The commuter town less than 20 minutes from London, where the average house price is “only” £ 317,000 and where Lewis Hamilton grew up
London is ruled by chaos – some love it, some hate it, but everyone needs a break every now and then.
Some others opt for life outside of the city – a variety of cheaper commuter belt towns that offer worthy alternatives.
For those looking to be close to the capital, a commuter town 19 minutes from Finsbury Park should tick all of the criteria.
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Stevenage is a large city in Hertfordshire with about 88,000 inhabitants.
Not only is it part of London’s population, its real estate is colossally cheaper too.
The average home here costs “only” 317,000 pounds, compared to 681,427 pounds in the capital.
Not only will you save over £ 360,000 on average, you’ll also live where a national treasure grew up – none other than Sir Lewis Hamilton.
The star currently racing for Mercedes will go down in Formula 1 history as one of the best drivers of all time.
Stevenage is also home to the Red Lion Pub, which has great food and an even nicer garden.
It is also of great historical importance.
The first settlers in the area were dated to the Neolithic – around 5,000 BC. There was even a Stonehenge-like monument in Weston Park near Hitchin.
Better still, you’re only 40 minutes away from the Warner Bros. studio tour, where you can devour all of Harry Potter.
The tour is based in Leavesden, just outside Watford, and can attract over 6,000 visitors a day at peak times.
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Visitors can explore the sets, props, costumes, special effects, and artwork that went into creating the franchise – a must for hardcore Potterheads!
The site was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013, and the standard three-hour tours are self-guided, with the option to book guided tours at no additional cost.
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