Commuter homes in Harpenden – what can you get for your money?

Posted 10 March 2015 by Keith Osborne

The well-heeled commuter town of Harpenden in Hertfordshire enjoys a direct rail connection into London – and this is just one of the reasons property prices there are said to be more than double the national average.

Situated between the larger towns of Luton to the north and St Albans to the south, despite Harpenden's small size it boasts an abundance of green spaces, including parks and commons, and is well-known for its high standard of state education – another major draw for buyers with families.

The shopping centre is home to a high percentage of independent retailers, and much of the centre enjoys the protection of being within a conservation area – one of the largest in Hertfordshire.

The journey from Harpenden to London St Pancras International can take as little as 23 minutes, and a 12-month season ticket to London Zones 1-6 costs £4,392. The car park has 209 spaces with an annual parking rate of £1,085, and there is cycle storage on both sides of the station for up to 304 bikes. Trains also run north to Luton, Luton Airport and then on to Bedford. From London, some trains continue south to Brighton via Gatwick Airport, with a journey time of approximately one hour and 10 minutes on a train with limited stops.

By road, the M1 runs close by, with the nearest access at Junction 9 (Redbourn & Dunstable), about ten minutes' drive away, or at Junction 10 (for Luton and Luton Airport).

The town offers a good mix of property styles for buyers with a budget large enough. These range from charming mews houses to large detached Victorian and Edwardian homes on generous plots; very desirable mock-Tudor houses built in the 1920s; more modest semi-detached and terraced properties; and modern houses and flats.

Some of the current homes for sale in Harpenden include:

£200,000 or less

Situated in a pleasant spot next to playing fields, this one-bedroom first floor maisonette has allocated parking, double glazing, a private front door, a long lease, and access to a communal garden. It is within walking distance of both the town centre and the station, offering an excellent opportunity for a first-time buying professional or buy-to-let investor.

Price: £200,000

Agent: Harrison Murray

£250,000 or less

In the pretty village of Redbourn, just three miles from Harpenden, this unique one-bedroom detached converted barn is arranged over two floors. Situated close to the village high street, the property has a small courtyard to the front, while inside there is an open-plan living/dining room and fitted kitchen along with a cloakroom on the ground floor, and upstairs there is a double bedroom with vaulted ceiling and en suite bathroom.

Price: Offers over £225,000

Agent: Frost's

£350,000 or less

This spacious freehold two-bedroom home is situated within the popular Roundwood location of Harpenden, close to well-respected schools and only about a mile from the high street and station. With two good-sized bedrooms, a generous living room, a kitchen/diner and parking, the property was previously a show house and is very well-presented.

Price: £350,000

Agent: John Curtis

£450,000 or less

This well-presented two-bedroom terraced property enjoys a handy central location within walking distance of the town centre and the station. There is also the potential to convert the loft to create a third bedroom and shower room – subject to planning permission. Outside the frontage is landscaped with a circular pond, borders with shrubs and flowers, and a shingled area, while at the back there is a lovely southeast-facing garden that is well-planted and also has a patio, a decking area with pond, and a large insulated summer house with power. There is gated rear access to a parking area.

Price: £435,000

Agent: Harrison Murray

£500,000 or less

For buyers who are searching for an historic home, this charming two-bedroom character terraced property offers surprisingly flexible accommodation, with three reception rooms, and is situated in a sought-after location near the town's common. To the rear there is a lovely, long garden with a patio area, lawn, and established shrubs and trees.

Price: Guide Price of £475,000

Agent: Ashtons

£600,000 or less

In this price band you could purchase an attractive three-bedroom period cottage in Harpenden, arranged over three floors, and incorporating lots of charming features such as a log burner and part-vaulted ceiling in the kitchen/dining room, as well as private gardens with parking. It is conveniently located in the sought-after Hatching Green area of West Common, a mile from the town's station.

Price: £550,000

Agent: John Curtis

£850,000 or less

This attractive Edwardian three-bedroom semi-detached home is located in the heart of the desirable Poets area, and offers a great deal of potential for substantial extension (subject to planning permission). It has a pleasant garden and plenty of primary and secondary school options within short walking distance – making it an ideal family home.

Price: £850,000

Agent: John Curtis

Homes for larger budgets

A detached, brand new six-bedroom property from Taylor Wimpey is available at their Faulkners Place development in Harpenden. With luxurious living and bedroom spaces and a high specification throughout, the ‘Pendley’ home is spread out over 2.5 storeys, offering a flexible, family-friendly layout. Outside there is a generous rear garden, a detached garage, and two parking spaces.

Price: From £1.2million

Housebuilder: Taylor Wimpey

For £3million or so you could enjoy a character home with six bedrooms, four reception rooms and four bathrooms. This beautifully appointed spacious family home occupies a generous plot within the heart of The Avenues, one of Harpenden's finest residential roads, with the town centre only 0.2 miles away.

Price: Offers in excess of £3million

Agent: John Curtis

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