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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

IMON Roberts of Strutt and Parker re­ports that more than 50% of the buy­ers in Ger­rards Cross are from Lon­don.

“They are at­tracted by first class school­ing both pri­vate and state, the con­ve­nient com­mute back into the cap­i­tal and gen­er­ally a bet­ter more sub­ur­ban-type life­style,” he said.

“Ger­rards Cross was born in the early part of the cen­tury with the cre­ation of the Great Western rail­way, of­fer­ing a fast com­mute to and from Lon­don.

“That same line now takes less than 20 min­utes to Maryle­bone.The mo­tor­ways con­nec­tions are also ex­cep­tional with junc­tion 1 of the M40 and Junc­tion 16 of the M25 lit­er­ally min­utes’ drive away.

“The town also re­flects this with the emerg­ing coffee shops, restau­rants and bou­tique shops, M&S and Waitrose have also cot­toned on to the chang­ing pop­u­la­tion and emerg­ing trendy city mar­kets and have re­cently set up in the town along­side the es­tab­lished and in­di­vid­ual shops like the patis­serie Jung’s and the Ev­ery­man cinema.

“When you con­sider that Lon­don is on av­er­age four times cheaper it is no won­der that this area has be­come a hot spot and a very ap­peal­ing propo­si­tion for Lon­don buy­ers!

“We re­cently sold a house to a client mov­ing from Mon­tague Square, Lon­don, sell­ing a 2,000 sq/ft apart­ment.

“He bought a five bed­room home in Ger­rards Cross, more than twice the size of the apart­ment and for less money, with a great gar­den for his chil­dren, close to ex­cel­lent schools and his com­mute to his Lon­don of­fice is vir­tu­ally the same ... happy days!

Si­mon Roberts of Roberts Newby, now part of Strutt & Parker.

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