Best towns in Surrey to move to

Published Oct 18, 2019 – 4 mins read

Surrey boasts many wonderful towns, several of which are within a commutable distance of London. For the London commuter, whilst Surrey might be one of the most expensive places to look for a property in the home counties, property here often offer much more space for the price when compared to homes in the capital.

Answering the question on where the best towns in Surrey to move to are is entirely subjective and will depend on numerous factors.

However, the county has to lots of options and is particularly appealing to those moving out of London, as residents still have a good selection of amenities on their doorstep whilst also being surrounded by beautiful countryside. Add this to the excellent commuter links from Surrey into London and it’s no wonder so many choose to look for property in a Surrey town.

We highlight some of our top property hotspots: The best towns in Surrey.


Located in the rolling Surrey Hills, Farnham is a quintessentially English town with delightful, historic architecture and many independent stores.

In the centre of the townhouse, hunters can find charming period cottages set on cobbled streets along with Georgian townhouses. Buyers looking for homes to buy in Farnham can find a Victorian terraced property around Farnham Park.

On the outskirts of the town, there are large detached properties, many enjoying from views of the Surrey Hills.

Farnham is located on the border with Hampshire and many do not realise that it is possible to commute into London from the farthest point in Surrey – the direct train service takes around an hour into London Waterloo.


The Surrey market town of Reigate is a popular place to live. The pretty high street offers an array of amenities including boutique shops and many places to eat and drink. Families are attracted to Reigate for the many excellent schooling options in the area which include Reigate School and St Bede’s School.

There are many period homes which are highly sought after, especially close to the town centre and within walking distance of Reigate train station. From Reigate station, there is a direct service into London Victoria which takes around 45 minutes.

The collection of private roads to the north of Reigate town centre is where buyers will find some of the most desirable properties. Roads such as Underhill Park Road and Beech Road are of particular note whilst there are many detached properties on Reigate Hill which are very sought after. 

For those who need to reach The City, nearby Redhill is also a desirable place to live and offers a direct train service into London Bridge which takes around 30 minutes.


Woking is a well-known commuter town in Surrey, both by train and car this town offers an easy journey into the capital. Albeit the journey is much quicker by train with the direct service taking around 25 minutes.

Buyers looking for property for sale in Woking will be considering a broad mix of property from different ages and styles. Due to its sharp increase in popularity there has been much new development and there are modern homes available in and around the town. There are also many period properties to consider.

Those looking to be a little removed from the busyness in Woking town centre might look to the surrounding villages such as Pyrford or Woodham. The area of Hook Heath is also a popular place to look for a house in Woking. 


Only a short distance from Guildford, the small town of Godalming is one of the best towns in Surrey to consider finding a home. The journey time from Godalming station into London Waterloo takes around 40 minutes. By road, Godalming is located near to the A3 main road.

Godalming town itself offers a good selection of shops both independent and chain stores including a Waitrose. On the outskirts of Godalming is the well-known independent school Charterhouse and there are also good state-run schools within the town.


The peaceful town of Haslemere is set in a wooded area of the Surrey Hills and is surrounded by National Trust open countryside. Here you can find large detached period homes set on leafy lanes. The town is known for and appeals to buyers specifically for the tranquillity.

Haslemere has an abundance of independent shops which includes a bakery, fishmongers, deli and farm shop. At peak travel times there are regular direct services into London Waterloo which take under an hour.


Located just outside the M25 motorway and only a short distance from the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, Leatherhead has much to offer residents. There are an excellent range of shops in the town centre, great leisure facilities and good schooling options for all ages of children.

Trains from Leatherhead into London take around 40 minutes whilst the nearby M25 motorway allows easy access into to many locations including both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The village of Fetcham is a popular place to live on the outskirts of Leatherhead and benefits from its own amenities whilst residents also enjoy being within easy reach of the wider amenities available in Leatherhead.

Property in Surrey

There are many towns in Surrey to consider when looking for a place to live that offers a balance of good amenities, access to the countryside and a viable commute. We’ve listed only a few of our top towns in Surrey here for your consideration. There are many more towns and villages that might appeal. We can help you find the best possible place to live to suit your lifestyle and property requirements.

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