As the debate about air pollution near schools continues, highlighted by Public Health England's latest campaign to consider banning cars near schools, parents may do well to consider moving to a home within walking distance of local schools.
Company director Usman Khan, 39, purchased a five-bedroom house for his family of four children at London Square Chigwell Village, a gated oasis of family homes set around landscaped gardens, within walking distance of the highly regarded Chigwell School and the local state primary.
The co-founder and chief technology officer of a fintech company, Usman fell in love with Chigwell because of its countryside feel with lots of recreational activities and areas for walking as a family, as well as proximity to the Central Line to commute to inner London.
One of the major benefits of London Square Chigwell Village was its proximity to highly regarded schools – an issue of high importance to Usman with his son who is about to go to secondary school. Chigwell School, an independent school, is a nine-minute walk from Chigwell Village, and the popular Chigwell Primary Academy is also a short walk away.
The home is perfect for everything we wanted – we didn’t want something that needed a lot of work and where everyone could have their own bedroom. Chigwell Village delivers that and has the added benefit that it falls within the catchment areas and is within walking distance of our preferred schools for our children – The Chigwell School and Chigwell Primary Academy.
Chigwell, with its historic village centre, independent boutiques and restaurants, is a popular destination for people moving out of London, surrounded by open countryside - yet still on the Central Line. London Square Chigwell Village has proved a big hit with families, with its private gated collection of four and five bedroom homes in a range of architectural styles by award-winning developer London Square. Chigwell Village has enviable transport links, with easy access to the M11 and North Circular, two train stations and the London Underground Central Line close by, with fast links to the City.
The development is now more than 75 per cent sold. On Saturday 13 April, London Square will be showcasing The Cadogan, a five-bedroom, four bathroom home with high-end specifications throughout, featuring a stunning master bedroom suite with dressing room, and an expansive, open plan, entertainment and living space, with a sleek Siemens kitchen. Bi-fold doors open out on to a private terrace and garden for stylish al fresco dining.
Chigwell has become one of the most desirable locations in Essex’s affluent Golden Triangle, aligned with Loughton and Buckhurst Hill. With a village feel, traditional local pubs, and surrounding woodlands and Tudor architecture, Chigwell feels rural, without being remote. It sits in London’s green belt and is bordered by Greater London’s most expansive open space, Epping Forest, as well as historic Hainault Forest to the south.