With another lockdown in place, it is vital people find the time to exercise safely. If you need to exercise outside, you will benefit from living close to a park or open space.
This isn’t always the case in London, but of course, not all parts of London are the same. Hornchurch is a hugely appealing area of London, and if you are looking for a fantastic park on your doorstep, St Andrew’s Park is a fantastic option.
Find a reliable green space close to home
The introduction to St Andrew’s Park on the local council website is as follows;
“St Andrew’s Park covers an area of 7.5 acres. The park is mainly set to grassland on a slope that falls on a gentle gradient to the north. The park has a hard surface path that runs around the perimeter, allowing year-round access. In the south east corner, a disused tennis court has been converted into a child’s marked roadway for cycling.
The park has a number of formal features on the southern side, such as play area, multi-use games area and an outdoor gym surrounded by formal planting.”
It is interesting, and pleasing, to note that St Andrew’s Park won a Gold Award in 'Park of the Year', London in Bloom 2019. This is a clear indicator of the high quality of the park, and if you are looking for a great open space in and around Hornchurch, this is likely to be a suitable option.
You will also find no shortage of parks and open space in Havering. The local council website takes great pride in listing the top 25 parks in the local area! There are some parts of London that would struggle to compile a list of its five best parks, so it is fair to say Hornchurch and Havering residents have a lot to like in the local area.
Green space is important in the housing market
This is just as well, as many property market professionals have spoken about the increasing need for green space.
Michael El-Kassir is the managing director of GRE Assets, and he said; “With the imposed lockdown restrictions meaning people have spent much more time at home this year, we believe this has led to a distinct rise in the number of people seriously considering their next property move. Low interest rates, the existing Help to Buy scheme and stamp duty incentives, have also created a sense of urgency.”
Michael continued by saying; “The pandemic has been a wakeup call for prospective buyers and renters, who have reassessed their priorities when looking for their next home. Not only are they spurred on to make the leap from London, they also recognise the importance of having access to green space, whether that is nearby parks, balconies, terraces, and gardens.”
Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist commented: “The latest RICS survey provides firm evidence of a strong uplift in activity in the housing market which should help support the wider economy gain traction over the coming months. More of a concern is the pick-up in prices which could intensify issues around affordability in some parts of the country. Disaggregated data shows demand generally to run ahead of supply.”
Simon also said; “Meanwhile the results provide a further pointer to more substantive changes taking place in household behaviour in the wake of the pandemic. Increased demand for properties with garden and near green spaces has if anything increased since we tested the water in May.”
If you are keen to stay in touch with the local housing market, we can help. At Hunters Hornchurch, we are on hand to ensure you receive all the guidance you need in the local property market, and we are here to assist you.