Focus On: Rickmansworth

Published by: Ben King, Director

Rickmansworth occupies a treasured spot in leafy Hertfordshire, where the confluence of the rivers Colne, Chess and Gade meet. The town is often regarded as one of Hertfordshire’s most desirable places to live, alongside its neighbouring villages Chorleywood and Croxley Green.

Formerly a market town, aided by the Grand Union Canal, this tranquil spot is now a popular residential area for those in search of a healthy dose of countryside, with its woodland, parks and lakes within the Aquadrome Nature Reserve.

Perennially popular with young professionals, upsizers, downsizers and those looking for a slower pace of life whilst retaining easy access to the city, Rickmansworth has something for everyone. It’s young families that predominate though, often moving here for the vast selection of schools – many of which are rating Outstanding or Good by Ofsted – Harvey Road, St Clement Danes, Arnett Hills, Merchant Taylors and Royal Masonic Girls being some of the most coveted.

In addition, young professionals flock to the area in pursuit of a better work-life balance, while others are making future-proofing moves, especially if they want to start a family further down the line.

Rickmansworth is also a short distance from the heavily employer driver town of Watford, where business headquarters include TJX Europe, Costco Europe, Ralph Lauren, Hilton and Wickes, making it a desired location for many professional families being relocated by their companies.

There’s plenty to do, which is a big draw for those who have perhaps moving out of the city centre and are used to having the sights and sounds of the capital at their fingertips. For the sportier resident there’s Watford Football Club down the road, Rickmansworth Cricket Club (whom we proudly sponsor), Chess Valley RFC, Watersports such as Jet-skiing available at The Aquadrome or Rickmansworth Lawn Tennis Club.

Chorleywood House is a popular spot, particularly during the summer months. Home to 170 acres of gardens, ponds and orchards, it is ideal for those wanting to soak up the sun with a picnic or enjoy a bit more space. The popular Black Horse pub is a short walk away for some post-cultural refreshment!

Homes within WD3 are varied, with a mixture of Victorian, Metropolitan Style 1930’s and mid-century architecture, most of which come with expansive private gardens and off road parking. Flat here are often purpose built and tend to be located around the High Streets of Rickmansworth and Chorleywood. In the 12 months up until June 2023, the average second-hand sale price was £819,022. For a detached home buyers can expect to pay circa £1,279,252, whilst a flat can command around £368,180.

Favoured by more than a few famous names, this leafy suburb proves that living on the edges of London doesn’t mean you have to miss out, with mainline links into London Marylebone in 26 minutes via Chiltern Railways and access to the city via the Metropolitan Line, where Baker Street can be reached within 45 minutes, while the M25 offers access to further afield.