There are many locations across the UK that offer a 60 minute commute to London, ideal for the occasional commuter, or the very hardy ones.
A property that offers the ability to reach London within an hour or so usually appeals to those who do not need to be in the capital every day from 9-5, though some do choose to make the long journey each day.
For these areas it’s likely that internet speed is high up on the list of priorities for buyers along with the quality of life on offer – we’ve seen a distinct rise in digital commuters.
Banbury, Oxfordshire – commute from the Cotswolds
Fastest commute time: 56 minutes to London Marylebone
Banbury is in North Oxfordshire and is located just to the east of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is growing in popularity due to the availability of pretty stone cottages to buy and the easy access to both London and the Cotswolds. From Banbury station, there are also regular services into Birmingham New Street in around 44 minutes.
Not only is the historic town exceptionally pretty, but it also has a thriving high street and families have a selection of good schools to choose from in the area.
Independent schools within easy reach include St. Johns Priory Prep School, Carrdus Tudor Hall for girls and Bloxham School.
Property for sale in Banbury has been deemed to offer buyers fairer prices than many other locations in Oxfordshire. Though villages near Banbury such as Bloxham and Eydon might appeal greatly to those who commute irregularly and don’t mind a short drive to the station on the occasion they use the service. Nearby the Cotswolds town of Chipping Norton or village of Kingham are both particularly sought after but simply do not offer the easy train commute that Banbury residents benefit from.
Winchester, Hampshire – historic cathedral city
Fastest commute time: 58 minutes to London Waterloo
The cathedral city of Winchester is known for its beautiful historic architecture, impressive cathedral and highly regarded schools. For those seeking a place to live that is quaint yet still large enough to avoid boredom coming in a few months after moving, Winchester could be a perfect option.
Winchester is naturally hilly and in many areas properties boast views over the city. To the south of the centre, St Cross is amongst the most desirable areas to buy a home, property for sale in the area includes impressive Victorian and Regency houses.
The city boasts many highly rated state-run schools catering to all ages, with several rated Outstanding by Ofsted. Independent schools include The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester School and St Swithin’s. The small and very attractive city has a strong community with events run year-round. There are regular markets held in the centre of town and residents benefit greatly from ready access to the South Downs National Park.
Farnham, Surrey – scenic market town
Fastest commute time: 49 minutes to London Waterloo
Farnham is a Georgian market town in Surrey’s most westerly point, the town lies very close to the border with Hampshire and has several beautiful open green spaces on the doorstep. The towns centre is filled with a mix of shops both independent and chains, including a Waitrose and there’s also an excellent selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
Property in Farnham, especially in the centre of town is largely period, including grand Georgian homes and roads of Victorian terraces and semi-detached houses. The Great Austins area of Farnham is particularly sought after.
Families are drawn to Farnham for the excellent schools, access to the countryside and multiple beauty spots and the many recreational and leisure facilities in the locality. Top schools in Farnham include South Farnham primary school, which families will often seek to be within the catchment area for and Weydon School and All Hallows RC which are both highly rated.
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire – top schools
Fastest commute time: 48 minutes to London Kings Cross
As home to one of the world’s oldest and top-performing universities, it is of little surprise that the schools in Cambridge have such high standards and produce excellent results. Families regularly relocate to Cambridge and seek to be within a short distance of particular schools such as The Perse School, Cambridge International School and Sancton Wood.
Cambridge isn’t just a collection of fine schools, the city is reputed to have an incredibly high quality of life on offer. From the beautiful buildings, green spaces, riverside living, independent shops, passion for cycling and a strong sense of community – Cambridge has a great deal of appeal.
As a place to live it attracts young professionals, many of whom work in Cambridge but there are also those who need to reach London regularly making the fast train into Kings Cross particularly handy.
These areas are all within an hour of London, which station you need to ideally reach will also have some impact on the decision about the best place to live as it might be that you need to take a train and then a journey on the underground to reach your final destination. It’s important to factor in your entire likely journey to ensure its realistic and feasible.
There are also areas that are within a 60 minute commute to London that require a short drive to the station – for those seeking a more rural home setting there are many locations that will appeal, many of which are outside of the typical commuter hotspots.
Conducting searches across the UK, our team of professional property finders have many years’ experience searching for homes that are in ideal locations for commuting into London. To talk to us regarding your plans to move, property requirements, to discuss locations and to learn more about our services please do contact us, without obligation.