What is Harpenden like?
Harpenden, arguably one of the most sought after towns in Hertfordshire, which prides itself on its excellent schools and sporting clubs.
A notable feature of Harpenden is its abundant parks and commons. The central area of Harpenden, known locally as ‘the village’ is characterized by Church Green. Leyton Green and the High Street Greens, which give the town its provincial feel. Just to the south of the town centre is Harpenden Common, stretching from the shops in the town centre for more than a mile to the south, encompassing a total of 238 acres.
Harpenden is well noted for its fast train service to St. Pancras International, and for the motorist, junction 9 of the M1 motorway is just 3 miles distant.
Whilst being a national and international agent, we are very much considered as the ‘local agent’ of choice. We cover all of Hertfordshire, south and mid Bedfordshire and parts of Buckinghamshire. With excellent communication links and a great choice of schools for all age groups, Harpenden and the surrounding towns and villages are particularly sought after.
Property in Harpenden
We have the skills and knowledge to deal with every type of property. From apartments and small terraced cottages, to large houses in such sought after areas such as ‘The Avenues’ and West Common.
Harpenden has a diverse range of property to offer. Victorian homes, Grade II Listed homes, modern and brand new, Harpenden has them all.
The local scene
Harpenden is characterised by its numerous parks and commons: Church Green, Leyton Green and the High Street Greens provide swathes of green right into the town centre, known locally as ‘the village’, while slightly to the south is the 238-acre Harpenden Common. Such an open setting provides scope for numerous sports clubs including the thriving Harpenden Cricket Club, several golf clubs and two tennis clubs.
The area is very family-oriented with a thriving community spirit. Regular events take place on the Common, including the celebration of classic cars; Classics on the Common, the Highland Gathering and Round Table Carnival are staged in Rothamsted Park and the local farmers market is held along lower Bowers Parade just off the high street.
The surrounding countryside, a gently undulating landscape, is ideal for outdoor pursuits; the Nicky Line, a disused railway line, is a popular route for biking and walking. For more elegant pursuits, Brocket Hall and Luton Hoo provide stately backdrops for fine dining, hospitality and golf.
Harpenden is well located for commuting, with a 22-minute commute on the frequent rail services to St Pancras International.
The M1 passes to the west of Harpenden, providing direct access to Birmingham and the M25.
London Luton International and Stansted Airports are both easily accessible.
Schools in Harpenden
Harpenden’s excellent state schools are highly popular and often outperform independent schools; with no set catchments, they attract many families from North London. In addition to a superb choice of primary and junior schools, there are three top-performing secondary schools: Roundwood Park School, Sir John Lawes Secondary School and St George’s School, which also offers boarding.