Elstree was always a desirable place to live, and it is becoming even more so thanks to its close proximity to London. The leafy streets and spacious homes give this Hertfordshire village an atmosphere of tranquillity and exclusivity which appeals to families and young professionals alike. There are plenty of impressive detached properties, making it an ideal choice for buyers seeking generous living space within a short distance of the capital.
Although its popularity has grown quickly in recent years, Elstree has lost none of its original charm. It has a number of independent eateries, sports facilities and green, open spaces, and it retains a strong sense of community. King Cross St Pancras Station is only a half-hour journey from Elstree & Borehamwood Station, and the M25 and A1(M) are both within a few minutes’ drive, which is ideal for city commuters and those wanting to make the most of London’s attractions
Elstree is perhaps best known for its large detached properties, many of which have impressive gardens and views of the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside. However, more affordable maisonettes, cottages and semi-detached properties are also available, making Elstree a potential hotspot for young families and commuters looking to upgrade to a larger property in a more sought-after area, and the neighbouring area of Borehamwood has a larger range of more affordable properties. Elstree has plenty of spacious, quietly located family homes, many of which also offer accompanying plots of land. Many Elstree properties present distinctive period features, such as coving, bay windows and fireplaces.
Elstree offers a range of property styles, including luxury apartments, Victorian cottages, terraced townhouses and detached homes. Multi-million-pound properties with large, beautifully landscaped gardens and expansive living space are common, and there are also a number of architecturally striking modern properties in the area. Georgian and Victorian properties in Elstree often retain their original period features, and are seldom on the market for long.
Prices in Elstree have risen in recent years as the village has become an increasingly popular place to buy. Indeed, they are usually higher than both the Hertfordshire and UK average, due to the number of detached homes with generous garden space. In addition to many home-buyers looking to move into the area, the buy-to-let market is flourishing, and tenants are actively seeking rented accommodation here.
Elstree has some excellent schools, including Haberdashers Aske’s Boys and Girls Schools, which have both performed particularly well in recent Ofsted reports. St Nicholas Church of England Primary School is also located in the village, and was rated highly in its latest Ofsted report.
The green areas of Elstree are appreciated by people of all ages. Aldenham Country Park is a peaceful open space with 175 acres of woodland, a reservoir and several children’s play areas. The park hosts craft fairs and other events throughout the year. Additionally, the village has cultural and historical value; with some interesting listed buildings, including the Holly Bush public house and Aldenham House. There are independent cafes and restaurants in the centre of the village, and a greater selection in the neighbouring town of Borehamwood. Elstree also has a busy aerodrome and a tennis club, which welcomes players of all ages and abilities.