Hertfordshire is moving into the spotlight as a highly sought-after destination for a both families and professionals. Those looking for convenience of access to London and Cambridge, combined with realistic housing prices and high standards of education, will find plenty to enjoy in Hertfordshire. Take a look at our pick of some of the best places to live in Hertfordshire.
A commuter town in the northeast of the county, St Albans is rich in both history and modern conveniences, with only a 20-minute journey to London. Residents enjoy a thriving concert and theatre scene, which gives St Albans a bohemian vibe. Health and fitness is also very important to the local and they are ranked amongst the top-ten sportiest communities in the UK. The attractive architecture has made it a popular filming location, appearing in numerous films and TV shows from the 1960s onwards. Property is reasonable priced, but St Alban’s popularity means homes get snapped up pretty quick.
A market town in the north of Hertfordshire, Hitchin attracts families looking for the convenience of a commuter town, but with easy access to nearby Luton Airport and top education options, including the renowned Cambridge University (just a short train ride away). Property in Hitchin is in high demand, though the overall average asking price for a home (around £400,000) is reasonable considering the location. For nature lovers, the Chiltern Hills provides stunning walks throughout the surrounding countryside and safe cycling routes across scenic wooded landscapes. Hitchin’s charming medieval town centre hosts open-air markets most days of the week, ranging from craft and local produce, to specialist events such as vegan fairs and a summer festival programme that runs every year in July.
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Stevenage was once a small village with a population of just over 1,000. Since being designated a ‘new town’ under the New Towns Act 1946 in the 1950s, the population has grown to over 87,000. Nowadays, it attracts young professionals needing conveniently located facilities combined with the advantages of a commuter town with fast links to London. Over £1 billion has been invested in transforming the town centre with new residential, retail, and commercial facilities. Stevenage’s town square has also undergone a makeover, with new flexible working hubs, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Watford is located to the northwest of London, situated on the River Colne. Watford’s high street hosts many of the town’s bars and restaurants, but smaller hubs can be found in Oxhey, Bushey, and to the north and west of the area. Transport is convenient in Watford as well, providing easy access to London via multiple stations and railway lines. The town boasts a thriving cultural scene of its own with numerous theatres, museums, and outdoor activities. The local football club, Watford FC, play in the Championship and boast a passionate following amongst the locals. Housing is affordable here and the school system has excellent options.
Like Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead is a designated ‘new town’, but it retains much of its historical heritage. Its high street, for example, dates back to Tudor times and has been described as the most attractive in Hertfordshire. The high street’s numerous pubs, cafés, and restaurants cater to every cuisine and preference. For green space, Gadebridge Park has everything you’d need for a great day out, including playgrounds, an elegant walled garden, cycle and walking paths, and a skate park. The Grand Union Canal is notable as being the longest in the UK, running all the way from London to Birmingham. There are a wide range of transport options to choose from and housing is reasonably priced.
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