Want to get out of the Big Smoke, but keep your commute to a minimum? You could do worse than moving to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, where the schools are ranked well, property prices are (fairly) reasonable – and the journey to the capital is a mere 28 minutes.
That's according to a study by buying agents Garrington Property Finders, which has compiled a list of the top 15 commuter towns around London based on the quality of schools, house prices, season ticket cost and commute length.
Also on the list are Chelmsford in Essex – just 36 minutes away from Liverpool Street Station – and Epsom, where the commute is also 36 minutes, although house prices are rather steeper, with the average home priced at more than £660,000, compared with Chelmsford's £420,000.
The research was inspired by "the questions most commonly asked by parents moving to the commuter belt in search of a better standard of living and a better education for their children", said the company.
Jonathan Hopper, its managing director, said there was "still good value – and a good quality of life – to be found within easy reach of the capital".