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If I like St Albans...where else?

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OhTinky Wed 25-Apr-18 10:18:19

Currently living in the South East and considering a move somewhere else, but where?!

Working in London (west/central) so easy access to a London trainline is essential and schooling, particularly secondary schooling is a priority. Would want to live within a mile or so of the station too for ease of commute.

If I like St Albans, but probably can’t quite afford it, where else? Ideally 3 bed house budget circa £500,000. I can’t think of anywhere else which is a small town in its own right with a good high street, good trains, good schools etc etc - but clearly it comes at a premium!

dontticklethetoad Wed 25-Apr-18 10:19:28

Berkhamsted? Prices do seem to be sky rocketing a bit though.

dontticklethetoad Wed 25-Apr-18 10:20:16

Or Tring. You could definitely get a 3 bed for your budget.

elastamum Wed 25-Apr-18 10:20:48

Ampthill in beds is lovely. Same line, good schools, much cheaper

FourFriedChickensDryWhiteToast Wed 25-Apr-18 10:24:10

Colchester always reminded me of Snorbens tbh, just a bit tattier and less ...up-market. Similar history.

CountingToThree Wed 25-Apr-18 10:31:24


(not sure on house prices but all on London mainline)

Jael003 Wed 25-Apr-18 10:31:30

I'm in Borehamwood, not far from St Albans, and we're on the Thameslink line into London and our town centre is getting better and better and schools are not bad (but a bit oversubscribed).

OverinaFlash Wed 25-Apr-18 13:01:33

Bishops Stortford. Direct into Liverpool Street in between 40-50 mins depending on time of day?

OhTinky Wed 25-Apr-18 14:54:45

Thanks all - looks like I have a heavy evening of googling and rightmoving ahead!

GRW Wed 25-Apr-18 18:21:19

Leighton Buzzard has fast trains to Euston. It's in Beds which has a 3 tier school system.

5amisnotmorning Wed 25-Apr-18 19:04:41

Newbury if you work in West London is fine as a commute and lovely villages along the trainline between Newbury and Theale.

Belleende Wed 25-Apr-18 21:40:25

Hitchin is your answer. Two secondary schools one mixed one ss, both excellent. 25 mins to KX and coming soon St Pancreas & London Bridge (and through to Gatwick)

mumtomaxwell Wed 25-Apr-18 22:30:55

Bedfordshire is within a 1 hour commute. But the schools are in the process of changing to 2 tier so if you have school age DCs they will get caught up in that like mine currently are. There ARE good schools but you have to be careful finding them.
Also avoid Bedford - it’s horrible! I lived there until about 3 or 4 years ago and very glad we left!
Leighton Buzzard is nice, so are places like Ampthill and Hitchin.

DreamingofSunshine Wed 25-Apr-18 22:37:18

Watford? Not as 'nice' as St Albans but 20 minute train to Euston, direct trains to West London and the tube. Good schools and the town centre has a lot of shops. I moved away a few years ago but I think they are opening a cinema in the town centre.

Sittingintgesun Wed 25-Apr-18 22:39:28

Rickmansworth, Croxley Green, Watford?

madeyemoodysmum Wed 25-Apr-18 22:40:10

I came in to say hitchin too.

Lovely town. Doctor Forster was filmed there.

Also loads of bigger towns within ten mins to get all the Diy house stuff.

Close to St Albans too

TheBitterBoy Wed 25-Apr-18 22:40:48

East Reading, 30mins into Paddington

FourFriedChickensDryWhiteToast Wed 25-Apr-18 23:06:53

was going to suggest Reading... or Slough.

MsLumley Thu 26-Apr-18 07:23:19

Slough?? I can't think of many towns less like St Albans than Slough!

SlipperyLizard Thu 26-Apr-18 17:08:42

Maidenhead is also not a bit like St Albans! But it is better than Slough ...

tethersend Thu 26-Apr-18 19:45:07

Was also going to suggest Hitchin.

dontcallmethatyoucunt Thu 26-Apr-18 22:10:15

Is Hitchen much cheaper? Guildford?

dontticklethetoad Thu 26-Apr-18 22:53:15

Slough??? Lol.

BubblesBuddy Fri 27-Apr-18 01:46:22

Maidenhead will be on the Elizabeth line eventually. Great villages around Maidenhead but expensive. Marlow would tick your boxes except for house costs. If you are ok commuting into Marylebone, you would have to go further out than Beaconsfield re housing costs. Wycombe isn’t much like St Albans either. Princes Risborough is great but schools are iffy at the moment. Village schools are better. Theme would be a better bet. I like Thame.

Berkhamsted would also be perfect but it’s pricy. The great towns always have a hefty price tag if they are an easier commute to London and are great in every other way. Wendover could suit. Slough is a no no, but Stoke Poges might be ok.

BoiledFrog Fri 27-Apr-18 01:54:13

Rickmansworth and croxley green are both nice areas

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