Moving to Surrey – Weybridge & Walton-on-Thames
Are you moving to Surrey – Weybridge & Walton-on-Thames? As long as there have been commuters, Surrey has been a popular place to live. The combination of its proximity to London, its convenience for the capital’s main airports and, originally, it’s pretty countryside has always attracted City workers. Over the years the so-called ‘stockbroker belt’ has become increasingly built up but it still represents a hugely appealing option for those who don’t want to live in Town.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Surrey – Weybridge & Walton-on-Thames report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Living in Weybridge & Walton-on-Thames
Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames are both towns located in the Elmbridge district of Surrey. Both are suburbs in the London commuter belt, and six of the ten most expensive streets in South East England (defined as the official government region, which excludes Greater London) were in Weybridge. Walton-On-Thames is between the towns of Weybridge (to the south-west) and Molesey (to the north-east). Its waterside has the Thames Path National Trail between Sunbury Lock and Shepperton Lock, so suffice to say this area is breathtakingly beautiful.
Named after an historic crossing point where the River Wey meets the Thames, this Doomsday village was a tiny backwater until it was given a station on the London to Southampton Railway in 1838. By 1911, local property developer Walter George Tarrant had started throwing up mansions on St George’s Hill — the rest as they say is history, and Weybridge has grown into a wealthy and popular commuter town.
As well as being a popular dormitory town for commuters, Weybridge also has its fair share of businesses, including the UK headquarters of Alliance Boots, Sony Corporation, Procter and Gamble, JTI and Toshiba Information Systems. It’s conveniently placed for the M25 and the A3, so it offers speedy access to Heathrow, Gatwick, central London and Guildford.
By bizarre coincidence the town features in two of England’s most celebrated science fiction novels. It was the site of a battle with Martians in HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds, and it was also featured in a scene in John Wyndham’s The Kraken Wakes. 4.
If you’re bringing the kids, you’ll find a good choice of schools in the local area including the St George’s College, an independent school for 5 to 18-year-olds, Heathside School, a state secondary, and a wide choice of state funded primary schools. The International School at Cobham is also within easy reach.
St Georges Hill is the smart part of town — a private estate covering the summit of a hill, complete with its own golf club and spa. Properties on the lower slopes are also popular, as are those on Godolphin Road and Brooklands Road due to their proximity to the railway station. Also desirable are houses on the 1960s Span estates that can be found at Templemere, Castle Green, Brackley, Holme Chase and Brooklands Road.
If you’re interested in celebrity neighbours, you could move in down the road from Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall or public relations guru Max Clifford.
Just 15 miles from the centre of London, Walton-on-Thames predates both the Romans and the Saxons — there’s evidence of a Celtic settlement on the spot. However, once again, property development came in the wake of the railway — its station is on the South West Main Line and there are frequent trains to Waterloo.
Because of its proximity to the aircraft factories at Brooklands, the town was heavily bombed during World War II. The centre was unsympathetically developed in the 1960s and became run down. However, a recent redevelopment has transformed what is now known as the Heart of Walton, making it a major retail hub with a new shopping mall and an attractive apartment development.
One of its more interesting claims to fame is the location of the first discotheque in the UK — the Walton Hop, a popular night spot until the 1990s.
Ashley Park Avenue and the Ashley Park Estate are the places to look for a period family home. Eriswell Road, Silverdale Avenue, Rydens Avenue and The Grove are also sought after.
Relocating to Surrey
With an easy commute to London and great amenities, you know you want to live in Surrey but you’re not sure how to narrow it down? If you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with good knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. We know London property inside out, we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Average Monthly Rent - Weybridge
Average Monthly Rents - Walton on Thames