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Official figures show a record number of Londoners are leaving the city to set up home elsewhere in the country. Rising house prices and quality of life are among the top reasons for those looking to move, many of which are choosing to move further afield to achieve the kind of work-life balance we crave evermore. It has been recorded that over the past decade, about 550,000 more Britons left London than moved to it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recorded the highest number of city skippers since 2012 with many of them departing for the counties surrounding the capital. As an increasing number of first-time buyers are shunning flats for houses and waiting longer to get a foot on the ladder, many of them are moving out of London in search of more affordable larger homes, better schools and a cleaner environment.

Nottingham, Coventry and Brighton are among the most popular for 18-20-year olds leaving the city, mostly heading off to university. Young 30 something families are heading off in the hope to set up home in a more affordable area with a better quality of life for their growing families. Choosing to stay within a commutable distance, and not wanting to leave London altogether, the Greater South East and the Home Counties seem to be the most popular among this demographic.

Away from the capital there are many excellent places to live and work across the UK that appeal to those in search of space, fresh air and affordability but still provide excellent city living.

Many of our developments sit favourably within these areas, offering a range of beautifully designed homes in desirable locations. Most of which are ideally located offering excellent transport links into London for those commuting to London for work. A beautiful selection of homes are currently available at Windsor Meadow in Marden, Polo Field in Canterbury, Cherry Tree Lane in Ewhurst, Surrey, Coppice End in Crowborough and The Glebe in Storrington, Sussex.