A popular choice for commuting house hunters is Guildford in Surrey. The county town is about 30 miles from London and regular fast train services to and from Waterloo take about 35 minutes.
Young professionals seek out flats in the town centre, while middle-aged managers and executives buy big, family houses that are considered good value against similar properties in less well-connected parts of the home counties.
Langton Priory, on the banks of the River Wey, falls somewhere between these two types of home, with spacious, refurbished apartments in an original Victorian priory and new-build flats alongside.
Completion is due early next year. Prices start from £550,000. Call Newcourt Residential on 020 7205 2681.