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The Local Area Guide to living in Berkhamsted

Peaceful woodland walks, a charming canal, and a lengthy high street with a blend of different types of architecture have all helped put Berkhamsted on the map as an in-demand place to live at the moment. Victorian, Georgian, and Medieval properties rub shoulders in this town, which has earned conservation area status for its well-preserved architecture. Berkhamsted may be a 30 minute train ride outside of London, but it features a lively cultural scene in its own right with the local Berkhamsted Theatre Company and the Rex, an art deco cinema dating back to the 1930s that's a destination for visitors from across the region.

In terms of leisure, Berkhamsted offers tranquil canal-side walking and the 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate with its pristine woodland and commons to explore. Residents can also relax at the swimming pool at Sportspace in Douglas Gardens, or visit the Berkhamsted Golf Club for a quick round.

Information about the local residents

A 2013 estimate put the population of Berkhamstead at just over 18,000. This conservation area is a popular destination for young professionals coming from London, who wish to move up from a flat in the city to a larger home. Young families are also attracted to the area, as well as those downsizing from larger country homes, ensuring a varied demographic. One thing's for certain, though - it's that buyers tend to stay once they've arrived. Although the primary local occupations in 1986 were farming, light industry, and service, by 2015 this has shifted to education and retail. The British Film Institute is one important local employer, and many small industrial firms are located around the Berkhamsted West ward.

Nearby Schools

There are both public and state schools to choose from in Berkhamsted. At the primary level, Westfield First, Greenway, and Swing Gate have all been deemed 'good' by Ofsted, while St Thomas More RC Primary and Victoria CofE First rate an 'outstanding'. At the secondary level, students can attend the state Ashlyns School, which is a specialist language college. This historic school was moved to Berkhamsted in 1935 from London and features stained glass windows, an elegant chapel, and a number of historic monuments.

Independent Berkhamsted School is another option. This public school includes an Old Building, built in 1544, and counts author Graham Greene among its alumni. Egerton Rothesay School is a smaller independent, accommodating 150 students between the ages of 5-19.

Getting Around

Just 30 miles to the northwest of London, Berkhamsted is a prime destination for commuters to the big city. Situated in the Hertfordshire countryside, it's located just off the A41 between Tring and Hemel Hempstead, thanks to a bypass opened in 1993 to help reduce congestion through the historic city centre. Trains into London are extremely frequent, with three or four running each hour. The journey is only 30 minutes by train or approximately 45 minutes by car. Within the area, you can easily get around with local bus routes providing links to Whipsnade Zoo, Luton, and Hemel Hempstead. These are managed by the Hertfordshire County Council's Intalink service.

Local Shops

The Academy of Urbanism Awards were impressed by Berkhamsted's High Street in 2014, noting its lengthy layout and café culture. You can easily stroll down this high street on foot, with pedestrian routes jutting out to enable new businesses to thrive. There's a good blend of both major high street retailers as well as independent local shops in town. Highlights include an organic butcher's shop called Eastwoods, and an antique emporium called Home & Colonial which brings together 40 dealers into a four-floor emporium of both classic and quirky homewares. Bookshops run the gamut of literature, whether you're after a spy novel at Waterstone's or are looking for something rarer at independent Red Star Books. Stop for a drink in the Alford Arms gastropub, or visit the Fennel Delicatessen or Waitrose to pick up dinner.

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