The New English Commute: via the Channel

UK buyers say oui oui to working in London, living in France
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2007 11:53 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Independent reports on the rise of a new phenomenon of Britons commuting to work in London—from France. Middle-class buyers, priced out of "character" English homes and stuck in cookie-cutter subdivisions, are increasingly purchasing properties in Normandy and other parts of France's north—where prices are as much as 30% lower—then commuting to London several days a week.

Bargain-basement flights, new mortgage rules and a strong pound have led to the influx of British buyers, and the new high-speed Eurostar link promises to accelerate the trend. Particularly for workers with irregular schedules, who can crash for a few days in London and then return to France, la vie de campagne has become increasingly attractive.