About this office
Our well-respected team of estate agents in Harpenden take an appealingly traditional approach to the sale and letting of property in the area and are also market leaders for the sale of New Homes. The primary focus is on Harpenden itself, but the team also cover such surrounding villages such as Redbourn, Flamstead, Markyate, Slip End, Caddington and Studham.
Why move to Harpenden?
Harpenden is one of the most popular commuter towns in the historic county of Hertfordshire. Situated around 30 miles north of central London, the town’s residents benefit from fabulous transport links to the capital. Although it has all the amenities you would expect from a substantial town, including a fantastic range of schools, shops and restaurants, its quaint streets and abundant green spaces allow Harpenden to retain a village feel.
A little bit of history
Until the 13th century the area was largely woodland, much of which was cleared by Westminster Abbey to make way for farmland and settlement when Edward the Confessor granted it the land in 1060 as part of the Wheathampstead Manor estate. Like many other British towns, Harpenden saw dramatic growth following the arrival of the railway in 1860, with residential developments replacing much of the surrounding farmland and establishing the town as the commuter hotspot it is today.
The area of Poets’ Corner has streets names after some of England’s finest literary figures, including Shakespeare Road, Kipling Way and Shelley Court.
Architecture and property
The properties of Harpenden exhibit a wide range of architectural styles from the Tudor era to the modern day, with everything from contemporary apartments and new build houses to large period properties and aspirational family homes. Notable local buildings include the Grade II listed St Nicholas Church which has stood in the heart of the town since the early 13th century and the exemplary 1960s Ahm House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who is best known for designing the Sydney Opera House.
Shopping and amenities
Harpenden’s shopping scene has a lively mixture of upmarket clothing boutiques, charming gift shops and high street mainstays, such as Boots and WHSmith. The town benefits from a library, a choice of doctor and dentist surgeries, several post offices, and supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S.
Harpenden has an outstanding selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, with something to suit every taste. Diners can choose from a vast range of cuisine from contemporary Indian dishes at Infuse Bistro to delicious seafood at Lussmans and tapas at Azita. There are also numerous country pubs in the town and surrounding villages for those in need of a tipple.
The Harpenden Public Halls offer a diverse entertainment roster of theatre, live music and film screenings. The local sports centre is currently undergoing renovation and is expected to reopen in early 2021, with a range of new facilities including a 25-metre swimming pool, fitness studios, sports courts and a gym.
Harpenden boasts an abundance of public parks, commons and recreation grounds, from the pretty Church Green in the centre of town to the 238-acre Harpenden Common, which is home to the town’s golf and cricket clubs. Harpenden is also an ideal base from which to explore the glorious open fields, ancient woodlands and riverside trails of the Hertfordshire countryside.
The town is well-served by the state and private sectors, with excellent schooling options for children of all ages. The three leading secondary schools in Harpenden are St George’s School, Sir John Lawes School and Roundwood Park, which also has a sixth form. Other local institutions include Harpenden Academy, Roundwood Primary, St Nicholas CofE Primary School and the highly regarded Aldwickbury Preparatory School.
Harpenden has excellent rail links with regular services from its mainline station to London St. Pancras in under 30 minutes. Road links are also strong, with the M1 and M25 both in close proximity, connecting the town to the wider national motorway network. Luton and Heathrow Airports are easily accessible for domestic and international travel.