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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Very well built development, let down by poor management

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Review Date Jul 2024

The heart of the town is over 20 minutes away although well connected with a regular bus route. There is a local co-op, post office and fish & chip shop closer by. Street parking is ok but there is no dedicated visitor parking spaces on the estate. Bin collections are ok. The area surrounding the estate is a bit rough with anti-social behaviour being common and a fair amount of noise and loud cars that drive by.

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The building itself is well build and uses high quality systems such as boilers, HVAC, video door entry etc. and the build quality is very good, it feels as though they didn’t cheap out on the building contractors. The insulation between flats it’s also impeccable, I never hear speaking, tv, music or pets from any of my neighbours. However the development is let down by the management company… the service charge has sky rocketed in the last 2 years way beyond inflation (over 100% increase!) it feels as though they have not attempted to negotiate cost increases with contractors/suppliers and refuse to look for alternative solutions. We have also suffered with very bad mould in the vent system in the hallways of our block which has spread and created permanent damage to our block. The management company was very slow to respond and has still not been fully rectified 4 months down the line.

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The development is well-build and a good choice to move into, but be prepared for rapidly increasing service charge costs way beyond inflation and expectations.

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Sound insulation. Never hear a word from any neighbours, nor pets, music or tv.

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Great development, difficult management

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Review Date Jul 2024

I love my area. It is easy to get to the local train station, there are local shops and it is easy to reach nearby towns. I have parking space and there are free spaces around. Unfortunately I have received parking fines for my own designated parking spot though, for honest mistakes with my permit, which I think is really poor. Otherwise, I am very happy with the location.

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I love the design of my building, it seems well considered, modern and interesting, it’s not just a plain box. It’s good to have a balcony for some outside space and I have lots of storage space, which is rare! The only downside is the management, it is hard to get support and contact from SNG, which means problems don’t get resolved quickly and as such, get worse. This is frustrating.

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I wish I knew more about costs and management. It would have been better to know and understand how costs are passed on to residents, I think I underestimated this, but it does not seem as bad as in other shared ownership or flat developments I have read about.

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The best feature is the design. It feels well considered, bright and modern. I have plenty of space and storage. It has been wonderful to have my own interesting space to personalise and make my own.

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Shared ownership flat

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Review Date Jul 2024

Unfortunately there is no visitor parking and only 1 allocated spot per flat. Also you have to pay for a permit to park in your spot. We didn’t get a permit in time and received multiple parking tickets for parking in the spot that we paid for. There is a lot of anti social behaviour that we have complained about (children playing football in the carpark and smashing car windows). Network homes have unfortunately said there is nothing they can do and they refuse to put ‘no ball games’ signs up.

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We have had a lot of trouble with the building works. There have been several leaks in the property in the communal areas as well as individual flats. The lift keeps breaking down even though the property is only a few years old. All of which we are charged for in our service charge costs. We have expressed our concerns to Network Homes but again there has not been any action taken.

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We wish the service charge would have been estimated more accurately as we have ended up paying thousands of pounds extra than what was estimated.

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We do love our balcony and the size of the flat but there are so many issues that it’s hard to see the positives.

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Poor management

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Review Date Jul 2024

Parking is poor 1 space per household and lots of fines for the owners. The car park is a playground and a football for children everyday Meaning late noise disturbance and damage to vehicles. Don’t use public transport so cannot comment. Bin collection is hit and miss if they do collect the security doors are normally left open

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Property management is simply awful. With regards to building management recent water damages has been handled badly and is still an ongoing issue, black mould and poor attempts at repairs so far however is still ongoing so cannot comment on finished job.

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Service charge fees are a joke they skyrocket on a regular basis for no extra service. Hidden costs such as having to pay for a permit to park in a space that is part of the property, also the service charge being seriously miscalculated has made life difficult.

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Size of flat and balcony is great however layout isn’t great and my other points certainly outweigh the positives

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