Chatham in Kent is the best value place for London commuters to live, new figures reveal.
The study, by Haart estate agents, looked at the cost of property, the time it takes to commute to a major London station, and the cost of this commute.
And, Chatham - with a 40-minute journey to London Victoria and average house prices of £144,100 - worked out cheaper than any of the other 20 commuter towns surveyed.
"With property prices continuing to rise in the city, London workers who are finding it difficult to get on the property ladder, or simply want to get more for their money, are moving out into the commuter belt," said Russell Jervis of Haart estate agents.
"However, commuting costs and time spent to get to work are both vital factors to consider when purchasing a house.
"Buyers need to weigh up these factors when choosing a location.
"This model identifies the most affordable areas in and around London with a 'commuter cost weighting' to help potential buyers make their decision."
Haart's study looked at locations between 20 minutes and an hour from central London - then factored in average property prices and the time and costs of travel.
Slough, Stevenage, Redhill and Surbiton were placed in the top five with Chatham as the best value commuter towns, combining relatively affordable properties with reasonably low travel costs and times.
Best value commuter locations
|Town||London station||Time to commute||Average house price|
|Stevenage||King's Cross||40 mins||£180,300|
|Chelmsford||Liverpool St||40 mins||£217,900|
|Welwyn Garden City||King's Cross||30 mins||£301,400|
|Romford||Liverpool St||30 mins||£229,100|
|Colchester||Liverpool St||60 mins||£150,200|
|Tunbridge Wells||Charring Cross||50 mins||£250,000|
|Ipswich||Liverpool St||60 mins||£147,100|
|Haywards Heath||Victoria||50 mins||£289,500|
|Cambridge||King's Cross||60 mins||£242,400|
|Sevenoaks||Charring Cross||30 mins||£388,000|