HARLOW has become a surprising star destination for commuters.
House prices in Harlow, Essex, rose 17 per cent last year thanks to its schools, good-value property, pretty old town and 34-minute commute to London.
According to exclusive research by Savills on locations along the line from London to King’s Lynn in Norfolk — setting off from either Liverpool Street or King’s Cross — Harlow has outperformed not only the capital, but also better-known commuter hotspots such as Bishop’s Stortford.
With average prices of £219,459, it is also seriously affordable, even when the £3,400 yearly cost of a season ticket is taken into account. “Harlow has performed spectacularly in the past eight months,” says Paul Brooker, managing director of estate agents Howick & Brooker.
“It has always been good value for money. It’s close to the M11 and M25 and it has easy rail routes into London. Up to £300,000, the market is mainly local buyers, but we are also seeing an influx of buyers cashing in from the north and east London suburbs and buying a bigger house in Harlow.”
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