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Just fourteen miles to the northwest of London is Watford. Closely located to the M25 and M1 motorways, as well as benefitting from an underground tube station and main line station, it is favoured by commuters. Lying on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, Watford is not just a suburban town. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, whilst still benefitting from a buzzing town centre, and nightlife particularly favoured by students.
Moving to Watford
With London so accessible, the property market in Watford is notorious for high demand and short supply. The turnover of properties is extremely quick, particularly in the rental market. Typical prices range from £160,000 for a one bedroom flat, to over £1 million for large detached houses on prestigious roads and estates.
As a popular residential area, there are a range of properties to suit all tastes and budgets. However, do be prepared that you will be paying a premium to be located anywhere near one of the three mainline stations, or tube station. There are some beautiful Edwardian and Victorian homes but you will be hard pushed to find a complete one, as many have been turned into apartments to meet property demands.
In terms of rental opportunities, one bedroom flats start at around £750 pcm, rising to £850 pcm for two beds. For a small two bed property with a garden, budgets should be increased to £1200 pcm. Three bedroom homes fall into the bracket of £1500 to £1800, dependant on the size and condition of the property. For a four bedroom detached home, look to spend between £1800 and £2500 pcm.
Moving to Watford couldn’t be easier, with the Britannia Bucks & Herts office located just 45 minutes away in Aylesbury. The team at Britannia Bucks & Herts are not only able to provide you with a seamless moving service, but can also provide bespoke storage solutions.
Nightlife in Watford
With Brunel University under half an hour away, and the University of Westminster’s Northwick Park campus seven miles south, Watford is somewhat of a party town after 9pm. The bars and clubs of the High Street are swarmed with students most nights of the week, but most head to Oceana to top the night off. However, before the students arrive, a dinner can be joined in many of the restaurants, or some civil drinks in one of the many bars.
Transport Links Watford
Watford underground station is located on the Metropolitan line, in Zone 7. It is a terminus point for a branch of the line, with tubes running eastbound through the likes of Harrow, Wembley, Baker Street, Barbican, and Liverpool Street, before terminating at Aldgate. Tube journeys into Zone 1 take roughly 40 minutes, with part of the service over ground.
Watford Junction is the mainline station for the area. London Overground services run from this station to London Euston three times per hour, calling at a multitude of stations throughout London, although there are fast and slow services. Other services from the station include Southern trains to Milton Keynes and East Croydon, as well as London Midland’s services to Northampton, Birmingham New Street, Milton Keynes, and St Albans.
Watford High Street is the station preceding Watford Junction. Watford North is located under a mile away from Watford Junction and has just one platform, for services running to and from St Albans.