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Top places to live in Hertfordshire Rickmansworth

It's buzzy, it's local, it's surrounded by nature...and it's also on the tube! Rickmansworth is a commuter's dream.

WHY?

With a thriving high street, great pubs, tip top local schools, plus tonnes of green spaces and waterways to explore, Ricky (as it’s locally known) has everything you could want from a commuter town. Oh and did we mention it’s got its own tube station and a mainline into London?

EAT

For a crowd-pleasing Italian, you’ve got local chain Zaza. As for pubs, the The Feathers, right next to the church, and sister establishment, Artichoke on the Green in nearby Croxley Green, are both modern, friendly gastro style pubs. And the Coach and Horses on the High Street with its beams and rustic décor is another good bet.

There’s a lively café culture here – try No. 122 on the High Street for brunch, light lunches and of course, coffee. Grab a caffeine hit and a Ricky Sticky Bun (it’s a thing!) from award-winning bakery Cinnamon Square. Or over in Croxley Green head to Crazy Goat Co or Perch & Co for coffee, Persian cuisine and jazz nights after dark. And if you’re after coffee by day and cocktails by night make for social hub, Hudson Place on Church Street.

SHOP

It might not be a shopping destination but there’s everything here you’ll need day-to-day, plus a few boutiques and salons thrown in for good measure. Check out Muse and The Block for women’s fashion. For interiors (we’re talking paints, wallpapers and fabrics etc.) try Distinctive. You’ll also find zero waste shop The Green Stores up the road in Croxley Green for handy eco refills. For taming that barnet there’s hob salons and Love Hair Studio. There’s also the fab Sinclair Gallery where you can buy art and book classes and a cool little bottleshop and taproom for craft beer lovers, Wishful Drinking.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The Rickmansworth Aquadrome is the main attraction – a 41-hectare public park and nature reserve. As part of the Three Rivers District Council, Rickmansworth is where the rivers Chess, Gade and Colne converge, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of water-based things to do here, from waterside walking trails (and wildlife spotting) around the three lakes and canal paths, to waterskiing and boating for the more adventurous.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

The overall average house price in Rickmansworth is £731,707, with detached houses fetching £1,188,999 and semis selling for a more pocket friendly £549,423.

HOT PROPERTY

Three-bed family home close to town, £845,000

SCHOOLS

Well, where to start, there’s a decent handful of Ofsted-rated Good primary and secondaries to choose from, as well the outstanding Harvey Road Primary and Malvern Way Infant School in Croxley Green. And for secondary, there’s the Good-rated Joan of Arc Catholic School and academy, Rickmansworth School.

As for independents, you’ve got Charlotte House Prep for girls, and Merchant Taylors Prep for boys, and the town sits smack bang in between two big senior school players – Royal Masonic, an all-through for girls aged 2-18 and boys’ senior, Merchant Taylors.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Explorer and discoverer of Pennsylvania, William Penn, was once a Ricky resident, and the Three Rivers Musuem is now housed in his former home, Basing House on the High Street.

COMMUTE

Just 28 minutes into civilised Marylebone on the fast train with Chiltern Railways. Or hop on the underground – yep Ricky is actually on the Metropolitan Line and will take you all the way into the city – last stop Aldgate – without having to change! Now that’s what I call convenient.

View the full Top 200 Best Places to Live.

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