London Lite Wednesday, 22 July 2009 27 ZONE 4 One- bedroom flat near Southgate station with a private garden, separate kitchen and living room. 200,000, ZONE 5 Two- bed flat in Harrow and Wealdstone with large garden accessed from the kitchen. 199,950, PRICE OF THOSE IN LONDON, ONLY A 17-MINUTE COMMUTE AWAY Property Zone 3TOBUY& 3TOLET TO BUY FOR 200,000 TO RENT FOR 200 a week ZONE 2 Studio flat in Ladbroke Grove, on the raised ground floor of a restored period building. 199,950, bective ZONE 4 Two-bed flat with communal garden and parking in Beckenham. 202pw, ZONE 5 One- bed house in Pinner with large living room, open-plan kitchen and off- street parking. 202pw, ZONE 2 One-bed flat near Deptford Bridge DLR station with 24-hour concierge, pool and gym within the development. 196pw, Apeacefulplacetolive DANIEL JEFFERY, 24, is a builder who lives in Ebbsfleet. He bought his two-bed flat in Springhead Park, built by Countryside Properties, for 150,000, last November. Daniel says: I love living in Ebbsfleet because of its proximity to London, and yet its a really quiet and peaceful place to live -- its not stressful. Youre never more than 10 minutes away from countryside. It also seems to be modernising, and the town does seem to be getting bigger and busier, with lots of new houses being built. A lot of friends have, like me, bought here because the commute is so easy. When I first bought here I was aware of the train link, and hoped it might mean buying here would be a good investment in the long run. I get the train each morning and now and again I head into London for the theatre and new bars. I love having all that on my doorstep but its great to get back to the peace and quiet of Ebbsfleet.Good buy: Craig Fagg bought a 115,000 home Wehaveahigherqualityoflife A country smile: Scott and Jane King, of Ashford, say the countryside is great for walks and biking ACCOUNTANT Scott King, 35, and his wife Jane, a 29-year-old executive assistant, bought their Ashford home three years ago for 315,000, and commute to their workplaces in London. Scott says: We have got used to commuting. It is long -- door to door it has been taking us around an hour and 40 minutes. The new Javelin train could have a massive effect on our lives. Ive already tried it and couldnt believe how quick it was. Just as I was settling into the journey, we had arrived -- I didnt even have time to finish my paper. Its new, clean and with only one stop, it is a lot less likely to be disrupted by faults on other services. At the moment, it costs me 3,500 a year for my train travel. To upgrade to the Javelin train it will cost just 750 more, which is tempting, as it will save me about an hour a day. The reason we moved to Ashford is that its very easy to get into London and you get more bricks per pound. Now, it makes even more sense to move here. The only downside is there arent any great restaurants, but Im sure that will come. On the upside, youre close to countryside for runs, bike rides and walks. All in all, I think we have a much higher quality of life here. You get more for yourmoney here CRAIG FAGG, a 28-year-old electrician, has been living in Ashford for five years. He lives in a four-bed house, which he bought for 150,000. Craig says: I moved to Ashford because of the rail link -- I thought it would be a good investment and I bought my current home and two other investment homes, all near the train station. I commute each day to London. It takes me about an hour and a quarter and I pay 415 a month for travel. Id be interested in taking the new train -- shaving any time off my journey would be a bonus. Its very family-orientated here, with lots of people who commute to London. I am lucky to live in a big house, something I could never afford in London. You get so much more for your money here. Building up: Mr Jeffery says Ebbsfleet is modernising At home: Daniel Jeffery in his 150,000 house index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html