Where to move to when it’s time to get out of London – Broxbourne
With the largest London demographic group being 25-35 year olds, aka “young professionals,” it’s important to consider where the over-35s are all disappearing off to. As you’re probably aware, there’s quite a trend towards living in London during your twenties, then choosing to leave the capital when it’s time to settle down and raise a family. More space, bigger houses for your money, better schools – the home counties have many pull factors.
Broxbourne sits on the edge of London, just over the Hertfordshire border, and is proving very popular with families who want to get out of the capital, without really leaving it behind.
Commuting to London from Broxbourne
If you’re planning to move out of London but still work there, you know you’ll be balancing your commuter journey and the cost of your season ticket against the price of your Broxbourne house. Trains go to and from London Liverpool Street, which is very handy if you work in the City. The journey times is 27 minutes and an annual travelcard will cost £2,760.
Houses in Broxbourne
There is a variety of different types of property available in Broxbourne, from flats to family houses. Over the last year, terraced properties had an average sold price of £376,246 and detached properties averaged at £717,523.
In addition to a wide range of new-build and late 20th century homes, there are a number of characterful period properties, including Victorian villas near the station and this lovely schoolhouse conversion.
With all the space available, most properties have their own gardens and driveways – you can put parking permit applications behind you forever!
The area has three primary schools, including Broxbourne Junior which was rated Outstanding by Ofsted at the last inspection.
They feed into one large secondary, The Broxbourne School, which is rated Good and also has its own sixth form.
In and around Broxbourne
Set in beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and maybe even climb a tree. The river Lee is nearby, lovely to walk beside and also offers plenty of opportunities for boat trips and canoeing.
Hayes Hill and Holyfield Farm is a working dairy farm (with loads of animals!) open to the public, while the Ada Coles Memorial Stables is a horse and donkey sanctuary that you and your children will fall in love with.
There are also countless pubs in the area, including several right by the river – the perfect spot to while away a summer’s afternoon.
The Broxbourne area is practical too – do your weekly shop at the out-of-town Tesco or Morrisons, or at one of the smaller shops in the centre of Broxbourne.
Nearby Hoddesdon has all the shops and amenities you’ll need, as well as regular markets.
Move to Broxbourne
Broxbourne is a great place to move to from London. Close enough to the capital to be convenient for work and entertainment, far enough away that you can take a break from city life. Good value family homes, decent schools – let the next chapter of your life begin.
Dockleys’ Hertfordshire office has a number of properties for sale in Broxbourne. To find out more, contact Sue Hardings on 020 3633 4440.