|Homes sold in the last 12 months||486||361||297||478|
|Average house prices||£259,895||£531,446||£702,581||£412,386|
Charming St Albans in Hertfordshire is often referred to as "the jewel in the crown" of England's Home Counties. That's why film and TV series makers often choose the city as the perfect setting for their productions (Harry Potter, GoldenEye, EastEnders and several period dramas have been filmed there).
And it is not only film and television series location finders who are tempted by St Albans' allure every year. Property hunters looking for that perfect house or flat in a city that's "got everything" often can't resist a look around St Albans when exploring UK towns and cities in their quest to find their ideal new home.
The truth is, property in St Albans (the city is named after the first British Christian martyr, St Alban) is so attractive and diverse, home buyers, or people seeking domestic or indeed commercial properties to rent, usually opt for St Albans after their first visit, feeling no need to look elsewhere.
Georgian properties (often on busy town centre roads) with high ceilings, Georgian windows, exposed timber and beams, and classic rendered facades are regularly available for sale or let in the city.
Somehow the modern detached family homes and tidy flat blocks manage to blend in seamlessly with these more traditional properties.
Being situated between the M25, M1 and A1(M) motorways, St Albans is easily accessible by road (London is only 22 miles away). The capital's Kings Cross station is only a 20-minute journey for commuters thanks to the Thameslink from St Albans City Station.
Whilst St Albans itself is very appealing to new home seekers looking to relocate, there are also some lovely (and sought-after) villages and small towns local to the city, where available homes to buy or rent can be found. Wheathampstead, Aldenham, and Childwick Bury are all well worth a look.
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