Everyone loves Location, Location, Location.
There’s just something so deeply satisfying with watching the UK’s pickiest home hunters throwing wobblies when things go slightly wrong.
But all is always okay in the end (on the whole), as show legend Phil Spencer will come in and save the day – somehow.
Now Mr Spencer, property expert that he is, has named the 21 best commuter towns within 54 minutes of the capital, ranked from fasted to slowest.
St Albans, Hertfordshire
It’ll take you just 20 minutes to get to the capital from St Albans via Thameslink from St Pancras.
But this may not be of much use to those commuting into the capital with the hopes of saving a few quid, as the average property price in St Albans is around £607,000, according to Rightmove.
Much like St Albans, nearby Hatfield only takes 21 minutes to get to from London, via Thameslink from Highbury and Islington.
It may make more sense to uproot and move here, however, as the average property price plummets to £364,307.
Unlike the previous two places, the third quickest spot, according to Mr Spencer, lies just to the west of London – Reading, where house prices average at £387,744.
Great Western Rail will whiz you there in just 25 minutes. Easy.
Back up north for the next one, which also takes 25 minutes to get to via Thameslink from St Pancras.
But with that said, a property will cost you around £525,872, so it’s hardly the cheapest part of town.
Buckinghamshire’s a delightful place to set up shop, provided you have £591,480 for a property.
Transport for London rail will jet you there in 25 minutes, so make sure you’ve got your cheque book ready.
Another Thameslink paradise – the train company will whisk you there in just 27 minutes from Finsbury Park.
And when the average gaff goes for as little as £324,049, it could definitely be a cost-effective move.
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Back to Buckinghamshire for this one.
With the average pad price estimated to be £364,604, and Chiltern railways getting you into London in just 27 minutes, High Wycombe could definitely be the place for commuters wishing to save money.
You’d imagine it’d take less than 28 minutes to get to Horley, seeing as Surrey borders London, but you’d be wrong.
The leafy suburb is accessed by Southern Rail from Clapham Junction, and the average pad goes for £410,067.
Back to Berkshire. You can fly (as it were) to Twyford in a mere 29 minutes on Great Western Rail from Paddington.
We find ourselves in Surrey again, this time in Redhill, where homes tend to go for around £430,776.
Like most Surrey spots, it’s a train ride from Clapham Junction – and at only half an hour, it won’t take you long to get there.
Beaconsfield, Chiltern Hills
For those of us who may not know where Beaconsfield is, it’s near High Wycombe.
And being only 31 minutes away on Chiltern Railways from Marylebone, it could well be the spot for you.
House prices may be a bit steep, however, averaging at over £1 million.
North of the capital, again. And you guessed it, it’s Thameslink business.
At 33 minutes from Finsbury Park, and with the average home going for £475,190, this could well be a place to set up shop.
We’ve all heard of Brentwood as it’s a favoured filming spot of The Only Way Is Essex.
So should you wish to go hunting for your favourite reality TV stars, you’ll be pleased to know that Greater Anglia Rail will take you there in just 34 minutes from Liverpool Street Station.
And as pads go for around £566,784 – significantly less than London – you may end up staying forever.
Another familiar one: Luton.
Known for being home to Stacey Dooley, it’s only 35 minutes from St Pancras, and yes you guessed it, you go via Thameslink.
And prices plummet here to an average of £286,000. Talk about a bargain.
Another Hertfordshire location, but this time it’s West Midlands Trains that’ll take you there – in only 37 minutes.
And if you have around £787,193 lying around, then you can also buy a (second) home there too.
Three Bridges, West Sussex
You may have heard of Three Bridges as it’s relatively near Gatwick, so it will have been announced on the tannoy as you make your way to the airport.
Southern Rail takes you there in 39 minutes from Clapham Junction, and with homes averaging at £320,000, you can easily raise a family there.
Classic Guildford, in leafy Surrey. It’s a middle-class paradise, hence why the average home price is £567,423, so it’s not cheap.
But it’s known for being beautiful, so if you can deal with a 40 minute train journey from Clapham Junction, then it’s the place for you.
Chiltern Railways will get you there in 42 minutes from Marylebone Station, so it’s hardly a trek. True Londoners will also know that Amersham is in fact on the Tube – at the end of the Metropolitan line.
Prices do average at £670,000 though, and for that price, you can find somewhere gorgeous in the capital.
It’s highly debated whether Epping’s in London or Essex, but we’ll go along with what Phil Spencer says on this one.
Epping’s also unique on this list, because it’s 45 minutes away from Oxford Circus, right in the heart of Central London.
Renowned for its university, Great Northern rail will whisk you there in 51 minutes from Kings Cross.
But if you’re moving there and not studying then it can be pricey. The average home costs £535,811.
Another famous-ish one – you may have heard of Henley-on-Thames from the famous rowing regatta.
If not, then all you need to know is that Great Western Rail can get you there in 54 minutes from Paddington Station.
But with prices averaging at £688,840, you may want to give it the swerve.
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