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London is famous for offering a host of living options; not the least of which being a plethora of commuter towns.
Commuter towns are essentially suburban districts which are comprised of mainly residential dwellings. Located within close proximity to major city centres, workers can commute (hence the name) to and from their place of employment. Commuter towns are also popular options with growing families, as they offer a quieter and more peaceful life. Let’s look at some of the most well-known destinations.
Arguably the most affluent commuter town found within this list, Cambridge is located approximately 60 miles north of the city centre. Thanks to links with rail transit, the average travel time normally takes 45 minutes to and from London. Cambridge is also known for its excellent educational system as well as a host of open-air parks to enjoy. However, keep in mind that living here could set you back a bit. The average price of a three-bedroom Cambridge home ranges between £300,000 and £850,000 pounds.
One of the many benefits associated with Winchester is its rather tranquil natural environment. As the town is surrounded by hills, it offers excellent views of the city. Winchester is found approximately 70 miles from the central business district and the average commute will normally take just over one hour. Known for a rather quaint and historical charm, Winchester is just as suited for young families as it is for retirees. This is also one of the reasons why the population within the Winchester suburban district continues to expand.
While the commuter town of Eastbourne might not be familiar as the other two locations previously mentioned, it is certainly not without its charm. This is due in no small part to the fact that the entire city has been undergoing a massive amount of renovation in recent years. Thanks to an average three-bedroom home price of just under £300,000 pounds, this town is also one of the more affordable located within close proximity to London. Other amenities such as a recently restored pier and the famous Eastbourne promenade are certainly not to be missed. There is no doubt that this town is certainly one of the most family-friendly options on our list.
With house prices ranging between £500,000 and £600,000 pounds, St. Albans represents a “middle-of-the-road” options for individuals who wish to commute to and from the London city centre. The good news about living here is that an average train ride will only take 29 minutes to complete. This is a massive benefit for those who work in London and still wish to enjoy a decidedly peaceful lifestyle. This arises from the fact that St. Albans is found within close proximity to St. Pancras rail station. Furthermore, this commuter town boasts a thriving retail district as well as a host of restaurants and bars to choose from. Those who are interested in living the quiet live within what can only be called a decidedly vibrant town should be pleased with what St. Albans has to offer.
All About Quiet Convenience
We can see that there are a number of benefits associated with these commuter towns. Of course, there are many others to choose from. This is why it is a good idea to consider your options as well as what you can afford to spend on a home.