Hitchin is a historic bustling market town with a wealth of character and the imposing gothic St Mary's Church at it's centre. There are a wide range of exclusive boutiques as well as the usual high street nationwide brands along with the famous twice weekly market. There are also many restaurants and cafes to cater for all tastes. Major transport links are close by with Hitchin's mainline railway station being only 30 minutes from London's Kings Cross and A1M. Hitchin offers a large selection of properties of many styles and periods.
The market in Hitchin continues to grow, even when the rest of the country slows down. After being voted number nine in “the best places to live in the UK”, Hitchin has seen an increase in interest from places such as London. Still considered a more affordable option to St Albans, many commuters are happy with its location and feel the prices are fair. The prices have not come down all year and show no sign of doing so. Values differ from area to area and from roads to roads. In certain streets a standard three bedroom semi-detached will expect to reach in excess of £500,000, although still within Hitchin the same style house start from around £250,000.
With Hitchin Girl's School and Hitchin Boy's School being as popular as ever, families are always interested in moving to Hitchin. Hitchin boasts some of the best schools in Hertfordshire and certain areas have waiting lists for people looking for properties there. The transport links are so good that commuters enjoy the easy travel to central London. Investors can also see the potential with Hitchin and are keen to increase their portfolio's within the town.
Hitchin has a famous outdoor market held twice weekly which attracts many people from far and wide. The medieval town centre encourages people to walk along its cobbled streets and enjoy the many cafes available. England and Arsenal star Jack Wiltshere is from the area, as is TV presenter Jennie Bond.
As a popular residential area, there is a range of property types in Hitchin. With roads such as Wymondley Road and Chiltern Road, properties are dated as well over 100 years and many still have original features and are in keeping with the local area. There are also modern build houses and flats, most in ideal locations near the town centre or railway station.
As one of Hitchin's most popular estate agents, Your Move has flats and houses for sale all over Hitchin and the surrounding villages. A two bedroom flat in Hitchin will cost in the region of £200,000 to £300,000, likewise a two bedroom house can be found for similar prices and higher. Prices are slightly cheaper in most surrounding villages and many people are attracted to them by the beautiful views. House prices drop considerably in neighbouring towns Stevenage and Luton.
Amongst the most sought after addresses is the SG4 and SG9 postcode, mainly due to its proximity to local schools. For the more executive buyer, roads such as The Avenue and Chiltern Road command prices of £1million plus.
The prices for a one bedroom flat to rent in Hitchin start from £500pcm but most are more like £600 pcm. 3 bedroom homes roughly start from £1000pcm but can rise to £2000pcm for certain areas.
The Hitchin area benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent boutiques. These include Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsburys for weekly grocery shopping. New Look, Next, Argos and Boot's make up just some of the nationwide high street shops available. Mayson's on Hermitage Road offer high quality clothing, Rhubarb also offer clothing in its pretty boutique shop. The Hermitage bar and restaurant is favourite of our's and the food is very good. As is Roberto's on Bancroft, a new fresh Italian restaurant that pride themselves on exceptional quality.
Hitchin has several leisure centres and gyms. It also boasts an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, which is very popular during the summer months. Parks are located all over Hitchin, and windmill hill is a favourite for picnics. Those who like to keep fit will be in good company with a selection of running clubs in the area, from the early hours of the morning joggers can be seen running the streets of Hitchin.
Being surrounded by countryside, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to green spaces and walks. The surrounding villages boast many qualities but country pubs have to be the best.
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