Why move to Iver?

PUBLISHED: 12:31 20 October 2011 | UPDATED: 19:57 20 February 2013

Why move to Iver?

Why move to Iver?

Home to the world-famous Pinewood Studios, which take their name from the many pine trees in the area, Iver is an oasis of calm with excellent transport links.


Even if youve never been to Iver, the chances are that youll have seen parts of it on the big screen. Thats because its the home of the world-famous Pinewood Film Studios. Adjoining the studio complex is Black Park with a lake that extends over 530 acres. It was used for outdoor sequences in some of Hammers Dracula horror films, and in the James Bond film Goldfinger.


For a Bucks parish thats flanked by the boundary of greater London and Slough, Iver has preserved its green spaces and its long and distinguished history remarkably well.


Property-wise the heart of the village is a conservation area, so there are several houses dating from the 15th and 16th century. In Richings Park, an upmarket, between-the-wars planned estate, you have desirable family homes that can fetch towards a million. Iver Heath village, the third competent of the parish which covers about eight miles, is centered around a triangle of roads. Development, especially in the 20th century, has made this district of the parish the largest in population. Residents can still enjoy part of the old heathland conservation area. There is also a village post office on the Slough Road to the south, while a parade of shops can be found along Church Road.


"In terms of property, Iver offers far more value than the neighbouring areas of Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield," says Ben Dommett of Savills Beaconsfield. He recently sold a beautiful Georgian house with two acres in Iver. He explains: "The property fuelled a large amount of interest and, went to best and final bids, with the price achieved in excess of the guide. This was due, in part, to the rarity of the property but also to accurate pricing which, in the current climate, is the key to a successful sale."


Andrew Riley of Hamptons International agrees. He says: "Like most aspects of the market its very price sensitive. If buyers spot something they feel is good value, they are all over it. If they believe something is overpriced, they stay away."


Simon Roberts of Robert Newby also feels that as long as property owners are realistic, they will have a quick sale. "Were getting an offer for every three to five viewings, which is very good," he says. "There are fewer time-wasters at the moment, so that those who are looking are serious buyers."


He goes on: "Iver is an extremely popular location, especially because its so close to Heathrow. The fact that it is in a grammar school catchment area also makes it popular with families."


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