Where to buy in Zone 5:the homes hotspots with commutes into central London of 21 minutes or less

Offering journey times into Zone 1 from just 17 minutes, Zone 5 districts from Bromley South to Harrow-on-the-Hill could be well worth considering...

A new report, published today by Hamptons International, debunks the theory that the inner travel Zones offer the fastest travel - so, if your priority is a speedy journey to central London then you could be better off living in the depths of Zone 5 than in many Zone 2 neighbourhoods.

Though travel costs will increase by a few hundred pounds a year if you live a zone or two further out than you might dream of, you could save tens - if not hundreds - of thousands of pounds as beyond Zone 2& prices drop by an average of £86,000 between each zone.

Plus, if you are looking for areas where prices are growing, Zone 5 has seen 15 per cent average price growth in the last year, compared ot 6.8 per cent in Zone 2.

The Zone 5 homes hotspots where you can get to central London in less than 21 minutes

Station Operator Zone Minutes into Zone 1 Zone 1 destination Average price 12 month price growth
Bromley South Southeastern 5 17 Victoria £413,676 11.4%
East Croydon Southern 5 17 Victoria £276,403 9.1%
Harrow & Wealdstone London Midland 5 18 Euston £421,591 11.4%
Harrow-on-the-Hill Chiltern Railways 5 18 Marylebone £479,327 12.4%
Chislehurst Southeastern 5 20 London Bridge £653,195 8.7%
Northolt Park Chiltern Railways 5 20 Marylebone £456,262 9.2%
Ponders End Greater Anglia 5 21 Liverpool Street £385,653 9.2%


In Zone 5 the fastest commuter options include Bromley South, East Croydon, and Harrow & Wealdstone, with journey times into Zone 1 of just 17 minutes. Bromley and Harrow have seen annual property price rises of 11.2 per cent and Croydon has seen 9.1 per cent growth.

But Harrow-on-the-Hill, with its 18- minute hop to Marylebone, has had the strongest price performance in the zone, of 12.4 per cent, to an average of £479,327.

Follow us on Twitter @HomesProperty and Facebook