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My partner and I moved to Huntingdon last year and bought a house there this year. We rented at first to see what it was like after living in London for several years.
We looked at St Neots originally – it is a nice little town, but don’t let the estate agents convince you to buy at Loves Farm! It looks OK but has had a lot of issues with crime and antisocial behaviour.
Huntingdon is nice, and only 50 mins from Kings Cross (and you can get a seat at rush hour!) Not far from Cambridge and handy for the A1 too. There are some good schools and the town centre is lovely – but not really a young/trendy place!
House prices are low because of the distance from London – you can get a 3 or 4 bed detached here for less than £250k. But there is lots of green space and outdoorsy stuff for families and kids (even a crocodile farm at nearby Old Hurst!)
I have just moved out of London (4 weeks ago) to Huntingdon. It is only 45 minutes from here to Kings Cross and there are still seats on the train as it is only the 2nd stop. Season ticket is reasonable and there is plenty of parking at the station. The area itself is nice and there are some good schools. I didn’t know anything about the place until we moved here (currently renting but just had an offer accepted on a place – a 4-bed detached house for the price of a 1-bed flat in Fulham) but we wanted to live in a place where we could commute to London for work, have good road links to visit family in Northants, Lincs and “up North”. The A14 provides access to the East and West and the A1 to the North & South.
It is quite rural and the town centre is actually quite nice. Plus there are lots of country parks for walks/cycle rides and we have discovered some fantastic pubs!
Everyone we have met here so far is lovely – though it is strange to get used to people chatting to you in the street, supermarkets etc. It is also strange getting used to the quiet … and seeing stars in the sky at night!
Good luck with the move 🙂
I lived in Peterborough and commuted to London for a few years – the East Coast trains come from Leeds, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness with Peterborough as the last stop before Kings Cross so they are usually very busy (I used to stand 3 days out of 5). The journey is only 50 minutes and a season ticket is over £7,000 once you add the underground. The FCC trains start at Peterborough so you are guaranteed a seat, they take an extra 10 – 15 minutes to get to Kings Cross (4 stops after Peterborough) and the ticket is over £1,000 less a year.
I currently commute from Huntingdon (the stop after Peterborough, on the way to Kings X) and it is quite a pleasant journey in.
I have been commuting from Huntingdon for a couple of weeks and am pleased to say it is a rather pleasant journey and the trains are not too busy in the morning – at least, not from Huntingdon. Very busy coming home though!