Why it's time to move to Brookmans Park
PUBLISHED: 16:37 07 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:09 20 February 2013
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INCOMERS are initially drawn to Brookmans Park for the excellence of the schools and the speedy train journey into London. But once there, its the joy of becoming part of a real village community that makes most new arrivals realise this is the place where theyll want to put down roots.
One resident who came to live in Brookmans Park with her husband 17 years ago says they had an early experience of how far local shopkeepers will go out of their way to help you. We used to work in the city and each morning we caught the ten to six train. The first couple of days we stopped at the newsagents to buy a paper but he hadnt opened up the shop that early in the morning although he noticed us. From then on, and for years afterwards, he would bring the paper out to us. Thats typical of what its like here. Its a little gem people want to discover.
Rail: Peak hour trains from Brookmans Park Station take 40 minutes into Moorgate and half an hour into Kings Cross. Drive the short distance to Potters Bar and you can catch a fast train which will get you into Kings Cross in quarter of an hour.
Road: The village is midway from the A1000 Hatfield Road to the west and A1(M) to the east.
Brookmans Park Primary School is well regarded as is Chancellors the local comprehensive.
Voluntary aided Dame Alice Owen at Potters Bar is one of the most highly regarded co-eds in the country but is hugely over-subscribed. According to parents whose children sat the entrance exam last November there were well over a thousand applicants competing for 65 places.
Several independent schools in the area operate a bus service calling at Brookmans Park to collect and drop off pupils.
Shopping and other amenities
How many villages still have a fishmonger, traditional butcher, baker, greengrocer, post office and a library? Brookmans Park has all of those among the wide selection of good shops and boutiques in the village centre. The village green comes into its own for the annual May Day celebrations and for Village Day in June and at Christmas when villagers gather round the tree to see the lights turned on and quaff a beaker of mulled wine. There are lots of good places to eat out in Brookmans Park, lots of peaceful spots to walk the dog - the village is surrounded by glorious countryside - and for all those occasions when you need to go on a major shopping expedition, Brent Cross is only 20 minutes away. One resident claims she set a world record when she made it from Brookmans Park to Brent Cross in 15 minutes.
How much to live here
A lot. Carolyn Harvey at the local office of Statons says prices certainly havent dropped, if anything theyve gone up. The entry price for a three bedroom semi is about 450,000, much the same as 18 months ago, but detached family houses are now nearer 650,000-700,000 than 500,000 which was the average for a detached at the end of 2009. At the top end you could easily pay close to two million to live in this enviable few square miles of Hertfordshire.