On the cusp of London, Watford has a foot in the capital and one in the Hertfordshire countryside. This makes it prime territory for commuters and those looking for the best of both urban and rural lifestyles. See what we mean, as we explore some of the best new homes in Watford.
Where is Watford?
Watford is one of the larger towns of Hertfordshire. It’s 15 miles northwest of London, just off the M1, and inside the circuitous M25.
Why live in Watford?
Watford has a great offering in all of the major factors that appeal to the majority of new home hunters. It combines a highly convenient location for UK travel and commuting with local assets including great schools, shopping, entertainment and green spaces. Voted 14th happiest place in the UK in 2019, according to ONS records, Watford has a lot to offer.
More on the location; if you want to live within striking distance of London, but not actually in the capital, Watford is the ideal choice. Its outstanding road and rail links make it a natural base for enjoying London as well as nearby St Albans, Hemel Hampstead and the Chiltern Hills AONB. It’s within Zone 7 for TfL services, so you can get into London Euston in under 20 minutes.
For families with school-aged children, Watford offers no fewer than 16 ‘outstanding’ rated schools and colleges. The majority of its remaining 37 schools are ranked ‘good’. Watford is also the second safest large town in Hertfordshire.
Watford also has plenty of parks, green spaces and local beauty spots for everyone to enjoy. One of the favourites is Cassiobury Park, voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK. Watford Market is another particular highlight. This is one of the many community events that blends Watford’s strengths in terms of heritage, convenience, culinary appeal and local spirit.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, Watford lets you step directly into that world. Here you can take the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. Explore the incredible sets, costumes, props and thousands of extra details that brought the award-winning film series to life.
And, let’s not forget that Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell was born here. If that doesn’t make you ‘wannabe’ in Watford, nothing will!
What are average property prices in Watford like?
Watford is outside London, but it doesn’t escape the high property prices associated with being so close to the capital. According to Zoopla, Watford average house prices for the past 12 months came in at £456,000. This covers a wide range of property types, though, and cheaper prospects can still be found.
Semi-detached homes in Watford averaged around £506,000 for this period. While averages for detached houses hit the £813,000 mark.
Prices are on the rise and are unlikely to fall any time soon. In fact, August 2021 saw Watford record the UK’s third-highest average house price increase over the previous 10 years. Factor this in when planning to hunt for new homes in Watford.
New homes in Watford: 5 best developments
If the thought of moving to Watford appeals, take a closer look at what’s on offer. The following list is composed entirely of the top-rated new homes in Watford listed on HomeViews and ranked solely on verified resident reviews. If you see anything you like, click on it for a dedicated listing, complete with all residents’ comments.
*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.
4.58 (27 reviews)
4.58 (27 reviews)
Our best ranked, and most commented on, development in Watford is The Quarters. This collection of short-term let apartments is situated in the heart of Watford’s central business district, a brief walk from Watford Junction Station. The Quarters Watford provides an ideal base for residents relying on a convenient, connected location, as Euston is accessible in as little as 14 minutes. There are 100 high-specification studios here, which all feature high-speed wireless internet access, television, kitchenette, laundry facilities and easy parking.
Second place goes to Orchard Court, by Signia. Comprising a range of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, residents here benefit from underground parking, stylish balconies/terraces and resident gardens. As well as this, the development is a short walk from Watford Junction. Help to Buy options are also available here. Residents routinely comment on how safe, spacious and modern Orchard Court is.
4.40 (17 reviews)
4.40 (17 reviews)
In third, South Oxhey Central by Countryside is adjacent to Carpenders Park Station. Residents here benefit from excellent local amenities and great transport links to London. As well as this, apartments come with private balconies and fitted wardrobes. Residents comments tell of their positive experience with the design and build quality of the flats here, which feature good soundproofing and plenty of natural light.
4.40 (9 reviews)
4.40 (9 reviews)
Our fourth spot is something special, as Watford Riverwell is set to be the largest regeneration project in Watford when fully completed. Kier and Watford Borough Council have partnered together to create this scheme, which aims to turn 70 acres of land into a new community across several phases. The Woodlands are the first homes that have been built so far, along with riverside apartments set in the site’s southern area of the new Colne Island Park, all with very positive reception from those who have moved in.
Long Acres, by Shanly Homes, is our fifth best-ranked development in Watford. Comprising 107 townhouses, residents here benefit from resident parking, private gardens and the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. As well as this, the development is only 17-miles from Central London, making it a prime location for commuters.
If this list has been enough to turn your head, now is the time to explore new homes in Watford. Bear in mind that Hertfordshire has plenty of other great commuter towns to offer. That’s without mentioning the outstanding countryside further out. Explore this sought-after county via our area guide below.
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