A brief guide to the county of Surrey including information on transport, house prices and local removals services.
Property prices in Surrey are among the highest in the country outside metropolitan London. Nonetheless, prices depend on location within the county, in general, decreasing the further away from the capital you’re prepared to move. Prices in Kingston Upon Thames, for example range from around £2.25M for a large four-bedroom detached property to around £1M for a large four bed terraced house or smaller four bed semi. Weybridge prices are similarly high with St George’s Hill a perennial property hotspot. By contrast, prices in Farnham in the west of the county range from £1M for a four bed detached to around £500,000 for a smaller four bed detached or large semi-detached property.
Rental prices for two bedroom flats show a similar price differential with prices per calendar month (pcm) around £3500 for larger, more prestigious properties to £1600 pcm for smaller two bed units. Weybridge prices are even higher with apartments in the more sought after developments offered to let for around £4600 pcm and even more modest units commanding £1500 pcm. By contrast, two bed apartments in Farnham or Dorking can be rented for between £1250 and £750 pcm depending on size and location.
Major towns in Surrey include: Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere, Dorking, Leatherhead, Cobham, Esher, Weybridge, Guildford, Redhill, Walton on Thames and Kingston upon Thames.
Surrey has traditionally been prime London commuter territory since the arrival of the railways in the late 19th century and this remains the case today. Trains to Waterloo and Victoria are fast and frequent from stations throughout the county. Three monthly season ticket prices vary from around £570 for a station close to London, such as Esher or Weybridge to slightly over £1000 for Farnham in the west of the county. Journey times are around 1 hour from Farnham to Waterloo or 35-40 mins from Weybridge.
With the exception of the M25 motorway, which loops through the east of the county, close to Weybridge, Leatherhead and Reigate, and the M3 motorway, which runs close to the northern border of the county, the county’s main road network is comprised of A and B roads, though this rarely has a serious detrimental impact on journey times by road within the county.
Gatwick Airport lies just beyond Surrey’s south eastern border in neighbouring West Sussex while Heathrow is just to the north of the county inside the Greater London metropolitan area.
One of the Home Counties, Surrey lies to the south-east of London and is entirely landlocked, bordering Sussex in the south and east, Hampshire in the west and Berkshire and greater London in the north and east. Although Guildford is Surrey’s historic county town, and is still the largest town in Surrey, the administrative centre for the county is Kingston upon Thames – something of an anomaly, since Kingston does not, strictly speaking, lie within Surrey’s borders; since the mid 1960’s it’s actually been part of Greater London! Woking is the second largest Surrey town with Ewell the third most populous.
Although the county borders Greater London, it is one of the greenest counties in England, with much ancient woodland surviving intact since the days when Surrey provided many of the royal hunting forests for the Plantagenet kings of England. With over 22% of its area covered in forest and woodland, Surrey is still the most wooded county in Great Britain. Box Hill, that well known Surrey beauty spot, has the oldest surviving area of natural woodland in the UK and possibly in Europe.
Although Surrey has a reputation as prime commuter belt – and indeed many Londoners have moved house to the county over the years – Surrey is home to the headquarters of more blue-chip international companies than any other county in the UK, including Nikon, Esso, Samsung, Procter and Gamble and Toyota. The principal towns such as Guildford, Dorking and Farnham provide excellent regional facilities for shopping and leisure meaning that a trip to “town” is not always necessary for most everyday purposes. For those making the journey into London, however, whether for the daily commute or for shopping trips or evenings out, the rail transport links with the capital are excellent from all the county’s major towns.
Much of Surrey’s green belt is dominated by the chalk uplands of the North Downs – the county’s name comes from the old Saxon English “south ridge”. With their network of footpaths and bridleways, the chalk hills of mid Surrey provide excellent facilities for walking, cycling or riding – or just taking in the countryside. At just under 1000 feet above sea level, Leith Hill, near Dorking is the highest point in south-east England, and provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the rolling country down to the sea to the south or the towers of London to the north.
While not necessarily the cheapest place to consider a house move within easy commuting distance of London, Surrey is certainly one of the most pleasant!
Whether you’re moving to the Surrey countryside from Greater London or just planning a home removal from one side of Guildford to the other, it pays to use the local experts. Van Man in London has been organising removals in Surrey and across the greater London area for over 12 years and has built an excellent reputation for a friendly, reliable and highly professional service. Our well-equipped high capacity Luton vans are all equipped with modern sat nav equipment and tail lifts for handling larger items safely and without fuss.
Our Surrey man and van service is a highly flexible way for you to plan your home or office removal. If you’d prefer to leave all the packing and lifting to us, we can handle it for you. Alternatively, if you’d like to get involved personally (and save some money by doing so) we will work with you to complete the move in a timely, economical and stress-free way. We’d be delighted to give you further details and a personally tailored quotation for the removal service that suits you best.