St Albans was recently rated the finest location to live in the southeast by The Sunday Times. Further research found it to be the most popular area to raise a family. Parts of St Albans date back to the Iron Age colony of Verulamium before it became the second-largest town in Roman Britain. From the Roman Walls to the Norman Cathedral and the Medieval clock tower, there is stunning architecture everywhere. Apart from its tourism attractions, St Albans is also a desirable place to reside.

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Despite the fact that the A1, one of the busiest highways in the UK, runs through Hatfield, the town is remarkably tranquil and unaffected by the bustle of London. If you know you’ll be easily distracted by the large city but don’t want to be too far away from it, this could be a suitable location. Hatfield itself has all of the amenities you’d expect, including high-street shops and supermarkets, as well as the Galleria Shopping Centre. Being a neighbourhood with a rich mix of amenities, this could be the perfect place for you to buy your first home. To help you with the process, you can seek the help of local estate agents in St. Albans who have accurate property knowledge in the region.


Wheathampstead is a charming village located four miles north of St Albans on the River Lea, halfway between Harpenden and Welwyn Garden City. As you approach the village, you are surrounded by beautiful countryside, and there is a heritage trail walk that many people have taken during lockdown to learn about Wheathampstead’s history. Despite its modest size, the village is densely filled with independent stores, coffee shops, a popular butcher, the local bar, and, of course, the Tesco Express. St Helen’s Church of England Primary School and Beech Hyde Primary School and Nursery are the two primary schools in Wheathampstead. St Albans High School for Girls, Aldwickbury Prep (boys school), and St Albans School are among the other schools in the vicinity. According to Rightmove, the average price of properties for sale in St Albans, particularly in Wheathampstead in the last year was £618,529, a rise of 2 per cent from 2019.


Harpenden is today a wealthy commuter town with a nice feeling of countryside charm, with beautiful countryside still in abundance. In fact, while referring to the charming high street, locals frequently say ‘going to the village’. From beautiful red-brick Victorian and Edwardian homes to magnificent, contemporary new-builds that are created with families and community living in mind, the area has something for everyone. Apart from the lovely green parks and rural atmosphere, Harpenden is known for its excellent public schools. Harpenden is conveniently located for commuters, with direct trains to London St Pancras International in less than half an hour, Gatwick Airport in an hour and ten minutes, and Luton Airport Parkway in only six minutes. Harpenden residents can also make use of train connections to Luton and Bedford in the north, as well as trains to Brighton, Wimbledon, and Sutton outside of central London.


Residents of Tyttenhanger, a green enclave to the south-east of St Albans’ city centre, have the countryside at their doorstep. The M1, M25, A414, and A1(M) are all within reasonable driving distance of Tyttenhanger. St Albans has a main train station with fast connections into downtown London, which is only a short distance away. Highfield Park, located just north of the village, is a 60-acre green space with bike trails, boules courts, orchards, and a maze. The Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits are one of the best spots in Hertfordshire to watch a range of interesting bird species. Windermere and London Colney (both rated ‘excellent’ by Ofsted) are the closest primary schools for pupils residing in Tyttenhanger.

Jersey Farm

Jersey Farm is a residential neighbourhood on the north-eastern outskirts of St Albans that offers a tranquil environment with beautiful nature close by. Jersey Farm, which is part of the civil parish of Sandridge, was once a green space with meadows and a farm. St Albans and Hatfield train stations, as well as the A1(M) and M25, are all within a short drive. Jersey Farm has regular bus service to St Albans, Hatfield, and Welwyn Garden City. The nearest schools are all in Marshalswick, with popular primary schools such as Skyswood Primary & Nursery School (ranked ‘excellent’ by Ofsted), St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary (rated ‘good’ by Ofsted), and St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary (rated ‘good’ by Ofsted). Wheatfields Infant and Junior Schools (both rated ‘excellent’ and ‘good’). Another choice is Sandridge School (‘excellent’), which is located just north of Jersey Farm in the charming community.