The lowdown: Bushey
With a range of properties - that covers period cottages, Victorian terraces, modern flats, and everything in between - the arty town of Bushey in Hertfordshire retains its rural 'village' feel, while excellent transport links take commuters to the City in just 20 minutes. We take a tour...
Average house prices in Bushey
One bedroom flat: £356,000
Two bedroom flat: £469,000
Three bedroom house: £742,000
Five bedroom house: £1.04 million
Average rental prices in Bushey
One bedroom flat: £1,077 a month
Two bedroom flat: £1,292 a month
Three bedroom house: £1,448 a month
Five bedroom house: £2,700 a month
Bushey has popular state primary schools, with the catchment area for Bushey Heath in The Rutts commanding a premium in property. The Bushey Academy is proposing to open a free primary school in September, and both the girls' and boys' Watford Grammar Schools get excellent results at GCSE. Image: Alamy
Local businesses along Bushey high Street include The Beauty Parlour, a florist, a gift and interiors shop and a specialist craft and knitting shop.
Bushey station, Zone 8, has direct trains to Euston that take less than 20 minutes. There are also stopping Overground trains that take over 40 minutes to Euston. An annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £2,936, so many Bushey Heath residents drive to Stanmore, Zone 5, where an annual travelcard costs £2,136. Image: Alamy
In Bushey High Street, St James serves European food and Zaza is one branch of a small local chain of Italian restaurants. The King Stag is a popular pub in Bournehall Road. Kanteen is a bakery/café at the heart of Bushey Heath. Towards Stanmore, The Alpine, an established Italian restaurant, is in the High Road.
Leisure and the arts
Vue Watford is an 11-screen multiplex cinema in Woodside Leisure Park on the edge of Watford. Watford Palace Theatre puts on an adventurous programme of plays and film. Bushey Museum, in Rudolph Road, tells the story of the town and displays pictures by Bushey artists including Hubert Herkomer and Lucy Kemp-Welch.
Bushey has plenty of surrounding countryside to enjoy - starting behind St James’s Church is a four-mile walk through Attenborough’s Fields and Merry Hill, the latter owned by the Woodland Trust. Bushey Rose Garden in the centre of town was designed by Thomas Mawson, a leading Edwardian garden designer.
£359,950: this two-bedroom terrace house on School Lane is approximately 3/4 of a mile from both Bushey Village High Street and the High Road in Bushey Heath.
£550,000: a three-bedroom family home, situated in a quiet residential area near to Merry Hill & Ashfield School. The property overlooks Bushey's King George park and has a private garden and decking area.
£995,000: this five-bedroom detached home has four reception rooms, a spacious entrance hall and a fitted kitchen-breakfast area. Near to Bushey Heath's shopping and transport facilities, the property has a detached double garage with off-street parking for numerous cars.
£2,790,000: a four-bedroom mews house in Royal Connaught Park. The development benefits from a private health & fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool, gym, tennis court, steam room and sauna, plus 24 hour concierge & security service and a courtesy bus service to Watford Junction and Bushey's mainline rail stations.