[vc_row][vc_column][templatera id="562"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1524424290580{margin-top: -50px !important;padding-top: -15px !important;background-color: #013b7a !important;}"][vc_column][mpc_button preset="preset_1" url="url:https%3A%2F%2Fstorey-homes.co.uk%2Fnews%2F|||" font_preset="preset_19" font_color="#ffffff" font_transform="none" font_align="left" title="Smartmoves – A Tried And Tested Formula" icon="typcn typcn-arrow-back" icon_color="#ffffff" icon_size="30" icon_effect="stay-left" icon_gap="10" padding_divider="true" margin_divider="true" margin_css="margin-top:-15px;"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][mpc_textblock preset="preset_0" content_width="100" font_preset="preset_15"]LONDON commuters have to juggle a lot of factors when making quality-of-life judgements about where to live - not least whether a cheaper house further down the line compensates for the hassle of a longer journey into town.

Most families seeking the perfect combination of a manageable commute and a good-value home also want an easy school run and a quick dash to the station.[/mpc_textblock][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mpc_textblock preset="preset_0" content_width="100" font_preset="preset_15"]De Montfort Place, in Bedford, ticks these boxes. The county town is 35 minutes by train from St Pancras, at the end of the Thameslink route through the capital, and has a number of highly rated state and independent schools, plus easy access to lovely countryside. The town centre is getting a makeover too, with a new station “quarter”, department store, shops and offices overlooking the River Great Ouse. A former uni campus near the station is getting a revamp and what was a run-down neighbourhood dominated by student digs, albeit a conservation area, is now one of Bedford’s best addresses, with smart, well-priced homes in new and refurbished buildings.

A park has also been created and the area has the look and feel of a prosperous pocket of suburban Putney or Wimbledon, with solid, aspirational architecture - but the homes are far cheaper. Storey Homes, the developer, is offering a range of houses priced from £450,000 for a three-storey, four-bedroom home. Help to Buy is available. Flats cost from £165,000. Call 01582 742165.

This article was first published by David Spittles in Evening Standard on 7th September 2016.[/mpc_textblock][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][templatera id="595"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][templatera id="693"][/vc_column][/vc_row]