Surrey Commuter Towns to London

With the majority of house prices in London now out of the reach of the average working family, more and more house buyers and property investors are looking to the commuter towns surrounding London which offer more affordable housing within a reasonable commute of London. For those who work in London purchasing a house in a commuter town is a necessity whilst for property investors it is an opportunity as the “ripple effect” sees the biggest rise in property values occurring within the commuter towns compared to anywhere else in England and Wales.

In this series of articles we will be looking at those commuter towns in Hertfordshire where properties are arguably affordable for the average working family.  In Part 2 we focus on Esher and Weybridge

Esher

Esher sits 40 miles south-west of central London close to both the A3 and the M25 combining quick access to Heathrow and Gatwick airports as well as direct trains to Waterloo and Claygate (journey time 20-35 minutes)

The property is available in Esher are mainly 1920s and 1930s detached houses with private estates and a leafy suburban atmosphere. In addition, there are developments of modern flats and a selection of Victorian cottages. Properties by the famous British architect George Blair Imrie can be found in Clive Road and Claire Hill and are particularly noteworthy with mellow red brick and leaded windows combined with gable ends and long sweeping tiled roofs.  

Properties in Esher can range in price from around £299,000-£3 million Princes Square has a more recent developments of 12 two and three-bedroom flats alongside six townhouses and nine flats in the restored Milbourne House, with prices ranging from £925,000  for two-bedroom flat to  £2.35 million  for a four-bedroom townhouse.  Other up-and-coming areas include Hengest Avenue and Hinchley Wood with one-bedroom maisonettes and three, four, and five bedroom houses ranging from £299,995-£984,995.

There are high performing primary and secondary schools in Esher with the two local comprehensives achieving the grade of “outstanding” in 2012.

For shopping, Esher is fairly limited with a selection of fashion boutiques and designer kitchen shops mixed with various restaurants and fast food brand outlets. Restaurants include, Japanese, Nepalese, Thai Indian and Lebanese restaurants.

For those seeking outdoor pursuits, there is the Esher Common, a cricket green and the National Trust owned Claremont. For the more sporty, there is racing, a ski slope and go-karting and the Xcel Leisure Centre with other entertainment opportunities coming from the local art centre and the Esher Odeon.  

In the year up to 1 May 2015, most property sales in Esher involved detached properties selling for an average of £1,236,744  with semi-detached properties selling for an average price of £708,612  and flats £462,101<. the overall average price of properties selling in esher in the last 12 months was £861,710 with the price of property in esher rising by 11% between 2012-2015.

Weybridge

Weybridge is one of the most affluent of the commuter towns. Only 20 miles from the centre of London, Weybridge, with its private gated estates, has been home to the celebrity gentry such as John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Cliff Richard, Shilpa Shetty and Theo Paphitis.  Close to 3 major motorways-M3, M25 and M4 Weybridge  has direct train links to Waterloo with a journey time of 30 minutes.

Another claim to fame for Weybridge is Brooklands which is claimed to be the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit.

A quiet town, Weybridge offers a retreat for families who are looking for quieter living but who still want the bright lights and racy life of London.  Many of the smaller houses in Weybridge have been either demolished or extended as the affluent people moving into the town prefer newly built “mansion” type houses to the period housing already there.  Despite the preference for expensive large houses, Weybridge has a surprisingly large range of properties with prices ranging from below £200,000 (for a one-bedroom flat) to £16 million for a new build mansion. Exclusive areas of Weybridge include St Georges Hill, Weybridge Park and High Pine Close with properties priced from £1,500,000-£4,950,000.

The town centre has a typical local town feel with branches of Waitrose and Morrisons and a few fashion boutiques. There are independent shops and restaurants including Spanish and Italian with a few local pubs.

For those seeking outdoor activities there are walks along the Thames Path and the River Wey and three local parks with a skateboard park and BMX track.

The majority of properties sold in Weybridge in the last 12 months were flats averaging £320,616. The average selling price for a terraced property in Weybridge was £524,588 and detached properties £1,376,134. The average price for property in Weybridge remained stable over the last 12 months and were 5% lower than in 2012.

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