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Online House Hunter: Commuter homes

Alan Cleaver
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Zoom in on homes near the station

FOR many the deciding factor for that perfect house is its proximity to the station.

Fortunately in this internet age the days of trudging round the streets looking for a For Sale board or calling at each estate agent is over. Tap in the town onto a property search engine and most will also provide a map giving the location of homes for sale.

On our own property search engine for example, if you are looking for a two-bedroom home for sale in Basingtoke you’re presented with a map with ‘for sale’ signs. Zoom in on the railway station and you can see at a glance which houses are closest to the station. If you’re looking for a home for sale in central London you will also see tube stations marked. A filter at the top of the page allows you to choose homes of a particular value or a particular number of bedrooms. And you can sign up for an email alert to let you know when new properties in that area come on the market.

You’ll find all you need to know about the station – its facilities, plan of the site etc on National Rail’s website. This includes car parking charges, whether there is storage for your bike, accessibility information for those with disabilities and so forth.

Those looking for public transport routes will find a number of helpful aids on the internet including transportdirect.info which has a wealth of information on all aspects of transport. For example it has a door-to-door route planner and details of coaches, buses, park and rides, trains, flights. You can even compare Co2 emissions for the different methods of travel on your route. Londoners will also need to bookmark Transport For London.

And doing excellent work is Sustrans which promotes greener, healthier and cheaper forms of transport. Its mapping system includes bus stops, cycle routes and many local facilities close to your possible new homes.

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