Where to go if you’re saying goodbye

Words Nigel Lewis

It was revealed recently that 65% of Londoners intend to move out of the capital in the next five years. Whether it’s the prospect of battling the choked streets, dodging parking tickets or playing sardines on the tube, something is pushing people out.

The research, by agent Strutt & Parker for its annual Housing Futures survey, also revealed that of those intending to move, 29% said they were looking to move to the South East, 10% to East Anglia and 8% to the South West – while 3% were looking to move overseas.

But surprisingly few were looking for an easier, simpler way of life, the survey showed. Londoners, it would seem, want to get out of the smoke but still want the latte guzzling, cinema visiting, gym bashing, theatre attending, fashion finding, fast broadband life we enjoy in the capital.

“It was also interesting to see that not all Londoners looking to leave the capital are expecting to move to a much larger home with a lot of land,” says Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research at Strutt & Parker.

Whatever the reason for your move, here are some of the most popular places people choose to go to in each of the counties around London, as revealed by personal finance website TotalMoney.com.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE:

HIGH WYCOMBE

Commute to London: 30 minutes to Marylebone

Four bedroom detached for: £500k-£700k

AMERSHAM

Commute to London: 35 minutes to Marylebone

Four bedroom detached for: £650k-£1m

GERRARD’S CROSS

Commute to London: 25 minutes to Marylebone

Four bedroom detached for: £800k-£1.8m

 

BERKSHIRE:

SLOUGH

Commute to London: 35 minutes to Paddington

Four bedroom detached for: £700k-£900k

MAIDENHEAD

Commute to London: 25 minutes to Paddington

Four bedroom detached for: £700k-£1.5m

WINDSOR

Commute to London: 25 minutes to Paddington

Four bedroom detached for: £800k-£1.9m

 

SURREY:

WOKING

Commute to London: 30 minutes to Waterloo

Four bedroom detached for: £650k-£1.9m

STAINES

Commute to London: 40 minutes to Waterloo

Four bedroom detached for: £750k-£1.5m

WALTON-ON-THAMES

Commute to London: 30 minutes to Waterloo

Four bedroom detached for: £850k-£2.5m

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KENT/SE LONDON:

 ERITH

Commute to London: 40 minutes to Canon Street

Four bedroom detached for: £450-£700k

 GRAVESEND

Commute to London: 50 minutes to St Pancras

Four bedroom detached for: £500-£750k

 EBBSFLEET

Commute to London: 20 minutes to St Pancras

Four bedroom detached for: £500k-£600k

 

ESSEX:

 LAINDON

Commute to London: 30 minutes to
Fenchurch Street

Four bedroom detached for: £600k-£1.2m

 PURFLEET

Commute to London: 30 minutes to
Fenchurch Street

Four bedroom detached for: £400-£500k

 SHENFIELD

Commute to London: 25 mins to
Liverpool Street

Four bedroom detached for: £800k-£2.5m

 

HERTFORDSHIRE:

 WALTHAM CROSS

Commute to London: 30 minutes to Liverpool Street

Four bedroom detached for: £900k-£2m

 POTTERS BAR

Commute to London: 20 minutes to Kings Cross

Four bedroom detached for: £950k-£3m

 CHESHUNT

Commute to London: 30 minutes to
Liverpool Street

Four bedroom detached for: £750k-£1.9m

Strutt and Parker – struttandparker.com

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