BROMSGROVE has been ranked as the third best ‘commuter hotspot’ in the country according to a property website.
Zoopla chose the town as the place to be for people who work in Birmingham but want to live on the outskirts of the city centre.
With an average property price of £301,384 (as of December 2017), the town has seen a 9.61 per cent growth in house prices year-on-year.
For residents in Bromsgrove, it would take just 16 days to cover the cost of an annual season ticket to Birmingham, which is a 30-minute journey.
Swanley in Kent topped the ranking and was identified as the best performing commuter hotspot, with Dursley following in second.
Zoopla spokesman Lawrence Hall, said: “An easy commute into the office is often very near the top of the property wish list for those looking to move home, and these figures show just how valuable it can be to live within easy reach of a city centre.
“Towns with good transport links into Birmingham have performed particularly well in 2017 due to continued demand in the region, which offers better value compared to the south of the country.”
Zoopla’s list of the best commuter towns is formed by analysing annual property value growth in towns within an hour’s commute of Britain’s ten largest city centres.
This growth was then compared to annual rail card prices to establish how many days it may take to effectively cover the cost of their annual commute.
The full list of towns (including the nearest major city):
1. Swanley, London – £375,066 (10.78 per cent rise in house prices year-on-year)
2. Dursley, Bristol – £297,581 (9.71 per cent)
3. Bromsgrove, Birmingham – £301,384 (9.61 per cent)
4. Berkhamstead, London – £724,194 (9.18 per cent)
5. Blaydon-on-Tyne, Newcastle – £150,377 (9.09 per cent)
6. Belper, Nottingham – £252,308 (8.94 per cent)
7. Ilkley, Leeds – £404,944 (8.52 per cent)
8. Atherstone, Birmingham – £236,734 (8.26 percent)
9. Warwick, Birmingham – £383,488 (8.18 percent)
10. Bingley, Leeds – £231,536 (7.91 percent)