Hertfordshire is a beautiful county, just to the north of London, and close enough to enjoy the sights and sounds of the big city but far enough away to be fully immersed in countryside life. For many Londoners Hertfordshire is high on their list of places to live, along with the other Home Counties, and forms part of the ever more popular commuter belt.
It affords many a Londoner the lifestyle they would love, where they can earn a premium from working in the city while retiring home of an evening to the beautiful greenery of leafy Hertfordshire. Living in Hertfordshire does come at a premium, and although Surrey is often mistaken as the most expensive county outside London, Hertfordshire does in fact hold that title. Hertfordshire is a fantastic place to live, full of picturesque villages, bustling market towns, with incredible commuter links into London (on average taking around 40 minutes) and has beautiful countryside right on its doorstep. It really is the best of both worlds.
Kings Langley is a small village towards the west of the county close to Watford, is a perfect leafy alternative to living in London. It has a low crime rate along with a varied history, being known for being Edward III’s country residence throughout the fourteenth century. A hub for community spirit, Kings Langley has over 300 clubs, organisations and societies, so there is plenty to get involved in should you wish.
Cottered is a small village located in the East of Hertfordshire, with a historical background and gives rise to the notion of leafy Hertfordshire. Immaculate, well-kept gardens are the norm in Cottered and it is surrounded by a number of trees, giving further rise to the beauty of the Hertfordshire countryside. Cottered has maintained its small village charm and continues to feel olde-worlde with its thatched cottages.
The epitome of country life in England’s Home Counties, and Ashwell is a small village with a big heart. Surrounded by picturesque countryside and a historical feel, a property here would include the best of both worlds. Its high street includes a butcher, deli, pubs, a shop, art gallery and post office.
Braughing is a beautiful small village located in East Hertfordshire, with quaint high street and picturesque qualities, combining history, traditional English village life in a more modern setting. Historically it dates back to the Iron Age as well as providing a valuable place on the Colchester to London coaching route in its heyday and has been relatively unspoilt since. If you close your eyes for just a moment you can almost believe you are still in Victorian England.
Much Hadham affords the title of Hertfordshire’s oldest and most picturesque villages, and is nestled comfortably in East Hertfordshire. East Hertfordshire has been named, time and time again, one of the best places to live in the country with low crime rates, a great school system and you can still be in the capital within 35 minutes from local station, Bishops Stortford. Surrounded by countryside you will be afforded a more countryside lifestyle with all the perks of living just a short distance from many Hertfordshire towns and of course a commutable distance from the capital.
Hertfordshire itself, as mention above, can be a slightly more expensive county due to its location on the London commuter belt, and this is reflected in the house prices within the area. In the last recorded data of March 2016, on average a flat or maisonette sells within the region of £208,000. A terraced house price is around £286, 225, a semi-detached property in the region of £380,237 and finally for a detached property you are looking in the region of £669,324.