What to consider

Looking to move out of the city? Use these points to help you decide where to move.

  • Be quite certain whether you want deep countryside, accessible town, or village centre. Do you need shops, cappuccinos on tap, and nightlife, or do you want walks from the back door and a night sky unclouded by light pollution?
  • Work out your primary needs. Is it the good school, the handy pub, supermarket nearby or is it the easy commuting journey. Compromises will have to be made.
  • If village life is the thing then find out how the village of your choice works socially. Do you want to get stuck in, shop locally and support the farmers’ market too?
  • Calculate the outgoings of your new life. It won’t just be house-price-plus-season-ticket but may also include mounting petrol prices and maybe school fees.
  • Most people feel that a 15 minute car journey to and from the station is long enough. Many also find that a 60-90 minute train journey is the most they want to do. A small station where fewer trains stop may end up being easier to handle than the big town station with the crowded car park.

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The Commuter Guide website is based on the bestselling Telegraph Guide to Commuterland, by award-winning property journalist Caroline McGhie.

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