Flexible workers are fashioning a new commuter belt further away from London.
By Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders
These less sought-after parts of the country are full of under-the-radar gems.
Towcester and Brackley in Northamptonshire and Olney and Buckingham in Buckinghamshire are picture-perfect market towns, but have no railway line. Consequently they are ‘often not considered by incomers as an option,’ says Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search in the East Midlands. “But if you are prepared to drive 20 minutes to a station – Banbury, Bicester, Milton Keynes or Northampton – you can buy a lovely slice of rural England. The average detached home in Towcester and Brackley costs £365,415 and £351,820 respectively.
“It’s like the Cotswolds without the tourists,” says Johnston. But don’t hang around, she adds, as the price difference between ‘daily’ and ‘occasional’ commuter towns is eroding year on year which may well be down to the rise of flexi-workers.”