Leading local estate agent Mullucks Wells says recent research revealing that two thirds of Londoners want to quit the capital is great news for the region.
The survey, carried out by estate agent Strutt & Parker, indicated that the East and South-East of England top the list for city dwellers in search of a better quality of life.
Mullucks Wells Residential Director William Wells said: “Around 66,000 households left the city last year – which was the highest number since 2007. What’s more, about a third of those who plan to move in the next five years say they will stay within the South-East, while one in 10 plans to move to East Anglia.
“The Mullucks Wells’ patch either side of the M11 from the M25, through Epping, Bishop’s Stortford, and up beyond Saffron Walden provides former Londoners with an excellent range of homes, in beautiful countryside, and at prices which are much cheaper than those to the south and west of the capital.”
William Wells explained that many of those making the move want to leave the city to release cash and live in a property in the country.
He added: “Crime, pollution and urban sprawl are often given as reasons for leaving. But many of those doing so say that it’s also important that their new property is not too remote, with good access to high-speed broadband.
“In this area we have the advantage of a superb road and rail network in and out of the capital, as well as London’s third international airport at Stansted. There is also an unbeatable selection of schools and local amenities, and stunning countryside right on our doorstep.
“So we would encourage any Londoner thinking of moving, to consider West Essex and East Hertfordshire. As those of us who already live here know, it’s an area which combines good value for money with an excellent quality of life.”