Bolt­holes far from the bright lights

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seen across Great Bri­tain as a whole. But other trends help ex­plain the mi­gra­tion, says Fion­nu­ala Ear­ley, res­i­den­tial re­search di­rec­tor at Hamp­tons.

“While af­ford­abil­ity has been push­ing peo­ple out of Lon­don for a while, a com­bi­na­tion of flex­i­ble work­ing pat­terns, im­proved broad­band in­fra­struc­ture, es­pe­cially in the South West, and faster train routes have made it much eas­ier for peo­ple to live fur­ther way from Lon­don,” she says. “Many peo­ple now work re­motely and the pop­u­lar­ity of Bath, for ex­am­ple, is helped by the re­duc­tion in train jour­ney times into Lon­don.”

The Hamp­tons/Lon Res anal­y­sis re­vealed that the most pop­u­lar places for Lon­don­ers to move are Hertsmere in Hert­ford­shire and Tan­dridge in Sur­rey, where 60 per cent of the homes sold were bought by those leav­ing the cap­i­tal.

Welling­bor­ough and Northamp­ton are the most pop­u­lar in the Mid­lands re­gion, with 11 per cent and nine per cent of homes sold to Lon­don­ers re­spec­tively. Liver­pool and Manches- ter are the mag­nets of the North, with the re­lo­ca­tion of the BBC from Lon­don to Sal­ford’s Me­di­aCi­tyUK a con­tribut­ing fac­tor. In both of these big north­ern cities, seven per cent of sales were to ex-Lon­don­ers.

“Seventy-five per cent of Lon­don leavers stay in the South and many of the most pop­u­lar ar­eas there are in the ‘ stock­bro­ker belt’ com­mut­ing lo­ca­tions, where a greener life­style, ed­u­ca­tion and greater af­ford­abil­ity of hous­ing drive de­mand,” adds Ear­ley.

The need to have more space was be­hind An­drew John­son’s de­ci­sion to swap a two-bed­room flat in Ful­ham, south-west Lon­don, for a three-bed­room cot­tage with half an acre in the vil­lage of Pa­ley Street, near Maiden­head ( where Theresa May re­cently

This home near Maiden­head, above, is £725,000 with Hamp­tons; Si­mon Edge and Pippin, in Suf­folk, right

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