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Locations on direct trainline to Liverpool St, London please!

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CookieDoughKid Mon 04-Jul-16 21:24:18

Dh is getting fed up of his long commute from Oxfordshire to Liverpool St. We live completely the wrong side of London!

Ideally, would like to rent, possibly buy a large family home in a more suitable location which will have a direct train journey to Liverpool St. and avoid the tube if possible. Our budget to buy would be about £500K absolute max and for that, would like everything - 3 or 4 bed, garage, garden if at all possible! Would consider commutes up to 50mins but ideally less.
Please help!

Oh, and we would definitely need to be in catchment of a decent state secondary school for dcs!

Any ideas suggested towns or villages? Thanks!!

Obsidian77 Mon 04-Jul-16 21:27:04

Bishop's Stortford area nice, about 35 mins by fast train from Liverpool Street.

MrsPnut Mon 04-Jul-16 21:28:52

Hertford? You might get lucky with a house that ticks every box. It's direct from Hertford east into Liverpool Street and it's a lovely town.

Ilikedogs Mon 04-Jul-16 22:27:57

Ware might suit you. I don't know it too well but have friends there that love it and the train goes into Liverpool st.
They bought a really nice house for a similar budget to yours (I think it's a 4 bed)

Blondie1984 Tue 05-Jul-16 02:14:36

Chelmsford in Essex

shartsi Tue 05-Jul-16 03:25:10

Brentwood and shenfield or harold Wood, gidea park in Essex. 35 minutes on train.

shartsi Tue 05-Jul-16 03:27:04

Cross rail will also be running in that part of Essex so your hose value will increase.

Scarydinosaurs Tue 05-Jul-16 03:27:39

Brentwood or Shenfield- good Secondaries (and not far from grammar schools).

ocelot41 Tue 05-Jul-16 05:11:56

Saffron Walden is Lovely! Trains from Audley End

HalleLouja Tue 05-Jul-16 05:16:24

What about Moorgate? That's only a few minutes walk. You can look at Welwyn Garden City, Potters Bar, Hitchin and Knebworth.

Ifailed Tue 05-Jul-16 05:39:47

but once cross rail is open, it'll be an easier commute?

BitOutOfPractice Tue 05-Jul-16 06:27:15

Rayleigh. 40 minutes into LLS. Two ofsted outstanding secondaries. You'll get a lovely 4 bed for that money.

ConkersDontScareSpiders Tue 05-Jul-16 06:47:45

Ware is lovely-40 mins to Liverpool st.

Thomasthetank456 Tue 05-Jul-16 06:57:51

Rayleigh, Southend as pp said 40 minutes to London. Has added advantage of also having a line to fenchchurch street so not stuck if there are train problems

HolaWeenie Tue 05-Jul-16 07:51:30

Brentwood, Shenfield, Billericay, rayleigh, Hockley, Leigh on sea, all have nice high streets, and great schools.

CookieDoughKid Tue 05-Jul-16 10:08:11

Ooo lovely. Rayleigh looks to be affordable. Essex side and Brentford is expensive compared to Didcot. Thanks so much for your views, I need to start researching!!!

Emily7708 Tue 05-Jul-16 10:26:01

Highams Park or Chingford are only about 20 mins to Liverpool Street.

CityDweller Tue 05-Jul-16 13:39:40

Friend has moved to a village in Essex, outside Colchester. Walkable to station, on direct train line to Liv St. Kids are in an outstanding primary (and loving it) and I think there are decent secondaries around there too. I'm not sure exactly which village it is, but I think it's nearish to Marks Tey?

KarenG Wed 06-Jul-16 01:24:58

Wivenhoe. On the river outside Colchester, several pubs, a few restaurants, various shops, sailing club, arty, mainline station.

hurtyboobs Wed 06-Jul-16 01:28:12

Can't he get a new job? Surely that'd be easier? He could get made redundant tomorrow and the move would be for nothing

Blondie1984 Wed 06-Jul-16 02:42:23

Not sure Shenfield would be possible on OPs budget - prices have gone mad there already because of cross rail

Scarydinosaurs Wed 06-Jul-16 06:22:12

Hutton in Shenfield would be- it is catchment for St Martin's and walking distance to the station.

specialsubject Wed 06-Jul-16 09:54:36

I also wonder how stable the job is, given that no job is stable. Wait for cross rail?

mrsmortis Wed 06-Jul-16 19:38:34

Colchester is very slightly further out than you've asked (52 mins on the fast train). But you could easily get something where you could walk to the station for your budget. For example:

If your kids are grammar school material it's a good place to be too, but there are other options as well.

mrsmortis Wed 06-Jul-16 19:41:45

Sorry, that ones a bit over twee. Try this one instead...

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