Moving out of London, but where to?! Advice please!

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    Hi, we’re a family of four with a 3 and a 1 year old. Currently living in Willesden, North West London. We already have our house under offer (as something else fell thru) & have family in Wiltshire and Cornwall so looking to move somewhere West (ish) of London to be able to get to those parts a little easier, but my husband will still need to commute to London (Cov garden) 5 days a week. We’re thinking a train journey under 50 mins each way in to London, looking for a 4 bed house in a location that has some shops/restos etc and a nice friendly community feel, family friendly and good primary/secondary schools, with a bit of a country feel! Are we asking too much or can anyone recommend some places please?! We’ve driven through quite a few already as need to move soon, but would love some advice. TIA


    Hello! Have you considered moving SW of London out towards West Surrey / Hampshire? The road networks are great for getting to Wiltshire & Cornwall – you have either the M3 or the A31 (which connects to the M3 further south). Farnham is a lovely Georgian market down with nice restaurants and independent shops – train time is around 50 mins to Waterloo. There are excellent schools – South Farnham Primary & Weydon (senior) schools are considered to be amongst the best in the country. Tonnes of families around here and great community. The favoured part of Farnham is south (Lower Bourne) which borders onto beautiful countryside but is only moments from the town centre. There are also some lovely villages close by – Tilford, Frensham, Dockenfield, Rowledge etc. Shout if you want any more info and good luck!



    Hello Jo,
    We, at Julie West Solicitor, specialise in conveyancing and are based south west of London in Leatherhead, Surrey. We would be very happy to help by looking after the conveyancing in connection with your property transactions.
    Have you considered the surrounding area of Leatherhead, such as Cobham, Oxshott or Esher? From these stations it only takes between 30 and 40 minutes to travel by direct train into London Waterloo. All have excellent schools and are surrounded by beautiful countryside near the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). These locations are also close to the M3 and A3 making trips to Cornwall and Wiltshire straightforward and accessible.
    Julie West Solicitor is an independent and specialist legal practice and our solicitors have over 30 years of legal experience. To find out more about how we can help you with your move, take a look at our website. Please feel free to give us a call on 01372 383273 or email us at




    We moved from Richmond area to Horsley/Bookham area. It’s really good for schools (Howard of Effingham is highly recommended), and is 40-50 minutes to Waterloo from eg. Effingham Junction or Bookham station. It’s definitely green, and a few minutes further South you get to the real Surrey hills which is great for walks on Sundays. Some things to consider too: move so you can easily reach current friends. I find it is a lot easier for our friends to come and visit us as we have stayed in Surrey. Find a house that is walking distance from the station, that really does reduce your travel time!!! If you have a 30 minute train into London, but spend 10 min driving/queueing and another 5 queueing for parking it’s a stressful trip. Whereas a leisurely 3 minute walk and 50 minutes into London feels entirely different. Also saves driving the kids everywhere once they get older. We have never looked back. We love it here! No airplane noise. Shops nearby (as the villages here aren’t tiny, so we have post office, supermarket, bakery, dry cleaning all nearby) and a much better pace of life.



    Hi there. I am Andrew Dewar from Curchods Estate Agents we have 19 Surrey offices. For sure what you are looking for is available aplenty. “Where” you should concentrate your search may depend on your budget. For example Esher, Cobham and Weybridge are quite a bit more expensive than Woking, West Byfleet and Guildford.All however have great local facilities and great train times to Waterloo.

    The other factor is that you really need to “feel” something about an area and so I would suggest if you have not done so, set aside some time to come down and spend a weekend here (stay in an hotel and then travel round) and see if anywhere naturally makes you feel more comfortable.

    The web will give you a vast inside into the likely prices to pay per area. If you would like some specific location advice feel free to contact me or any of my offices. Good luck.




    move to streatley. It’s got everything you need. And it’s nice.



    Just wanted to update this and say that we ended up moving to Gerrards Cross, South Bucks and really love it. Only 2 weeks in but lovely vibe, lots of family stuff, outdoor fun and easy commute to Marylebone.
    Thanks for all the advice



    I was about to move to Spain and look for work arriving but I decided to try my luck in Russia and it was easy to process your visa here, but on the other hand I liked this last decision more because I did not have many problems other than time and that was when I found my dreamed paradise.

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