The historic market town of Romford in the London Borough of Havering forms part of ‘outer London’ and borders Essex. This unique location provides the perfect combination of town living with the added benefits of easy access to the bright lights of the city.
With a lot of people priced-out of central London, properties in towns such as Romford are much sought after and new developments are constantly underway creating opportunities for more affordable homes close to the city.
With the development of the much anticipated £15 billion Crossrail that will see the East-West railway taking over the existing Shenfield to Liverpool street line and extending through central London – Romford is one of the ‘hot spots’ that will benefit significantly from this development. Once complete commuters will be able to travel from Romford station through central London without having to change which makes for quicker journeys and less hassle.
Current train times take around 20-30 minutes from Romford to Liverpool Street as well as good links for some great Essex locations such as the city of Chelmsford which is a great shopping destination.
With Romford you’re spoilt for choice with easy access to some great airports such as London City, just 37 minutes away by train. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are all less than 1.5 hours away by train for fast, affordable travel.
Located close to the A12 Romford provides easy car travel to Essex, London and Suffolk.
There are plenty of regular buses that not only take you into Romford town centre but there are also easy routes for going into Essex and London City.
Be sure to take into consideration your travel or commuting needs when looking at potential properties. You might pay slightly more for a place close to the train station but if it makes a big difference to your commute then it could be well worth considering.
For young families or those hoping to settle down in what will be their future family home it is important that the place they live has plenty to offer them and their children.
School catchment will definitely be worth factoring into your property search to avoid disappointment later for being out of area or having a long and difficult school run for the next 10+ years!
There are a number of great primary and secondary schools to choose from in Romford with almost all of them rated Good by OFSTED and several rated outstanding. There is a choice of both state and private schools as well as comprehensive and further education to help plan for your children’s future.
For those looking to make the most of sunny days, walk the dog, go out for a jog or take the kids to the park – there is plenty of green space in Romford to do so. With some beautiful locations such as Raphael Park, Cottons Park and Havering Country Park offering open space, forests to explore, lakes, cafes, playgrounds and skate parks there’s never a shortage of things to do.
Shopping and things to do
Being close to the city you’ll never be short of things to do but closer to home Romford itself has a wide range of activities and entertainment for people of all ages.
Romford’s greyhound stadium is very popular and one of the very few remaining greyhound tracks left – great for an evening out with friends. Ice Skating in Rom Valley Way and cinemas at both the Brewery Shopping Centre and Mercury Mall are great all weather entertainment for adults and children.
You’ll never be short of places to shop with several shopping centres including the largest and most popular one – The Liberty Shopping Centre which is home to a number of great high street brands.
For dining out or fast food you’ll have plenty of choice with Nando’s, Pizza Express, KFC, Zizzi’s, Pizza Hut, Toby Carvery, McDonalds and a number of local eateries and quality gastro pubs.
During your property search in Romford be sure to have a clear idea of what is most important to you. We all know that house hunting comes with compromises but forget the desire for a garage or en suite and focus on the things that will matter most in the long run. Visit potential areas of interest, walk around, get to know the neighbourhoods and see what areas fit best with your requirements.
If you would like some guidance or advice from professional estate agents Romford then contact Keystones Property and we can help you choose the right property for you in Romford.