What is Loughton like?
In many ways, Loughton is no different from many other London suburbs. What sets it apart is Epping Forest — nearly 6,000 acres of ancient woodland that extends for 12 miles alongside the town. It’s a magnificent playground and a stunning backdrop for the wide variety of property in the area.
Property in Loughton
Much of Loughton’s housing was built in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with additional significant expansion in the 1930s. Because of the cost of commuting by rail, development was of a relatively affluent nature; today, the plentiful stock of substantial period property makes Loughton a popular location for families wanting to balance style and convenience. In addition, there are pockets of older cottages close to Epping Forest and numerous large contemporary houses in Chigwell.
From period semi-detached cottages at about £400,000 to the last word in contemporary mansions at £2 million and more, we have the most aspirational properties on our books. Although the property profile is largely suburban in character, the comprehensive Savills database and our close links with other offices mean that we can cater for the complete range of countryside properties too.
For period cottages, head to ‘Little Cornwall’, the hilly area near the Forest that includes such streets as York Hill and Pump Hill.
For spacious family homes on the Forest side of the High Street, try Nursery Road and Ollards Grove; for easier access to the tube station, look in Alderton Hill, Spareleaze Hill and Tycehurst Hill.
The local villages contain all the archetypal country property types; popular locations include Theydon Bois, Woodford Green, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell.
The local scene
The marvellous range of outdoor activities available is a major feature of life in the town. Not only is Epping Forest the largest public open space in London, the Lea Valley offers all kinds of recreational activities and water sports, and was a major focus of the London Olympics. In much the same way as the television series Birds of a Feather shone a light on Chigwell in the 1980s, The Only Way Is Essex is now doing the same for Loughton and Buckhurst Hill. Much of the filming takes place at local hostelries and bars, adding to the vibrant and modern feel of the area.
Located on the Central Line and just over 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street, Loughton is very close to the M25 and the M11, which provides fast access to Cambridge
Schools in Loughton, Chigwell and Woodford
The area’s excellent private and state schools include the Davenant Foundation School, Chigwell School and Bancroft’s School.