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HARLOW – a sprawling new town with a mix of affordable housing for first time buyers and larger family homes and Victorian cottages.
Harlow is situated in the west of Essex. The new town, on the border with Hertfordshire, occupies a large area of land on the south bank of the Stort Valley. In contrast, Old Harlow is a village-size suburb established in the medieval age. Most of its buildings are early Victorian and residential, mostly protected by one of the Conservation Areas in the district.
Since its establishment to ease overcrowding in London after the Second World War, Harlow New Town has undergone much expansion. One of its main features remains the vast number of green spaces that separate housing estates. More than 30 per cent of homes in the town are social housing. Harlow is also an outer part of the London commuter belt.
Harlow has two railway stations; Harlow Town and Harlow Mill. Both of these stations have trains to London Liverpool Street station and Cambridge. There is a bus service to Epping tube station on the London Underground Central Line.
Harlow is reached from junction 7 of the M11, within a short distance of Stansted Airport, the A120 and the M25 motorway. Running through the town is the A414, from Hertford to Chelmsford and linking the town with the A10 to the west.
Local areas of note are the Lee Valley Park, the Gibberd Garden and Henry Moore Foundation. Harlow boasts more than 100 public sculptures on show around the towns and its passion for the arts is strengthened with Harlow Playhouse. This is home to two theatres and several studios and bars. There is also no shortage of modern shopping areas around the town. There are several hotels in Harlow, from popular chains to independently run country houses.
Harlow has six state secondary schools including Stewards Academy, Mark Hall Academy, Burnt Mill Academy and the BMAT STEM Academy. Harlow College provides sixth form education options.
Many estate agents and letting agents cover Harlow and Old Harlow and surrounding villages and can be found in Harlow town centre.
Harlow New Town
Harlow New Town comprises accommodation that was built in the sixties and seventies, and the area has all the amenities you could need from a town. A 2 bedroom flat in Dadswood, close to the town centre, can be had for £1,000 per month; while a 2 bedroom flat in Edinburgh House, a revamped Conran-design residential block, is at £1,200.
Old Harlow is popular for families who want more attractive housing, often with large garden areas in a location that has more of a historical, small-town feel. A large 4 bedroom semi in Old Harlow can be rented for around £1,600 per month and newer, 2 bedroom apartments here will be approximately £1,200 per month.
Matching Green is a quaint Essex village less than 5 miles from Harlow with just the essential amenities such as a pub, village green, and few local shops. There are very few properties to rent in Matching Green, but, when available, a 3 bedroom cottage could cost around £1,500 per month.