Mon 09 Mar 2020

The lowdown on Loughton – a haven for family buyers

The lowdown on Loughton – a haven for family buyers - BalgoresOur news

Here at Balgores Property Group, we’re committed to showing all angles of Essex, including a Brentwood area guide for millennials, tips for getting on the housing ladder in Basildon, and what makes Chelmsford the perfect area for families.

And, with the arrival of our brand new Loughton office, we explore this pretty Essex town, what makes it a top consideration for family buyers, and why therefore it’s a great location to sell a property.

The property scene

Loughton sits just on the edge of Epping Forest and is noted for its residential appeal, boasting a wealth of green space that attracts families and those looking for a slower pace of life.

Despite this, it takes just 18 minutes on the Central Line to reach Stratford and 26 minutes to London Liverpool Street – proving its credentials as a prime commuter belt territory.

Figures from Rightmove show the most property sales in the area last year involved terraced properties, which sold for an average of £430,000 – a testament to the growing number of families flocking to the area.

Semi-detached properties, meanwhile, sold for an average price of £600,000, and flats fetched around £320,000.

Currently, the average property price in Loughton stands at around £550,000, according to Zoopla data.

The lifestyle

Being so perfectly situated, Loughton locals have a variety of options available to them. Its well-established High Road, for example, is home to a mixture of high street favourites and popular independent shops.

The food and drinks scene is also plentiful, from a relaxing lunch in Wildwood and a Mediterranean family feast at The Olive Tree, to a Japanese-Italian mix at Two Kitchens.

Loughton Leisure Centre is the perfect spot for those who like to keep fit, as well as Cycle Rhythm, Bikram Yoga Essex, and the Loughton Karate Club. Meanwhile, the Loughton Arts Centre and the National Jazz Archive presents a gentler way to pass time.

For those who love the great outdoors, Epping Forest is a short walk from Loughton town centre, offering miles of walking, cycling and horse-riding trails is one of the many reasons families move to the area.

The schools

Education is a key factor when deciding where to raise your children. Luckily, parents in Loughton are spoilt for choice when it comes to good-performing schools.

Hereward Primary School in Colebrook Lane is judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and Staples Road Primary School is also very popular. For secondary education, Bancroft’s School is rated the number one high school in Loughton, taking pupils aged 7-18, while Woodford County High School for Girls and Chigwell School are also highly-approved.

With substantial family homes, exceptional schools, and being in close proximity to the beautiful Epping Forest, Loughton proves to be the ideal place to raise a family. In turn, demand from family buyers means that Loughton has an active property market, and is therefore a good location for people looking to sell their home.

If this area is on your radar, why not speak to our dedicated sales team at our newly-acquired Loughton branch today?

Additionally, you can see how much your home could be worth on the current market by requesting a free and instant online valuation today.

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