The accelerating price of property in London has left many buyers looking outside the capital for value for money.
Latest statistics reveal that the price gap between property values inside and outside the M25 has reached a record high of £200,000.
The average home in London now costs £414,490, according to the Land Registry.
The London exodus has been widely anticipated, with many people seizing the opportunity to buy a substantial family home for the price of a small flat in the city.
Although the traditional commuter belt remains popular, people are more willing to look further afield for their dream home than ever before.