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East Midlands Homes Hotspots For London Commuters

Posted 18 September 2020 by Keith Osborne

Living in the East Midlands can combine great value-for-money on a new home and convenient commuting...

London commuters thinking of moving to a location outside of the capital can look to inside tips from property experts on the best areas to consider in the East Midlands.

Even with the widespread adoption of working from home, commuting to the capital is still essential for many, even if not five days a week, and could be possible for some at off-peak times. Living further upcountry could save potential homebuyers a considerable amount, whilst being situated less than two hours from central London, with the average property prices in the East Midlands well under half that of Great London.

Head of residential conveyancing at JMP Solicitors, Jacqui Harley, said: “London is a prosperous place for many to work and do business, but in terms of buying a long-term property, it is definitely worth looking further afield for more affordable options. With excellent transport links, the East Midlands is an ideal location for regular London visitors and a tranquil base to settle down with families or partners, whilst boasting regular fast trains to the capital.”

Tim Downing director at Pygott & Crone said: “Purchasing a home outside of London can have a range of benefits including affordability, greener spaces and cleaner air. Even before lockdown, the market in the East Midlands was buoyant, and it continues to do well at present with prices remaining steady. It has always been strong and fruitful, down to improving transport links and a fantastic lifestyle on offer in the region, and we are finding it to be an increasingly popular choice with people looking to move out of London.”

Harley and Downing have picked their top locations in the East Midlands for London commuters.


1. Grantham, Lincolnshire

Newton’s PlaceOne of the fastest routes into London with one of the lowest average housing price (£180,016), Grantham is a prime location for regular commuters to the city and you can reach London in as little as 63 minutes from Grantham station. Fares start from just £12, with up to 71 trains to London per day.

The town is located in the middle of the cities of Nottingham and Lincoln, and has excellent transport links, being located close to the A1 road which leads directly to London should you wish to travel by car.

Three-bedroom homes at Newton’s Place (Barratt Homes, pictured) are currently priced between £247,995 and £250,995.

Two- and three-bedroom homes at Ancaster View in Ancester, just seven miles from Grantham, start at £150,000, via Pygott & Crone.


2. Nottingham

Martin’s ReachAn exciting and vibrant city, Nottingham (average price of £202,625) is a great location for London commuters who enjoy the excitement of city life. Its rich business community and creative quarter makes it ideal for making new connections, and it has excellent educational prospects with two top universities. The city centre boasts two shopping centres, a huge range of restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

From just £13.50, you can reach London in 1hr 34m, with up to 43 trains travelling to the capital per day.

Avant Homes is offering a four-bedroom detached home (pictured) at Martin’s Reach from £440,000.

A one-bedroom apartment starts at £109,995 at Sandfield Walk from Persimmon Homes.

In Gedling, on the outskirts of the city, Keepmoat is selling two- to four-bedroom homes priced from £140,995.


3. Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Wellington PlaceThe town of Market Harborough (average price of £303,470) has the feeling of a rural countryside location without being too remote, and it features a delightful mix of independent and brand name shops. With 35 of its 43 schools rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, it is also ideal for raising young children.

You can reach London from Market Harborough in less than an hour for just £13 on the train, or in just over two hours by car.

William Davis Homes has a collection of three- and four-bedroom homes at its Wellington Place development (pictured), priced £259,995 to £510,000.

Three-, four- and five-bedroom houses are for sale at Avant Homes’ Ten Locks Village, with prices ranging from £240,000 to £600,000.

Linden Homes is currently selling four- and five-bedroom family homes from £380,000 at Ashton Rise.


4. Newark, Nottinghamshire

Fernwood VillageWith the River Trent running through the cobbled market square centre, Newark (average price of £176,666) is ideal for families looking for a quieter lifestyle. The centre is picturesque with plenty to do at the weekends including visits to Newark Castle and a regular market.

For regular commuters, train times start from 1hr 14m at a price of just £13.50, and it is another town which sits just off the A1 for drivers.

David Wilson Homes’ Fernwood Village (pictured), three miles from Newark station, has three- and four-bedroom terrace, semi-detached and detached homes available from £229,995 to £369,995.

In New Balderton, in the southeast of Newark, is The Heddles at Middlebeck is an Avant Homes development with three-, four- and five-bedroom houses starting from £244,995.

Middlebeck from Ashberry Homes has two- to four-bedroom homes for sale right now from £172,995.


5. Melton Mowbray , Leicestershire

Waterford HeightsMelton Mowbray (average price of £214,144), known as the ‘rural capital of food’, is famous for its pork pies and cheese. You can pick up some local delicacies at regular farmers markets or learn more about its food history at the Melton Carnegie Museum.

With train tickets starting from £15.30, commuters can reach London in 1hr 41m, with up to 23 trains running per day. The town is also located in close proximity to M1, M69 and A1 for drivers.

There are several four-bedroom detached homes at Waterford Heights (pictured), priced from £344,995 by Davidsons Homes.

Three miles west of the town, £182,950 is the starting price for a range of two- and three-bedroom homes at Station Lance, from Jelson Homes.

Around 10 miles south-east of Melton Mowbray is Barleythorpe in Rutland, where Larkfleet Homes has one- and two-bedroom apartments from £132,995 at The Parade, and two- to five-bedroom houses from £174,995 at Farriers Reach.


6. Lincoln

Ingleby ViewLast year, the new high-speed Azuma train service was launched between Lincoln (average property price of £171,638) and Kings Cross, allowing Lincoln commuters to reach London in under two hours.

The city is rich in culture and heritage with Roman ruins running through the centre, and it is home to the iconic Lincoln Cathedral, currently undergoing a £12.4million transformation to improve visitor experience.

Around six miles north-west of the city centre, the village of Saxilby is where Lovell Homes is building Ingleby View (pictured), with a collection of three- and four-bedroom houses ranging from £209,995 to £329,495.

From £174,950 are two- and three-bedroom homes at the LN6 development from Chestnut Homes.

For some luxury, prices start at £599,950 at an exclusive development of six individual five-bedroom homes in sought-after Sudbrooke, available through agents Robert Bell & Company.


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