PROPERTIES located close to train stations have become more popular in recent weeks as more people find themselves returning to the office. Which train station locations outside of London are the most sought-after? Rightmove shares their insights.
As more people return to the office, location has once again, become a leading factor in where to live. During the height of lockdown, homes located in picturesque seaside locations and market towns with sizeable gardens were incredibly popular. Meanwhile bustling city centre fell out of favour, as more Britons traded their desk jobs for a laptop on their kitchen table.
The UK’s largest property site, Rightmove has spotted a new trend this month among homebuyers – train stations.
The site has seen a big jump in buyer searches for homes near commuter stations outside of London.
In fact, eight of Rightmove’s top 10 stations that have seen more interest from buyers are located within an hour of a major UK city.
So which stations have seen the biggest increase in searches from June to August?
Chelmsford station in Essex has seen the biggest surge in searches with a a 107 percent increase from June to August this year.
The average price of a home in Chelmsford is currently £400,626 – almost £200,000 more than the current UK average of £267,587.
However, Chelmsford is a cheaper option compared to buying a property in London.
Furthermore, Chelmsford station to London Liverpool Street station takes just 45 minutes.
A central city location that’s just under three hours from London and 40 minutes from Manchester, Liverpool Lime Street station has had a 59 percent increase in searches.
There’s also a direct train to Leeds that takes just under two hours, making it an ideal spot for north west commuters.
Just an hour’s commute from London, Sittingbourne station saw a 47 percent rise in buyer searches.
Located in an industrial town in Kent, the station is also just 17 miles from Canterbury.
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This spot isn’t too pricey either with homes in Sittingbourne having had an overall average price of £285,007 over the last year.
Crewe, which is just under an hour from Birmingham saw a jump of 32 percent from June to August.
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