What it's like to live in Amersham
PUBLISHED: 14:56 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:56 25 September 2017
© Peter V Banyard 2015
The very best of old and new in the Chiltern Hills, regularly recognised as a 'Best place to live'
Down in the Misbourne valley sits Amersham Old Town, a picturesque market town with a long history, and the 700 years old buildings to prove it. Climb a short distance and you reach Amersham-on-the-Hill, a busy spot with fascinating shops which developed from around a century ago with the arrival of the railway. This year Amersham once again appeared in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list, named as one of 20 ‘perennials’ for its regular inclusion. The Old Town includes Amersham Museum, well worth a visit, a good helping of mainly independent little shops, particularly ladies wear, and some superb dining choices from chic restaurants to pubs. Foodie favourites include Gilbey’s and The Artichoke, as well as the highly rated The Grocer at 91 in the High Street.The Sunday guided walks of the town are a great way to find out more about Amersham’s history. Many residents live in the tree-lined streets between the Old Town and Amersham-on-the-Hill, having the best of both worlds in a town surrounded by Chilterns greenery. The Times noted this part of Amersham as a spot for sought after schools. Facilities include The Chilterns Pool and Gym, run in partnership with Chiltern District Council.
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This delightful part of the Chilterns in an area within easy reach of the capital means that rising prices continued to outpace most of the rest of England this year. There are some substantial and traditional properties here, and five-bedroom family homes come in at the £1.5 to £2m mark. Those with land, such as a country house with 12 acres, stables and paddocks recently offered surpass this and came to market with a guide price of £2.25m. A four bedroom grade II listed former coaching inn and bakehouse in Old Amersham High Street had a guide price of ELi5m in mid-June. Two bedroom detached bungalows and three bedroom listed terrace homes can be found for inside of £700,000, while some two bedroom flats and maisonettes hover around the £300,000 mark.
• Population: 15,000 ROADS: Easy routes to both the M4 and M40. The A355 road provides a route to Slough and Beaconsfield, and other roads offer Chesham, Berkhamsted, Aylesbury and Uxbridge.
• Trains: Amersham is the last station on the Metropolitan main line (Marylebone to Aylesbury) as well as the London Underground.
• Schools: The independent sector has The Beacon School (boys) and Heatherton House (girls), while the state possibilities include Dr Challoner’s Grammar School for boys and Amersham is in the catchment areas of nearby Dr Challoner’s High School, for girls and co-educational Chesham Grammar School.
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