Top 10 commuter property price growth hotspots

January 15, 2018

Zoopla has revealed the top commuter hotspot for 2017 and number one on the list is Swanley in Kent. According to the research property prices in Swanley have increased by 10.78% or £36,484 in the last year.

With annual rail season tickets to London costing £2,500 it costs commuters in Swanley just 25 days’ worth of house price growth to cover their commute costs, Zoopla suggests.

Number two on the list is Dursley, a town on the outskirts of Bristol with residents seeing house prices in the area rise by 9.7% which translates to around £26,339. The cost of an annual rail ticket to Bristol would be offset in just 32 days.

Commuter hotspots in the Midlands featured three times in the league table, with prices in Bromsgrove, which is around 30 minutes by train from Birmingham, rising by 9.61% to an average of £301,384 in the year.

In West Yorkshire commuter towns within easy reach of Leeds also fare well. Homes in the town of Ilkey have risen by 8.52% over the past year and homeowners in Bingley have seen values go up by 7.91%.

What the league table indicates is that towns in the South East do not feature heavily. After Swanley and Berkhamstead, riverside Greenhithe is the next best performing location within commuting distance of London, with property price growth of 7.61%.

Lawrence Hall of Zoopla, said: “An easy commute into the office is often very near the top of the property wish list for those looking to move home, and these figures show just how valuable it can be to live within easy reach of a city centre. “

“Towns with good transport links into Birmingham have performed particularly well in 2017 due to continued demand in the region, which offers better value compared to the south of the country.” He added.

On average train ticket prices across Britain have gone up by 3.4% with rail commuters paying up to £2,500 more for a season ticket to work than they were at the beginning of the decade.

The full table for best performing commuter towns in Britain’s ten biggest cities is below:

Rank City Best performing commuter town Average Property Price December 2017 (£) Growth rate
year-on-year (%)
Time it could take to offset annual travel rate (days)
1 London Swanley £375,066 10.78% 25
2 Birmingham Bromsgrove £301,384 9.61% 16
3 Leeds Ilkley £404,994 8.52% 14
4 Manchester Stockport £262,167 7.03% 17
5 Bristol Tewkesbury £299,777 9.94% 59
6 Edinburgh Bellshill £109,654 7.31% 20
7 Newcastle Blaydon-On-Tyne £150,377 9.09% 16
8 Sheffield Dronfield £254,577 7.48% 18
9 Liverpool Ormskirk £272,814 5.43% 23
10 Nottingham Belper £252,308 8.94% 30