Maidenhead, with a dull town centre but good surrounding countryside, is set to stay in the spotlight due to Crossrail, which will cut the regular commute to Paddington to 37 minutes.
More families are relocating from west London, according to estate agent Hamptons International. “By crossing the M25 divide, they can get much better value for money while enjoying the quick commuter links. Buy-to-let investors are making their presence felt, too,” says a spokesman. Phase two of Chapel Arches is on sale, with prices from £450,000. Call Shanly Homes on 01494 685800.
The Loftings, above, is another new scheme, near the train station. Prices from £289,950. Call Redrow on 01628 702545.
On the other side of the Thames, Taplow Riverside is a new neighbourhood of more than 150 homes, some with river access, restaurants, picnic areas, marina, moorings, an upgraded riverside walk and a footbridge to Maidenhead town centre. Houses from £1,075,000. Call Berkeley Homes on 01753 784417.