Phil Spencer ranks six Hertfordshire areas as the UK’s best commuter towns

Phil Spencer ranks six Hertfordshire areas as the UK’s best commuter towns

When it comes to buying a new home, there are plenty of things to consider. A factor that is often at the top of anyone’s list is the location, and it can make or break your dream home.

In Hertfordshire, we’re blessed with bustling towns, picturesque countryside and transport links into London. It’s perhaps no surprise then that six areas in Herts have been ranked among the UK’s best commuter towns to London with hopeful homeowners desperate to move to the county.

That’s at least according to property expert Phil Spencer, perhaps best known for appearing alongside Kirstie Allsop on Location, Location, Location. He’s ranked a number of areas based on train times, house prices and what they’ve got to shout about outside of great transport links, and based his findings from Yopa and Rightmove data.

Yes, we know it’s a city, but St Albans was ranked first in a 21-strong list. The fastest train to London from St Albans takes 20 minutes, but a season ticket price will set you back an eye-watering £3,712. That, coupled with average house prices of £582,115 makes it a rather expensive place to live.

On the city, Phil wrote: “Claiming top spot is St Albans, a town with a rich history that locals love to explore, including a stunning cathedral. Here, you can find shopping centres, green parks, great entertainment and leisure centres all in walking distance. Plus, a 20-minute journey time from central London goes down well with commuters.”

We’ll forgive him for calling it a town… almost. The London terminus station is St Pancras, a popular hub of the capital’s transport network.

Claiming second is another of our much-loved towns – Hatfield. This time, we can actually call it a town.

The London terminus station here is King’s Cross, and the fastest train to London is 21 minutes. A season ticket price will cost £2,888 while the average price of a home will set you back £358,761.

On Hatfield, Phil told “Hatfield offers plenty to do right on your doorstep, and while not as busy as some Hertfordshire towns, the price of your average family home is much lower. Its high street might not be as bustling as others, but it offers many of the perks of living in London without the price tag. You can reach Kings Cross in just over 20 minutes.”

Fourth on the list is Borehamwood where the average price of a home costs £514,773. The fastest train to London is 25 minutes, terminating at St Pancras International, with a season ticket costing £2,708.

Phil added: “Only 12 miles from Charing Cross, Borehamwood is an up and coming area proving popular with young professionals. The easy commute to London is one thing, the town is also well known for being home to Elstree Studios.”

Stevenage, meanwhile, comes out in sixth and Hitchin 12th. Berkhamsted, meanwhile, claims 15th. Tring also got an honourable mention that wasn’t listed in the overall ranking.

Feature from ” Hertfordshire Mercury Newspaper”.


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