Epsom market town is a great London commuter spot

Posted 20 June 2016 by Fiona Brandhorst

The Surrey market town of Epsom is known today as the home of the world’s most famous horse race, The Derby, which is run each year at the beginning of June on the downs outside the town...

Epsom is 15 miles south-west of London and is surrounded by swathes of green belt. Commons and downland is accessible by the public so it’s a very green place to live. It is often ranked in the top ten places to live in the annual Halifax Quality of Life Survey.

London is around 40 minutes by car or 35-40 minutes by train from Epsom Station to London Waterloo or London Victoria making it an ideal spot for commuters. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within easy reach.

 Henry Wicker, discovered the mineral tang or magnesium sulphate, or “Epsom Salts” in the 17th century which had healing properties and a spa town grew up until the middle of the 18th century.

Epsom’s housing stock includes pleasing period Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes to more contemporary homes. There are a number of conservation areas. Epsom’s Victorian and Edwardian former psychiatric hospitals on the north-western edge of town have been redeveloped and refurbished by national housebuilders over the past 15 years to create clusters of sought-after new homes.

Epsom is a busy and vibrant market town with a good range of specialist shops, boutiques and cafés, as well as well-known high street brands located in the Ashley Shopping Centre. Leisure facilities in and around the town include the Rainbow Centre with gym, sports facilities and swimming pool, the David Lloyd centre and of course Epsom Racecourse. For children the Hobbledown Farm near Horton Park is popular and Chessington World of Adventures is close by. The Epsom Playhouse theatre hosts comedians, local drama groups and musicals straight from national tours.

There is a large selection of schools in and around Epsom including Southfield Park Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Wallace Fields Infants & Juniors, St Martin’s C of E Infant & Junior Schools. State secondary schools include Blenheim High School, Epsom & Ewell High School, Glyn Technology School, North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), the Laine’s Performing Arts College and a campus for the University of the Creative Arts. Independent schools include Epsom College, Kingswood House School and Ewell Castle School.

A monthly season ticket to London Waterloo costs £240.80 from Epsom (£2,508 annually) with the fastest journey time between Epsom and London Waterloo 36 minutes. Trains to London Victoria cost £185.90 monthly from Epsom (£1,936 annually) with the fastest journey time between Epsom and London Victoria 43 minutes. Trains to Clapham Junction take 24 minutes (£160.20 monthly, £1,668 annually); Guildford takes 29 minutes (£241.20 monthly, £2,512 annually.

Epsom lies within the M25 with easy access to the A3 into and out of London and the A24 to the south coast. Heathrow is just over 28 miles via the M25 with a journey time of 44 minutes by road while Gatwick is around 23 miles away via the M23 and reached in 39 minutes.

Families from south-west London are attracted to Epsom’s good schools, family homes and easy commute. Once they move they tend to stay with a good stock of housing allowing them to move up and down the housing ladder.

Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in Epsom...


High Drive (Mattwell Homes) - One of two stunning five- and six-bedroom homes on a quiet, tree lined private estate in exclusive Oxshott Village within a luxurious landscaped setting. Excellent schools, golf courses, race course and tennis clubs are nearby with main line trains from Oxshott or Epsom stations. Prices from £3.5m. Find out more about High Drive from Mattwell Homes

High Drive (Mattwell Homes)

Priest Hill Heights (CALA Homes) - An exclusive gated development of 15 five- and six- bedroom detached homes, adjacent to the Surrey Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve boasting spectacular, far reaching views across London. The Kempton - an impressive six-bedroom detached home available with Part Exchange, carpets and landscaped rear garden included. Prices start from £1,325,000. Find out more about Priest Hill Heights from CALA Homes 

Priest Hill Heights (CALA Homes)

Copthorne Place (Persimmon Homes) - The last chance to buy one of a collection of four-bedroom homes close to Epsom with excellent communications to London and the south east by road and rail. The Hartley is a spacious four-bedroom home with an open-plan dining room and kitchen area. View more about Copthorne Place from Persimmon Homes 

Copthorne Place (Persimmon Homes)

Heather Grange (Antler Homes) - A seven-bedroom classical style home accessed via private gates and providing 8,000 sq ft of living space with rear southerly views over adjacent fairways. Arranged over three floors this property has three spacious reception rooms complimented by a large kitchen family room. Priced at £4.1m. For more information visit www.antlerhomes.co.uk; 01276 538938

Heather Grange (Antler Homes)

Horton Heights (Barnard Marcus) – Launching soon, a beautiful gated development ideal for families.  Just eight four- and five- bedroom detached homes with garages, en suites and private gardens, 1.5 miles from Epsom station with its direct access to London Waterloo and London Victoria in around 40 mins. Prices from £1,375,000. For further details go to www.barnardmarcus.co.uk; 01372 740911

​​​​​​Horton Heights (Barnard Marcus)

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