The commuter town 24 minutes from London where you can buy a flat for £296,000

The commuter town 24 minutes from London where you can buy a flat for £296,000

There are some places that are constantly popping up on top 10 and top 20 lists for the best commuters towns. Some are obviously no surprise, some are not really affordable to most people while others seem more of a mystery.

One that is repeatedly featured is the small Hertfordshire town of Borehamwood also known as the ‘British Hollywood’ because of its large number of film and TV studios. Its most famous studios, called Elstree Studios, is where Strictly Come Dancing, The Chase, and Pointless are filmed. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies were also filmed in the town.

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As a commuter hub, the town has excellent transport links to London including railway connections to St Pancras and Blackfriars as well as Wimbledon and Sutton. Borehamwood is also only five minutes from the M25 and close to the A1 with the 107 bus route from New Barnet to Edgware and the 292 into West London.

Borehamwood is home to the famous Elstree Studios

Residents have the Hertfordshire countryside is just a short drive away as well making it a great place to live for people who are looking for a bit of space and peace and quiet. As a growing town with a number of new builds sitting alongside older properties, Borehamwood is certainly the cheaper option when compared with London.

House prices in Borehamwood are about £130,000 cheaper on average than in London, with flats going in the commuter spot for under £300,000, which is cheaper than many other recommended commuter towns as well.

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Borehamwood is certainly cheap by UK standards but fairly average for this list

Properties in Borehamwood had an overall average price of £546,779 over the last year. The majority of sales during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £457,030. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £580,322, with flats fetching £296,077.

Overall, sold prices in Borehamwood over the last year were eight per cent up on the previous year and 19 per cent up on the 2016 peak of £459,775.

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Borehamwood is good for families with excellent infant, primary and secondary schools. It also offers a number of shops restaurants and other amenities. The town is close to Aldenham Country Park and has its own theatre, cinema, several gyms and a swimming pool, plus cafés, restaurants and a lively nightlife scene.

Restaurants in the town include top-rated chippy the Golden Plaice and Kiyoto Sushi as well as the highly praised Turkish spot Likya which received reviews like: “Absolutely outstanding Turkish restaurant” and “Best kebab in years”.

Nearby Elstree is also a very nice place to think about commuting from

Nearby Elstree is also a very nice place to think about commuting from

Trains from Borehamwood can take as little as 26 minutes to reach the capital, faster than a lot of people commute who actually live in London.

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