Here are the best London commuter towns - with house prices you can actually afford

 
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London life is not for everyone; it's noisy, the houses are too expensive and the pints aren't cheap either.

So if you're looking to get away from it all, but you don't want to give up your City job, where is the ideal place to settle down?

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When weighing up house prices, how long it takes to commute and the cost of a season ticket, researchers at Totally Money found that Swanley in Kent, where the average house price is £353,884, is your best bet. Bushey, in Hertfordshire, came second.

Here are the best and worst towns to live in if you're commuting to London:

And in the top five commuter towns, the average house price is less than £450,000 (which, by London standards, is affordable).

Town House prices Cost of commute Commute time (mins) Life satisfaction
1. Swanley £353,854 £3,428 29 8.15
2. Bushey £318,484 £3,092 21 7.68
3. Watford £438,385 £3,444 20 7.75
4. Redhill £409,787 £3,528 31 8
5. Ebbsfleet £221,241 £5,180 18 7.54
6. Maidenhead £551,697 £4,592 20 7.83
7. Sevenoaks £659,851 £4,052 32 8.15
8. Horley £410,320 £4,060 35 8
9. Slough £388,522 £3,344 17 7.42
10. Waltham Cross £388,172 £2,568 28 7.63

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