Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a county in the East of England that has been an important centre for trade, industry and commerce since the Iron Age. The county has over 760,000 residents, which makes it one of the most populous counties in England. It also contains some of the best schools and universities in the country! Whether you are looking to relocate or just learn more about Hertfordshire, this guide will provide all of the information you need!

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Best places to live in Hertfordshire

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Bedford in Derbyshire

Where is Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire is a county in the East of England. It is bordered to the north by Bedfordshire, to the east by Essex and Cambridgeshire, to the south by Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and finally to the west by Northamptonshire. 

Areas in Hertfordshire

The county of Hertfordshire is made up of several districts, each with its own unique character. Listed below are the most popular areas in Hertfordshire, along with a little bit of information about each one:

St Albans – This historic city is home to some of the best schools in the county and is only a short train ride away from London. The town is home to a range of amenities and facilities, including the Abbey National Theatre.

Bedford – An historic market town with an impressive skyline, Bedford is located on the River Great Ouse and boasts some great schools in its surrounding areas.

Stevenage – With excellent transport links into London and other major cities such as Cambridge and Peterborough, Stevenage is a great place for commuters. It also has a number of large shopping centres and plenty of green spaces.

St Albans in Derbyshire

Hatfield – Another town with excellent transport links, Hatfield is home to the University of Hertfordshire as well as a number of other educational institutions. It also has a wide range of shops and amenities.

Bishop’s Stortford – One of the best places to live in Hertfordshire, Bishop’s Stortford is a vibrant area with lots going on, such as the weekly market and the annual carnival. It also has a great selection of amenities, shops, restaurants and bars.

Hertford – The county town of Hertfordshire, Hertford is a charming and historic town with plenty to offer residents. It has a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars as well as several cultural attractions.

Universities in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is home to a number of universities, including:

The University of Hertfordshire – With over 25,000 students and campuses in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, The University of Hertfordshire is one of the largest universities in the UK.

Hertfordshire Business School – Part of The University of Hertfordshire, the Hertfordshire Business School offers a range of business-focused courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

West Herts College – A Further Education college with campuses in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans. Offers a range of courses from A-levels to diplomas and degrees.

Callumn House in Derbyshire

Top Schools in Hertfordshire

There are many top schools located throughout Hertfordshire, such as:

Bishop’s Stortford College – A prestigious independent day school that prides itself on its academic excellence, Bishop’s Stortford College offers GCSEs, A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

The Hertfordshire School – An all-girls school with a strong academic reputation, The Hertfordshire School offers GCSEs and A-levels in science, art and humanities.

The Henrietta Barnett School – A grammar school for girls that is well-known for its academic excellence, The Henrietta Barnett School offers GCSEs and A-levels in the sciences (particularly biology), mathematics, English literature and history.

Buntingford School – A mixed comprehensive school that offers GCSEs and A-levels in a range of subjects, Buntingford School is particularly well known for its music department.

Population of Hertfordshire

The population of Herts has been rising steadily since 2001 at an average increase rate over 25 years of 0.16% per year or approximately 11 persons each week on average, according the Office For National Statistics. This accounts for just under 500 new residents every month.

 

Reviews in Hertfordshire

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Review Date Aug 2022

It’s great living in Newhall Harlow
Great bus link in to church Langley or Harlow town centre.
There’s a co op on site along with coffee shop. 10 minutes walk to Tesco in church Langley also card factory and chemist.
Also 15 minutes walk to Harlow old town.
I have two car park spaces . Bin collection is regular every Friday.
No traffic noise or anti social behaviour.
It’s a lovely place to live.

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I love the design of the house I live in.
Any problems I have had with my property have been resolved quickly and efficiently.

Management have been very helpful.
I get regular updates about the property and site.
Simple life homes organised certain events for Easter, jubilee and offered free ice creams from an ice cream van one day in the summer.
They really promote a good community spirit on the Newhall estate in Harlow it’s very nice as a resident to be a part of it.

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Maybe a bit more information about the area bus links , timetables.
Shops in the surrounding area.
I was new to the area and so it took me a while to get to know where everything was.
Also maybe a list of shops or facilities on site small park areas, coffee shops etc…

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They have been very helpful.
Problems have been dealt with quickly and efficiently.

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Hi Lisa,

Thank you so much for a fabulous review. We’re delighted to hear that you’re asking the most of our resident events!

Development with mis-managed potential

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Review Date Aug 2022

There are no guests parking spaces, apart from the 6 available for the WHOLE estate. When we were asked to vote and voted against parking restrictions, Metropolitan still went ahead and put the restrictions in place.
The shops/businesses we were told were going to be built ended up being more flats and the few remaining parking spaces which could have been used as additional guests parkings were given to the Budgen which barely has more than 5 customers in at the same time.
At least a Morrison will be built walking distance from the estate, so we will have cheaper alternative than Budgens.
Bin collections have been missed a few times, which causes bin sheds to overflow and become extremely messy.
Bin sheds are easily accessible by anyone outside the estate, a few instances where pieces of furniture were dumped in, and Metropolitan advised that the removal costs of these items would be added to our service charge.
There are no cameras around the estate so any evidence of anti social behaviour has to be captured by residents.

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The flats are quite spacious.

The soundproofing of the walls, ceiling and flooring is terrible, I can hear every steps my neighbours above me make, if they laugh a bit too loud or argue, i can hear everything.

The design of the flooring on the balcony doesn’t make sense, it’s difficult to clean your back only without sending your mess on the balcony below.

Some of the materials used were cheap, i.e the window and balcony doors. The windows seems to have expanded with the heat which makes them extremely difficult to open/close. The metal on the handle of the balcony doors is rusting.

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I wish I had known about the parking situation before moving in.
I also wish I had know how bad the soundproofing is.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

In my experience, the response time from the building management is very slow and they hardly provide any solutions.

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A place to be

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Review Date Aug 2022

Its very convenient to have couple of grocery shops with decent working hours. Restaurants in Newhall are cosy and highly rated.

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Base at Newhall is a premium location and I consider it the best place to live in Harlow. Standards are high, variety of modern housing is vast and its very convenient.
I enjoy living here and being surrounded by wonderful scenery. Its a place to consider settling in.

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It feel and becomes your home even if you are away from home.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Very few to report, but I find it convenient to report issues through the online portal.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We’re so happy to hear you’re enjoying your home with us.

in need of maintenance

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Review Date Aug 2022

Unfortunately due to covid the shops expected were not used but there is a local budgens. There is due to be a Morrisons supermarket built opposite my block of flats which apprehensive about. Can be the odd idiot driving on the main road fast but it’s ongoing issue for the town. Neighbours in block all friendly

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Has been some changes in housing officer since moved but have been helpful since and still awaiting main door issues to be resolved months later but hoping that will hear soon. The community areas starting to look tired and in need of maintenance and refresh of the paint work

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History of voting / information given by other blocks as we were last block to move in and not aware of important decisions

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I have had issues resolved with MTVH by email, online repair reporting and complaints process

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