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Monthly archive for February 2020

Peterborough In Top 10 Best Value Commuter Towns

Peterborough In Top 10 Best Value Commuter Towns

The Daily Mail recently looked at the top 10 towns that offer the best value homes and commute for those travelling to and working in London. These top ten towns included Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, Benfleet in Essex and Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. The research by The Daily Mail included the average house price, travel time from home to London and the price of an annual season ticket to London.

The average house price ranged from £177,741 in Peterborough to £379.442 in Winchfield. Meanwhile commute times into London ranged from 32 minutes from Broxbourne to 63 minutes from Huntingdon. Finally the cost of an annual season ticket ranged from £2,736 in Broxbourne to £6,936 in Peterborough.

Putting these figures and results together, the report was able to create a top ten list of best value commuter to towns in London. We have listed this below for you;

10. Winchfield

Winchfield had an average house price of £379,432, the travel time into London is just over an hour at 61 minutes and an annual season train ticket will cost you £4,292.

9. Broxbourne

The average cost of a home in Broxbourne is £344,691 and the travel time to London is 32 minutes. An annual season train ticket from Broxbourne to London is £2,736.

8. Sandy

The average home in Sandy will cost around £285,709 and the commute to London will take 48 minutes. An annual train ticket for this commute will cost you £4,972.

7. Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes has the average house price of £268,255. The commute into London will take 36 minutes and this commute will cost you £5,524 for an annual train ticket.

6. Peterborough

The average cost of a home in Peterborough is £177,741. It will take 53 minutes to commute into London from Peterborough. You can expect to pay £6,936 for your annual train ticket for this commute.

5. Grays

If you are looking to buy a home in Grays you can expect to pay £266,333. This will get you a commute time of 38 minutes and your annual season ticket will cost £2,516.

4. Wickford

You can expect to pay around £313,500 for the average home in Wickford. Your commute into London will take 39 minutes at a cost of £3,924 for an annual season ticket.

3. Benfleet

An average home in Benfleet costs £327,807 and the commute into London will take just under three quarters of an hour. You can expect to pay £3,612 for your annual season train ticket.

2. Huntingdon

The average house in Huntingdon costs £269,841. The commute from Huntingdon to London will take 63 minutes and the annual train ticket will cost £5,604.

1. Biggleswade

Biggleswade came in top as the best value commuter town into London. An average house will cost £300,903 in Biggleswade. This will get you a 44 minute commute at the cost of £4,792 for your annual season ticket.

While Peterborough only ranked 6th in the top 10 best value commuter towns you will see that Peterborough was named as the least expensive commuter town. While it is the furthest city out of London the journey time is still just 53 minutes. This journey time looks to be shortened in coming years as tracks and trains are improved.

If you are looking to move home and want to improve your commute into London, why not consider a home in Peterborough. Give us a call to tell us the sort of home you are looking for and we will send you some property details which suit your needs.

Peterborough Voted Best Place In The UK For Young Families To Move To

Peterborough Voted Best Place In The UK For Young Families To Move To

The Sun newspaper recently reported that Peterborough is their chosen best place in the UK for young families to move to. They completed research on the prices of homes, birth rates and things to do. The results are in Peterborough was chosen as number one.

The report states that the main reason Which? consumer guide chose Peterborough as the best place in the UK for young families to move to was the combination of cheap homes and high birth rates. This means that it is the perfect city for those young families looking to get on the property ladder. There will also be other young families near them too, due to the high birth rates in this city.

The average property price at time of the Which? consumer guide report was £169,261. This number came in well below the national average price of a home, at time of the report, which was £219,000. The birth rate was also at 16.3% per 1,000 residents.

This high birth rate level means that Peterborough is likely to have more child care opportunities, nurseries and primary school places as well. Peterborough is also reported to have more resources for new parents and young families, such as support groups and similar organisations.

In second place for the best place in the UK for young families to move to was Leicester. Leicester had an average property price of £152,281 at time of the report. The birth rate at this time was 15% per 1,000 residents. In 3rd, 4th and 5th place for the best places in the UK for young families to move to were Middlesborough, Manchester and Gloucester, respectively.

In Wales the top place in the for young families to move to is Newport, while Midlothian and its cheaper homes and high birth rates came as the top place for young families to move to in Scotland.

The cost of a home in London is much more expensive. While places like Slough, Watford, Reading and Crawley all have relatively high birth rates; the house prices and cost of living make the areas tricky for young families to live in.

If you have a young family or are planning on having children why not look at moving to Peterborough. We have a selection of great family homes  across Peterborough and surrounding areas.