Ten commuter hotspots in Surrey and Hampshire within 60-minutes of Waterloo

With trains within an hour from the city, many parts of Surrey and Hampshire offer quick commutes and value for money. We find the best spots to look for rural homes...

Whether your priority is a quick journey home, value for money, a rustic lifestyle, or city living, trains from Waterloo station can deliver. There are 10 stations that lie beyond the M25, spanning Surrey and Hampshire, which are within an hour’s commute.


Savills says that of the 10 stops, the location showing the strongest annual price growth is the Surrey village of Brookwood, which is up 11.7 per cent in the past year to an average of £331,878. It has outperformed the rest of the line since 2007, with a healthy 34.4 per cent growth.
Tim Harriss, a partner at Knight Frank, says a 35-minute commute is a big attraction. “Brookwood and Woking have by far and away the best train lines into London of anywhere around here,” he adds.
Brookwood, which has a cricket club, art group and plenty of children’s clubs, is surrounded by lovely open countryside, where there are great walks alongside the Basingstoke Canal.
Shops include a post office and butcher, while Woking, just four miles away, has the lot. Good pubs are within walking distance in the neighbouring villages of Pirbright and Knaphill.
On the downside, Brookwood Primary School ‘requires improvement’, according to Ofsted.
The village has some pleasant Victorian terraces, priced from £300,000 to £350,000. Buyers are mostly first-timers who have chosen a three-bedroom house and a commute over a small city flat.
Wealthier buyers head to the hamlet of Sheet’s Heath, just on the other side of the canal, where Victorian villas with five bedrooms sell for £1 million-plus.
For Londoners nervous about leaving the city, Winchester — the ancient capital of Wessex perched alongside the South Downs — could be an option.
£6.5 million: Mulberry House, a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse (Savills: 01962 841842)

With its skyline dominated by a Gothic cathedral, Winchester is a city with stunning architecture, great schools and plenty of green space. The average property price is £417,958, up a slightly disappointing 4.3 per cent in the past year, but 23.5 per cent since the market’s peak in 2007.
Winchester is a relatively long commute at 58 minutes from the city, but there is a choice of three well-regarded state secondary schools. The jewel in the crown is Kings’ School Winchester, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, while Henry Beaufort School and Westgate School have achieved ‘good’ ratings.

The city centre is charming, with some fine examples of Tudor architecture. Fine dining is taken care of at the Michelin-starred Black Rat restaurant that offers a modern British menu, while if you prefer a pub supper, the Wykeham Arms has an exciting menu.
Lindsay Johnn, an associate director of Savills, estimates that about 60 per cent of her buyers are London commuters, usually in their mid-thirties to early forties and with at least one child.
Their preferred location is the suburb of Hyde, which has a real village feel and is a 10-minute walk to the station and the town centre. A three-bedroom terrace in Hyde would cost about £700,000.

Offers over £2.7 million: an elegant detached Queen Anne residence with seven bedrooms in St Cross Road, Winchester (Strutt & Parker: 01962 869999)

But buyers are rippling out into another suburb, Fulflood, which is also handy for the station, and has good schools. Its three-bedroom Thirties homes sell for about £600,000 to £650,000.
The most expensive locations along the line are Winchfield and Hook. Average prices in these adjacent Hampshire villages appear to have plateaued at an average of £385,695, up 4.3 per cent in the past year and 7.3 per cent since 2007.

£895,000: Ivy Cottage, an attactive Grade II-listed detached house on Hound Green, Hook, with four bedrooms (Strutt & Parker: 01256 702892)

Basingstoke, seven miles away, is cheaper. Average prices stand at £237,250. This is a good commuting town, with the train journey taking 44 minutes, reflected in prices rising 5.1 per cent in the past year and 8.8 per cent since 2007.
Schools in the market town range from Ofsted-rated ‘special measures’ to ‘outstanding’. For under-11s, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School is excellent, and the two secondaries — Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School and the Costello School — are also well regarded.
Old Basing, two miles east of the station, is a historic village with wonderful period property, pretty canalside walks and good pubs.
Houses here are above average for the town. A pretty Georgian two-bedroom cottage would cost from £350,000 to £400,000, while a period detached house with generous gardens and four bedrooms can go for between £750,000 and £950,000.

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