, cafes and chain restaurants, while the Top of the Town hosts street entertainment, theatres and festivals. Those looking for open spaces can enjoy Easton Park, with its boating lakes, wildlife and children’s playground.
Winchester Street, RG25 - £374,950 Freehold
Call Winkworth Basingstoke on 01256 811730 for more information.