Brighton’s top commuter hubs for hybrid working in 2022

News Posted 31/12/21
Leading financial price comparison expert NerdWallet has identified Hampden Park and Polegate as commuter destinations around Brighton that are set to grow in popularity in the years ahead thanks to the rise in remote and hybrid working.

Leading financial price comparison expert NerdWallet has identified Hampden Park and Polegate as commuter destinations around Brighton that are set to grow in popularity in the years ahead thanks to the rise in remote and hybrid working.

With many Britons now spending fewer days in the workplace and commuting less frequently, many are identifying benefits to living further afield.

To serve this audience, NerdWallet developed Map My Commute – a pioneering interactive tool that helps potential movers discover all the locations within their preferred commute time and/or property budget.

Using search results from Map My Commute, NerdWallet pinpointed the locations that could become prime destinations for home buyers willing to expand their commutes to land their dream property.

Richard Eagling, senior personal finance expert at NerdWallet, said: “Our recent study revealed that 9 in 10 hybrid workers would now be willing to commute further to buy or rent their desired property or live in their preferred location.

“The same study discovered that over a quarter of British workers open to a longer commute would travel up to 45 minutes further in exchange for their ideal home or location.”

For first-time buyers looking to settle in Brighton, nearby Hampden Park continues to be a popular location, as the commute takes 38 minutes by train and an average two-bedroom semi-detached house costs £276,245. This is £143,955 less than the average property price in the centre of Brighton.

Existing property owners in East Sussex who are looking to upsize, for example, could turn to places like Polegate. The commute is an average 33 minutes by train and the average three-bedroom detached property costs £423,177, which is £210,151 less than the average property price in the centre of Brighton.

Before the pandemic, the average commute to and from work came to 59 minutes total. The results of NerdWallet’s survey suggest this could rise to 2 hours 29 minutes for a significant number of Britain’s workers. 

Eagling added: “This widening of the commuter belt opens up new possibilities for today’s homebuyers and renters.

“It also has the potential to create these new commuter hotspots, invigorating locations such as East Sussex in the process.”  

NerdWallet’s new Map My Commute interactive tool helps homebuyers discover all of the locations where they can afford to buy or rent a property based on their budget and ideal commute time.  

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