Why this small idyllic village in North Hertfordshire surrounded by rolling countryside is the perfect balance of village living, with excellent transport links to the big smoke and beyond.
Royston in North Herts has fantastic transport links, with great access to the A10, A1 and M11, as well as ideal railway communter links to London Kings Cross and Cambridge.
Looking to fly away? If you're heading anywhere in Europe you’ll be pleased to know that London Stansted is just over half an hours drive away.
Royston benefits from a choice of infant, primary and secondary schools. Melbourn Primary School, Roman Way First School, and Therfield First School, both received top marks from the most recent Ofsted reports.
Meridian School, the local secondary school, recently rated as "Good" in their January 2015 Ofstead report, going on to affirm “Achievement has improved considerably since the last inspection. All groups of students make good and sometimes rapid progress from their starting points”.
For starters, there is the Royston Picture Palace, a small community run cinema by the people of Royston and surrounding villages. The cinema is ideally located in Royston Town Hall, which itself has undergone complete refurbishment. Royston also has a renowned traditional market every Wednesday and Saturday, selling everything from fresh fruit, jewellery, to antiques.
There is a local museum, leisure centre, and Royston's very own cave, which has been Grade 1 listed by English Heritage.
Throughout the last year, terraced properties in Royston had and averaged sold price for price of £234,661. Detached properties had an average sold price of £441,648 and flats averaged £146,059.
In the last year, house prices in Royston were 5% up on the previous year, and 13% up on 2012 when they averaged £241,409. (Source: Rightmove.co.uk)
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