But they’re not the only benefit to living in the town according to Jonathan Joly, a hugely successful YouTuber from Ireland with more than 1 million Instagram followers.
Having grown his fan-base by filming his daily life with wife Anna, three children – Emilia, Eduardo and Alessia – and six Maltese dogs, Jonathan and his family moved to London in 2013 for work. He found the city not at all community-minded, never really ‘feeling’ it or wanting to move there permanently.
This led to trying out Hertfordshire and then Bury in search of the right locale, but it wasn’t until renting a home in Reigate that he felt a true connection. And with Reigate house prices seeming extremely reasonable compared to London, it was clear he’d found what he’d been looking for.
He’s also a fan of the excellent private and public schools, the many local parks – the whole Joly tribe loves the fresh Surrey air – and “the leafy suburban streets and nice rural feel so close to London”. The choice of shops and eateries also gets a big thumbs-up, particularly the new Wagamama!
Summing up, Jonathan thinks Reigate is a great place for families working in the City with its a safe, happy community and plentiful things to do. The family plans to stick around for a while and, who knows, maybe Reigate’s beautiful streets will be the next family member in one of the next Joly videos.