Loughton is the heart of Epping Forest yet just 12 miles from the centre of London, Loughton has a secluded, self-contained quality, while also maintaining excellent transport links with the capital and surrounding countryside.
The earliest structure in Loughton is Loughton Camp, an Iron Age earth fort in Epping Forest dating from around 500 BC. Hidden by dense undergrowth for centuries it was rediscovered in 1872. Within the present parish of Loughton are three villages mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 – Lukintune (Loughton), Tippendene (Debden) and Alrewarton (Alderton). Loughton grew because in 1615 a road was built northwards which became the main route from London to Newmarket and Cambridge. By 1730, this road was turnpiked, and inns, smithies and shops grew up to cater for travellers. In 1856, the railway arrived; it became possible to live among the woods and hills of Loughton and work each day in London.
Today Loughton today has a population of 31,106 (2011 census), and an electorate of 24,185 (Dec 2014). Now with 2 town centres, 3 secondary schools, 12 main places of worship and an industrial area to the east of the town. Loughton is well connected to London by the London Transport Central Line railway and by the M11 motorway. It is bordered by Buckhurst Hill and Chingford to the south, Waltham Abbey to the west, and Theydon Bois and Chigwell to the north-east, and is part of Epping Forest district.
Loughton is an affluent area with property more expensive that some neighboring towns such as Waltham Abbey and Chingford. Both sales and rental properties don’t hang around long.
The average property price is £700,000 with many properties selling of upwards of £2,000,000 in some of the more exclusive areas of Loughton.