We know there’s greater demand for homes with extra space for a home office to allow working from home. But what about getting to the office? Although journeys won’t be as frequent as homeworking prevails, there will still be some need to commute into work.
We highlight a selection of new-build homes in commuter towns and look at why these areas are important for homebuyers.
Why commuter towns matter
Although our working patterns have changed, there is still some element of having to be in the office. It might not be every day but working professionals will still need to be able to get to where they work, quickly and easily when the need arises.
If anything, commuter towns are becoming more popular as those who chose city living so they could be at the office each day, look to buy somewhere a little further afield. While homebuyers seek more space, a garden, and a change of scenery, the need to be close to good transport links remains a top priority. And that’s why commuter towns matter.
Where do you find commuter towns?
The popularity of commuting pre-pandemic was such that you will find commuter towns all over the country. They play a massive part in defining modern communities and make great locations for new-home developments. Every large British city has commuter towns surrounding it, think Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle as examples outside of the capital city.
These towns often offer more affordable living too, which can also make them very appealing to younger working professionals, and first-time buyers.
More than just commuting to work
Commuter towns are called thus due to their close proximity to transport links, which makes it easier for people to get to the places they work from where they live. But it’s not just professionals commuting to work who commuter towns appeal to. Lots of people choose such areas to settle and raise a family as they like to take advantage of the good transport links for other reasons. These include being able to go shopping, go out for the evening, take a weekend break, or visit friends and family.
And as more new home developments are built in these suburban regions, we are seeing these grow and become new commuter towns. As well as homes being built on these sites close to transport links, other amenities are being introduced from schools to sports clubs, shops to doctor surgeries.
New homes in commuter towns
What’s clear is that commuter towns are becoming more prevalent and there remains plenty of interest in these areas with homebuyers.
We’ve brought together some example of new-build homes from across the country, which can be found in commuter towns.
Burnley, located in East Lancashire is fast becoming a popular town for commuting into Manchester. With a new direct rail link to Manchester opening in 2015, now Burnley residents can get from the countryside to the city in a little over 45 minutes. You will find Burnley on the M65 motorway, which provides easy access to the M62, M6, and M66 motorways for travelling to other places further afield.
Burnley itself has changed a lot in recent years, the market town is now thriving with investment in businesses and leisure, as much as homes. With its stunning Pennine countryside, it offers opportunity for getting out into the great outdoors and enjoying rural life. And of course, homes in Burnley come in at a fraction of a price compared to towns closer to Manchester.
The Holbeck Park development from Gleeson Homes is less than a mile away from Burnley town centre and has plenty of local shops, amenities, and good schools nearby. The picturesque Reedley Marina with its walks canal-side and places to grab a drink is close by, as well as the beautiful countryside. With a choice of two, three, and four-bedroom homes available under £200,000, Holbeck Park is ideal for first-time buyers. Take a look at the development here.
Such is the location of Kirkstead Gardens, it is ideal for commuting to Leeds and Sheffield, as much as the cities of Manchester, Derby, York, and London. The development is close to train stations, for example Meadowhall Station which is five minutes away offers services to Leeds, Nottingham, and Manchester Piccadilly. It is also literally a few minutes away from the M1 motorway and the J35 Thorpe Hesley Interchange with Sheffield city centre only a 20-minute drive away.
It’s a great place for first-time buyers to settle with lots of amenities close by. There are outdoor activities with sports clubs, golf courses, and cricket clubs as well as places to shop, dine out, and take in historical sights. With primary schools and several Academy schools to choose from, it is a great place to settle down with a family and take advantage of countryside views, walks, and friendly village life.
On the Kirkstead Gardens development from Redmile Homes, you will find a selection of three, four, and five-bedroom homes which have been designed with the modern family in mind. Stylish and spacious interiors come with good sized bedrooms, and open plan living areas. Don’t miss the homes on this development, see them here.
Rugby is a fantastic commuter town close to the River Avon, it’s a market town surrounded by countryside and close to Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa. It’s a popular location for those who commute into London, which is 83 miles away and an approximate 47-minute train journey into London Euston. For those who travel overseas for business, Birmingham International Airport is 23 miles, and a short car journey away. Rugby is also ideal for those commuting into Birmingham centre; the development itself is close to the nearby M45 for easy access to the M1 and M6 motorways.
The Elborough Place development from Barratt Homes is located minutes away from Rugby town centre. Here you will find a choice of two, three, four, and five-bedroom homes close to high street shops, cafes, restaurants, and other leisure facilities, as well as many good schools with an outstanding Ofsted rating. There are some good extras to be had with select properties on this development – it’s definitely worth taking a closer look at Elborough Place, which you can do here.
If you are looking for your perfect new home and hope to commute to the nearest city, or just live near good transport connections, use our search facility to get started. Simply type in the town, region, or postcode which appeals to you, and we will show you the latest new home developments which are available nearby. Start your search here.