Kate Middleton's village takes the top spot: the best homes hotspots for Paddington commuters

Enjoy village life less than a 60-minute commute from Paddington. There are 14 stations to choose from, with West Berkshire taking top spot for value.
A tiny village in the heart of Kate Middleton country is enjoying the best property performance for Paddington station commuters.

Midgham in West Berkshire has seen average prices grow 22.5 per cent to £451,302 in the past 12 months, while inner London prices grew just 13.4 per cent in the same period, according to a study by Savills. The report compared the property markets  of 14 railway station stops that are within an hour’s reach of Paddington.

With a population of about 350, Midgham sits north of the River Kennett and is roughly three miles from the Duchess of Cambridge’s childhood home at Chapel Row near Bucklebury. Midgham station is approximately a mile up the road, in the neighbouring village of Woolhampton. Trains to London take about 55 minutes and an annual season ticket costs £4,188.

Take a tour of commuter homes in West Berkshire with fast commutes to Paddington


“There has always been a migration west out of London when people want to start families, and they get better value in West Berkshire than they do in East Berkshire,” says Charles Robinson, director of Jones Robinson estate agents. 

Buying in Midgham or Woolhampton would cost between £300,000 and £400,000 for a two-bedroom cottage. A four-bedroom detached house would be about £950,000, while a manor house with a big garden would cost from £1.2 million to £1.3 million.
 
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Offers over £400,000: a double-fronted five-bedroom house with a courtyard garden in the centre of
Woolhampton, close to Midgham train station

Taplow, Buckinghamshire: for long-term growth
When it comes to longer-term price growth, Savills’ study shows that Taplow has had the strongest recovery since the recession hit. 
Prices in this riverside village are now 33 per cent higher than they were at the peak of the market, standing at an average of £471,966. Trains to London take only 40 minutes and an annual season ticket costs £2,808.

Timothy Gerrard, a partner at Chewton Rose estate agents, says these convenience factors help to drive up prices.
 
“It really suits people who want to get away from the urban sprawl, but not too far away,” he adds. Taplow is about three miles from Maidenhead, where there are more shopping choices, and from late 2018/2019 residents will be able to take Crossrail services directly to the West End and the City.

Prices are, says Gerrard, about 25 per cent cheaper than in London, so you could buy a two-bedroom Victorian terrace for about £400,000 or a more modern four-bedroom house on the outskirts for the same price. But expect to pay about £1.25 million for a four-bedroom farmhouse with a paddock.
 
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£2.85 million: a magnificent seven-bedroom period house with four acres in Iver, Buckinghamshire,
half an hour by train from Paddington

Iver, buckinghamshire: for a dream commute
Prices in Iver have also rebounded well, up 21 per cent compared with the peak to an average of £408,913. It is less than half an hour from Paddington, with an annual season ticket of £2,056, and is one of the westernmost points on the new Crossrail line that will give it the added fillip of direct services to the West End and the City.

The commute from Iver is a dream, and it has the added bonus of open countryside. It is only five miles from Heathrow airport and, at present, is not troubled by flight path noise. But if the third runway goes ahead, campaigners claim Iver will suffer from plane noise. If this is a chance you are willing to take, most London buyers head to Richings Park, near the station. 

Edward Godfrey, sales manager at Oakwood Estates, puts the price rises down to an influx of people swooping on investment properties, as well as first-time buyers priced out of London. A two-bedroom flat in Richings Park would cost about £250,000 to £275,000, while a four-bedroom Thirties semi would cost £600,000 to £650,000. The area’s “Millionaires Row” is Wood Lane, which is lined with mansions that cost about £3 million.


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