Moving out of the big city or just going closer for work can mean your money goes a lot further. When it comes to Glasgow’s commuter towns, there are plenty of opportunities to get bigger properties for an affordable price tag. But which area has the best of everything you are looking for? And which is the best value for money?
We’re going to take a closer look at the commuter towns that are well within an hour of Glasgow so you can find the property to match your needs near Scotland’s biggest city.
For the quiet life close to the city, few towns are as desirable as affluent Bishopbriggs where house prices average £232,127. A place that has become popular with retirees and anyone looking for a relaxed pace of life, it is quieter than many of Glasgow’s surrounding suburbs.
Just 5 miles north of Glasgow city centre, it has excellent rail and road links. Glasgow Queen Street station can be reached in just 8 minutes, with around 90 trains operating every day. Bishopbriggs has a thriving community feel with plenty of shopping and enough recreational facilities to ensure weekends do not have to be spent in the big city.
Giffnock is known as an affluent suburb that has a famous golf course, red sandstone houses and grand villas to choose from. The average house price of a detached home in the town commands north of £400,000 and the fast commute of 17 minutes via train makes it even more desirable, with fares starting at £3.60 if booked in advance.
Driving only takes around 30 minutes although locals will find it hard to leave the leafy streets and village feel for the bustle of the city at times.
For the post covid commuter, Kirkintilloch has been described as one of the most desirable suburbs for Glasgow commuters. For a balance of rural life and city life, just 15 minutes drive away in Glasgow, there is plenty to like including the six primary schools and two secondary schools for families.
The number 72 bus takes just 45 minutes to get to the big city and locals get to enjoy the Campsie Fells as a backdrop.
There are plenty of local facilities to please families and professionals alike plus a shopping mall with independent shops and well-known brands to choose from. A leisure centre, two swimming pools and two golf courses add to the appeal of this Glasgow commuter town – as does the average house price of £194,088.
Nestled in the stunning Scottish countryside, Lanark is a popular place for lovers of the outdoors and sports. There is an 18 hole golf course with views over the beautiful South Upland hills adding another reason to go a little further afield.
Lanark boasts its train station with links to Glasgow in 50 minutes and Edinburgh in 2 hours. It is a quiet, rural retreat for city workers. Average property prices are appealing for first-time buyers and young families and cost around £170,74.
An ideal Glasgow commuter town, Lenzie offers workers the opportunity to get to Glasgow Queen Street in just 9 minutes. Ideally situated for Scotland’s two big cities, the train to Edinburgh takes just 49 minutes.
With plenty of green spaces and walks on your doorstep, Lenzie is a popular countryside option for commuters with a range of schools where house prices average £276,186.
With a population of over 13,000, Milngavie is a pleasant mid-sized town with good transport links to Glasgow. Queen Street station is a 10-minute train ride, and central Glasgow can be reached in 45 minutes when traffic is favourable.
The town centre has a wide variety of local and national shops and is excellent for leisure and outdoor pursuits alike. Activities include walks around the peaceful reservoir and the Mugdock country park meaning there is no shortage of ways to connect with nature in the area. House prices average £302,514 reflecting the desirability of this Glasgow commuter town.
Beautiful Paisley is within 10 minutes of central Glasgow boasting excellent rail and road links. It is also home to Glasgow International Airport, so ideally situated for holidaymakers. Paisley is known for its characterful properties that boast unique features, thanks to it being a historic town. Oakshaw Conservation Area is one suburb that boasts four and five bedroom options with incredible church conversion available.
It also offers value for money for first-time buyers and young professionals. Think five-bed Victorian houses, and classic high ceiling tenement flats among a choice of characterful properties. Offering what many people see as value for money, the average house price in Paisley is around £135,420.
Situated 6 miles west of Glasgow, Renfrew is in the west-central lowlands and known as the Cradle of the Royal Stewarts due to its links with Scotland’s former royal family. It has been named one of the UK’s best towns to live in and the 8th best in Scotland.
Glasgow Queen Street station can be reached in 14 minutes and offers a bustling high street, job opportunities, low crime rates, and a variety of properties to choose from. The average house price of £135,610 will be appealing to young families and first-time buyers.
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