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Where to live within 1 hour commute of london

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magicalmollie · 21/08/2009 07:30

Hi everyone
I am moving out of London in 2 weeks, with my husband and daughter, we were going to stay here but our house fell through at the last minute. Now we are going to have to live with my folks in Hampshire till we find somewhere.
I really need to find a lovely place within an hour commute of london for my husband (including tubes etc, so no more than 45 mins on the train). I would like to stay south london as I really want to be near my parents who live in Alton in Hampshire. We have quite a good budget.
Somewhere friendly with good schools and lots of families with small children, my daughter is 2 years. We were thining of Elvethem Heath in Fleet, but I don't like the town so much. I like guildford but hardly anything ever comes up.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Feelingreally worried and stressed as we are going to be homeless and livinv with my parents isn't ideal. Also I don't want the house market to suddenly go up, and then what I got for my house isn't worth as much. And storage for my stuff is so expensive!
Sorry about the long post. Just trying to get as much information in as possible.
love M

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Egg · 21/08/2009 14:16

Sadly no, quickest is definitely 55. There are some that a slightly slower that stop at Clapham but 55 mins is the non-stop one.

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ClaireDeLoon · 21/08/2009 14:18

Where in London does your husband work? I think that makes a big difference - you don't want to have to change tubes ifswim. So the train station you arrive at should have a direct tube link to work.

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Rebeccaj · 21/08/2009 14:29

We're just doing pretty much the same - moving from Fulham to Epsom. We looked in Weybridge/Walton, but to get the house we wanted to make it worth moving (5 bed, garden, garage, walkable commute) in the catchment for the best schools (another key reason for moving), we would have had to have spent £850k+. In Epsom we're paying around 200k less. Of course, Epsom is a little further out, so you do need to make sure you figure in the full commute - DH goes to Canary Wharf - but we think it'll be OK...

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movingnow · 21/08/2009 16:46

Farnham?

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AllotmentMum · 23/08/2009 19:23

Brighton or Worthing

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surreygirl · 23/08/2009 19:45

Another vote for Epsom... shopping OK and it's not too far to Kingston either, cinema/theatre/leisure centre/gyms, loads of nice green spaces, easy access to Central London/Gatwick/M25/Heathrow/SW London, good schools, cheaper than Esher...and was always in Phil and Kirstie's top ten best places...

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Ewe · 23/08/2009 19:51

It was number one a couple of years ago surreygirl!

I second (third?) Epsom. The commute is good, Surrey Downs are mere minutes away and it has good facilities.

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DebiTheScot · 23/08/2009 20:16

Elevtham Heath is nice, we go to church there and have a lot of friends who live there and really like it. Just a warning about the school though. It is massively over subscribed and not everyone who lives on the Heath gets in.
I like Fleet too, what is it you don't like about it and I might be able to think of somewhere else you'd like.

Hartley Whitney is also lovely but can be very expensive and doesn't have a station (although 1 near as someone mentioned). There's villages like Hook too that are quite nice.

I live in Farnborough but I'm guessing you've discounted that as it's not the most attractive place in the world. Does have it's nice bits though- Farnborough Park has some v nice houses.

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DebiTheScot · 23/08/2009 20:17

oh yeah Farnham, that's lovely too.

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HerHonesty · 24/08/2009 09:27

Elvetham heath doesnt have a station, its not really a walk to fleet either. its nice but is essentially a new build estate. wouldnt recommend hook, its a bit rough.

Farnborough does have some lovely big houses, and v good value.

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Crazycatlady · 24/08/2009 09:35

Sorry but I wouldn't really recommend Woking. The train service to London is its only redeeming feature. The town centre is pretty average and there is also a fair bit of racial tension (which you can ignore/not notice but I wouldn't want to bring up kids there). State schools are very average apart from one excellent Catholic secondary. Good private schools nearby though.

I grew up in Woking and family still live nearby so know it well. There are some ok places on the periphery of the town but then this impacts on commuting time.

Guildford a much better bet, and second what people say about Godalming - lovely area. Or Weybridge. But all quite pricey. You may get more for your money in the Fleet direction.

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Rindercella · 24/08/2009 09:44

Agree with Crazycat about Woking. It really doesn't have that many redeeming features.

Cobham, Esher, Weybridge are all nice if you can get something in your budget.

As others have said, have a look at Epsom though - as others have said it is better value than some of the other towns in the area.

Make sure that you allow time for your DH to get to the station where ever you end up. The traffic around these towns is terrible (used to take me over an hour to get from Cobham to Weybridge in rush hour a few years ago).

Farnham is a very pretty town.

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Cosette · 24/08/2009 09:47

Farnham would be good - it's not far up the A31 from Alton, so handy for your parents, has good schools, but it is 55 minutes on the train. Or if you lived somewhere near Farnborough station, that's only 37 minutes.

Otherwise as others have said, Godalming (47 mins), or Farncombe (44 mins). All trains go into Waterloo from this area.

Do you want to live in a town or a village?

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SouthernMeerkat · 24/08/2009 13:36

We moved away from Epsom as I really didn't like it and we never settled.

We're now in Tunbridge Wells and it's fantastic, although maybe a bit far from your folks. We looked at Godalming and really liked it, but at the time didn't have the budget; Winchester is also another place that we really liked, but we couldn't find a house in time. Haslemere was another place we considered as there are fast trains.

I guess it depends where your DH works as to where will work best.....and whether you want a town or more rural living.

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micasi3 · 02/03/2010 11:31

Sydney to London - where to live with 3 kids under 6

Hi all, I know there have been previous threads but would appreciate your advice.

Until reading the thread on where to live with 1 hour commute I have been looking to move to either Seven Oaks or St Albans. (We are moving in April so in time for term 3 of school)

Would welcome insights from anyone living in these areas. We have a 6yr old a 5 yr old and 3 yr old and would like to get all 3 in same state school or at least the oldest 2 and nursery for the youngest.

Hubby will be commuting to Liverpool St station. We are here for about 2 years so want to be a short commute for children to enjoy london on weekends. But be in a nice town and community to live to get to know people.

Any other areas recommended are also appreciated. Within 45 min commute. Many thanks

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loveberry · 13/12/2010 13:09

Hello everybody,
I live in Hertfordshire with my husband and two children.My son is 10years old and my daughter is 5years old.My husband recently got a job in Farnborough.We are planning to relocate to the area which has excellent primary and secondary schools.I don't drive ,so I'm looking for the areas within 30-40 minutes to Farnborough .I don't have clue about the areas around the Hampshire which has outstanding schools.Please can someone help!

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loveberry · 13/12/2010 13:10

Hello everybody,
I live in Hertfordshire with my husband and two children.My son is 10years old and my daughter is 5years old.My husband recently got a job in Farnborough.We are planning to relocate to the area which has excellent primary and secondary schools.I don't drive ,so I'm looking for the areas within 30-40 minutes to Farnborough .I don't have clue about the areas around the Hampshire which has outstanding schools.Please can someone help!

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minibmw2010 · 14/12/2010 15:14

micasi3, we live in Colchester and its a 50 minute fast train journey to Liverpool Street or a 60 minute slow train journey. Trains go direct into Liverpool Street. I have friends who live in St. Albans and though it seems a lovely town, its a very "full" town (if that makes any sense) plus its very very expensive (in my opinion).

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