Over a third of this beautiful county is covered by the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Beauty and the Metropolitan Greenbelt. Nevertheless, because routes between Birmingham and London pass through Buckinghamshire, it is well-connected by rail to major towns within the county and to London Marylebone. The Metropolitan Line of the Underground also runs to Chalfont & Latimer, Amersham, and Chesham. There are also excellent road connections, served by bus to minimise car traffic. It has a rich history, many notable attractions, and was rated the fifth best place to live in the UK by Halifax’s 2014 Quality of Life survey. There are good schools, shopping, and leisure offerings, and a wide range of property types from 17th century cottages to modern detached houses.