An original New Town retains its commuter appeal with a wave of new homes

Posted 22 February 2016 by Fiona Brandhorst

The West Sussex town of Crawley has a great location between city, coast and capital, making it a great option for London commuters looking for a new home...

Crawley is one of the UK’s oldest “new towns” 32 miles from London with a population of over 100,000. It was built around the same time as the neighbouring Gatwick Airport which brings plenty of employment opportunities to the area.

A monthly season ticket to London costs £309.90 from Crawley (£3,228 annually) with the fastest journey time between Crawley and London Victoria 43 minutes. Fast trains to London Blackfriars take 48 minutes from Three Bridges; London Bridge takes 39 minutes (£314.20 monthly, £2,272 annually); Three Bridges to Gatwick Airport takes 4 minutes (£58.40 monthly, £608 annually).

An ambitious programme of regeneration is planned for the town centre to further develop retail, employment, business and residential opportunities.

The County Mall shopping centre has over 90 shops, restaurants and cafés. A traditional weekly market is held in Queens Square every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Crawley is hard to beat for leisure offering the K2 Leisure Centre boasting an Olympic-sized swimming pool, leisure pool, badminton and squash courts, indoor bowls rinks, a fully equipped gym, a sauna and steam room and a martial arts room.

The Leisure Park has a 15-screen cinema and ten-pin bowling alley. Set in a 38-acre wooded site, The Hawth's facilities include a theatre, studio, meeting rooms, Café Vita, two bars and an outdoor marquee and amphitheatre used for performances throughout the summer. The programme of events includes over 350 performances and events a year, attracting over 170,000 people.  A disused railway line, the Worth Way, now offers a very pleasant cycling and walking route to both Crawley and East Grinstead. 

Crawley has 31 primary schools , six secondary schools and two special needs schools. A number of local primary schools filter into six secondary schools. These are Thomas Bennett Community College, Oriel High School, Ifield Community College, Hazelwick School, St Wilfrids Catholic Comprehensive School and Holy Trinity. Central Sussex College has its largest campus in Crawley and offers courses from plumbing to engineering and cooking.

Crawley and its surrounding villages have excellent access to the M23 to London around 30 miles away and the M25 is 18 miles to Junction 7. Gatwick is 6 miles via the M23; Brighton is 23 miles via the A23.  

Crawley offers its residents the best of both worlds with easy access to London via train or car yet it is within a short drive of Brighton’s beaches or the inviting countryside of the South Downs.

Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in or near Crawley

Meridian House (Tkei Homes) – A five-bedroom detached house built by niche developer Tkei Homes and set within the private estate of Dormans Park. Featuring three spacious reception rooms plus a study, this stunning home includes a hand-painted charcoal grey kitchen, high-quality bathroom and detached double garage. Priced at £1.25m. Find out more about Meridian House from Tkei Homes Meridian House
Penlands Green (Redrow) – Coming soon is this fine collection of family homes nestled in the South Downs just 40 miles from Central London and 48 minutes by train from Haywards Heath.  Built in a traditional style reflecting the local architecture, these homes are near excellent schools, great local shops and entertainment. Prices start on application. Find out more about Penlands Green from Redrow Homes Penlands Green
Forge Wood (Taylor Wimpey) – This exciting new development of two-and three-bedroom homes to the north east of Crawley will be released soon and are ideal for commuters with Gatwick train station being less than a mile away. Well placed for local shops in Tinsley Green and Copthorne, the homes are also within walking distance of great schools and leisure facilities. Prices coming soon. For more details go to ; 01293 228949Forge Wood
Burleigh Woods (Miller Homes) –  A collection of four-bedroom spacious detached homes set within the popular commuter village of Crawley Down, adjacent to mature woodland, just 40 minutes from the capital by train from Three Bridges or East Grinstead. Prices range from £518,000. For details visit ; 03331 229994Burleigh Woods

Kilnwood Vale (Crest Nicholson) – This is a collection of new homes in Faygate, near Crawley. The traditionally designed two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are surrounded by open countryside just over three miles from Crawley town centre with trains connecting to London and the south coast. Prices from £344,950. For information visit ; 01293 852501

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