​The top 20 streets to find a family home within commuting distance of London

New research reveals the best family-friendly streets for London commuters.

Plenty of surveys attempt to name the best areas to raise a family within commuting distance of London, but exclusive new research for Homes & Property goes a step further - pinpointing the best 20 streets for the job.

Property research website PropertyDetective.com has compiled the Family Friendly Index, taking into account factors including the quality and availability of schools, nurseries and childcare providers, National Childbirth Trust - or NCT - groups, crime rates, population density and green spaces. 

Top of the list is Birch Lane in Flaunden, Hertfordshire, thanks to good local schools, open spaces, easy access to large town centres and a comprehensive range of childcare options. 
Good schools are also the major plus point for residents of Streatley Road in Sundon, Bedfordshire, which ranks second. 


Hertfordshire's Lower Harpenden Road comes in third place, thanks to its childcare facilities. Nick Ingle, head of estate agent Savills in Harpenden, says: "The area is very family-oriented with a thriving community spirit and the surrounding countryside is ideal for outdoor pursuits. Harpenden is characterised by its numerous parks and commons but with fantastic commuter links."

PropertyDetective.com founder Barry Bridges, says: "What our research shows is that family friendliness differs at a very granular level. One street can offer everything a family might need, but just down the road the picture's very different. 

"What is reassuring is that every town has outstanding locations for families, so there's no 'bad' place to move to if you want children, or if your family is growing. But it pays to do your research as location is everything, even down to the street."

For parents-to-be, three streets rank highly for their strong NCT communities - Dagnall Road in Great Gaddesden and Cheddington Lane in Tring, both in Hertfordshire, and Priory Lane in Farnham, Surrey.

Farnham is a popular area for families with kids of all ages. Rory McKenzie, head of Savills in Farnham, says: “The area attracts many families because of the enormous choice of private and state schools, and easy commuting makes Farnham a huge draw.”


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