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To commute or not to commute

Commuting has become an inevitable necessity for many Londoners priced out of the central London postcodes. A recent survey of our tenants threw up some surprising results, transport links are quite critical with over two third of the respondents unwilling to live more than ten minutes away from a transport station.

The benefit of renting is that it affords you the flexibility to live in some of the best areas in London ranging from the heart of fashionable Kensington or Mayfair to the thrill of living in one of the iconic skyscrapers that dot the City skyline.

It is essential to strike a balance between affordability, personal wellbeing and acceptable commute times. For those seeking to maintain flexible careers and an active social life, and less enthused about being jostled on the train by hordes of sweaty commuters, the idea of living in the heart of the city is a compelling prospect while some are drawn to the possibility of renting a larger property that brings with it the trade-off of having a relatively longer commute to work. The proximity to good schools and a quieter more settled lifestyle is a consideration for families while those seeking a fast paced lifestyle are unwilling to rent beyond Zone 2.

So to the all-important question, to commute or not to commute? Take a look at the properties below and we will leave it to you to decide!

3 bed apartment in Dickens Yard at £807 per week
1 bed apartment at Charles House at £775 per week

You could rent this one bedroom apartment at the desirable 385 Kensington High Street development with a range of benefits that include 24 hour Harrods concierge, exclusive leisure suite, spa, cinema and secure underground parking or for a similar rental opt for this three bedroom apartment at Dickens Yard in Ealing with plenty of open spaces, charming cafes and excellent transport links that will get you to the West End in less than half an hour.

1 bed apartment in Knightsbridge at £1,495 per week
6 bed family home in Dartmouth Park at £1,500 per week

Residents of this stylish  one bedroom apartment at Lancelot Place in the heart of Knightsbridge, one of London’s most fashionable areas, count as their neighbours  Harrods and Harvey Nichols, two of the most famous departmental stores in the world. Families might prefer this six bedroom family home arranged over three levels in tranquil family friendly Dartmouth Park with three Tube stations within easy walking distance.

1 bed apartment in Belgravia at £690 per week
4 bed apartment in Tufnell Park at £725 per week

This handsome one bedroom apartment in West Eaton enjoys a prime location in the heart of historic Belgravia within walking distance of Sloane Square and Mayfair. For a similar rental, one could rent this four bedroom terraced house on Tavistock Terrace, a peaceful tree-lined street of period homes in Tufnell Park, N19 with convenient transport links that get you to Euston in less than ten minutes!

1 bed apartment in Canaletto Tower at £595 per week
3 bed apartment at Beaufort Park at £600 per week

For those looking for City living, this one bedroom apartment at the impressive Canaletto Tower development within a short walk from The City offers sweeping views of the London skyline while residents enjoy access to a 15m swimming pool,  fitness centre with gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, spa, and a private club on the 24th floor with a sky garden. If you don’t mind a slightly longer commute, you can get a lot more for your money including this spacious three bedroom apartment at the popular Beaufort Park development in North West London with a quick 30 minute commute into central London.

Studio in South Kensington at £500 per week
2 bed apartment at Kew Bridge West at £520 per week

Renting this compact studio apartment in South Kensington  could potentially mean cycling through Hyde Park to work with the added benefits of an on-site porter, fitness suite, spa, and a laundry room. For those looking for more space with the same budget, this contemporary two bedroom apartment  at the Kew Bridge West development offers riverside living at its finest set amidst the scenic leafy environs at Kew. All this and you could be in Waterloo in half an hour!

If you are looking to rent a property in any of these locations, do get in touch and our professional ARLA Propertymark qualified team will be happy to assist you in finding your ideal property match.


About the Author

Established in 1958, Benham and Reeves is one of London’s oldest, independently owned property lettings and sales agents.  With specialism in residential sales, corporate lettings and property management in prime areas of London, the company operates from 19 prominently located branches and 8 international offices.