Located just 18 miles from the centre of London, Romford is about to hit the big time with the arrival of the new Crossrail link. Romford has always been popular with people looking to avoid the high prices of central London, and it also boasts many other advantages that are attracting renters and buyers to the area. Here are a few things that stand out about Romford.
- Big Crossrail Improvements are Planned
From May 2019 the Crossrail link will connect Romford to London Liverpool Street and there are plans to turn the area around the rail station into a vibrant, mixed-community neighbourhood. Possible other rejuvenations include houses on the banks of the river and a renovated marketplace in the centre of town.
- Romford has the UK’s Oldest Market
According to claims, Romford market is the longest-established in the country and there are records of a market in the town since the 13th century. Today the market is very popular and operates on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
- Romford is a Major Retail Spot
Aside from the market, Romford also lays claim to being the fourth-biggest retail area in London outside Lakeside, Bluewater, and Westfield in Stratford. Thousands of people come to shop in Romford every day.
- Romford Boasts Victorian and Thirties Homes
As Romford was developed from Victorian times onwards, the majority of the housing stock is from this era onwards. You can find rows of Victorian terraces near to the centre of town, as well as huge numbers of Thirties semi-detached homes. You can also find bungalows in Romford, according to www.beresfordsgroup.co.uk, and they are mainly in Collier Row. Flats to rent in Romford are located in the town centre and are modern buildings on the whole, although there are converted houses on the outskirts of town.
- Gidea Park is a Garden Suburb
The homes in Gidea Park were constructed as exhibition homes in the first part of the 20th century. The earliest homes are constructed in the Arts and Crafts style and the majority of Gidea Park is a conservation area.
- Romford Has Great Transport Links
Romford provides easy access to the A12 towards East Anglia and to the M25 which links London and Essex. The rail service takes around 30 minutes into London and there are a variety of stations to choose from.
- Rental Properties in Romford are Affordable
Newly developed flats close to the station are popular with young professionals and come with two or three bedrooms and a rent of around £1,000 a month. Older houses are popular with families and rental properties are found all over Romford.
- Schools are Good and Outstanding
Primary schools in Romford are rated good and outstanding according to Ofsted inspections and there are also private primary schools and nurseries in the town.
- Romford Boasts its own Dog Track
There aren’t many greyhound stadiums in London anymore but Romford has one of the last few. There are also ice rinks, cinemas, theatres, and clubs for locals and visitors from surrounding areas.