Why move to Dorking?
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2018 will be a prosperous and successful one!
But there’s no escaping the general feeling of gloom and doom in January. The twinkly lights and festive spirit are gone, the weather is, well, mainly cold, wet and grey and it feels like a long time until spring.
Add to that the news that as rail fares go up yet again, there’s set to be more strike action in some areas of the country. It’s all enough to drive you into hibernation until well after the daffodils are out.
But I’m looking on the bright side
Because let’s face it, there is lots to love about living in the Dorking area. We’ve got some incredible countryside right on our doorstep which is perfect for some stunning winter walks. Or you can head into town for a browse of the antique shops or a bite to eat in one of the many quaint little cafés or restaurants.
I’m not the only one who thinks Dorking is a great place to live
At the end of last year, estate agent Jackson-Stops revealed its top commuter hotspots based on considerations such as house prices, annual house price growth, train reliability and speed of journey.
And guess what? Dorking game second! Ok, I’d have liked it to come first but second is pretty impressive when you consider some of the competition from the home counties and the south-east corner.
What’s more, Luton in Bedfordshire came first, notwithstanding the fact that last year Reddit users voted it the ‘worst place to live in the UK’!
Now I don’t know Luton that well but I do know Dorking. I know that over the years, it’s won lots of awards, and often been voted one of the best places to live. Even on the gloomiest January day, it’s still a pretty and attractive market town with a thriving and vibrant community and if you’re thinking of moving out of London, you couldn’t do much better than moving to Dorking.
Still not convinced?
10+ great reasons to move to Dorking:
- The North Downs and the Surrey Hills (a designated area of outstanding natural beauty which includes Leith Hill, Box Hill, Colley Hill, Holmbury Hill and Newlands Corner) are right on your doorstep for you to enjoy.
- Because of its situation, Dorking is a great base if you’re a keen cyclist, runner, hiker or walker.
- For commuters, there are no fewer than 3 railway stations, with regular trains to London and the south as well as cross-country links to Guildford, Reigate and Reading. The journey time to central London is just 25 mins and nearby Guildford is a thriving and busy town with a University, large hospital and cathedral!
- And if it’s foreign travel you enjoy, you’re only a short distance from the M25 and links to Gatwick and Heathrow.
- Dorking even has its own vineyard, the very successful and award-winning Denbies Wine Estate, where you can enjoy wine tasting and tours!
- Unemployment in Dorking is lower than both the Surrey and national averages with the number in receipt of working benefits 10% lower than the national average. But during the 2011 census, the residents of Dorking rated their health “very good” which is higher than the national average.
- Dorking is an historic town, with a network of underground caves, attractive architecture and a traditional market.
- And if it’s a night out on the town you’re after, Dorking has a cinema, theatre and arts centre as well as lots going on.
- According to Zoopla house prices in Dorking rose between January 2017 and 2018 by nearly 3.43% although according to RightMove, “Dorking, with an overall average price of £498,742 was cheaper than nearby Brockham (£610,500), Westcott (£639,864) and Betchworth (£738,000).”
- And if you’d love to move here but don’t think you stand a chance, there are a number of new developments within the Dorking area with houses, flats and apartments for sale.
So, if you already live in Dorking, that’s great news. It really is a lot nicer than Luton, isn’t it? And if you don’t live here, but would like to, why not come and spend some time here this January and discover the many delights Dorking has to offer!
Graham Faulkner is Branch Director of EweMove Dorking
He’s bought and sold a lot of properties over the years and is also a portfolio landlord, as well as specialising in helping other landlords. Apart from his own experience and expertise, he can also recommend the right professionals, as tried and tested by him, to advise you.
Multi-award winning EweMove in Dorking is a residential property sales and lettings agency who pride themselves on being refreshingly different and standing out from the crowd. EweMove Dorking covers from Ockley to Oxshott.