Are you thinking about making the move to Hertfordshire? This home county provides a desirable location with an array of delightful properties up for grabs in such a diverse range of towns and areas, and each with its own identity, that it can be difficult to know where to look first.
From architectural gems to stunning natural surroundings, easy transport links to London and a low crime rate, there is a lot to love about this leafy county that sits north of the capital. Known for its historic estates, bountiful countryside and links to the arts, a move to Hertfordshire would certainly provide a welcoming way of life, but where should you move to?
If you’re considering a move to this verdant county, but you’re not sure where to start looking, then read on for some inspiration on some of the more popular places to start your property search.
Boasting a range of cultural and historical highlights including a Roman theatre and 11th century cathedral, the city of St Albans is a mere 18-minute train ride from London, while providing some top-notch educational facilities, making this a rather attractive place to consider a move to.
Depending on what sort of budget you have to play around with, you could expect find a four-bedroom property with over 2,000 sq ft of space and gardens, in a good area, with a value of around £850,000 to over £1 million. Take the stress out and find a local estate agents in St Albans who will be able to help you find exactly what you are looking for in this popular and historic city.
Sitting close to St Albans, Harpenden is a popular place for London commuters to settle down in thanks to its direct rail connection through Central London. Property prices are well over triple the national average, so expect to pay a little more to move here, but it will be worth it for the highly rated schools, semi-rural setting and homes on attractive plots.
Parks, a nature reserve, forest, historic manor and more make this place an attractive option, but what can you get for your money? At the higher end of the market, expect sprawling detached properties in a range of architectural styles in the multi-million-pound bracket, while four-bedroom detached properties currently start at around £750,000.
Named as the Sunday Times’ best place to live in the southeast in recent years, the historic market town of Berkhamsted certainly has a bit of buzz surrounding it, but what makes this place so desirable? The commuter town sits in the Chiltern Hills and benefits from a location within the countryside marked as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a big plus for anyone seeking a more peaceful way of life.
The 11th century Norman Berkhamsted Castle ruins showcase a bit of its heritage, while cycling alongside the canal can take you all the way into London. A five-bed luxury detached property will cost anywhere between £1-2.5 million according to current listings.
The affluent village of Radlett sits between St Albans and Elstree and provides an excellent quality of life for its residents. It is perfectly located if you wish to enjoy all that London has to offer in terms of your career and social life, but equally as desirable when you require a more rural setting for weekend strolls and the like. Arsenal and Tottenham footballers have lived here as well as Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, and there are a range of high-value sprawling properties reaching values in the multi-millions.
Not to be mistaken for Welwyn Garden City, the peaceful village of Welwyn, or ‘old Welwyn’ sits a mile to the north and benefits from plenty of greenery, history and good schools, while boasting good links to London, which is just a 25-minute commute. Property-wise, expect to find modest four-bed houses starting at around £700k right up to seven-bed residences at the £4 million mark and plenty more in between.