Why you should move to...Chesham
PUBLISHED: 00:16 01 February 2011 | UPDATED: 20:35 20 February 2013
With a new link to London, the town's appeal to buyers looking for a home in South Bucks continues to grow...
With a new link to London, the towns appeal to buyers looking for a home in South Bucks continues to grow. Danusia Hutson finds out what else is new.
A traditional market town surrounded by a large number of villages and hamlets often featured in Midsomer Murders and Inspector Morse, Chesham has long attracted local movers and those from further afield, especially London commuters. From December, the commuting into the capital has improved even more with a direct underground line to Baker Street, as well as the proximity of the Chiltern Line to Marylebone from Amersham.
Estate agents such as Savills and The Frost Partnership, who cover both locations, believe that Chesham already offers more value for money than Amersham and this could be a further attraction for buyers. Situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chesham provides the tranquillity of rural life, with an old town and quaint streets as well as a pedestrianised High Street with plenty of shops, restaurants and amenities.
The most desirable properties according to agents are the cottages in the old town and the Victorian and Edwardian semis and detached houses in the tree- lined avenues such as Stanley Avenue, Manor Way, and Chartridge Lane. Victorian terrace houses are particularly popular especially with the family market and prices range from 400,000 and 800,000, explained Nick Pounce of Savills. But styles within Chesham and its immediate environs vary widely between the period and the modern and if a buyers budget stretches to 1m-plus, there are larger homes on substantial plots in more rural settings, including villages such as Bellingdon, Hawridge, Chartridge, Pednor, Lye Green, and Orchard Leigh.
Buyers now looking for a brand new home have a couple of new developments to consider. McCarthy Stone are due to start selling retirement flats in Bellingdon Road soon, while in Chartridge Lane,
Cole Flatt and Partners are offering a selection of properties at the Summer View development.
As one agent put it: The beauty of living in Chesham is that you are close to London, yet have all the benefits of a quintessential English country lifestyle.
Out & About
The A416 runs through the town, linking with the A41. Chesham underground station is a spur off the Metropolitan Line and is the furthest tube station from central London. There is now a direct service into Baker Street. A National Rail connection is available at Amersham station (2.4 miles). The underground line also connects to Chalfont and Latimer station a National Rail station.
Primary Elmtree First School, Newtown Infant School, Brushwood Junior School, Thomas Harding Junior School, Little Spring Primary School, Waterside Combined School. Secondary Chesham Park Community College, and Chesham Grammar School.
The Elgiva, a 300-seated/400 standing capacity theatre, Lowndes Park, two public swimming pools, Chesham United FC, which plays in the Southern League, Chesham Cricket Club, Chesham Rugby Union Club, riding, walking. The White Hill Centre also offers educational, recreational, and social activities for local groups.
De Vere Venues, Latimer Place (2 miles) set in 30 acres of grounds in the Chilterns with Chess Valley views, The Black Cat, Lye Green, The Swan, Ley Hill Common.
The High Street is pedestrianised and features numerous specialist individual shops, alongside national retailers. There is a a twice-weekly general market and a local produce market held on the fourth Saturday of each month.
What to do at the weekend:
The Chesham area has 135 footpaths and in May 2010 it became the first in the Chilterns to be recognised as a Walkers are Welcome Town, Chenies Manor House (4 miles) brick Manor House built around 1460, by Sir John Cheyne, open April to October.