New homes in Maidenhead: Alexandra Park, Hitcham Court, Athena Court and Skindles

The arrival of Crossrail in 2018 will bring a 37-minute commute direct from Maidenhead to Paddington. Now is the time to buy.

Maidenhead is a Crossrail winner in Berkshire and the impact of the east-west train link continues to be felt ahead of the scheduled opening in 2018, with London buyers attracted by the prospect of a direct 37-minute commute to Paddington.

While the Thames-side town is not pretty, the local area is full of lovely villages. “About 30 per cent of people relocating here are moving out of west London,” says David Redmond, manager of the local Hamptons International branch. “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.”

From 585,000: traditional family homes at Alexandra Park. Call 01494 685800

The train station is getting a Crossrail facelift and a much-needed new shopping precinct is being created, with homes as part of the mix. There are also plans to restore a stagnant stream into a showpiece waterway.

Alexandra Park, above, on the edge of the town, is a collection of new semi-detached and detached traditional family houses, with red-brick and cream-render exterior. Prices from £585,000. Call Shanly Homes on 01494 685800. Shanly is also building town centre flats for sale from £515,000 at Hitcham Court

From £1,150 a month: two-bedroom homes to rent at Athena Court, five minutes from Maidenhead station

New rentals have been launched  at Athena Court, a five-minute walk from the mainline station. Rents for two-bedroom properties start at £1,150 a month. Call Sorbon Estates on 01494 683823.

One notable address for the future is Skindles, a former hotel alongside listed Maidenhead Bridge. The 42-acre development by Berkeley will bring a new waterfront community of more than 150 properties, with restaurants and a riverside promenade.

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