Famed for its stunning architecture and relationship to historical figures, Chigwell is among the best areas to live in the county of Essex. Dickens himself described it as ‘the greatest place in the world.’ While it’s far less of a stand-alone town than it would have been in Dickinsian days, Chigwell has retained much of its original character, while now offering all of the comforts and amenities of modern living.
The town was originally formed as a rural farming community before the 10th century, and later famed for its mineral springs. This picturesque community is perhaps best known for its beautiful old village, as famously represented in a letter from Dickens to John Forster, as well as in his novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty.
Ye Olde King’s Head Public House, which Dickens used to form the bases for the novel’s Maypole Inn still stands; at present it is home to Lord Sugar’s Sheesh, a magnificent Turkish restaurant. Discover more restaurants in Chigwell through our Portico Places scheme.
Chigwell’s rich history is still beautifully evident today. There are many weatherboard cottages and Georgian houses remaining, as well as some old original timers inside the Retreat, which is now a popular café. Other remarkable houses or buildings that were built in the 17th century and retain many original features include Harsnetts, the Foxhounds, Church House, Turnours, Pettits Hall Lodge, and Woodlands at Chigwell Row.
Other notable landmarks in Chigwell include St. Mary’s Church, Chigwell School founded in 1629, the Buckhurst Hill County School for Boys, and the R.A.F. station, which is built on the site of the ancient Chigwell Hall manor house.
Today, Chigwell is considered to be part of the Greater London Built-Up Area. Along with Buckhurst Hill and Loughton, this metropolitan London locale is an essential component of the affluent area known as the Essex Golden Triangle.
Living in Chigwell
Living in Chigwell and its surrounding areas offers proximity to London’s largest open spaces including Epping Forest, Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve, and Hainault Forest Country Park. Local sports clubs provide opportunities to have fun and keep fit; popular spots include the private Chigwell Golf Club, Chigwell Lawn Tennis Club, and David Lloyd Leisure, which offers tennis courts along with a gym and spa.
Home to many celebrities, including Lord Sugar and several TOWIE stars, Chigwell is known for its glamorous lifestyle. Residents enjoy high-end restaurants, sports clubs, boutiques, coffee shops, and other desirable amenities in Chigwell itself; larger shopping centres including the famous Westfield Stratford City Centre are within mere minutes.
Many of the properties in Chigwell are private retreats, protected by impressive fences and electronic gates. It’s no surprise, therefore, that a large number of footballers and their families call Chigwell home, despite Tottenham Hotspur's move from its previous training grounds from Chigwell to Enfield.
That said, Chigwell also holds plenty of rural appeal for those seeking a bit of everything. Thanks to its gardens and tree-lined streets as well as proximity to green spaces, excellent schools, and its beautiful, affluent surroundings, Chigwell is popular with families, who find that their money goes far. Family homes, modern new builds, and venerable properties with ample character are among the properties available in Chigwell, along with luxury apartments located a short distance from transportation centres.
The railway from London offers stations at Roding Valley, Grange Hill, and Hainault and the Chigwell Tube station itself is situated a convenient half-mile south of Chigwell Village. It’s a quick 26-minute commute to Liverpool Street, and just 36 minutes from Chigwell to Oxford Circus. Those who prefer to drive can take the M11, which is easily accessed from the village.
Chigwell property market: Sales
The current Chigwell property market is remaining buoyant, with the overall sales prices in the past year up 8% from the year before, as well as showing a 6% increase on the peak of £534,034 witnessed in 2018.
Overall average property prices for the last year in Chigwell are currently £568,339. The majority of properties sold in the last 12 months were semi-detached homes, going for an average sold price of £523,214. Meanwhile, terraced properties completed at an average of £453,913, and flats achieved an average of £449,925.
According to the latest data, the average price of a 1-bedroom property is £294,982, while a 2-bedroom property is averaging £427,704, a 3-bedroom is sitting at an average of £539,340, and 4-bedroom homes are currently averaging £903,034.
Henry Felstein, Portico’s Office Manager for Chigwell, says, “Chigwell remains a highly desirable location for those seeking the best of both worlds - close to the city centre, yet green and family-oriented with plenty of amenities to enjoy.”
Property for sale in Chigwell
Most of Chigwell’s homes were built during the last century although the Buckhurst Hill area does offer some 19th century homes to the north of the railway station. Most buildings south of the railway station date from 1920-39. In Chigwell Row, Chigwell Village, Pudding Lane and Gravel Lane, you’ll find many houses that date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Apartments, period flats, semi-detached homes, terraced houses, and spacious properties inside the grounds of Claybury Hall and other old manors are among the most desirable properties for sale in Chigwell. Many homes were built after train service was established in 1903, and the area saw a building boom between 1920 and 1945. Things changed somewhat in 1945, when The Government placed restrictions on large-scale private building projects, designating Chigwell as an essential part of the Green Belt.
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Chigwell property market: Rentals
Rentals in Chigwell may be a little more expensive than other Greater London areas, but these rates are backed by the quality of the amenities, properties and green surroundings.
According to recent data, monthly rental rates for a 1-bedroom property currently averages £1,040, a 2-bedroom averages £1,493, a 3-bedroom averages £1,849, and a 4-bedroom averages £2,241. The majority of properties currently available for rent in Chigwell are in the £1,000 to £2,000 per month price bracket.
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Looking to buy, rent or invest in Chigwell?
Chigwell makes for an attractive place to invest or reside in, with its long-standing reputation for being a charming place to live with a rich history and an abundance of up-market amenities.
Being so close to the centre of London and with such great travel connections, it is a great option for commuters and families wanting to live just outside the hustle and bustle.
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