A brief guide to the Hertfordshire town of Bushey, for those considering a move to the area or the northern Home Counties in general.
Four bedroom houses in the Bushey area (Jan 2014) ranged from £370,000 to over £1.5m. However, four bedroom detached properties in pleasant residential areas averaged around £500,000-£700,000. Two bed apartments were available to rent for £2,500 pcm in the luxurious Royal Connaught Park development to a more realistic £800-£1000 pcm average in the town itself.
Bushey Heath, Aldenham, Headstone, Carpenders Park
Trains to London from Bushey main line station run at around 20 minute intervals at peak times with a journey time around 20 minutes to London Euston. London’s airports are within easy reach (Heathrow 14 miles, Luton 18 miles). Bushey is close to the M1 motorway, around 3 miles from either junction 5 to the north or junction 4 to the south with the interchange between the M1 and M25 a further 5 miles to the north.
The Hertfordshire town of Bushey is a mainly residential settlement located around two miles to the south-east of Watford – the next station down the line to Euston from Watford Junction. Bounded by the River Colne to the North and the Middlesex County boundary to the South, the town has Roman origins and was mentioned as a settlement in the Domesday Book. The area formed part of the parish of Watford until around 1166, and was originally known as Hartshead. Situated on the old road from Watford to London – originally part of the Roman Watling Street, and the main railway line from the capital to the North West of England, the town has historically benefited from excellent transport links which have encouraged the economic development of the area in general.
Its location, on a broad upland slope commanding magnificent views towards St Albans to the north, the hills of Buckinghamshire to the west and the spire of Harrow and, eventually London to the south, made Bushey a popular residential town. The arrival of the railway and the increase in industry in the area in the late 19th century which this heralded meant rapid growth for the town, with increasing numbers moving into the area, either to work in the local industries around Watford, or to commute to London. The local museum is an excellent source of regional history for this fascinating part of the northern Home Counties.
One of the features of the modern town of Bushey is the prominent role which it has played in the British film industry. The proximity of Elstree studios, near Borehamwood and the Warner Brothers studio at Leavesden has meant that Bushey and the surrounding areas have played a starring role in many films and television programmes over the years. Indeed, Bushey had its own place in British film; Bushey Studios, latterly infamous for some of the more bawdy comedies to emerge from the British film industry, was the oldest operational film studio in the world when it finally closed its doors in 1985.
Despite its proximity to the rather larger town of Watford, and its position on the northern edge of the Greater London commuter belt, Bushey retains its “small town” atmosphere, and the qualities which made it a favourite choice of those looking to live on the edge of the conurbation, rather than at its centre, continue to attract those looking to move house to somewhere with a more out-of-town feel.
Van Man in London is a small, friendly and, above all, local removals company which has been helping our clients with house moves in the London and Hertfordshire areas, including Bushey, since 2002. With the accent on flexibility, our man-and-van service offers a more relaxed alternative to large removals companies. We’re happy to quote for a comprehensive removals service if required, but are equally happy for the customer to reduce the costs by getting involved with packing, loading and unloading too. If you’re looking to move to Bushey or the surrounding areas, why not call us for a quote?