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Watford is technically a Hertfordshire town, many take it to be a part of Greater London, as it is just 14 miles northwest of London, and nestled just with the M25, in Zone 7 and with its own spot on the Metropolitan line, it is hard to argue otherwise. Closely located to the M25 and M1 motorways, Watford has great transport links, several good schools and the perfect balance of town and country, it is no wonder that many are making Watford home.
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.
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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. Large detached houses on prestigious roads and estates can sell for over £1 million. but most properties within the town are more affordable.
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.
Things to do in Watford
With Hatfield university nearby, 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 enjoyed in many of the restaurants, or drinks in one of the many bars in the town centre.
Watford also has large shopping mall called Atria (previously the Harlequin), which has many of the high street shops, such as Marks & Spencer, Primark and Apple, and is serviced by a large multistorey car park.
Cassiobury is Watford’s main public park, just north of the town, where locals spend time walking their dogs on Whippendell wood, or taking their children to the many play areas and sports facilities available there.
One of the busiest attractions in nearby Leavesden is the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio tour, where you can visit various film sets such as Hogwarts express, the great hall, Dumbledore’s study, and shop in Diagon Alley, but booking is essential as it always very busy.
Watford Transport Links
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.
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