Watford Area guide

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Watford lies on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, 14 miles to the north west of London. It is located on rising ground to the north of the River Colne and east of the River Gade. The "ford" part of the name came about as it refers to an ancient major route from London to the north west, where the route crossed the River Colne. Watford is close to strategic roads - the M25 motorway that circles London and the M1 motorway that connects London to the Midlands and northern England, making it an ideal location for commuters. Watford is also served by several railway stations including a tube station.

The Watford property market is notorious for high demand and short supply, and properties in this popular area tend to be snapped up particularly quickly, regardless of the market. Watford is home to both a Grammar School for boys and girls, drawing families to Watford with their reputation. Typical prices range from £160,000 for a one bedroom apartment to over a £1,000,000 for large detached houses on the prestigious Hempstead Road or Cassiobury estate.

Watford is a great location for professionals due to its superb transport links into the city, as well as families with children due to the excellent schools in the local area including Watford Boys Grammar School and Watford Girls Grammar School. Some of the most popular junior schools include Nascot Wood and Cassiobury Junior Schools. The borough had 90,301 inhabitants at the time of the 2011 census.

Celebrities have enjoyed Watford life too. Watford is the birthplace of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, as well as Vinnie Jones and the retired England international Gareth Southgate. Watford have a successful football team who currently place in The Championship and Elton John has strong links with the club, having once been their chairman. Anthony Joshua, Olympic Gold Medalist, hails from Watford and the High Street boasts a gold Royal Mail post box down to his success in the 2012 Olympics.

As a popular residential area, there is a range of property types in Watford. With a wealth of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian period conversions, there is also a good selection of complete period buildings and Victorian villas, whilst in the last 15 years there have been many modern apartments built or converted to satisfy the high demand in the area.

As one of Watford's most popular estate agents, Your Move has flats and houses for sale in the WD area, supported by local offices in Garston, Abbots Langley and Rickmansworth. We sell properties ranging from studio apartments right the way through to large detached houses in the most expensive areas. Supported by our dedicated land and new homes department, we have also sold a number of development sites to clients who are currently building a wide range of property from one bedroom apartments to luxury five bedroom detached houses.

Among the most sought-after addresses is the Hempstead Road, a main road which links the town centre to the M25 motorway. Houses here rarely start at less than £750,000, increasing to over £1,200,000 for the largest in the road. Both Cassiobury and Nascot Wood are arguably the most sought after areas, and if you want to live here you will have a pay a premium to do so.

The price of property to rent in Watford starts at about £625 pcm for a studio flat in a purpose built block, rising to £750 a month for a one bedroom flat – or £800+ for one with a garden. Two bedroom flats cost between £850 pcm and £1000 pcm, rising to £1200 pcm+ for a spacious property with a garden. Houses start at £1100 a month for three bedrooms and rise to between £1500 and £1800 per month, depending on the size and condition of the property. The larger houses are located in the WD17 area of Watford which covers the sought after areas of Cassiobury and Nascot Wood. In this area for a typical 4 bedroom detached house you will looking to spend between £1800 - £2500 pcm.

The Watford area benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops, supermarkets and smaller independent boutiques. These include Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda for weekly grocery shopping. Gibson's the butchers is known for top quality meat (their sausages were featured on Ready Steady Cook). The bottom of the High Street has been redeveloped and boasts a number of well known chain of restaurants including Wagamamas, Jimmy's World Grill, and Carluccios amongst others. The shopping centre, Intu, previously known as The Harlequin, features a huge array of shops.

"Watford boasts Watford Colosseum and Palace Theatre which prove a popular attraction. Cassiobury Park is an award winning open area, and annually hosts the best firework display in the town. The Grove Hotel, located on the outskirts of Watford, is used by the England national football team before home games whilst it also hosts a large number of events including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship in which Tiger Woods won, as well as hosting the 2013 Bilderberg Conference. There is a large cinema complex in the Garston area, which also encompasses a bowling alley and restaurant.

There are many outdoor spaces in the Watford area, many with play parks for children, with Cassiobury Park being number one and is popular with dog walkers. They also hold a firework display on Bonfire Night, where people come from miles around to watch. Watford also sits on the Grand Union Canal, and there is Watford's best kept secret - Green Flag award winner - Cheslyn House and Gardens.

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