FOCUS ON: POTTERS BAR

NORTHAW ROAD WEST, NORTHAW,
Price: £299,950
Not perhaps your typical first home, but this two-bed country cottage offers sufficient living space and a pretty back garden. Grade II-listed, the cottage has been recently modernised by the current owners so the property doesn’t require further decoration or works. The village has two gastro pubs.
Contact: Savills on 020 8447 4400,
www.savills.co.uk

HILL CREST
Price: £540,000
An ideal family property, this four-bedroom property has plenty of storage space and a double garage. Set over three floors, there is a conservatory and a family room as well as separate living and dining rooms. The property is close to the high street and other local shops and supermarkets.
Contact: Winkworth on 020 8447 5656, www.winkworth.co.uk

THE RIDGEWAY, CUFFLEY,
Price: £3.95m
This imposing property was built in 2007 and offers around 6,000 sq ft of accommodation. It has six double bedrooms, a cinema room, a gym and a spacious luxury kitchen. There is ample parking space for several cars and the back garden extends some 51m.
Contact: Hetheringtons on 01707 875161, www.hetheringtons.co.uk

NEED TO KNOW | POTTERS BAR

Commuting: Potters Bar rail station is 20 minutes from Kings Cross by train and 34 minutes from Moorgate. It is also very well located at Junction 24 of the M25 and the southern end of the M1.

Schools: Cuffley School and The Wroxham School are both good primaries. Dame Alice Owen’s school is one of the top 60 state secondary schools in the country, but it is large with more than 1,400 pupils.

Crime: Generally safer than the national average.
Restaurants & Pubs: The Two Brewers in Northaw is a cosy village pub with a roaring open fire in winter, a sunny beer garden for the summer months and serves good food. What more could you want from a pub? In terms of restaurants, the town itself is a little lacking but Hardens recommends a number in nearby St Albans.

Parks & Leisure: For the sporty type, there’s plenty on offer including a scuba diving club and a golf course. North of the town, commuter belt suburbia turns into woods and fields.