Why Move to Romford?
Romford is based in the county of Havering and is well appointed for both access into central London and out to Essex. Its location offers this split between calm, rural life whilst still being adjacent to all the entertainment and conveniences of the capital. As local Estate Agents in Romford, we are well-positioned to provide you with insights on why it’s an excellent place to call home.
Things to do in Romford
Romford’s Havering Country Park is a popular location for nature lovers and is a great day out for anything from walking, jogging, bird watching, and picnics. There are also several golf courses in the Romford area whether you’re looking for 9 or 18 holes, or an hour on the range. For shopping, there are a wealth of options for local residents. Romford Market has been running since the 14th century and is still offering dozens of stalls to browse. It takes place every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday throughout the year. But shoppers can also head to the huge Liberty Shopping centre, home to many well-known high street brands. Alternatively, you can visit the nearby shopping centre Lakeside which will keep you busy for the entire day. Not only does it offer incredible retail therapy, but you also have karting, bowling, soft play, and a cinema too. More entertainment can be found at the rock wall climbing at Kids Space on Waterloo Road, and there’s also a skateboard and BMX track available in Cottons Park.
If you’re moving in or around the Romford area, you’ll want to know how much you might need to pay for your dream home. Over the last 12 months, the average sold price of a Romford home was £403,998, but if we drill down into different property types, the figures are quite different. For example:
- Detached homes sold for an average of £620,913
- Semi-detached homes sold for an average of £446,591
- Terraced homes sold for an average of £387,215
- Flats sold for an average of £238,007
The property market in Romford has been thriving during this period with 1,536 property sales completing throughout 2020, according to data acquired from Zoopla. The housing stock is varied, but you’ll see countless examples of traditional Victorian architecture if you choose to live here.
Romford falls within the Havering Council borough. The amount of council tax you pay will depend on the band your property falls within. Havering Council tax rates for 2021/22 are as follows:
Band A = £1,262.20
Band B = £1,472,57
Band C = £1,682.93
Band D = £1,893.30
Band E = £2,314.03
Band F = £2,734.77
Band G = £3,155.50
Band H = £3,786.60
The nearest hospitals for Romford residents are Queen’s Hospital and Queen Victoria Hospital. There are also a variety of GP surgeries and dentists available for NHS patients.
Schools and education
Romford families benefit from numerous excellent schools in the local area. There are three primaries that stand out as they’ve been awarded the ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted. These are St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Warren Junior School and St Bede’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School. There are many other Ofsted-rated ‘good’ primaries in the local area, including Broadford Primary School. The same theme continues at secondary school level, with the local comprehensive Chadwell Heath Academy found to be outstanding. The nearby Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls is deemed to provide a ‘good’ level of education by Ofsted.
Romford’s inclusion on the Elizabeth line has helped to push property prices up in the area. This line has been part of the Crossrail project, which promises fast connections into central London and beyond. Romford passengers can expect to alight at Bond Street in just 34 minutes whilst Heathrow is just 62 minutes away. However, even before the arrival of the Elizabeth line, Romford station has offered connections into central London and beyond. Romford passengers can expect to alight at Bond Street in just 34 minutes whilst Heathrow is just 62 minutes away. However, even before the arrival of the Elizabeth line, Romford station has offered connections with many parts of East London. Romford is part of London’s Transport Zone 6, delivering trains into London Liverpool Street, Stratford or Southend.
There are also many buses that can be used in Romford, and most services either run to or from the town centre, alongside a bus service at Lakeside Shopping Centre. Romford is on the N15 night bus route. If you’re travelling by road, then you’ll find Romford convenient due to access to the A12 which heads into London or out to Lowestoft. If you need to catch a flight, both London City Airport and Stansted are both reachable within 35-45 minutes. Parking is controlled throughout the Romford area, but there’s plenty of pay and display car parks offering free parking on Sundays.
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