New homes and countryside surroundings provide commuter appeal to the market town of Aylesbury 

Posted 4 July 2017 by Helen Christie

The Chilterns on the doorstep and a 60-minute commute make the Buckinghamshire town a popular option for new home-buying London workers...

Just 45 miles from London, Aylesbury is firmly in the commuter belt being very popular with city workers who prefer to live somewhere a bit more peaceful with the Chilterns on the doorstep. London is just an hour away by train from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station, or Aylesbury mainline station to London Marylebone.

Aylesbury town centre boasts a wealth of high street retailers and independent shops as well as pubs, restaurants, a cinema, theatres and sports and leisure facilities. Its historic centre combines beautiful period buildings, excellent shopping – including the Friars Square and Hale Leys shopping centres. The Market Square hosts traditional open air markets with a Vintage and Craft Bazaar every Tuesday and a general market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Delicious local produce can be found at the Farmers’ Markets which are held on the last Tuesday of every month.

Nightlife includes traditional pubs, bars and stylish nightclubs and restaurants. The Queens Park Centre is an independent arts centre. The Aqua Vale leisure centre and Stoke Mandeville Stadium offer a range of sporting activities and swimming pools.

This county town of Buckinghamshire has a statue of comedy hero Ronnie Barker, who began his acting career in the town, overlooking its £42m theatre, the Aylesbury Waterside, now a major local attraction and forming part of the wider £100m development of the Waterside project.

Families flock to Buckinghamshire for good schools at both primary and secondary level with Aylesbury offering some of the best.  The new state-of the-art Aylesbury Vale Academy in Berryfields includes a nursery, primary and secondary school. Nearby Waddesdon Village Primary School is rated outstanding by Ofsted. As one of the few counties in England that offers a grammar school education for those passing the 11+ examination, the three selective state schools are Aylesbury Grammar, Aylesbury High and Sir Henry Floyd. Independent schools serving Aylesbury include Gateway Preparatory, Ashfold School and Akeley Wood School.

A monthly season ticket to London costs £376.40 from Aylesbury (£3,920 annually) with the fastest journey time between Aylesbury and London Marylebone 56 minutes. The fastest trains from Aylesbury Vale Parkway to London Marylebone take just one hour (£407.50 monthly, £4,244 annually); Aylesbury to High Wycombe takes 26 minutes (£135.20 monthly, £1,408 annually).

The town has excellent access to the M40, M25 and M1 via the A41. Heathrow is 39 miles away and 44 minutes by car. Luton Airport is 30 miles away with a journey time of 42 minutes via the A41.  

Aylesbury has a population of over 65,000 and this is set to increase as new residents move into a number of new housing developments on the outskirts of the town and with easy access to the station.

Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in and around Aylesbury

Mayberry Place (Taylor Wimpey) – Just two miles from the centre of Aylesbury town centre and under a mile from the commuter Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, this development of new apartments and houses is within easy reach of good primary and secondary schools. Prices from £348,000. Find out more about Mayberry Place from Taylor Wimpey  Mayberry Place from Taylor Wimpey
Weston Grove (Redrow Homes) - With a range of Redrow’s famous Heritage Collection homes, Weston Grove is a collection of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, ideal for both families and commuters. The development is close to the centre of Aylesbury giving residents easy access to local amenities. Help to Buy is available on selected homes, and prices start from £541,950. View more about Weston Grove from Redrow Homes 
Sycamore Rise (Persimmon Homes) – With Aylesbury just a few miles to the north east, and Oxford to the west, Sycamore Rise in Thame has excellent links for commuters, with access to the M40, and regular bus services to Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Oxford. The development has a selection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes and within easy reach of plenty of local amenities and sports facilities. Prices start from £325,000. Read more about Sycamore Rise from Persimmon Homes Sycamore Rise (Persimmon Homes)
Kingsbrook (Barratt Homes) – Ideal for families, Kingsbrook is set within 250 acres of open space, and is an impressive collection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom houses. The development is working closely with the RSPB to help nature thrive at Kingsbrook. Prices start from £337,500. Find out more about Kingsbrook from Barratt Homes  Kingsbrook (Barratt Homes)
Kingsfield Park (Martin Grant Homes) – Set within 181 acres of tranquil parkland and open space, these three- and five-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes are ideal for families being close to Aylesbury town centre and a short walk from the station. Prices from £326,950. For full details visit; 01296 321053 ​​Kingsfield Park


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