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Top places to live in Hertfordshire Radlett

Nestled in-between St Albans and Elstree, the rural village of Radlett packs a big punch.

WHY?

Popular with footballers and c’lebs, leafy Radlett is one of the most affluent villages in Herts. Add to that its proximity to some of the UK’s top schools and a 30-min commute into London and it’s a no-brainer.

EAT

Radlett’s multicultural community (there are large Hindu and Jewish populations here), means it’s a cultural melting pot when it comes to food. Bannerman’s is a go-to for modern European menus and also does Afternoon Tea. Aamcha Eastern Kitchen is a contemporary all-day Indian restaurant with coffee and cocktails to boot.

Stroll along Radlett’s central Watling Street and you’ll also find Turkish, Chinese, fish and chips, plus Jewish deli, Noshers and local Italian fave Va Pensiero. And right next to the train station there’s Daisy’s in the Park – a cute, vintage-inspired brunch spot and bistro.

Pub-wise there’s the Red Lion Hotel with a seasonal British menu and cosy rooms – a perfect stopover if you coming from further afield to check out the area. And check out the recently refurbed 15th century coaching inn, the Waggon and Horses.

SHOP

Radlett has a couple of good boutiques – the pretty Elle Belle Attire with its pastel pink frontage and sophisticated Myla Clare. And just up the road there’s the rather unique Battlers Green Farm, which started life as a humble farm shop and is now an entire shopping village with 20 different businesses, including a salon and spa, a spinning and pilates studio, a luxe interiors store, a florist and a wine merchant for starters. There’s also a restaurant and tearoom there too. I know where we’d be spending our time if we lived here!

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The Radlett Centre is the main cultural attraction – with its 300-seat auditorium and a varied programme of music, theatre, comedy and art exhibitions. And Harry Potter fans will be delighted by the idea of living just in 20 mins from the Warner Bros Studio Tour.

If you’re into sport and outdoorsy stuff there’s the Porters Park Golf Club, The Radlett Cricket Club and Tabard RFC – the local rugby club. Plus Aldenham Country Park is on the doorstep with 100 acres of countryside to explore, farm and nature trails for kids and glamping site.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Known for having some of the most expensive properties in the county (with some mansions fetching around £4m!) it’s probably more of a forever home kind of place. The average house price currently stands at £1,308,756, with detached properties fetching in the region of £1,705,107, semis at £731,294 and flats selling for £655,750.

HOT PROPERTY

Spacious 4-bed townhouse, OIEI £1,150,000

SCHOOLS

There are two Ofsted Good primaries – Newberries Primary School and Farfield Junior, plus the Outstanding St John’s Infant and Nursery School.

Independent preps include Radlett Prep (co-ed, age 4-11), and nearby Edge Grove (co-ed, boarding, age 3-13) and Aldenham Prep (co-ed, age 3-11).

For older children, prestigious seniors, Haberdasher’s Aske’s schools – Habs Girls and Habs Boys are perfectly located, just minutes away. As is the co-ed Aldenham School.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Arsenal and Tottenham players have all called Radlett home – well if it’s good enough for them we won’t argue…!

COMMUTE

There’s a direct train from Radlett to London St Pancras in around 30 mins, which is pretty much a golden ticket for commuters.

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