Surrey towns and villages often feature when lists of the ‘best places to live’ are drawn up. Focusing only on Surrey we consider the best places to live in Surrey 2020.
The county as a whole retains its charm from the bustling centres to the quiet villages but the dynamic of where is best to live in Surrey can change over time as a larger town might see regeneration or a village sees a renaissance.
Woking – One to watch
Excellent schools, a fast commute into London, a broad range of amenities, Surrey Hills on the doorstep and property prices that are often more affordable than other Surrey towns – what’s not to love?
Woking is currently undergoing a period of development and regeneration, with eight new developments set to change the face of the town including Victoria Square, Woking Gateway, BHS Tower, Church Street East Tower, Goldsworth Road, Victoria Arch, Sheerwater and Woking FC Stadium.
The town centre which has previously been dubbed ‘dreary’ by certain news outlets is being revamped with a £540 million regeneration project in the form of Victoria Square.
Exclusive homes can be found on the Hockering private estate although they rarely become available to buy. Large detached properties are often found in the suburban villages surrounding the town such as St Johns.
Bramley, Shamley Green and Cranleigh – Pretty Surrey villages
Just a few miles from Guildford and located in the beautiful Surrey Hills, the neighbouring villages of Bramley, Shamley Green and Cranleigh are amongst the best places to live in Surrey 2020.
If you’re looking to move to a pretty Surrey village in 2020 one of these attractive locations will likely appeal.
Cranleigh is the largest of the three villages, known for the highly regarded Cranleigh School, the period property and village centre which is filled with independent shops including a fishmonger, butcher and a newly opened plastic free shop.
The smaller nearby village of Bramley also has a selection of shops including a post office, newsagent and barber. The highly regarded St Catherine’s School, a private school for girls is located in the village whilst Guildford is under 3 miles away for more schooling options and a broader array of amenities.
Shamley Green is a very pretty village which has a real sense of community; there is an annual fete and dog show. There are two popular pubs, a village shop and delicatessen amongst the amenities along with two schools; Longacre and Wonersh and Shamley Green Junior School.
Whilst none of the villages have their own train stations many choose to drive to nearby Shalford, Chilworth, Guildford or Farncombe to make connections or they simply drive; the A3 is a short distance away.
Cobham – Long-time favourite
Cobham’s reputation often precedes it, known to be home to the rich and famous but we’d argue that it’s not all glitz and glam – this village is a very welcoming and homely place to live in Surrey.
There are large houses set on private, gated roads; security many residents prefer for peace of mind. The Fairmile Estate is particularly popular and is an ideal choice for families as it is within very easy reach of the ACS International School along with the high street and nearby woodland walking paths.
Located within the M25 motorway and only a short distance from the A3 motorway, Cobham is ideal for those who travel by car. Cobham and Stoke d’Abernon station also offers regular direct services into London Waterloo that take around half an hour.
Chobham – Little known village
The village of Chobham is one of Surrey’s lesser-known gems.
Homebuyers can find large detached, sprawling homes with expansive gardens located on quiet roads in a rural setting; idyllic village living is on offer.
Chobham high street offers useful amenities and very popular public houses. The village is ideal for those who travel by car due to the close proximity of the M3 and M25 motorways. For train connections, Woking is only a short drive away.
Schools in the area are excellent and include Coworth Flexlands in Valley End, Gordons School in West End and Hoebridge in Old Woking along with the two highly regarded international schools ACS and TASIS.
Esher – A commuter’s dream
Esher has long been famed for its excellent roster of schools and is hugely popular with commuters due to its proximity to London, being with the M25.
Just 23 minutes on the train from Esher station into London Waterloo, and if you’d prefer to drive you can join the A3 main road which provides easy access into Central London.
Esher has a thriving high street filled with shops, boutiques and restaurants along with a Waitrose supermarket and Everyman Cinema.
Due to landslide popularity over the past 10 or so years, homes in Esher come with fairly high price tags. For all that is on offer here, it is of little surprise that it is particularly popular with families leaving London; good schools, large houses and green space all make it very a very appealing place to live in Surrey.
Virginia Water – Exclusive homes
Located in the north of Surrey, Virginia Water is an exceptional place to live.
The exclusive homes located here are some of the finest in the country often developed by the very best in the business of building homes the properties boast exquisite features and modern luxuries.
Virginia Water is known to be the location of the Wentworth Estate, there are also many other private, gated communities to be considered if you’re looking in the area. Security is paramount and for the most part, the gated communities have 24/7 manned entrances.
Whilst the houses are large, set within their own grounds and provide a sense of seclusion, the residents are a close-knit community.
Surrey Property Finders
These locations are a selection of the places we are frequently asked to find properties in by our private clients and for good reason as we’ve outlined.