Price: £2.5m This property, encompassing grounds of 8.5 acres, includes a swimming pool, tennis court, stabling and a garaging area. The property itself has five bedrooms, five reception rooms and two bedrooms. Contact: Savills on 01582 465 000 or go to www.savills.co.uk ST STEPHENS HOUSE
Price: £1.295m This grade-II listed Georgian residence has six bedrooms and four reception rooms. The grounds offer ample parking and have a number of mature garden areas. Contact: Strutt & Parker on 01727 840285 or go to www.struttandparker.com
Price: £1.25m This five-bedroom grade II-listed farmhouse is just 22 miles from Marble Arch. The house originates in the 15th century with additions in the 17th century. The accommodation is flexible, arranged over three floors, and has many period features including high ceilings and fireplaces in the drawing room and sitting room. Contact Hamptons International on 01727 890770 or go to www.hamptons.co.uk NEED TO KNOW | AREA INSIGHT
Commuting: St Albans’ is just 20 minutes away from London St Pancras. From there it takes 15 minutes on the tube to the City, whereas driving takes an hour. Education: St Albans’ has some fantastic schools. Pupils at St Albans (an all boys school) and St Albans High School for Girls both achieve exceptionally high results.