About this office
A team of estate agents has operated in Stanmore, as Preston Bennett, for over 50 years, joining the award-winning Hamptons network in 2014. With a successful track record, the team’s professional approach has helped generations of property owners find their next home, in both the core and high end markets. We cover Stanmore itself and the surrounding areas, including Edgware, Canons Park, Mill Hill, Bushey, Elstree, Radlett, Hatch End, Pinner and Harrow Weald.
Why move to Stanmore?
The popular commuter town of Stanmore is in the Borough of Harrow in Greater London, just 11 miles from central London with all its amenities and attractions. Stanmore’s impressive infrastructure and travel links combined with its ample green spaces and bustling town centre create the perfect balance of work and home life for its residents.
A little bit of history
Stanmore makes an appearance in the Domesday Book of 1086 and its name derives from the Old English meaning ‘stony pool.’ Originally a small rural community, the arrival of the railway in 1890 allowed Stanmore to prosper as a commuter town and heralded its urbanisation in the early 20th century. The current station on the Metropolitan Line opened in 1932.
Stanmore played an important role in the Second World War, with RAF Stanmore Park supporting the Bletchley Park codebreakers and acting as base for the RAF Balloon Command. The site closed in 1997 and has since become a housing estate.
Architecture and property
A small rural community until the late 19th century, the town grew rapidly following the advent of the railway and this is reflected in its architecture. Stanmore has a high proportion of mid-20th century semis and detached houses lining leafy avenues that appeal to the London buyer seeking more for their money. Many of the mansions and manor houses in the surrounding areas have been converted into apartments in recent years, although there are still plenty of large, high value properties on offer including at a private gated community set in Bentley Priory. Modern developments such as Stanmore Place feature smart apartments with all the mod cons.
Shopping and amenities
Stanmore has a handful of boutiques, charity shops, banks, pharmacies, a library and an independent supermarket, alongside a Sainsbury’s and a Waitrose in Harrow Weald. For more extensive shopping, residents can visit The Intu shopping centre in Watford. The world-class shops and attractions of central London are also an easy train journey away.
Stanmore is also home to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital with its spinal and paediatric units.
Eateries in Stanmore range from independent restaurants to cosy cafes, with national chains well-represented by Miller & Carter and Nando’s. There is something to suit everyone, from tastes of the Middle East at Sahara Lounge and Diiar to The Glasshouse and The Stables at The Grove, Fine Dining at St James in Bushey or The Hare gastro pub in Bushey. There are also numerous excellent Indian and Asian inspired restaurants close by.
There is an abundance of local green space for families to enjoy, including Stanmore Country Park just moments from the train station, the wild heathland of Stanmore Common and Bentley Priory nature reserve, with its ancient woodland and walking trails. Stanmore Cricket Club on the border with Bushey is one of the oldest in the area, producing England players Angus Fraser and Mark Ramprakash.
Stanmore and the surrounding areas offer a strong selection of schooling options for all ages in both the state and private sectors, including Avanti House Primary and Secondary Schools, Park High School and Bentley Wood High School. The North London Collegiate School for girls aged 4-18 and Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in Elstree, which has separate campuses for girls and boys, are two of the UK’s leading independent establishments. Stanmore College provides further education courses and apprenticeships.
Commuters in Stanmore can enjoy excellent transport links by both road and rail. Junction 4 of the M1 is located a few miles to the north, connecting to the M25 and the wider motorway network. Situated in Zone 5, the town’s London Underground station is the terminus of the Jubilee Line which offers services to Waterloo in around 40 minutes.