With approximately 90,000 inhabitants, Hemel Hempstead is considered a relatively ‘new town’ and offers a variety of properties and localities.

Town Centre

The main town centre has a fantastic range of shopping facilities in the ‘Riverside’ shopping centre. Shops here include a large Debenhams department store, TK Maxx and many other well-known high street shops incorporated in a pedestrianised area. A number of new modern housing developments and executive apartments have been built with the convenience of the town centre on their doorstep. There is also a good variety of attractive 1930’s and Victorian properties on the edge of the town centre.

Old Town

The ‘Old Town’ has a typically traditional village feel to it with mostly Victorian and older properties making up the housing stock. St Mary’s church has been at the heart of the Old Town for over 850 years and the high street has a selection of small shops plus a good choice of pubs and restaurants.

Boxmoor Village

The delightful Boxmoor village area is close to the mainline Hemel Hempstead train station making it a popular location for commuters who can get to London Euston in just over 30 minutes. The housing in Boxmoor comprises of original older Victorian properties together with more recent executive and family houses.

Leverstock Green

Leverstock Green is ideally situated for access to the M1. The housing here is mainly made up of large detached family homes, many of which back onto open fields and have sizeable gardens.

New boroughs

Mainly built during the 1960’s and 1970’s, the boroughs of Adeyfield, Bennetts End, Grove Hill, Woodhall Farm, Highfield, Nash Mills and Gadebridge are now well established areas within Hemel Hempstead. They offer the greatest choice of properties from one bedroom starter homes to established family homes and prove very popular locations with buyers who are trading up or down the property ladder.


The area of Felden is regarded as one of the most desirable locations in Hemel Hempstead with large, mature properties that often back onto woodland. Properties here tend to be particularly popular with buyers who move out of the city for an ‘escape to the country’.



Apsley is one of the newest developed areas in Hemel Hempstead. Popular with commuters, it has its own mainline train station with a fast service in London Euston in under 30 minutes. Here the properties are based around the grand union canal and many have stunning waterfront views. This is a lively area with properties ranging from one bedroom apartments to the popular four bedroom townhouses.
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Transport links

Hemel Hempstead is ideally situated for London commuters with a train journey to Euston taking just over 30 minutes. Hemel Hempstead railway station is located a mile south of the town centre in Boxmoor. It is on the West Coast Main Line and there are frequent services between London Euston and the Midlands operated by London Midland, with additional direct services to South Croydon via the West London Line operated by Southern.
Hemel Hempstead is also close to strategic roads – the M25 motorway that rings London and the M1 motorway that connects London to the Midlands and northern England.


With a population approaching 90,000 Hemel offers a wide selection of state and independent schooling from infant through to secondary schooling.
There are six state maintained secondary schools in the town:

  • Adeyfield School – Business and Enterprise College
  • Astley Cooper School – A Specialist College for the Visual Arts.
  • Cavendish School – A Specialist Sports College
  • Hemel Hempstead School – A Specialist Performing Arts, Maths & Science School
  • John F Kennedy Catholic School – A Specialist Technology and Modern Foreign Languages College (Roman Catholic)
  • Longdean School – A Maths and Computing Academy

There are also independent (fee-paying) schools in, or adjacent, to the town:

  • Abbot’s Hill School – a day and boarding school for girls
  • Lockers Park School – a day and boarding school for boys aged 5-13
  • Westbrook Hay School – a co-educational school for children aged 3-13

In addition there is a West Herts College Campus based in the town centre.
A list of schools taking children of primary age is at primary schools in Dacorum.