County’s towns rate highly on best-of list for London commuters
A LIST of London’s best commuter towns has just been released and, once again, Buckinghamshire has been putting other counties to shame.
London’s Best Commuter Towns 2017, produced by credit comparison website Totally Money.com, ranks 89 of the region’s prime commuting locations and five Bucks towns feature on this year’s list.
Amersham – recently crowned London’s most desirable commuter town by American real estate company CBRE’s Desirability Index – ranks highly, in 19th place.
Other Bucks towns to place were High Wycombe, ranked 18th; Gerrards Cross, at number 31; Beaconsfield, ranked 56th; and Princes Risborough, which came in 59th.
A spokesman for Total- lyMoney.com said: “The annual analysis takes into consideration not only house price but also journey time, the cost of commuting and life satisfaction.”
Amersham residents, according to the research, spend 32 minutes commuting – at an average annual cost of £3,428 a year; life satisfaction is rated 7.98 out of 10 and the average house price is £701,869.
By comparison, High Wycombe residents spend 30 minutes commuting, at a cost of £4,256. Life satisfaction is 7.77 and houses cost £410,979.
Towns with higher house prices were ranked lower on the list, adversely affecting some Bucks towns. On average, residents will pay £958,745 in Gerrards Cross and £1,113,254 in Beaconsfield.
The Berkshire towns ofMaidenhead (in sixth) and Slough (ninth) made the top ten and first place went to Swanley, which has an average house price of around £350,000 and a life satisfaction score of 8.15.
Other towns surrounding Buckinghamshire to be included in the list include Berkhamsted and Tring, in 73rd and 82nd, respectively.
Joe Gardiner, head of brand and communications at TotallyMoney. com, said: “Like so many decisions in life, finding the perfect place to call home is about balancing what is important to you.
“Our research has found more affordable housing and a greater overall satisfaction with life is a powerful draw for people looking to get out of London. If you’re willing to spend longer on the train on your morning commute, you might find that your ideal location lies outside the M25 in one of the table-topping towns.”
Gerrard’s Cross has the honour of being the 31st best commuter town for London workers to live in
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