A recent episode of Location, Location, Location saw two buyers find the perfect property in Amersham – and it’s not hard to see why. This pretty market town is within easy commuting distance of London, while retaining a quaint charm. Property sales look set to boom here soon, as more and more Londoners search for homes outside the capital.
Old meets new
Amersham has two districts: Old Amersham and Amersham-on-the-Hill. The old part of town is more picturesque, full of period cottages and listed buildings, alongside a cobbled market square and traditional coaching inns. There are plenty of interesting eateries, while antique shops and upmarket brands compete for prime real estate.
Meanwhile, Amersham-on-the-Hill has a more metropolitan feel. The high street is busy and well stocked with supermarkets and clothes shops. The newer part of town is also home to the Chiltern Leisure Centre, with its three pools and fully-equipped gym. In terms of public transport, commuters can travel direct to central London by train or tube in under an hour.
Real estate in Amersham commands a high price: the average property price in June 2016 was around £600,000 – up 27% on the same period last year. This is due to the spacious homes found in the town: the majority of properties on the market are detached.
Many houses for sale have driveways and gardens, making this area popular with families. Semi-detached properties are rarer but more affordable, averaging a competitive £467,500.
Perfect for kids
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School is located in Amersham. It was recently named the seventh best school in the country. It stands among a number of excellent schools in this town, which promise local children a variety of ways to help achieve their potential.
Buyers with children will also be attracted to the fact that the countryside is only a stone’s throw away. All around Amersham are open fields, rural hamlets and peaceful woodlands.