What Makes This Area So Special?
The Ongar area attracts many people looking to combine country living with a great commuter friendly location.
Essex is full of some incredible locations, from bustling towns to country villages. If you’re thinking about moving to the Ongar area, then you’re certainly not alone. It’s hugely popular with prospective buyers, thanks to its history, great schools and picturesque location. Before you move somewhere it’s always a good idea to find out more about the area – so this guide will tell you everything you need to know about The Ongars.
The Ongars are great for foodies – you’ll find some of the most popular restaurants in the county here. Smith’s of Ongar is a local gem that’s famous for its fantastic fish dishes. It’s also got a great drinks menu for those who like a little tipple after their dinner. Cucina Italiana serves up some great Italian cuisine – and has a great value lunch menu too. If it’s a light bite you’re after, then head to Scott’s, a café that’s so popular you’re lucky to get a seat sometimes. There are plenty of local pubs where you can enjoy food and drink too.- The Green Man & Courtyard and The King’s Head are the stand out options.
Things To Do
There’s plenty to see and do in the Ongar area. The Epping Ongar Railway is a great way of seeing the scenery from a unique setting – and it’s host to fun-themed events like a murder mystery evening, a 1940’s weekend and the ever-popular real ale festival. The picturesque ancient high street in Ongar is full of independent shops where you can pick up some great purchases – and the stunning buildings and bustling atmosphere make it a great place for an afternoon stroll.
A Rich History
To get a sense of what makes Ongar so special though, it’s important to look back at the past too. The area is home to some historically important and stunning listed buildings, particularly in High Ongar. Cucina Italiana, which we’ve mentioned already, is one of these – it was formerly a pub and the building dates back to the 17th century. Another pub with a listened status is the Forrester’s Arms. The Church of St Mary the Virgin is Grade I listed, which gives you an idea of just how significant it is to the history of the area.
Setting Up Home
An area that’s both historically valuable and currently vibrant is going to attract plenty of interest. Ongar is also popular with Essex commuters who can reach London quickly from the Central Line station in nearby Epping.
So how much does a home in the area cost? A quick look at one of Ongar’s estate agents shows that currently (May 2016) potential buyers can expect to pay around £380,000 for a semi-detached home, while flats will cost them something like £175,000. Ongar’s average property price of £344,844 is typical of the area, with nearby Kelvedon Hatch having an average price of £361,478.
Will You Make The Move?
If you’re thinking of relocating to Ongar, you’re definitely not alone. It’s a place that has it all after all – countryside charm that’s a short distance away from the capital. So if you think that sounds a place you could call home, don’t delay! This special part of Essex is home to some incredible properties, one of which could be your forever home.