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Best Towns to Live in Hertfordshire

Oct 20, 2022
St Albans Town Centre
Sitting next door to Chiltern Hills while also within reach of London, Cambridge and the southeastern coast, Hertfordshire brims with beautiful spots to call home. If you want to benefit from lush stretches of countryside for walking away from the frenzy of the capital, you've come to the right place.

Below we've picked some of the best towns to live in Hertfordshire in terms of the property market, transport links and amenities.


St Albans

  Located within the London commuter belt, St Albans is among the best commuter towns in Hertfordshire and a brilliant place to live all around. It was the first major town on the Old Roman Road of Watling Street for travellers north from the capital.


Today, this charming spot in the East of England boasts vast green spaces and a wide array of amenities, including shops, cafes and restaurants. Five of its primary schools are rated as outstanding by Ofsted, along with two secondary and two independent institutions, making it the perfect location if you're relocating with your family.




Lying north of Hertfordshire, a stone's throw from Barton Hills nature reserve, Hitchin offers both rural and urban lifestyles. This quaint market town promises green spaces at every turn and a strong community spirit while providing excellent commuting links to London, Luton and Milton Keynes. Properties here are popular thanks to their proximity to the capital, just a little over an hour away by car.




Harpenden is a pretty market town on the edge of Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stone's throw from Luton and Watford. It is highly popular among commuters as it conveniently lies along the M1, making the trip to London only an hour long. Despite property prices being above the Hertfordshire average, there are still plenty of opportunities for short and long-term investments.


Our selection of 4 bedroom homes on Clipston Park development offers a superb balance between rural and urban life. Trains from here to the capital only take half an hour, meaning you can enjoy a slower pace of life while still being next door to the heart of the action.




Lying along the banks of the River Colne, Watford was named the 'fastest-growing town in Hertfordshire', and it's no wonder why. This thriving hub is home to sweeping parks, sprawling open countryside, majestic architecture and fantastic amenities to keep everyone entertained. Properties here are always in high demand due to the direct access to London, only 15 minutes by train, making it ideal for commuters.


If you want to make the most of these great amenities, don't miss our Orchard Green @ Kingsbrook development. This elegant collection of 3 and 4 bedroom homes lies a short drive from Watford city centre and is surrounded by open parkland.




Found in the northeast part of Chiltern Hills, Aldbury is a charming town boasting a long-standing history. This Hertfordshire hamlet is often referred to as 'the chocolate-box' village due to its traditional appearance. It lies next door to the A41, which runs south to join London's circular M25 motorway. The commute to the capital is a little over an hour by car and an hour by train.


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