where to buy south west of London

Linda J. Dodson

19 to 29 minutes’ commute: Woking

Homes within a 19 to 29-minute journey in the south west quadrant outside the capital typically cost £671,716.

Effectively, an average season ticket price of £3,374 saves you £132,729 on inner London house prices.

The priciest place to live in this zone is the Surrey town of Esher, where homes cost £828,149 and the commute is only 23 minutes long. Trade Esher for Woking, however, and properties cost 42.8 per cent less; the average house price here is £473,992.

The journey time into London is 27 minutes, but in many ways it is a better commuter station than Esher. Trains to London at peak times run almost as frequently as the Tube.

It’s a town that is known for its now infamous local Pizza Express, but it also has its fair share of grand homes.

The Hockering, a private gated estate within walking distance of the station, and Hook Heath, a neighbourhood to the west of the town, have the best, most expensive properties, says Lee Murphy of estate agency Curchods. Here, homes can range from £1 million to £3 million. 

Meanwhile, the nearby villages of Knaphill and St Johns offer better value, says Murphy, but residents “will generally bike to the station”. 

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