Hi, we are looking to move in the next few months and are keen on Hertfordshire. We are looking to buy, budget is around £375k. We are after a 3 bedroom house.
The areas that we have considered so far include Rickmansworth (lovely but expensive), Croxley Green (seems ok), Kings Langley (see Rickmansworth) and Leavesdon (found a lovely house, but it seems a bit 'remote').
We are reasonably flexible. I work in London so good train links are important. My wife is looking for a 'village' type feel, allow good schools and neighbourhood are crucial.
Can anyone recommend any of the above areas, or suggest alternatives worth considering?
Try looking at Royston/Meldreth/Melbourn ( techically South Cambs the latter two) but good rail networks, property reasonable and schools excellent in the area. Takes about 50 mins to Kings X if that. We loved it there, and having Cambridge on your doorstep is a real bonus.
Well I can vouch for Croxley Green, Kings Langley and Leavesden.
I live in Abbots Langley and it's lovely round here Kings Langley is also lush. Chipperfield is gorgeous but expensive but not far from Kings Langley. Leavesden I wouldn't class as remote Vair close to Harry Potter experience but then again Abbots Langley is 5 minutes up the road from Leavesden but a nice little High Street of shops.
Come to Abbots Langley/ Hunton Bridge <channels vibes at OP>
You might find St Albans a bit expensive but on the outskirts is an estate called Ellenbrook - it's more Hatfield than St Albans but has a St Albans address & postcode. There are some nice areas in Hatfield - Garden Village is nice - has an 'old' side and a 'new' side. The trains from Hatfield go into Kings Cross. If you use the tube get off at Finsbury Park and you are straight down the stairs for the Victoria and the Piccadily lines. Getting the tube at Kings Cross involves quite a lot of walking!
How about Baldock? 3 good or excellent primaries and 1 excellent secondary (so if you live in Baldock you are as much as possible guaranteed to get in). Great links to London - either via Baldock or Letchworth rail. Plus A1. Small town but got fab butchers/bakers/restaurants - plus a massive Tescos (though I pop to Letchworth Sainsbury's personally). Lots community going on - classes for all ages, Baldock Festival etc etc - so actually has more of a village feel than the village I lived in previously - get involved or stay out of it - no-one looks askance. In addition when you want a bit bigger Cambridge an easy train journey away (as is London) and Letchworth/Hitchin/Stevenage close by for shopping/cinema/retail park etc. When DC want Saturday jobs or nights out to the cinema we will not have to taxi them - they will be able to walk/train to any number of locations.....Can you tell I love the place?
Have a look at these villages: Potten End, Nettleden, Frithsden, Great Gaddesden/St Margrets, Little Gaddesden, Ringshall and Aldbury. They all surround the Ashridge forest. Lovely countryside, village shops, schools and not too far to travel for shopping (Berkhamsted, St Albans, Watford, Milton Keynes). Close to Whipsnade zoo, Ivinghoe Beacon, Rothschild museum in Tring. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge/ My DH commutes in from Berkhamsted to Euston/Moorgate in 1hr 10mins (door to door). I really recommend having a look around here lovely village pubs for lunch! www.alfordarmsfrithsden.co.uk/ greyhoundaldbury.co.uk/ www.valianttrooper.co.uk/