Why move to Hornchurch?

If you’re looking to move out of the city but still need to be within easily-commutable distance to London, Hornchurch is for you. Its laid-back feel, coupled with its excellent transport links, make it highly desirable among city expats. With plenty of green spaces to boot, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to live in Essex. 

Properties are generally geared towards families – think 1930s semis and Victorian terraces. Currently, you should expect to pay around £450,000 for a house, or £275,000 for a flat, although the latter are hard to come by.

Take a look at the current properties for sale in Hornchurch or read on for more reasons to move here. 


Things to do in Hornchurch

The town’s beloved Queen’s Theatre puts on regular shows – at least eight a year – and its 500-seat capacity means that securing a ticket is far easier than in London’s West End.

For teenagers, there’s a skatepark (that’s even listed) and a sports’ centre, as well as the usual High Street fare. Younger children will love the range of indoor play centres in the town, as well as the spacious outdoor playground at the Hornchurch Country Park.

Eating and drinking in Hornchurch

Foodies are well-catered for by Hornchurch. The town has many options for dining out, including pubs, high street chains and even a traditional pie and mash shop.

What are Hornchurch’s nearest towns? 

Closest to Hornchurch are Upminster and Elm Park, although Romford, Brentwood and Ilford are all easily accessible via public transport. 

Schools in Hornchurch

Perhaps the main draw for Hornchurch are the quality of its schools, which are each rated as Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, with very few exceptions.

Property prices in Hornchurch

Houses: average £450,000

Flats: average £250,000 – £275,000

Transport links into London and elsewhere 

Situated just 15 miles north of central London, Hornchurch is a haven for commuters. Both Hornchurch and nearby Elm Park and Upminster are at the end of the District Line (Zone 6), each taking around 40 minutes to get into the centre of London. By car, Hornchurch is just a few miles from the M25, making it easily accessible from London, Surrey and the home counties.

Jet-setters will be happy to learn that Hornchurch is well-served by not one, but two airports – London City and Southend, each less than 30 minutes away by car.

What you may not know about Hornchurch… 

Some of the street names – Tempest Way, Robinson Close, Sowrey Avenue – are named for the town’s noted war veterans who shot down Zeppelin airships in the First World War.

Famous residents

Hornchurch has been home to many a sporting great, including Frank Bruno, Tony Adams and Frank Lampard. Other famous residents include the author Jilly Cooper and singers Ian Dury, Billy Ocean and Imogen Heap.

Fancy a move to Hornchurch? Our local Douglas Allen branch can help. Get in touch today and we’ll keep you posted about the latest properties as soon as they become available.