Internationally acclaimed for its quality of life, Richmond strikes the perfect balance between London & country living.
The area lying 15 miles southwest of central London, Richmond is steeped in history and houses one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames, incorporating Richmond Bridge (London's oldest surviving Thames crossing - circa 1777). It is popular with British and overseas families alike, who are attracted to its beautiful surroundings, such as Royal Richmond Park with its 2,500 acres of wonderful deer inhabited parkland, once a favourite hunting ground for the Sovereigns of yesteryear.
The stunning view from the summit of Richmond Hill (most notably captured by Turner's famous paintings), over Petersham Meadows and the Thames Valley, is now protected by an Act of Parliament. Picturesque Richmond Green was once a jousting ground for Henry VIII's former riverside Palace and is today home to more gentle pursuits, such as Sunday afternoon cricket.
Richmond's schools, both state and private, enjoy an excellent reputation and include the much-acclaimed German school in Petersham. The town centre itself provides a wide variety of high street and boutique stores, the latter of which are mainly located on pretty paved lanes that meander gently down to The Green and in turn River Thames.
Richmond has superb transport links into the City, the West End and out to the Home Counties, with the motorway network providing easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow airports. For commuters, Richmond train station (overground) provides a fast 17 minute rush hour service to London Waterloo and the underground District line tube into central London.
The area also boasts numerous leisure and sporting facilities including Richmond Theatre, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Twickenham Stadium, the home of Rugby Union, and many more.
There is a diverse mix of property in Richmond ranging from the architecturally exquisite William and Mary, Queen Anne and Georgian homes to some more modern properties, including some ultra-contemporary houses and apartments.