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Located in Hertfordshire and just 29 miles from London, Stevenage is a popular commuter town. The population of Stevenage skyrocketed in the 1950’s and 60’s, when Stevenage was designated a new town under the New Towns Act of 1946 – the first in the country. With fantastic transport links and property prices much lower than that of the city, many are upping and moving to the location.
Moving to Stevenage couldn’t be easier. The Britannia Harrison and Rowley office is located just 30 minutes away from Stevenage, in St Neots. The team at Britannia Harrison and Rowley are not only able to provide you with a seamless moving service, but can also provide bespoke storage solutions.
Moving to Stevenage
With a rural setting but vibrant town, Stevenage is a very popular place to live. There are a wide range of properties and ample opportunities to both buy and rent. Homes range from one to six bedrooms, and range from Edwardian to contemporary.
If you are looking to rent in Stevenage, one bedroom flats start from around £575 pcm. Two bedroom terraced houses fall into the £775 to £875 pcm bracket. Three bed family homes are between £875 and £1150 pcm. If you require a four-bedroom rental opportunity, look to have a budget between £1200 and £1600 pcm.
For first time buyers, there are many shared ownership opportunities in Stevenage, particularly one and two bed flats. These both start at prices around £75,000. Two bed terraced homes have asking prices upwards of £220,000, with three beds escalating this to £240,000. Family semis fall in to the £260,000 to £500,000 bracket and detached homes; £320,000 to £800,000.
Shopping in Stevenage
Aside from the high streets of Stevenage that are lined with shops, the West Gate Shopping Centre is where most go at the weekend. The centre has 35 retail outlets, with H&M and River Island for the ladies, and Blue Inc, Moss, and Academy for the men. There are also a range of mobile phone shops, hairdressers, and other services. When you need a break, Esquires Coffee and Simmons Bakery are ready to help refuel you.
Stevenage’s retail park, Roaring Meg, is also a great place to head, particularly for superstores. It is home to the usual retail park giants such as DFS, Currys, Argos, Harveys, Hobby Craft, and Toys R Us. As well as these retailers, there are also a number of restaurants including Pizza Hut, Harvester, and Burger King.
Transport Links Stevenage
Trains to London from Stevenage are very regular, with an escalated service during peak times. Commuters can get to London Kings Cross in 26 minutes, and also Moorgate in 1 hour 4 minutes. There are also direct services to Peterborough (30 minutes or 53 minutes), Leeds (1 hour 52 minutes), and York (2 hours 1 minute).
There are future Thameslink and Great Northern plans for services to Brighton, London Bridge, Gatwick Airport, Horsham, and Croydon.
Those who need to travel abroad regularly have their pick of airports when living in Stevenage. Furthest away is Heathrow, still a manageable one-hour drive. Stanstead Airport is 40 minutes by car, and nearest is Luton Airport, just 20 minutes away.