London commuters attracted by new homes in High Wycombe
Posted 18 January 2016 by Keith Osborne
Sat within the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 29 miles from central London in south Buckinghamshire, High Wycombe provides a particularly scenic setting for commuters to consider living in outside the capital itself.
Its urban area is home to approximately 130,000 people, within the town itself and a host of delightful villages, including the Thameside gems Cookham and Bourne End. Several thousand of these are students at Buckinghamshire New University, which has a campus in town, providing a potential buy-to-let market for investors.
For commuters, High Wycombe is one of the busiest stations on the Chiltern Railways route, not only taking numerous slow service but also being one of the major stops for fast services over longer distances. Depending on the service you pick up, journey times to the major stops are 33-43 minutes to London (£324 per month/£3,376 per year); 33-40 minutes on the new route to Oxford Parkway (£249/£2,596); 31-50 minutes to Banbury (£309/£3,216); 57 minutes to Warwick (£412/£4296); and 77-90 minutes to Birmingham Moor Street (£488/£5,048).
The line also has a route to one of the region’s most popular outlet centres, Bicester Village, which is just 23-31 minutes away.
By car, the M40, which fringes High Wycombe’s southern outskirts, provides quick access to the M25 (21 minutes), Bicester (40 minutes) and Banbury (55 minutes) in under an hour, with central London 90 minutes away and central Birmingham under two hours. The M4 is also under half-an-hour from High Wycombe, providing access to the commercial hub of the Thames Valley.
New homes for sale in High Wycombe now or coming soon:
|Wye Dene (Berkeley Homes) – There are currently two phases on sale at this scheme in the east of the town: prices start at £455,000 at The Chilterns and £515,000 at Westside, with a choice of three-, four- and five-bedroom houses to choose from. A Help to Buy event takes place here on 30 January (10.00am to 5.00pm) to inform house-hunters about the government-backed scheme. Find out more about Wye Dene from Berkeley Homes|
|Hughenden Quarter (Carey’s New Homes) – This development comprises 97 properties situated adjacent to Hughenden Park on the north side of High Wycombe, with a range of one- to four-bedroom property types, including contemporary family homes and apartments along a new through road linking Coates Lane and Hughenden Avenue. Prices from £280,000. Find out more at www.careysnewhomes.co.uk ; 01494 530 300|
|Park Rise (JNP Partnership/House Group) – These Shared Ownership new builds are in the north-eastern part of the town, in an elevated position with good views and fringed by natural woodland. The minimum share is 40% (from £58,000), with a range of different one- and two-bedroom apartment layouts to choose from. Find out more at www.jnp.co.uk ; 01494 521222|
Pine Trees at Daws Hill (Taylor Wimpey) – Currently for sale is a range of five-bedroom homes, starting from £630,000 and with Part Exchange available. When completed, Pine Trees will have brought 441 new homes to a former RAF site to the south of the town. The development also brings open parkland, a community centre, primary school, sports pitch and play area for residents to enjoy. Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01494 412185