Choosing the Perfect Property Location for a Better Lifestyle

The perfect location?

The location of your new home can have a huge impact on your lifestyle and there is plenty to consider. Do you want to live in the beautiful countryside that is quiet and peaceful or in a busy vibrant town with plenty to do? How close should you be to family and relatives and how will your new location impact your children? These are important questions to consider when choosing your property location, which we address below.

Country versus Town

A place in the country?

A home in the country offers the ideal setting with amazing views, the possibility of a good sized driveway and bigger garden – and not to mention a quieter more peaceful way of life. But it does have its limitations.

Or in town?


If you are a city or town person you will appreciate the convenience of being close to shops and restaurants, the gym, GP surgery, train station… and much more! The disparity in high speed internet access is still considerable for many living in a rural setting.

In an ideal world a mixture of rural and town would be perfect but is very hard to achieve and ultimately, you need to decide how much you value peace and quiet versus access to a wider range of services that comes with living near a town or city.

Home is Where the Heart is

Do you want to be near those you love?Being far from loved ones is less-than-ideal for many, especially when children are involved (or as parents get much older). But this has to be balanced against the need to commute to work. Living close to family may not always be ideal if it involves long daily commutes which can be stressful and expensive in the long run.

Distance from work may be less of an issue if you live close to a train station although this will incur higher travel costs. If you need assistance figuring out a route, the Commute Search on our main website will help.

The Kids are Alright

Is it right for the kids?

If you have children (or plan to!) then the quality and access to nearby schools is important. Towns tend to have more choice of schools whereas schools in the country tend to have small class sizes, providing a more personal learning experience.

The rural versus city question is once again an important topic when it comes to kids. While there may be sports centres and play-areas in urban locations so the kids don’t get bored, a rural home is likely to be larger and have garden space, possibly nearby fields to be active in.

Does the perfect location exist?

To cut straight to the answer, for many people it’s no. There is always a trade-off to be made but this doesn’t mean that decisions over location should be ignored.

When moving house, don’t just think about the house itself and it’s interior. Property location can have a HUGE impact on your lifestyle in terms of family, friends, work and activities that you love to do.

With this taken into account, you’re ready to start searching for your new home. Why not use our search engines to find that perfect location?



Travel less to work. Discover new areas to live in London

Three-quarters of UK workers have journeys to work of less than 30 minutes, according to the Office for National Statistics.  That figure comes down significantly for Londoners, with  less than 50% getting to work in under 30 minutes.

Working out where to live and how long the journey to work is requires looking at several websites to get information about public transport links and can be quite time consuming.

To make it easy to discover places to live in London, we have launched a new feature that allows our users to do just that; Quickly discover places to live by specifying where they work, how long they wish to travel, the type of property they are looking for and their budget.

To use this feature, simply go to

Simply enter the area you work in (e.g. Holborn)…

And hit the Suggest Areas button…

You are then presented with a carousel showing the areas matching your criteria.  You can adjust the travel time, type of property and budget using the orange sliders and hitting the Suggest Areas button again to narrow down or widen your search.

You can further explore an area by clicking on an area from the carousel, or on one of the map markers…

As the popup says, we use a combination of science and magic to show you how long a typical journey would be including any tube, bus and walking times.

To see properties in an area that you like, just click the Find properties around… button which will take you directly to property search results…

To use this feature, simply go to

Please send us your comments and let us know what you think of this feature.



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