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any one staying or living in harold wood??

setdosa Avatar
3y, 7m agoPosted 3 years, 7 months ago
Looking for some good/bad information about this area? Schooling and community?
Any details will give me a good idea.

Thanks in advance
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3y, 7m agoPosted 3 years, 7 months ago
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#1
I live in upminster which is a neighbouring town. Firstly, many people get mixed up between Harold hill and harold wood.
The two areas are divided by the main a12. Harold hill contains the industrial estates where you wil find b&q etc and the housing stock is mainly local authority, although there are no high rises just houses.
Harold wood however is a completely different story, the mainline station to london is in this area and there is a big new housing development being built on the old hospital grounds. The housing stock is privately owned.
I do not know of any good schools in either community, you'll have to research the league tables.o
If you are looking to relocate to havering then i would say harold wood is a good area, the crime rate is relatively low, house prices are realistic and is a happy medium between the best place and worst place to live in havering.
If you could narrow down the actual area you are interested in or tell me more about why you need to know etc i can help you further.
#2
I forgot to add that harold wood does not have a high street, the main shopping is a 24hr tesco. The community spirit is good. It is not a problem area unlike harold hill. The streets are clean and there is no graffitti. Or vandalism. The area of harold wood is actually quite small, there is one pub which is now a gastropub. There are good bus links to romford which is the main town which has a market 3 times a week.
#3
@ Toptrumpet Thanks for the information.

I am looking at some houses this weekend (in a view to move there as the prices of the properties are in my range)near to the harold wood train station. Have see the new development and see the prices are quite high when compared to the local property prices.
#4
You always pay a premium for new houses.
If you want to private message me with your housing requirements, budgets, no. Of bedrooms etc, primary/ secondary schools etc i can tell you my views on the best place in havering to look and any 'bargains' i think you should look at.
I have lived in havering all my life and own and rent out many properties in havering. I have 10 year old twins and can tell you about schools too and after school clubs etc. D0 you work in london as the fenchurch street line is better and more reliable than the liverpool street line. Perhaps you should look at cranham/upminster rather than harold wood as the best secondary schools are in these catchments areas, the property prices are roughly the same but the area is deemed better.
#5
Just for backup, I live in Romford (one station stop before on the mainline from Liverpool street) and concur with pretty much everything toptrump has said. In fact, thumbs up for such comprehensive info.
What age group are you after for schools? or all of em? :)
#6
setdosa
@ Toptrumpet Thanks for the information.

I am looking at some houses this weekend (in a view to move there as the prices of the properties are in my range)near to the harold wood train station. Have see the new development and see the prices are quite high when compared to the local property prices.

The new build site is on the grounds of the old Harold Wood hospital. The fact that the site is directly opposite the station, right next to the a12 and a spit from the M25 you can see it's a pretty prime location.
#7
my kid is starting her reception in September. I work in London and transport is a major player in preferring this location.

Edited By: setdosa on Apr 18, 2013 14:06
#8
I wouldn't let the idea of the crossrail coming to harold wood be a factor in your decision.
It's due to be completed in 2000 and never. House prices will rise in proportion to each other no matter what and cross rail will not influence prices by huge amounts. Harold wood is a family area with commuters, not commuters that just happen to have families. Thanks for your p.m. i'll have a good look at it tonight and contact you later.
#9
Harold wood is tiny. Like you have the station and surrounding shops along with housing and then you encroach into either Ardleigh Green or Romford or Hornchuch dependant on which way you drive through.

Harold wood seems like an ok area. I know there was a pub by the station that got closed down because it was full of crackheads though.
#10
I wouldn't see any reason to go to Harold Wood unless you lived there. I live in Upminster and the only times I've ever been to Harold Wood is to drive through to get to somewhere else.
#11
in a diffrenet view which areas are good nearby that have good transport links to London and good schools nearby.
#12
Secondary schools or primary schools?
#13
Or junior ^^
#14
going with primary and then seconday for a long view
#15
To be fair if the undergound is your point of buying, I would say Upminster/Cranham would be your best bet. Hornchurch maybe second choice. I don't know about any schools outside of Upminster really, but they're all pretty good, apart from Gaynes secondary school.
#16
Harold Wood, not much about, don't know anything about nearby schools, I'm sure a quick Ofsted report will enlighten you though.

Romford, steer clear, jeremy kyle.

Hornchurch is ok as an area, but my parents moved us away from Hornchurch because of the schools.

Harold Hill again, jeremy kyle.

Upminster, decent area, quite high priced, good schools.

Cranham, just outside of Upminster, transport links to Upminster and decent schools, also nice area, no high street same sort of thing as Harold Wood.
#17
West Horndon same sort of thing as Cranham / Harold Wood, quiet area, small, but C2C links to Fenchurch Street, idk much about schooling there though.
#18
Dagenham / Rainham steer clear.
#19
Brentwood, sure there are transport links, unsure about schooling prior to sixth form but St Martins Sixth form is v good. v nice area also, similarly Hutton is a nice area close to Brentwood.
#20
J_D

Romford, steer clear, jeremy kyle.

Unsubstantiated nonsense
#21
mrew42
J_D

Romford, steer clear, jeremy kyle.

Unsubstantiated nonsense

The people you see in Romford on a daily basis is enough to warrant it fitting of Jeremy Kyle status.
#22
J_D
mrew42
J_D

Romford, steer clear, jeremy kyle.

Unsubstantiated nonsense

The people you see in Romford on a daily basis is enough to warrant it fitting of Jeremy Kyle status.

Idiot
#23
Have a look at both harold wood, cranham and upminster on upmystreet for a true demographic of each area, that may help you.
#24
Can anyone tell me if houseprices in Harold Wood ie 3 bedroom semi's are set to rocket once the crossrail is completed, or even before completion? Thanks
#25
In my view, house prices in harold wood will not rocket once crossrail is completed, house prices are already relatively high compared to the immediate surrounding area. If people are prepared to pay more just to use crossrail than I think they would spend their money on housing stock further down the line such as brentwood or shenfield as they are nicer areas with better schools and high streets. I still think that there are other factors to increase house prices rather than just transport links and I said before Harold Hill is mainly families that commute not commuters with families. Harold Wood has often been a forgotten part of havering and crossrail will not change this. If you are looking to buy a family home which will increase in value then I suggest harold Wood is not the best place in havering, Upminster is always in demand because of the fenchurch street line, schools, high street and overall sense of community.
Also, with the new development of hundreds of houses on the old hospital site, if everyone buys them thinking they'll make a huge profit when crossrail finally comes then everyone will sell at the same time therefore prices will come down as supply will outstrip demand.
#26
To date I've seen little or no sign of crossrail being built in Harold wood or brentwood, any idea when it's actually due to open?
#27
Harold Wood is a fabulous place to live, great community spirit, and lots of activities if you want them. My children go to the local dance school, my husband does judo at the memorial hall, I do zumba at the neighbourhood centre, we both belong to harold wood running club, our girls have gone through rainbows, brownies and guides in Harold Wood the park is beautiful and well kept. All of the schools are now excellent Redden court has just got better and better ( look at the league tables for results and value added scores). Even the king harold pub has improved. It drives me nuts when people say there is nothing here, you must have your eyes ! And no I do not see it through rose tinted glasses, I just enjoy the area for what it is!
#28
Sorry for reviving an old thread, but thinking of moving to Harold Wood. Safety is my main priority. Any specific areas I should avoid? Don't want any anti social behaviour, vandalism and thefts etc.
#29
I would avoid Harold Hill as it's primarily council housing stock, anything west of the A12. Keep to within 1/2 mile of the station. Alternatively I would consider Hornchurch towards Elm Park for approximately the same price bracket.
#30
Thanks for the quick reply! Much appreciated. I was looking close to Harold Wood station.
#31
Hi All,

I am looking to buy a new built property just opposite the Harold wood station. I think it's built on the Harold wood hospital land. I can see it's a pretty prime location as its right in front of the station and near to m25 and this reflects in quick sale of most of their houses and flats. I was wondering if any one could guide me if buying a 4 bed property in this area (though prime location) is a good idea from investment perspective in long run. Not looking to sell the property soon but would like to see its value increase at the time of remortgage. I know London house prices is increasing generally and Harold wood has cross rail to boost its case but still wondering if anyone thinks the opposite
#32
The development you're referring to is Kings Park or Clements Avenue. The 4 bedroom houses are around the £700,000 mark. The trouble is that the only thing Harold Wood has really got is the station. There is no vibrant high street or restaurants or pubs within walking distance. The main hub is Romford which is quite a long way away. Yes, it might be a good investment but would people rent it for say in excess of £2000 a month. I think not because people with that sort of income wanting a 4 bed house would want a lot more requirements than just a station. They want excellent schools and amenities which unfortunately Harold Wood lacks. If you're looking to spend 3/4 of a million for a good investment there are a lot better locations than Harold Wood and I would look at new flat developments in Upminster where the city boys want to rent and get quick access to Canary Wharf on the C2C line.
#33
Hi, do u stil hav rental props in Harold Wood? Am looking for a 1-bed.
Thanks.
Wes
I wouldn't let the idea of the crossrail coming to harold wood be a factor in your decision.
It's due to be completed in 2000 and never. House prices will rise in proportion to each other no matter what and cross rail will not influence prices by huge amounts. Harold wood is a family area with commuters, not commuters that just happen to have families. Thanks for your p.m. i'll have a good look at it tonight and contact you later.
#34
We also didn't go for the Kings Park houses due to the reasons that's been mentioned here. I'll pm you Toptrumpet as I hv some more questions!
#35
fortresskay
We also didn't go for the Kings Park houses due to the reasons that's been mentioned here. I'll pm you Toptrumpet as I hv some more questions!
Not sure if you can you pm yet as you're a new member. I think you have to add 10 comments in a thread before you can use the pm function.
If you have any questions just put them on here and I'll try my best to answer.
#36
Toptrumpet
fortresskay
We also didn't go for the Kings Park houses due to the reasons that's been mentioned here. I'll pm you Toptrumpet as I hv some more questions!
Not sure if you can you pm yet as you're a new member. I think you have to add 10 comments in a thread before you can use the pm function.
If you have any questions just put them on here and I'll try my best to answer.

Yes I tried to pm but not possible for new members! Just wondering what you thought about Upminster especially houses on the busy roads of Hall Lane, Corbets Tey and St. Mary's lane. Looks like a compromise to consider over smaller and more expensive houses in Brentwood/Gidea Park. Do you think Upminster is already overpriced and future price growth will be below or above average if compared to Brentwood, Gidea Park or even Harold Wood that have Crossrail?
Thanks
#37
Sorry, for the delay in getting back to you but I've had an exceptionally busy day today and this is the first time I've had to check in.
That's a big question you've asked.
I currently live on Hall Lane and used to live at the southern or bottom end of Corbets Tey Road. it all depends on your budget. if you're looking to spend between £850k and £1.4 m then I would definitely go for Hall Lane or ideally The Fairway, Holden Way or other surrounding roads. Hall Lane is a busy road however the houses lie back from the road and all have large plots. They are aspirational houses to own and all are well kept. Between the Golf club and the Station are the most desirable and more expensive end.
Corbets Tey Road again is a busy road but all the house have garages and off road parking. Most have double glazing and the road noise cannot be heard once inside or in the back gardens. These house again are all well maintained and most have been improved by way of extensions etc. They are typical of housing stock that the 'average' Upminster homeowner would buy as a forever family home and I would recommend looking at them. The Springfield Estate off Corbets Tey Road near the shops is especially nice and the housing stock are mock Tudor 3 or more bedrooms interspersed with large detached bungalows in tree lined roads which many regard as the nicest part to live on. Prices start at 500k upward (even for 2bed bungalows)
ST. Mary's Lane would be my third choice.
BAttery on iPad running low, I'll add more info later.
#38
Thanks! I'll wait for your full comments. Just wondering if admin can allow me send a pm...would like to send some info.
#39
Thanks! I'll wait for your full comments. Just wondering if admin can allow me send a pm...would like to send some info.

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