Why it's time to move to Radlett
PUBLISHED: 01:16 02 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:17 20 February 2013
It has always been a prestigious area to live in and that shows no sign of changing, as Pat Bramley discovers...
THE reason why estate agent Barry Allsuch moved his family to Radlett in 1982 was not to live round the corner from the business hed founded in the town five years earlier.
The father of three daughters says the overriding consideration for him was the quality of the education. He says, I could see what wonderful schools there are here, both state and private. All three of my daughters went to Radlett Prep.
Barrys two eldest daughters are now married but still live close to where they grew up and now all four grandchildren are pupils at Radlett Prep. The wide choice of first rate schools for all denominations is still one of the main draws for young families moving to the area.
The road and rail network is another important plus. Add to this the superb sports and recreational activities in Radlett and the glorious greenbelt countryside and you can see why people want to live here, says the estate agent who has had a business in the town for 33 years.
Theres no need to drive into the West End for art galleries, theatres and sightseeing when friends come to visit you can get there quickly by train. There is no finer long term investment than bricks and mortar, especially in WD6 or WD7.
This year I have already seen far more applicants registering to buy than vendors registering to sell. This inevitably means that prices should not weaken in 2011.
Who lives here
Arsenal footballers the clubs training ground is two miles down the road.
Musicians and showbiz stars of the old school those who like to keep a low profile.
High court judges.
Good choice of state and independent schools particularly at primary level.
Fee-paying secondaries including Haberdashers Askes, Aldenham, St Albans High and North London Collegiate. Most independent schools within the area operate a bus service to Radlett.
Reliable First Connect commuter trains get into St Pancras in less than half an hour.
M25 and M1 connect with motorway network. Heathrow is 45 minutes away on a good day.
Train service from Radlett to Gatwick and Luton airports.
Shopping and leisure
Wide variety of places to eat out including Portuguese, Middle Eastern and Italian restaurants.
Mainly boutique style shops managed by owners in shopping centre, alsopost office, library and chain stores
Further afield: Sainsburys megastore at London Colney. Brent Cross: 15-20 minutes.
Three golf clubs, tennis and squash clubs, numerous riding stables, 300-seat theatre at Radlett Centre, private aerodrome at Elstree, boating at Aldenham.
How much to live here
One bedroom flats from 150,000.
Between-the-wars three bed semis not many circa 350,000.
Unmodernised 1950s three/four bedroom detached few and far between 450,000-500,000.
Extended and up-dated: 700,000-800,000.
Upper-crust four/five bedroom houses with good sized garden: 1.2m 1.5m.
In seven roads in Radlett you cant buy a house for less than a million.