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Stansted – a transport hub built from medieval times with a selection of modern apartments and large family homes.
Stansted, a village in northwest Essex near the Hertfordshire border, is probably best known as the site of London's third airport. However, there has been a settlement there since medieval times. Properly named Stansted Mountfitchet (Stansted meaning "the place of the stone"), it has the remains of a mott-and-bailey castle. Sitting between London and Cambridge, it is popular with people travelling to those two cities. It is also a gateway to unspoilt countryside and Essex villages such as Clavering and Manuden.
The village is served by its own railway station, from which trains run south into London Liverpool Street and north to Cambridge, and is two miles from Stansted Airport, linked to the capital by express trains and an express bus service. Trains stopping at Tottenham Hale connect with the London Underground's Victoria Line.
The M11, running from Wanstead in east London to Cambridge, skirts Stansted, connecting with the village and Bishop's Stortford at Junction 8.
Stansted Airport handles over 27m passengers each year. It offers a European route network which is unrivalled in the UK, providing London with more visitors from Europe than any other airport.
The village has a small number of shops, with many more in Bishop's Stortford. Local attractions, apart from the castle remnants, are the House on the Hill Toy Museum, a restored windmill and the Aubrey Buxton nature reserve.
For sports enthusiasts, there are a few gyms, football pitches, a tennis club and a cricket pitch.
Stansted Mountfitchet has three primary schools (Bentfield Primary School, St Mary's (C of E) Primary School and Magna Carta Primary Academy), and one high school, Forest Hall. Additionally, there are highly rated schools in Bishop's Stortford, including the Hertfordshire and Essex High, Hockerill Anglo-European College, St Mary's Catholic School and the independent Bishop's Stortford College.
If you are planning to buy a property in Stansted, there are three estate agents in the village. For mortgage advice and surveyors you may find more options on PropertyHeads.
Property prices in Stansted Mountfitchet have been climbing steadily, though marginally below those in neighbouring Bishop's Stortford. A 2 bedroom flat in Silver Street costs £300,000; a 1 bedroom flat in the same neighbourhood will sell for £150,000. A 2 bedroom bungalow near the station costs around £400,000. A 5 bedroom detached house in leafy Brook Road will go for £800,000.
A neighbouring, smaller village is Quendon. This is a quaint Essex village, with very few amenities but lots of green space. If you are looking for larger properties in close proximity to Stansted, a 7 bedroom property with extensive grounds in Quendon can be had for just under £4m.