I can almost guarantee you that you won't be in the same job, in the same location, in 35 years. Life has a habit of taking you in unexpected driections. This is the reason why commuting into London is important. Should you unexpectedly change jobs or maybe get offered a different post, in a Central London location, commuting into London has to be a consideration. Also, if you live in that place for the next 20 years and your kids get work in Central London, commuting would again be a consideration. If you buy a house within a surrounding area of London, you cannot discount the 'commuting to Central London' aspect. The resale value of your home will consider the ease of commuting to C.London. If you really like it, try putting in an offer that you feel is appropriate. You never know, the vendor may accept.