Hemel Hempstead Area guide

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Like other first generation new towns, Hemel Hempstead is divided into residential neighbourhoods, each with their own "village centre" with shops, pubs and services. In keeping with the optimism of the early post-war years, much of the town features modernist architecture with many unusual and experimental designs for housing.

Properties within the commuter belt, such as Hemel Hempstead, are becoming more popular as the London prices rise. We are seeing more demand from people moving out of London into the suburbs where prices are still competitive as there are great transport links. The M1 and M25 are close by and a direct train will get you into London, Euston is under 30 minutes. The rental market is very strong with monthly rent still on the increase and demand stripping the supply of good rental properties.

The majority of sales in Hemel Hempstead during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £249,651. Flats sold for an average of £166,547, with semi-detached properties fetching £320,434. Hemel Hempstead, with an overall average price of £277,256 was cheaper than nearby Boxmoor £305,108, Leverstock Green £305,465 and Apsley £336,989.

Hemel Hempstead is a popular location and is more affordable than its neighbours St Albans and Kings Langley. Maylands Industrial Estate is a major employer in the town with large companies such as Amazon, Kodak, Britvic and Marks and Spencer to name just a few. The Hemel Hempstead School is always popular as is the J F Kennedy Catholic School. We are seeing more and more people move out to places like Hemel from the London area, whether it is first time buyers trying to get onto the ladder or even move up buyers looking for a larger house Hemel is a popular location due to its affordability and being in the heart of the commuter belt.

Robert Snooks (c.1761–1802) England's last highwayman to be executed and buried at the scene of his crime lies here. Roger Moore (born 1927) actor, famous for his roles as The Saint and James Bond, lived in Tile Kiln Close, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead in the 1960s. Luke Donald (born 1977) was born in Hemel Hempstead. He is a golfer who plays mainly on the US based PGA Tour. Anthony Davidson (born 1979) Formula One driver was born here.

Hemel Hempstead is a great place to live due to its neighbourhood feel. Hemel has a good selection of shops, restaurants and amenities to suit everyone from single and professionals to families. Hemel has something for everyone.

Hemel Hempstead is divided into residential neighbourhoods, each with their own "village centre" with shops, pubs and services. The redevelopment started in 1949 and continued building until the mid-60's. The majority of the housing is ex local authority and there is a every type of property possible. There is a wide range of flats and most are built up to three floors. Houses from this time are mostly rows of terraced with semidetached dotted about. Once you get to the Apsley and Boxmoor areas you will find Victorian streets which are mainly terraced but with so few character properties these areas are always popular

As one of Hemel Hempstead's long standing agents we have flats and houses for sale all over the Town. Investors like the flats in and around Woodhall Farm as they have a good yield and are always popular with renters. Families starting out will always have a choice of well-built ex local authority two and three bedrooms properties to choose from and move up buyers might look at the most popular areas of Boxmoor and Apsley where you might find something overlooking the Boxmoor common or a modern house or apartment in the Apsley Lock.

The most sought after areas are Leverstock Green which has two local pubs which both look over the village green. Boxmoor which is close to Hemel Hempstead mainline train station and you can view the horses and cattle grazing on the Boxmoor Trust land and Apsley which also has a mainline train station and has the popular Apsley Lock which is comprised of houses and flats and is on the Grand Union Canal.

Rental starts from £350 to £450pcm for rooms in a shared house. One bedroom flats range from £650 to £900pcm in the popular Apsley Lock. Two bedroom flats start at £800pcm and you can pay anything up to £1250pcm. Your typical two bedroom house will cost around £1100pcm, but anything up to £1300pcm and three bedroom properties are between £1250pcm and £1500pcm. Executive homes can fetch anything up to £2500pcm.

Hemel Hempstead boasts both the Riverside and Marlowes shopping centres that host all your well know high street brands, Including Marks & Spencers, Primark and a large Debenhams. The Old Town has a market once a month and there is a good choice of shops, some are specialist shops, bars and restaurants that cater for most tastes. There is also a good choice of supermarkets in Hemel Hempstead. You have a large Tesco, Sainsburys two Aldi supermarkets to choose from.

When the Town centre was re-designed in the early sixties, the Water Gardens was built to run alongside the main shopping street as a place to relax. St Mary's church has been a place of worship for over eight hundred and fifty years. It is situated just off the old high street at the heart of the old town. The Bury in Gadebridge Park was a manor house. King Henry VIII stayed here with Anne Boleyn in the 1500's. All that remains is the Charter Tower. The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, the closest real snow to London. As Britain’s newest indoor skiing and snowboarding Snowsports destination, The Snow Centre is designed to deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snow boarder dreams of.

Gadebridge Park is the largest area of parkland in the Borough of Dacorum. It stretches from Hemel Hempstead town centre along the Gade Valley towards Piccotts End on both sides of the Leighton Buzzard Road. The southern end of the park has been developed for recreation with a large children’s playground, paddling pool, public bowling green and facilities for crazy golf.

Hemel Hempstead has great transport links to London by train into Euston in under 30 minutes and also North to Birmingham. Green line run cheap buses to London and Luton airport and the local buses take you to towns such as St Albans, Watford and Luton. The M1 and M25 Motorways are both close by as is the A41

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