As it becomes more and more clear that working from home will stick with us beyond the pandemic, people are moving out of London in favour of more spacious homes with access to green space.
With a hybrid approach to going into the office looking like the ‘new normal’, most employees will only have to be in London a few days a week, making commuting suddenly seem more attractive.
While being near a train station was once essential, now an extra drive to the station isn’t such a drag.
Savills estate agents analysed property prices in villages within 10km of a station from which a less than 45-minute train journey will take you to the capital.
The field was narrowed down by The Telegraph to only include the villages with the best primary schools.
Here is the final list of the best villages to live for commuting to London if your budget is £700k.
Just a 10 minute drive from Woking where a train can wiz you to London in less than 30 minutes, this village is also near Chobham Common, a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Homes here cost on average £668,488.
George Hughes from Strutt & Parker estate agents said: “Buyers come out of London and look at Ascot and Sunningdale and think it doesn’t feel rural enough, it feels like South West London.
“Chobham is a real village, it has quintessential pubs and feels like the countryside.”
He continued: “Probably 80 per cent of our registered buyers are moving out of London. It’s young professionals who no longer need to be in their offices so often and young families who want more green space.”
Situated high on the North Downs, this lovely parish features a stunning church.
Homes are an average of £696,264.
And the commute is 20 minutes to Oxted station, followed by a 33-minute train journey to the capital.
A small village with just a few shops, pubs and a library, Bramley is a rural spot surrounded by fields and agriculture, yet just a stone’s throw away from bustling Guildford.
Homes in Bramley average at £621,748.
Guildford station is a short drive away, then its only a 37-minute train to London.
Across the border in Hampshire, Eversley is a lovely parish surrounded by beautiful woodland.
Homes in the village go for £665,627.
The commute to Waterloo via Farnborough Main’s 40-minute line can be done within an hour from Eversley.
Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh
In Buckinghamshire, the parish of Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh lies on the outskirts of the beautiful Chiltern Hills.
Homes here cost £649,898.
The commute involves a short drive or train journey to Princes Risborough, where a train will take you to London in 38 minutes.
Also located in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire is Bledlow-cum-Saunderton.
Daniel Hillyard from Tim Russ estate agents said: “It’s very much a family driven market, and half of our buyers are London commuters.”
Homes cost £682,625.
Commuters can travel to London via High Wycombe’s 29-minute train line to Marylebone.
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In Hertfordshire, Wigginton is a parish just outside Tring where homes cost £647,264.
You only add a few minutes to the 38-minute commute from Tring to London from Wigginton.
Not to be confused with Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn village lies a few miles outside of the more well-known city.
Welwyn North station will get you to London in 40 minutes.
Homes here cost £624,575.
North and East
Ingatestone and Fryerning
This parish in Essex encompasses two villages.
The average house price in the parish is £628,635.
For a quick commute and functional village, Ingatestone is the best option with a 34-minute line to London Liverpool Street.
On the other hand, Fryerning is more up-market, set in a more rural area and home to extravagant and expensive country homes. It’s two miles to Ingatestone for the rail link.
Savills’ Stephen White said: “There is cheap all-day parking and you will get a seat on the train.”
The area is very competitive, though, attracting buyers from Shoreditch, Wapping, and Islington.
“We have three times more buyers than houses,” White added.
Braughing and Hunsdon
Both in Hertfordshire, buyers in the parishes of Braughing and Hunsdon can commute from Bishops Stortford to London in 38 minutes and from Harlow Town in 35 minutes.
Respective house prices are £606,478 and £640,200.
Sevenoaks in Kent has a 34-minute rail link Charing Cross and a direct link to Blackfriars, making the surrounding villages a fantastic commuter hub.
Just outside Sevenoaks, this village takes you away from the hustle and bustle but remains within walking distance of the train station.
Properties here cost £644,126.
Next door to Riverhead is Chevening, a quiet village where homes are around £682,682.
Tucked away just outside the village is Chevening House, a beautiful English country house.
The nearby village of Chepstead features a lake and sailing club, another draw to the area.
Nestled in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chiddingstone is a charming Tudor village where homes cost £643,677.
Nearby Chiddingstone Castle is a beautiful and historic spot.
Hildenborough station has a 42-minute line to Charing Cross and is a 13-minute drive away.
Located in the High Weald AONB of West Sussex, homes in this parish cost £631,316.
Balcombe station, which is around 15 minutes away, has a 44-minute train link to Blackfriars, but Haywards Heath offers more frequent trains, although they take longer.