Crossrail: The commuter village ‘where you can get the best curry’ where Londoners are flocking to for Elizabeth line link
With the Elizabeth Line opening next week, many Londoners are looking to resettle in cheaper, greener and more spacious commuter towns. Research by Rightmove shows that despite delays in the line opening, the number of buyers looking to move to towns and villages near the line’s stations has steadily increased over the last few years.
One such place is Twyford, at the end of the western section of the line and the next stop along from better connected Reading. The new £20 billion transport project promises to give 1.5 million more people access to Central London within 45 minutes. Currently, a journey from Twyford to Liverpool Street would take 1 hour and 8 minutes, involving a series of changes, on the Bakerloo line and Metropolitan line.
The village has seen more than triple the number of buyers contacting estate agents compared to 10 years ago, up by 245 per cent. Situated on the outskirts of Reading, Twyford offers a greener place to live than somewhere closer to London and will now be directly linked to the city centre on the Elizabeth line.
Data from Rightmove shows the average price of £717,331 for a detached property, £498,670 for a semi-detached property and £401,552 for a terraced property in Twyford. The tranquil village offers green spaces, restaurants, pubs, shops and good schools, all a welcome respite from the business of London.
It is a similar story for tenants as many look to balance their commute into London with where they can afford, as rising rents in London have seen average asking rents reach a new record of £2,195 per calendar month, up 14 per cent compared to this time last year.
One boasting point is the village’s huge 165-acre Chavril Country Park, a great place to explore with children or walk the dog. Twyford also has an abundance of restaurants and pubs, with the highly regarded Haweli Indian restaurant recently described as the ‘best Indian ever’ by one customer.
If you fancied swapping a curry for a Sunday roast, there is also the picturesque Horse and Groom pub. The eighteenth-century inn, equipped with log burning fires, offers a range of Sunday dinners, and a good choice of cask ales. As described by Parkerproperties.com on its website: “Property in Twyford brings the large detached family homes of Reading and the period properties of Maidenhead and villages like Bray under one tranquil roof.”
Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s Director of Property Science, said: “Our unique view of the whole housing market over the last ten years really shows how many areas near stations that are now either better connected, or have seen their journey times into central London significantly slashed, have received a lot of new attention from buyers and renters.
“As the Elizabeth Line opens, it does so with a backdrop of record rents in London, a rising cost of living and a shortage of available homes. Areas further out from central London which have lower asking prices or rents, but are now more easily commutable will be attractive to new buyers and tenants in search of somewhere affordable to live near the capital.
“Not only this, but new working from home patterns since the pandemic started two years ago will have many people weighing up whether they are prepared to commute from further away if they need to do so less often.”
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