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|
|Harrow & Wealdstone||London Midland||5||18||Euston||£421,591||11.4%|
|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.