With train fares going up each year, the importance of finding a commuter town that offers excellent value for money is becoming even more important. But what makes a great commuter town? Sure, length of commute is high up on the list. It’s not the only factor, however.
The overall quality of an area plays an important role. After all, you are going to live there for the long term so actually need to like it.
Good schools, open spaces, crime rates, local amenities – these are just some of the aspects to take into consideration when looking for a new home in a commuter town.
If you’re thinking of moving out of the city but aren’t sure where to go, you’ve come to the right place. In this entry of our latest hotspot series, we’re bringing you the best commuter town hotspots in 2020.
1) St. Albans
St. Albans could be the ideal commuter town if you need to head into London during the week. Trains to St Pancras International only take 22 minutes, meaning you can get to and from work quicker than it takes some people commuting from one London neighbourhood to another. Low crime rates, countryside settings and outstanding schools only add to the allure of the Hertfordshire town of St. Albans.
Average house prices in St. Albans: £533k
If the bright city lights of Bristol are calling you for work, Newport in Wales might just be the commuter town for you. Located 30 miles from the West Country, a car or train journey to Bristol takes just over 30 mins. The city has undergone significant redevelopment over the years, making it an appealing place to live thanks to a combination of rolling countryside hills and city amenities.
Average house prices in Newport: £231k
Oldham is less than 10 miles from Manchester, yet house prices are around £70k lower. Options for commuting into Manchester include tram, bus and car, with journey times taking about 30 minutes. Good value homes, sweeping scenery of the peak district and recent regeneration has seen the town become a viable alternative to the big city of Manchester.
Average house prices in Oldham: £170k
Cannock is our top choice for those commuting to Birmingham, with journey times taking a little over half an hour. The town of Cannock offers peaceful settings and lies just south of Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s also within easy reach of Walsall and Lichfield Cathedral City.
Average house prices in Cannock: £239k
Located in Sefton, Waterloo is a quiet suburb and is well-liked for its coastal walks and beaches. It’s also just 5.5 miles from Liverpool, making Waterloo a convenient choice if you work in the city thanks to train journeys that take around 25 minutes. There’s also a selection of restaurants, bars, open spaces and good-quality schools.
Average house prices in Waterloo: £150k
Redhill in Surrey is another option for London commuters, with travel times taking no more than half an hour. There are plenty of charming homes on offer in Redhill, in the form of period houses and cottages. Its location just a few miles from the M25 also makes it ideal for those who commute in their car.
Average house prices in Redhill: £424k
Ready for the commute?
Check out emoov’s latest properties for sale and see if your next dream home in a commuter town is waiting for you. And keep an eye for more hotspot articles, where we look at the best places to live in the UK.
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