Hertfordshire has much to offer those looking for a home in a London commuter hub. With many towns and villages situated on key train lines which run into London’s major stations, it’s easy to see why so many people who work in London have chosen to live in this prime home county.
With London commuters in mind, we consider the best place to live in Hertfordshire. The location that will work best for you will likely ball down to a number of factors, this guide will help you decide where you could find a property in Hertfordshire that meets your commuting needs.
London commuter locations
There are locations throughout Hertfordshire that are ideal for those who need to commute to London. For those who want to continue to live in a city, St Alban’s is an excellent option. For those seeking a more rural lifestyle, there are idyllic towns and villages dotted across the county that offer easy transport connections for commuting to London.
From St Albans train station there are regular services running into St Pancras, the fastest trains take around 20 minutes to reach London. It’s of little surprise that so many of those who live in St Albans commute into London for work, the city is one of the most popular London commuter hubs in the UK.
With the city being a prime commuter hotspot, some of the most sought after homes are located within close proximity of the train station. Residential homes which lead off of Sandpit Lane are particularly popular with buyers. This area, in particular, is within walking distance of the station and amenities found in the city centre as well as being close to many of the top schools in St Albans.
Property for sale in St Albans varies in age and type from detached Edwardian homes to large Arts and Crafts properties, bungalows set on quiet cul-de-sacs and newly build, modern homes; there is a broad mix of homes to consider.
Only a short distance from St Albans, Harpenden offers commuters a direct service in to St Pancras which takes around 25 minutes on the fastest train.
Harpenden is a small, popular place to live. The high street offers both independent boutique shops along with larger brand chain stores. Families are drawn to find a property in Harpenden for the excellent schools, both state and private, that are located in the town or nearby.
There are pockets of highly desirable residential roads across Harpenden, one of the most sought after locations where buyers seek property is the Avenues area. Families might also look for a home to buy in the ‘Poets’ area which is within easy reach of the town centre and schools.
Villages in Hertfordshire
St Albans and Harpenden are surrounded by many highly desirable villages. These too are popular with commuters who choose to live in a rural setting and make a short trip into the city or town to take the train into London.
Just 2 miles from Harpenden the village of Wheathampstead is a popular place to live. The village itself offers a broad range of amenities whilst being within a short drive of both Harpenden and St Albans.
Another village within close proximity of Harpenden is Redbourn. Redbourn has extensive amenities and excellent schools. Buyers might consider these villages if they are seeking a home which has more of a rural setting whilst not suffering poor amenities.
Many of the villages surrounding St Albans and Harpenden benefit not only from access to the trains but by car the M1 motorway is within easy reach which connects with the M25 motorway and the wider road network.
In North Hertfordshire, the town of Hitchin is easily accessible by rail and road. Direct train services from Hitchin to Kings Cross take on average around 40 minutes.
For those seeking a place to live that offers semi-rural living with a reasonable commute time into the capital, Hitchin appeals greatly.
Hitchin has a great sense of community which many groups and clubs run by locals in both the arts and sports. There are also many events that take place year-round including the Hitchin Festival which plays host to over 100 smaller community events over 30 days.
Families move to Hitchin due to the lifestyle on offer and the top schools in the town. There are highly rated options for nursery, primary and secondary schools.
Welwyn Garden City
The fastest trains from Welwyn Garden City into London Kings Cross take around 30 minutes making it a popular place for London commuters to live.
Welwyn Garden City is one of the original garden cities in England, the second to be created. It offers residents a much greener setting than most commuter hubs.
The city’s West Side is perhaps the most sought after place to live, homes here tend to be spacious. This area is within walking distance of the train station and the wide range of amenities in the centre of town.
Property in Hertfordshire
There are many locations across Hertfordshire that offer London commuters an idyllic place to live within easy reach of the capital. We have only included a small number of these places here.