The home county of Hertforshire can be found immediately north of London, boasting fantastic travel links into Central via road and rail, and blends vibrant towns with the essence of quaint countryside life evoked by the Metropolitan Green Belt which stretches across the south side of the county.
Picturesque villages and towns can be found all around Hertfordshire, exemplified by St Albans and its wealth of historical structures - including the remnants of its ancient predecessor, Verulamium. Many of the larger towns in Hertfordshire make for excellent commuter hubs, packing all the essential amenities you could need while also providing a calmer pace of life outside of London. Balancing the urban aspects with the rural charm is where Hertfordshire excels, and the quality of life offered is second to none.
Hertfordshire has been an important site for both ancient and contemporary history, with The Six Hills - a collection of the largest Roman barrows in the UK - being one of the most significant landmarks in the county. More recently, the Elstree film studios within Hertfordshire have been influential in the creation of some classic movies and tv shows, including the original Star Wars films, Harry Potter and Goldeneye.
Residing next to the Chiltern Hills is Watford, one of the major commuter boroughs in Hertfordshire which has a consistently high demand for property. Watford is particularly appealing due to its proximity to both the M25 around London and the M1 which links London to the Midlands and north of England, as well as the rail links into Central London. There's a vast array of high street shops and restaurants in the area, as well as gorgeous outdoor walks just a few miles outside of the town at Cassiobury Park and Munden Estate.
The market town of Stevenage was originally a settlement which was constructed during the Roman Britain period and has since been rejuvenated in the 20th century, splitting Stevenage into Old Town and New Town areas. Stevenage continued to be a hub of activity, with many areas becoming especially desirable due to the historical links and easy commutability. Hemel Hempsted experienced a similar rejuvenation post-WW2 after being originally established during the Tudor period. Several leisure and retail developments have seen the popularity of the area soar, helping it maintain its position as a fantastic option for commuters and families alike.
For those who are historically incline, Hertfordshire is a treasure trove of gems from the past with detailed backgrounds to explore. Berkhamstead Castle and Knebworth House have rich histories to delve into along with the De Havilland Aircraft Museum - the oldest aviation museum in the UK - and Royston Cave's mysterious origins.
For more interactive attractions, the Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne is arguably the must-visit site of Hertfordshire, hosting all manner of animals from primates to birds of prey with special events where you can meet sloths and get exclusive peeks into the life of a zookeeper. Warner Bros. Studios can also be found in Leavesden to the north of Watford where you can take a tour of various Harry Potter related set pieces and discover how they brought the magic to life.
Berkeley Group have a number of fantastic property developments in Hertfordshire, primarily centred around the Watford area which brings in the fantastic amenities and transport links on offer there. The Arches is an upcoming development of 1 and 2 bed apartments in Watford's southern side, creating top quality property just a stone's throw away from both central train stations. Our Fairwood Place and Elmswater developments are focused on bringing modern 1 and 2 bed apartments to the calmer side of Hertfordshire, located in Borehamwood and Rickmansworth respectively, both found in Zone 6 of the London fare zone which adds fantastic value.