What to look out for before stepping on the Romford property ladder

Romford, just 14 miles from London’s city centre, provides the ease of London living with the suburban feel of residing in Essex. Its location is the perfect balance of access to the bustle, shops and bars of a city and of proximity to green spaces and the coast.

As London city centre property prices continue to soar, buyers are looking East to Romford when purchasing property – especially those new to the housing market. We talk you through what to look for when purchasing property in Romford

Type of house

A great selling point for Romford is the variety of property types on offer depending on your budget and requirements.

Many of the houses available are semi-detached and terraced and were often built in the 1930s. More recently, there has been a boom in developed flats and new builds and this is set to continue due to Crossrail and the rising popularity of the area. You will also find bungalows, so whatever you’re looking for your estate agent should be able to help you.

Transport

Known as a ‘commuter town’, Romford provides fantastic links into London and beyond – you can get to London Liverpool Street within 30 minutes. The new Crossrail/ Elizabeth Line project, rescheduled to launch in 2021, will provide even greater connections between Romford and the city with quick commute times. If you’re going to be utilising the rail travel options then consider your proximity to Romford Station, which will also see a major upgrade as part of the Crossrail project.

Romford also boasts excellent road links, strong public transport services and sits within reasonable distance of to two airports; Southend and Heathrow.

Schools

Many of the schools surrounding Romford have fantastic reputations and have received great Ofsted inspection results. Do some research on local schools before buying to ensure a potential property is in the catchment area for the school you’d be interested in.

What’s on offer in the area

Romford offers a variety of accessible amenities and leisure facilities. For green spaces, there is Lodge Farm Park and Raphael Park – and a nature reserve at Bedfords Park.

You will still find their traditional weekly market full of local, small businesses selling their wares. For more shopping, Romford has multiple malls including The Mercury Shopping Centre and The Brewery. You will also be able to access a wide range of restaurants, including the fast food chains, and leisure facilities such as a cinema and an ice rink.

 

Romford will continue to remain an attractive option for buyers and those wanting to take their first step onto the property ladder, due to its house prices and its convenient location that balances city and rural living – is it the right place for you?