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Rents are soaring in this ‘quiet’ town 30 minutes outside London

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The town has been praised for being quiet(Picture: Getty Images)

A ‘quiet’ town in Surrey has had a huge rise in rent prices.

As the dire rental market gets worse across Britain, Walton-on-Thames has seen an annual rental growth of 34.6%, according to shocking new figures from Rightmove. 

There’s a lot of demand for property in the town – the average asking rent in the first quarter of 2023 was £1,521, but in 2024 it has ballooned to £2,048. The town finished ahead of popular London commuter locations like Reading, Hertford and Watford. 

Londoners flocking to towns outside of the the capital should expect to pay more to rent homes than in previous years.

Caption: Walton Bridge is a road bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton (Picture: Yujie Chen/Getty Images)

However, there is a slight silver lining amid the saddening figures. Whilst average rents are continuing to grow, there’s evidence that tenant affordability is being ‘severely tested’ by the high prices.

Rightmove has identified reductions in rental prices are now at a five-year high for this time of year, however letting agents are still unable to meet the level of demand. 

‘The fact that even with some improvements to the level of supply, we are still nearly 50,000 properties behind the pre-pandemic,’ Rightmove’s director of property science Tim Bannister warned.

So, why is there so much interest around this Surrey town? Read below to find out…

Where is Walton-on-Thames

Known locally as Walton, the town is in northwest Surrey in the borough of Elmbridge.

It forms part of the Greater London Urban Area, which means it’s just outside the boundaries of London, to the west of the borough of Kingston-on-Thames. 

Walton-on-Thames is in Surrey(Picture: Created with Datawrapper)

It takes just over an hour to drive from Walton-on-Thames into central London however commuters often get one of the fast trains to London Waterloo. According to Trainline.com, the train journey takes on average 32 minutes.

Things to do in Walton-on-Thames 

The market town has numerous local shops and restaurants, like the traditional countryside pub, Anglers. One local on Tripadvisor, known as dj-skooby, gushed: ‘Such an amazing location right next to the Thames, perfect for a riverside walk before or after your meal.’

Sunbury Lock is a beautiful spot on the River Thames. The Heart Shopping Centre has shops, a gym and a library. There’s an Everyman Cinema on the high street, too. 

Spots that are close to Walton include Chessington World of Adventures in London (a 22-minute drive), Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, (14-minute drive) and Hampton Court Palace (14-minute drive). 

Why are Londoners moving to Walton-on-Thames?

Those who have already moved from the capital to Walton-on-Thames have described it as quiet, which is what you’d want when relocating to the suburbs.

Over on Reddit, someone who was planning to move to the town asked the locals if it’s a good place to commute into London, as well as if it’s a nice locale for families, has a multicultural community and if it’s safe.

Caption: Walton-on-Thames town centre (Credits: Getty Images/Steve Bateman )

One user, redwineinstock, complained about the commute, writing: ‘Pre pandemic commute was okay but it’s a very busy train line, so if anything goes wrong, you will be fighting to get on a train at all.’

While another account holder called scott-the-penguin said it’s not as multicultural as London but praised the general lifestyle, calling it ‘a bit slower paced and quieter than London’. However they suggested moving to the neighbouring town of Weybridge instead because ‘it’s got a nicer centre’. 

Surrey has become an increasingly popular location for ex-Londoners and Epsom, which has been labelled ‘bland’, ‘grim’ and ‘nothing special’, topped the list as the area that had the highest influx of former city dwellers between January 2022 and August 2023.



Places with the biggest average rent increases

The average advertised rent outside London rocketed to a record £1,291 a calendar month in the first quarter of 2024, a 8.5% increase compared to the same period last year.

In the capital, typical rent also hit a new high of £2,633 per calendar month.

The average advertised rents are now 5.3% higher than last year however rent growth and slowed steadily since it peaked at 16.1% in the third quarter of 2022.

  1. Walton-on-Thames, Surrey – £2,048 (+34.6%)
  2. Batley, West Yorkshire – £846 (+19.7%)
  3. Coventry, West Midlands – £1,011 (+19.5%)
  4. Reading, Berkshire – £1,600 (+19.1%)
  5. Ascot, Berkshire – £1,838 (+18.9%)
  6. Bootle, Merseyside – £721 (+18.5%)
  7. Hertford, Hertfordshire – £1,526 (+17.6%)
  8. Southampton, Hampshire – £1,295 (+17.5%)
  9. Watford, Hertfordshire – £1,824 (+17.4%)
  10. Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland – £797 (+17.4%)

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