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Blog by Alice Irving

Best London commuter towns to move to in 2021

24 August 2021

Here are three top locations for London commuters planning on moving out of the capital

In a bid for more space and a better quality of life, many London workers are considering ‘the big move’ out of the city.

Short rides on packed tubes are being swapped for longer, scenic train journeys as buyers prioritise big houses with gardens over homes located closer to work.

Ready to start your new chapter out of the city?

We’ve rounded-up three commuter-friendly towns ideal for buyers who are looking to upgrade their living situations without giving up their London-based careers.

Inholm’s architect-designed three-storey Town House homes at the peninsula in Northstowe, Cambridge

01 — Northstowe, Cambridge

Northstowe, Cambridge, is a brand-new town, designed to promote healthy living and well-being for all.

It’s surrounded by Cambridgeshire’s peaceful, green landscape – but with its excellent transport links, you can come and go from London with ease.

For commuters to the capital, you can be at London King’s Cross in just 49 minutes by train from Cambridge North Station.

Inside a loft living Town House at Inholm, Northstowe

Although the town is relatively new, it’s already home to a thriving community. There’s a community centre, top quality schools for all ages – including a state-of-the-art secondary school – an unmissable food and drinks scene, community events including Northstowe Run, beautiful residents gardens, two waterparks, play areas, and a selection of modern, spacious homes with gardens.

Homes at Inholm, Northstowe, start at £449,950 – compared to London’s average house price, £788,698.

Northstowe’s architect-designed neighbourhood Inholm is situated by the local waterparks

Situated in Northstowe’s most desirable quarter – just by the water on what will eventually be on the doorstep of Northstowe’s exciting town centre – you’ll find Inholm by House by Urban Splash – an award-winning, architect-designed neighbourhood of three-storey 139 sq m (1500 sq ft) Town House homes.

Architect-designs homes coming soon to Campbell Park in Milton Keynes

02 — Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire’s largest town, is located roughly 50 miles north-west of London.

You can get from Milton Keynes to London Euston in just 30 mins via the Avanti West Coast service – a quick, direct commute for those working in the capital.

The town was created in 1967 to help with housing congestion in London – and in 2021, the town remains to be a popular choice for former London residents looking for a cheaper home out of the city.

Last year, the majority of sales were detached properties, selling for an average price of £474,434, followed by semi-detached properties which sold for an average of £291,407, and terraced properties selling for an average of £247,085.

Town House homes coming soon to Campbell Park in Milton Keynes

There’s a good selection of schools in the area for family buyers with children, and with great transport links – including fast train services, good road links and proximity to the M1 – it’s easy to get around.

In terms of its lifestyle offering, Milton Keynes is a vibrant place with plenty of green space, lakes, and family-friendly attractions.

It’s home to the Hub, a popular restaurant, café, hotel and leisure quarter; shopping venues including Midsummer Place and centre:mk, a 190-store shopping centre; and Stadium MK, home of Milton Keynes Dons.

House by Urban Splash homes will be coming soon to Milton Keynes.

The new neighbourhood, Campbell Park, will be community of modern, architect-designed homes created inside a park.

Inspired by the green landscape of Milton Keynes, the neighbourhood will be home to wild allotments, a community cricket pitch, hundreds of trees, and plenty of gardens and green space.

Tunbridge Wells (Photo by Pom' on flickr)

03 — Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is situated 30 miles southeast of London city centre.

Known for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, the town is becoming increasingly popular with families and young couples from London searching for a change of scene – without straying too far from the capital.

Commuters can reach London Bridge from Tunbridge Wells railway station in just 49 minutes by train.

But aside from work responsibilities, Tunbridge Wells homeowners might not want to leave.

Streets are lined with old, boutique shops, there are plenty of traditional English pubs to enjoy after work and on weekends, there’s a great café culture, and the town is also home to several beautifully manicured public gardens and parks including Calverley and Dunorlan.

As a historic spa town, Tunbridge Wells was the height of fashion during the mid-17th century – and in 2021, it’s making a comeback.

Houses here are available in a range of prices – with the overall average house price of 2020 being £549,681 – and for family buyers, there are plenty of highly regarded schools in the area, both private and state.

To find out more about the new homes for sale at Inholm, Nortstowe in Cambridge and Campbell Park in Milton Keynes, just complete the form below and one of our team will be in touch.

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