What is Harpenden like?
We cover the north Hertfordshire area within a 15-mile radius of Harpenden, and extend west into Bedfordshire. This patch includes such sought-after locations as St Albans, Hitchin, Welwyn and Wheathampstead.
Property in Harpenden
We focus on properties up to £10 million in Harpenden and the immediate vicinity. There is a superb range of property here, augmented by further choice in the wider area: all types of country property are to be found in numerous pretty villages, and the ancient cathedral city of St Albans offers sophistication and convenience.
For prime Harpenden family homes, focus on The Avenues, centrally located with a superb choice of Victorian, Edwardian, interwar and contemporary properties. Also look in Roundwood, handy for the popular Roundwood Primary School; and West Common where 1930s and modern detached houses are set amidst tracts of woodland and common land close to the town centre.
For perfect village settings, head to Redbourn, Flamstead, Wheathampstead, Kimpton, Whitwell or St Paul’s Walden.
For new developments, try the gated King Harry Park in St Albans.
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.