The lowdown: Epping
Just 17 miles from central London, Epping attracts families who put down roots in the area for the good schools and choice of outdoor activities. The variety of homes means people can easily move up and down the housing ladder...
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Average house prices in Epping
One-bedroom flat: £199,000
Two-bedroom flat: £343,000
Two-bedroom house: £431,000
Three-bedroom house: £528,000
Four-bedroom house: £771,000
Average rental prices in Epping
One-bedroom flat: £909 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,446 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,530 a month
Three-bedroom house: £1,498 a month
Four-bedroom house: £2,051 a month
Epping’s state primary schools - Epping, Ivy Chimneys, Coopersale & Theydon Garnon CofE, Theydon Bois and Epping Upland CofE - are all judged to be “good” by Ofsted. Local comprehensive Epping St John’s is judged to be “good”, while Davenant in Loughton is judged to be “outstanding”.
Epping has an attractive high street with a popular Monday market. Geoffrey Drayton is a long-standing independent furniture store while Amy Louise is a treasure trove of gifts, flowers and chocolates. The North Weald Airfield market and car boot sale in Merlin Way on a Battle of Britain airfield is open every Saturday and four bank holiday Mondays.
Epping sits outside the M25 close to Junction 27 with the M11. From Epping's Underground station on the Central Line it is 38 minutes to Liverpool Street and 48 minutes to Oxford Circus. The station is in Zone 6 and an annual travelcard costs £2,344.
Haywards in Bell Common is Epping’s fine dining restaurant, Eydee's is a popular bar and grill, but chain cafes and restaurants Costa, Caffé Nero, Starbucks, Pizza Express, Wildwood and Prezzo are also easily found.
Leisure and the arts
The Epping and Ongar Railway is a visitor attraction with steam trains travelling between North Weald and Epping Forest stations. Visitors are transported to the trains from various stations including Epping underground station by vintage bus.
Epping Forest is London’s largest open space at 6,000 acres. It starts a few miles north of central London at Wanstead, skirts the edge of Walthamstow before passing through Highams Park and arriving in Chingford. Epping Forest is at its most impressive between Chingford and Epping where you can visit Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.
£800,000: this Grade II Listed thatched cottage on the edge of the village has three bedrooms and boasts a heated swimming pool, formal gardens, parking and attached garage.
£949,995: this stunning four-bedroom Edwardian house features exposed hardwood flooring, ornate coving and period fireplaces. Externally, the property has a lawned garden with a summer house, mature borders and patio area.
£625,000: Located within the historic grounds of the Copped Hall Estate, this two-bedroom mews house is full of character and set in the beautiful woodland of Epping.
£1,285,000: this detached, gated property has five bedrooms and grounds in excess of half an acre as well as a large, detached gym.