1. Our fantastic schools. This is one of the many reasons why people move to the area. We have many great local primary and secondary schools – I am the product of them so they must be ok!
2. The Aquadrome. This is somewhere that gave me many childhood memories and I still regularly visit today. It is a nature reserve that includes lakes used for sailing and water skiing. The children’s play area is a dog free zone that also has an outdoor gym for adults. Parking and entry is free throughout the reserve. For when you need to refuel you can enjoy the yummy homemade food and drinks on offer at ‘Cafe In The Park’ – I highly recommend the flapjack!
3. Our convenient travel connections – Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Croxley and Watford all provide Metropolitan Underground Stations, linking straight into Baker Street. The Chiltern rail line also runs into Marylebone stopping at both Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Stations. By road we are close to the M25, M1 and M40, and only 25 minutes to Heathrow Airport linking you to the rest of the world!
4. Our ‘best of both’ location. I have always described living here as having the best of both worlds, with the quick links to the big smoke and in contrast just a short drive or walk to a country pub set in the beautiful rural villages of Sarratt and Chipperfield.
5. Rickmansworth Town Centre. It has never been so good, finally getting the balance of type of shops just right. We have some great little independent boutiques for the fashionista, bakeries cafes and restaurants for the foodies and the everyday convenience shops including a post office, chemists, florist and newsagents. You can also find our Rickmansworth Sales and Lettings offices!
6. Many local events. These have really grown over the years, which include the traditional Croxley Revels which I have been visiting since I was a little girl with my Nan, who was a Croxley girl born and bred. We also have the Rickmansworth Waterway Festival in early summer and the Christmas late night shopping events in both Rickmansworth and Chorleywood High Streets which are always a great success. There is also the regular Little Fox Market that promotes small local businesses to the community.
7. The wide array of supermarkets. Do you prefer your muffins from M&S, watercress from Waitrose, your broccoli from Budgens or your tomatoes from Tesco? The choice is yours! We also have some great local butchers, fishmongers and green grocers offering fresh and local produce.
8. The wide range of great housing in the area. There are Victorian terraces, Georgian country homes, cottages and barn conversions, 1930’s semi’s, grand detached houses dating back to 1800 and brand new luxury town centre apartments. There is a great mix of old and new here, so there is something for everyone!
9. Olympics inspired you? We offer tennis clubs, golf clubs, football clubs, rugby clubs, sailing clubs, swimming pools and gyms – you name it, we have it! Something more challenging takes your fancy? How about a rock climbing wall, or taking part in the Moor Park 10k run? We have even produced an Olympic boxing champion in Anthony Joshua; this means we now have a gold post box in Watford!
10. My last reason to buy in the area would of course be because of us. Let Sewell & Gardner help you find your dream home. We are an independent local estate agent who are specialists in the area, and after winning three awards in the ESTA’s 2012, the community can trust our honest advice and local knowledge. All of our staff members are locals so we have great insider knowledge of the area.