Patrick Oliver, Herts & Essex - An overview of Bishop's Stortford

Posted on 8th July 2018

An overview of Bishop's Stortford

by Zoe Kenworthy MNAEA MARLA 

Based in Bishops Stortford, covering the town and surrounding area

Bishop's Stortford is a busy and attractive, historical Hertfordshire commuter town which lies 40 miles north-east of central London by road, with a fast train service to Liverpool Street station that takes a little over half an hour. 

This ancient market town, with its landmark Corn Exchange overlooking the town square, was shaped by the River Stort, which provides residents with lovely riverside walks.The Saxons settled around a ford in the town, the Normans built a castle defended by the river, water mills powered flour mills and, in 1769, after the town’s major industry supplying malt by horse-drawn cart to London brewers went into decline because of the poor state of the roads, the Stort was made navigable. New canal basins and maltings were built, barges took over from the carts and the trade was rescued.

The town’s architecture reflects its history with period cottages, Victorian and Edwardian terraces and more modern houses. It is currently being expanded with 2,200 new homes to the North West, a further 800+ homes in to the South West and a large redevelopment around the station.  I strongly believe these developments will also bring many new positive changes to the town in years to come including new schools, new business and a hotel close to the station.

What there is to buy in Bishops Stortford
The town has everything from one bed flats for first time buyers starting at less than £100,000, two bed period cottages from about £300,000, family homes from £350,000 and then there are substantial modern houses in the leafier roads for up to £3 million. 

There are many picturesque and well-connected villages surrounding the town too with 2019 looking like a very promising year.

Staying power: We are also seeing more and more London buyers move to the area due to our excellent OFSTED schools and commuter links. Once people have moved here we generally find they then like to stay, and upsize and downsize accordingly.

Up and coming: Thorley is just one great area and it is still get relatively good value for money, given it’s close proximity to the town centre and catchment area into the popular Bishops Stortford schools.

Travel: Bishops Stortford is conveniently located for the M11, giving access to London, Cambridge, Stansted airport and the M25. The Stansted Express provides a fast train service to London, with trains to  Liverpool Street taking 38 minutes. An annual season ticket to London Liverpool Street costs £3,940.

Council: Bishops Stortford comes under East Herts District Council, (Conservative).

Renting: Rentals vary massively from about £750 a month at the cheaper end and can go up to about £3,500 for a substantial family home.  There is a high demand for rentals so nothing stays on the market for very long.

Best roads: there are many great roads in Bishop's Stortford and I feel that it is unfair to hand pick, as I believe that each and every road always has a positive selling point. Historically buyers willing to pay a premium price have aimed for Windhill, the North West corner and the Warwick Road area near the station.  But, these popular areas are expanding into areas as we see more and more buyers keen to be within close proximity to good commuter links and schools – which Bishop’s Stortford is lucky to have many of.

Shops: There are many independent and well-known brands situated along the bustling High Street and in the Jackson Square shopping centre. They include Fat Face, H&M, Next, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco Express,. The town also benefits from a well-attended High Street market on Thursday and Saturday.

Bars & Restaurants: There are many good chain restaurants including  Côte, Bills, Prezzo …

In addition there are also many very good independent bars & restaurants too, including Skew, Zara’s, Ruby’s, Cibo, Water Lane, Prickly Pear …

Days Out: My favourites are:

·        Bike rides and walks around Hatfield Forest which also has a lovely café overlooking the lake.

·        The Henry Moore foundation in Perry Green is perfect for wondering around enjoying the art in the gardens and gallery, and of course there is a fabulous restaurant

·        Audley End is a beautiful old estate for memorable day trips and it also holds fabulous outdoor summer concerts and Christmas fayres too – a great restaurant too

(Some editorial from HomesandProperty)

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