Five towns set to be tomorrow's commuter hotspots

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A long commute is becoming the norm for more and more of us, as home buyers are priced out of the cities.

You can get far more for your money if you're prepared to spend a little time on the train, with research recently revealing that London workers can save nearly £450,000 on the cost of a home if they are willing to commute for an hour each way.

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However, many of the best-known commuter hotspots are themselves pretty pricey. These days, it can be hard to find anywhere within range of the big cities that hasn't already been bought up by travelling workers.

But one way to beat the crowds is to look to those areas that have in the past been less accessible - but that are now getting new railway stations.

We look at a few of tomorrow's commuter hotspots.

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Kidlington, Oxfordshire
The living room/kitchen

Oxford's new Parkway station opened a year ago, and earlier this month started running direct trains to London Paddington, taking around an hour. The station is just five minutes' walk from Kidlington - officially a village, despite a population of over 17,000 and all the amenities you'd expect to see in a smallish town.

This newly-converted one-bedroom flat is a fifteen-minute walk from Oxford Parkway and just off an all-night bus route into central Oxford; it's perfect for a first-time buyer. Finished to a very high standard, it has a large - and beautifully kitted out - open-plan kitchen/reception. There's a double bedroom with built in wardrobes and a smart shower room. Two of the four flats in the development have a small garden, and all have allocated parking; this one's available through agent Thomas Merrifield for £225,000.

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Fife, Scotland

The exterior of the bungalow

The biggest beneficiaries of the new Edinburgh Gateway station, which opened earlier this month, will be commuters living in Fife, who will get two extra trains an hour, and who will be able to connect to Edinburgh trams.

And less than a mile from Glenrothes with Thornton station, this three-bedroom bungalow is in the right place to benefit. It has a large open-plan lounge/diner with a kitchen/breakfast room and utility hallway. There's an en-suite shower room to the master bedroom, along with a family bathroom. Agents Slater Hogg & Howison are looking for offers over £218,000.

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

The exterior of the house

Work's been delayed on Ilkeston station, but it's looking like opening next year. When it opens, though, trains will run to Chesterfield, Sheffield and Leeds, with those to Nottingham taking just 15 minutes.

Just a fifteen-minute walk away, this attractive three-double-bedroom house is spread across three floors and is larger than it seems. There are two good-sized reception rooms, as well as a breakfast kitchen. Outside, there's a small garden with parking at the rear. It's on the market with Charles Newton & Co for £124,950.

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Apperley Bridge, West Yorkshire

Artists impression of the finished house

The new station at Apperley Bridge opened this time last year, with trains running to Leeds and Bradford, taking just fifteen minutes to get to each. This new-build four-bedroom house is on the Brompton Fold development, currently under construction near the Apperley Bridge Marina.

The house has an attractive layout, with a dual aspect kitchen and dining room with separate utility room. There's a good-sized living room with French windows onto the garden, which houses a single garage. It's being marketed by Miller Homes, and is priced at £340,000.

Kenilworth, Warwickshire

The exterior of the cottage

While the project has been delayed, Kenilworth Station is set to open next August, with trains to Leamington, Coventry and beyond. Kenilworth is an attractive town, with excellent schools that make it a draw for families.

A ten-minute walk from the new station in the Old Town conservation area, this historic cottage is chock-full of original features including fireplaces and wooden floors. There's a range cooker in the kitchen, a pretty living room and dining room and two double bedrooms with bathroom upstairs. There's a gorgeous garden to the rear. It's up for sale with Sheldon Bosley Knight for £335,000.

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This five-bedroom, £4.5 million property was built in 2009, and designed to impress - with an indoor pool, sweeping staircase, a state of the art kitchen, feature fireplaces, a gym, and a bathroom for each of the five bedrooms. It seems to have worked, as the property had 14,000 views in a month.

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At the other end of the affordability spectrum, there’s a good chance that the attention this two-bedroom flat is getting (17,000 views in a month) has something to do with the fact that it costs just £113,000. In Newport that buys you two double bedrooms and an allocated parking space near the city centre.

This is a stunning home in Padstow, boasting six bedrooms, an impressive vaulted entrance hall, open-plan living, and an outdoor pool.

However, the most striking aspect of the property has to be the incredible views all around.

It'll set you back £2.25 million, but that hasn't put 20,000 people off viewing the property in a month.

This stunning eight bedroom property is set on an estate owned by the Crown in Oxshott in Surrey.

For your £5.5 million, you get an impressive indoor gym and pool, plenty of entertaining space, a master bedroom suite complete with mirrored dressing room, and separate staff accommodation. The grounds are fitted with extensive security and CCTV, so nobody will ever get inside. While it's on the market, of course, we all get a chance to have a look around, and in one month 34,000 people have.

This beautiful four-bedroom house on the Isle of Skye is just £100,000, which makes it a reasonable proposition as a holiday cottage or bed and breakfast.

It has been recently renovated too, so you won't have a maintenance mountain to climb before you start. It’s a great place to view while you dream of a remote island life - which may be one of the reasons why 41,000 people have viewed it in a month

This six-bedroom newbuild looks fairly traditional from the outside, but inside has opted for a sea of shiny white flooring, a shiny white kitchen, and a master suite that comes with its own (shiny white) dressing room.

It’s well worth a look - after all 42,000 people have viewed it in a month - but if you want to move in, it’ll set you back £2.65 million.

This four bedroom detached new build in Grimsby comes with some footballer essentials - including a shiny white kitchen, Bi-fold doors onto the terrace, master bedroom suite with dressing room and a free-standing bath in the family bathroom.

And because it’s in Grimsby, all this comes with a very reasonable price tag of £379,000. It’s such a good deal that 58,000 people have viewed it in a month.

This new build in Cheam, in Surrey, is advertised without a price. But given it has six bedrooms, a swanky kitchen and bathrooms, a games room, several sitting rooms, and Bi-fold doors onto an impressive garden (built for entertaining ), you can safely assume you’re looking at several million pounds. You can have a look yourself, and decide what it’s worth, after-all, 92,000 people already have in the past month.

Tucked into a cul de sac in Gerrards Cross, this five bedroom detached home (built in 2011) comes with an imposing triple garage.

For the petrol head who moves in, there are also three reception rooms, five double bedrooms (four of which are en-suite and one of which comes with a dressing room). It’ll cost you £2 million, so take your time having a look first - joining 150,000 people who have nosed around in the past month.

This five bedroom detached home in Lanark is the most viewed property in the country, with 212,000 views in a month.

Clearly people are intrigued as to how they can get an immaculate detached five bedroom home for less than £200,000 - over £500,000 less than the average asking price for a five bed house in the UK. The answer is, of course, that Lanark is home to some incredibly affordable property - so this constitutes a pricey property for the area.


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