Amersham & The Chalfonts
Situated to the North West of London most of Amersham and The Chalfonts is situated in the beautiful surrounding countryside of The Chiltern Hills. The area has very good transport links with the fast train and tube lines into London and easy access to the motorway network. It is an affluent part of the country and property prices reflect this. Amersham and The Chalfonts are safe areas to live in and you can comfortably walk round by yourself after dark. Both the state and the independent schools achieve high standards of education and have very good reputations.
The historic market town of Amersham is at the end of London Underground's Metropolitan Line. The town is split into two parts, the Old Town and the New Town (Amersham-on-the-Hill). The Old Town is an unusually wide high street that is very pretty in the summer with its hanging baskets and window boxes in full bloom. The town was first granted a market and annual fair by King John in 1200. The local landowners planned a large square and the wide street to make their market a success. The history of Amersham Old Town can still be detected from the many varied period styles of the buildings, which are now exclusive shops, restaurants, pubs and residences.
The new town is known as Amersham-on-the-Hill and developed around the station after the Metropolitan Rail's arrival in the 1890's. The area forms part of 'Metroland' which was named because the Metropolitan Railway had bought up a lot of land when extending the rail line. The company developed the housing to encourage people to move out of London and into the countryside, thus having to use the train to commute.
Little Chalfont is a village not far from Amersham and is the next stop on the Metropolitan line going into London. There is a small parade of shops, which includes a butchers, bakers, newsagents and deli amongst others, to cater for your everyday needs. The housing spreads out from the train station in all directions and the community is split quite evenly between local workers and commuters.
Chalfont St Giles is a quaint, peaceful village, 3.5 miles away from Amersham. The housing spreads from the village green to the South and prices and styles vary greatly but many of the properties are modern. There are a few shops opposite the Green but not enough for daily living. The village was once home to the English politician and poet John Milton, who finished Paradise Lost whilst he was living there. His cottage is now a local attraction.
Chalfont St Peter is about 4 miles from Amersham. A smaller village than Amersham, it has a good centre with shops for your everyday needs, and a supermarket. Again, styles and prices of houses differ from street to street, but the majority of properties were built in the 20th century.
Amersham and Little Chalfont are both on the rail network being in Zone 6 on the Metropolitan Line and you also have the option from both stations of catching a Chiltern Line Train into London Marylebone. Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter do not have rail facilities.
|From Amersham to...||By Car||By Train/Tube|
|Central London||27 miles, 50 mins||32 mins (direct to London Marylebone)|
|Heathrow Airport||18 miles, 25 mins||72 mins (2 changes)|
|Gatwick Airport||55 miles, 60 mins||110 mins (2 changes)|
|Luton Airport||25 miles, 35 mins||89 mins (2 changes)|
Types of Housing and Pricing
Housing in these areas is very similar in price with the nicer detached residences on tree lined streets being far more expensive than the estates. Styles vary from 14th / 15th century through to the present day. Many properties were built after the train stations arrived in the early 1890's and the styles reflect this. Most properties in Amersham Old Town are expensive because they are quaint period cottages, but if you are looking for a charming English house with wooden beams look no further. There is an abundant supply of family-sized houses in the area whilst smaller houses and larger apartments are harder to find.
|Amersham & The Chalfonts|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|1 bed||£185,000 - £260,000||£695 - £1000 per calendar month|
|2 bed||£225,000 - £350,000||£950 - £1500 per calendar month|
|3-4 bed||£400,000 - £1,200,000||£1250 - £3200 per calendar month|
|5+ bed||£1,500,000+||£2700+ per calendar month|
Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.
The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Buckinghamshire and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
Buckinghamshire is a popular location for families with school-age children as it is one of only a few remaining LA’s that uses a selective system for comprehensive, state school education. State school education is generally above the national average in the area and as such there are fewer independent schools in the area.
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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates
Chiltern District Council is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
The police authority for the area is Thames Valley. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
Amersham has two high streets, the Old Town and Amersham-on-the-Hill. The Old Town high street has exclusive boutiques, restaurants and pubs as well as a large Tesco supermarket. Amersham-on-the-Hill has more run-of-the-mill shops, including estate agents, banks, optician, post office and some specialist shops. Your everyday requirements and more can be met here, but the shops are smaller and more provincial than those you would expect to find in a large town centre.
The Chalfonts each have a few local shops more suited for emergency supplies than day to day living.
The nearest large towns are Watford and Uxbridge which have both undergone extensive refurbishment to incorporate shopping malls. Watford has an undercover mall with over 140 stores called The Harlequin Centre, as well as some shops on its high street. Uxbridge has two malls, The Pavilions with over 100 shops and The Chimes with over 70 shops, as well as stores on the high street. A trip to either town will guarantee a good days retail therapy.
There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.
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The Chiltern Pools is an indoor swimming pool complex with a main pool, a leisure pool including two flumes, a slide, a bubble pool, water creek, beach area, a multi sports pool/diving pool and a cafe. Next door is home to the climbing centre which also includes a gym and aerobics studio.
Chalfont Leisure Centre has a swimming pool, a fitness training room and a multi-purpose sports hall. The Physique Health and Fitness gym and aerobics studio are also here.
Harewood Downs Golf Club is an 18 hole, rolling tree lined course, members only.
Oakland Park Golf Club is an 18 hole parkland course, membership not required though visitors can only play during the week.
Elgiva Theatre in Chesham is a venue for plays, pantomimes and live bands. It also screens movies but usually several weeks after they have been released.
Amersham Charter Fair - originally granted by King John in 1200, the fair takes place once a year in September in the Old Town High Street.
Miltons Cottage - once home of John Milton (Paradise Lost) now a museum of his work and other local history.
Chiltern Open Air Museum - rescued historic buildings in a beautiful countryside setting open to the public.
Amersham Museum - a 500 year old house on the High Street with its own herb garden, introducing the history of Amersham in its collection of exhibits.
The Chilterns are the chalk hills that run through Buckinghamshire and they, and the countryside surrounding them, were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965.