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Amersham second best place to live in South East

The Buckinghamshire town made it onto the Sunday Times' list.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:15pm 23rd March 2020. 4-minute read.

Amersham second best place to live in South East

If you are stuck in Amersham during the virus outbreak, the good news is you are in one of the best places to live in the South East!

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list is out and the Buckinghamshire town came second behind Saint Albans.

Good schools, the old town and cheaper train links than other South Bucks towns impressed judges.

It is top of a list of 15 locations in the region - and 101 across the UK - chosen by The Sunday Times to represent the best of Britain in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.  

The Sunday Times's expert judges assess a wide range of factors, from schools, transport, broadband speed to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street to produce the definitive guide to the UK's finest locations to call home.  

The judges have travelled thousands of miles around the UK, visiting the locations and talking to locals. They look for improving towns, villages or city centres, to attractive, well designed homes, and the locations bursting with community spirit.

The guide also uses robust and exclusive statistics, including up-to-date house prices, provided by mortgage company Habito?and TwentyCi.

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor said:

"Our advice is simple. Think about everything you love and everything you hate, then make sure you have access to the good things while minimising exposure to the bad ones. And we're here to help. Today we champion 101 locations across the UK and crown one lucky winner.

"Never has where you live felt more important. This year we have, along with house prices, air quality, good schools and access to green spaces, championed locations that have showcased great community spirit.

"The feeling of involvement in and concern for one's local community is being challenged - and celebrated  - as never before. We wish everyone well wherever they live."

London Underground
Being on the London Underground network is a bonus in Amersham

Living in Amersham gives you a choice of jumping on the train or tube to get into London, with identical fares for both. Take the train and you can use Oyster or contactless to pay - potentially saving a small fortune.

Annual season tickets are nearly £500 cheaper than in tubeless Beaconsfield, down the road, and you can save £14 on a day trip to London by departing from Amersham rather than its neighbour.  

The schools are excellent, and it's surrounded by the best countryside the Chilterns can offer. The old town's wide medieval high street is as pretty as they come: timber beams, Georgian facades and the immaculate Memorial Gardens, a fine showcase for Amersham in Bloom's energetic crew.  

Last year's regional winner Petworth continues to show the rest of the country how to do upmarket with charm. Sevenoaks makes the list again and fun-loving Wallingford floats back into the Best Places to Live guide after a few years' absence. Other Southeast locations to make the 2020 list include, Guildford, Hove, Hurley and Farnham.  

The Chilterns
The Chilterns are really close by

Daniel Hegarty, Founder and CEO at Habito, the online mortgage broker said:

"There are many factors that contribute to where people choose to live across the Southeast. Whether that's buying to be near the green spaces of the Chilterns, wanting to become part of a thriving community in towns like Bishops Stortford, or to be a bit closer to friends and family across the region. Habito helps homeowners get the right mortgage, so they can spend their time finding their place to call home.

"This year's deserving winner -  Amersham and Chesham in Buckinghamshire - demonstrates that the UK's best places to live deliver much more than great real estate; they give people a sense of belonging and somewhere people can live their life to the full."

For longer entries, more on air quality, broadband, transport links, comprehensive listings of good schools and lifelong learning opportunities, local voices and property prices you can go online at sundaytimes.co.uk/bestplacestolive.  

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