The underrated commuter town less than 30 minutes away Londoners are finally realising is a great place to live

Tree-lined avenues and wide green spaces attract buyers to Letchworth
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An unexpected town was named among London's very best commuter spots last year. Letchworth Garden City, a mere 29-minute journey from Central London on the quickest Thameslink services to King's Cross, has often been overlooked.

However, it seems this rising star of a commuter town is gaining more recognition among London's commuters, with many eyeing up the leafy green town as a potential new home.

Yopa Estate Agents have disclosed the top London commuter towns, revealing the most cost-effective alternatives to the capital's steep property prices and quick commuting distances, and despite not usually featuring, Letchworth made the cut.

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Letchworth Garden City has been sneaking onto lists for the top 10 London commuter towns

Known for being the location of the UK's first-ever traffic roundabout and boasting Garden City status, Letchworth could be the ideal spot for Londoners looking to relocate.

Situated in Hertfordshire, Letchworth attracts potential London buyers with its reasonable Thameslink commute, distinctive architecture, and of course, its abundance of green space.

Over the past year, property sold for a rough average of £459K, a significant difference from the capital's housing market where the average property price is £752K, according to Rightmove.

Letchworth, a garden city, places a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of its residents. The Garden City Movement, an idea conceived by Sir Ebenezer Howard, envisioned a utopian city where people coexist harmoniously with nature.

Letchworth became the first ever Garden City after being built in 1903
LETCHWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 04: People walk through the main commercial boulevard on January 4, 2017 in Letchworth, England. The Government has announced the sites of fourteen proposed Garden Village developments, in a bid to ease the ongoing housing crisis. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) -Credit:No credit

The concept proposed that small towns should be self-sufficient and encircled by greenbelts of rural countryside, catering to all of a person's daily needs while maintaining a connection to the surrounding countryside. Letchworth holds the distinction of being the first ever Garden City, established back in 1903.

Over a century later, Letchworth remains a place of picturesque tree-lined streets, expansive parks, and a 13-mile cycling and walking route that surrounds the town. For shopping enthusiasts, the area offers a blend of independent shops and national chains, along with a variety of eateries and cafes.

A monthly Farmers' Market is a popular event in the pedestrian-friendly town centre, offering locals a taste of country life while still within commuting distance to the capital. Depending on the train chosen, rush hour travel times can range from as little as 29 minutes to as much as 51 minutes to reach Central London from Letchworth Garden City.

A day return ticket costs £30.70.

Here are the top 10 London commuter towns for 2023, according to Yopa:.

Woking, Surrey.

Reading, Berkshire.

Slough, Berkshire.

Luton, Bedfordshire.

St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Letchworth, HertfordshireIsaac Bull, London's Divisional Franchise Director at Yopa, remarked: "'Since the first lockdown back in 2020, and the increase in remote working, we have definitely seen a change in buyer's behaviours in and around London."

He observed: "Lots of people have opted to move further out of London to take advantage of being able to get significantly more for your money down one of the many commuter routes in the suburbs."

Bull also noted: "Buyers have typically sold their smaller flats closer to the city and traded up for a larger house with gardens. This has meant a longer commute for some when they do have to work from the office but most are happy with compromise."

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