Romford has seen significant regeneration over the past 20 years, and with the arrival of Crossrail, is one of the most popular places to live in the south east.
The best places to live are often those that successfully combine a rich history with a modern-day programme of regeneration. Add swift, reliable and modern commuter links into the capital, and it is easy to see why Romford is such a popular choice for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Of course, the laws of supply and demand mean that when a town ticks all the boxes, property prices will inevitably be strong. Good news for residents, but potentially a problem for those wanting to move into the area. Fortunately, you need only check the offerings of your local Romford letting agent to see that there are more rental properties available than ever. Let’s take a look at four of the most popular areas for those wanting a piece of the Romford lifestyle all of their own.
Romford’s town centre is famous for its historic market, which was established way back in the 13th century, along with its major shopping centre (the fourth largest in London) and its vibrant nightlife.
But central Romford also has plenty of residential opportunities. Several streets of character Victorian terraces have survived, and modern apartment complexes close to the station are an ideal choice for commuters. Travel time into central London is a mere 30 minutes, and will be even faster when the Crossrail project is completed.
One or two bedroom apartments are available in the £900 to £1,200 range.
Despite being only two miles from central Romford, Collier Row has a distinct community feel, with its own shops, services and infrastructure. It was created in the years leading up to the second world war as part of the major development plans of the time, and features a variety of property types, although 1930s-style semidetached houses are predominant.
Rental prices range from less than £800 per month for a one-bedroom flat to around £2,000 for a five-bedroom house, proving that there is definitely something for everyone.
RM2 is seen as one of the most affluent and desirable postcodes in the Romford area. Developed as a garden suburb, much of Gidea Park is now a conservation area, featuring a number of listed buildings constructed in the Arts and Crafts style.
Gidea Park’s Royal Liberty School also has its own place in history as the first school in Britain to install a computer, which it did in 1965.
All this history does not mean there are no modern housing options in Gidea Park though – a number of one bedroom flats are currently available in the sub-£1,000 bracket, proving that desirable does not have to mean unaffordable.
No relation to the bald comedian with the large collars, Harold Hill is a suburb to the north of Romford that has undergone a regeneration project all of its own. What was once an area dominated by low-cost council houses, now has a wide range of properties, served by a modern infrastructure.
Central Park, with its newly built leisure centre and swimming pool, provides the icing on the cake for local residents.
Rental properties predominantly consist of one and two-bedroom apartments in the £1,000 to £1,200 price bracket.