you have to look at where you will work..commuting here is not like commuting in the UK. It takes time out of your life here.
The hords are heading down south at the Mo and it seems natural to follow. Take time out, land arrive, and investigate other areas. Get YOUR feel for things.
A 1 hour commute here is not like a 1 hr commute in the UK.
Like Diane says some employers take into account these commute times.