Possible Move in a few years from Finchley to Radlett. Any thoughts

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Desiringonlychild Tue 18-Aug-20 15:20:51

Does anyone have any experiences with radlett.

I am currently browsing rightmove and radlett seems to tick many boxes (this is for a move several years down the road), but I would like to find out more about the area when I can. I like its fast connections to Central London and Hendon (where we have family and it is vital that wherever we live is reachable from Hendon using public transport). I like the schools, radlett prep seems a viable option though i know many on MN hate it but there are other good schools too (including coach routes to the jewish schools in north London). The main reason is the strong jewish community there, DH actually wants St Albans so I guess this is a compromise cos its quite nearby and also cheaper from a rail ticket perspective.

The main con other than the house prices (though they seem to have dropped 20% from 2017) is that we don't have a car and while we would probably get one in a few years, I would like to be in a place where I can't do without it. However, there seems to be a lot of amenities in borehamwood (the next station)- gym, cinema, supermarket, daycare, so it could be doable to hop on thameslink and just travel down 1 station to access those amenities. Even though I live in London, I often have to take tubes and buses to do my shopping so that i can have a better selection.

I would love to hear from people who live in radlett/are familiar with the area.

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Bells3032 Tue 18-Aug-20 15:26:41

hey once again @Desiringonlychild. Radlett is lovely and a nice community. Jewish wise you've got the shul, kosher delis and actually relatively speaking the largest Jewish community in the country (relative to population apparently). Property prices haven't massively increased esp in relation to Bwood or Bushey for example. Things to consider though

- Increased train fares - if you go to London every day it's gonna cost you about double what Finchley does. however, from Radlett you are pretty much always gonna get a seat
- Jewish schools are quite limited there with HJPS being the only orthodox option (although I think Clore Shalom also reaches to Radlett - however, it is reform) and HJPS is currently inadequate. However, I have also heard excellent things about Newberries.

If neither of those things are an issue i'd say go for it. If I wasn't so worried about train fares and wanting to be a little closer to families i'd deff be looking at Radlett

Desiringonlychild Tue 18-Aug-20 15:53:21

@Bells3032 yes the train fares are much more expensive. Its £274 from radlett to City Thameslink compared to £160 zone 1-3. For a commuter town, it is relatively low and I guess its reflected in the house price.

I know that JFS and Jcoss have coach routes to radlett ( and i personally feel that jewish secondary makes more of a difference than jewish primary anyway).

I am surprised however at the lack of orthodox jewish schools. Do most Jews in Radlett send their children to newberries/radlett prep/other prep schools? In this article, it states that in a class of 28 children in Newberries, 11 kids were jewish. So they would de facto be a culturally jewish school.


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