Property Searches Near Train Stations Jump Amid Return to Offices

After more than a year of working from home in bedrooms, spare rooms and kitchen tables, the gradual return to offices has begun.

With a quick route into the office rising up the priority list again for commuters, many property firms have seen a big jump in buyer searches for homes near commuter stations outside of London. In fact, 8 out of 10 stations that have seen more interest from home hunters are all within an hour’s train commute from a major city.

Searches for homes near Chelmsford Station double

Chelmsford station, where the average price for a property is £400,626 is at the top of the list. Searches for properties near this Essex hub has seen an astonishing 107% increase from June to August this year, as more people gradually returned to their morning commute, at least for part of the week.

Sittingbourne station, an hour’s train commute from London, saw a rise of 47% in buyer searches, while Crewe, just under an hour from Birmingham, saw an increase of 32%.

Meanwhile, two of the stations in the top 10, Liverpool Lime Street and Southampton Central, are in central city locations, suggesting a desire for some to live closer to work.

Top 10 stations by buyer search increase (outside London)

StationJump in buyer searches: Jun – Aug 2021
1. Chelmsford Station+107%
2. Liverpool Lime Street Station+59%
3. Sittingbourne Station+47%
4. Crewe Station+32%
5. Hassocks Station+32%
6. MediaCityUK Tram Stop+32%
7. Southampton Station+30%
8. Chesterfield Station+30%
9. Folkestone West Station+27%
10. Kettering Station+26%

An expert from Right Move has said “Although some stations such as Chelmsford are always popular, the notable increase from June to August suggests the growing importance of the morning commute for those who don’t work locally.”

“While the demand to relocate or search for more space has by no means gone away, the numbers suggest that this will need to be balanced with easy transport access on office days, which has understandably been lower on the agenda for many over the last eighteen months.”

Most searched for stations (outside London)

1. Chelmsford Station
2. Reading Station
3. St Albans Station
4. Tunbridge Wells Station
5. Brighton Station
6. Milton Keynes Central Station
7. Guildford Station
8. Surbiton Station
9. Romford Station
10. Didsbury Village Station

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