Epping Forest District
The Local Area
Epping Forest combines modern, connected living on the fringes of London with ancient history, heritage and bustling market towns. Epping itself is located in the heart of the district. Surrounded by rolling fields and forest, it is sometimes hard to believe it is situated only 12 miles from Central London.
Beyond Epping itself, there are many more places to live and visit. Waltham Abbey is a historic town and the final resting place of King Harold. In Greensted, you’ll find the oldest wooden church in the world, dating back to the 11th Century. For a faster pace, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill have a diverse retail and night time economy, while the West End of London is only 35 minutes away by Tube. For an even faster pace still, there’s the Lee Valley White Water Centre or our historic council-owned North Weald Airfield.
The Quality of Life
Epping Forest is a great attraction to the local area. This special area of conservation stretches from London up into the heart of the District - made up of more than 50 distinct areas of woodland, grassland and other habitats which, together, span 2,400 hectares.
Located on the edge of London, Epping Forest District has always been an attractive destination – and many of its finest homes today were originally built in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. At the same time, the area has grown incrementally and there are also many modern houses, making it an ideal location for families. There are a number of good schools in the area and house prices are lower than in London.
You may be living outside London, with a forest on your doorstep, but there is still the infrastructure you need to get about. Epping sits outside the M25 but it is also one of only a handful of places beyond the M25 served by the London Underground. From Epping there is an excellent Central Line service to Liverpool Street (38 minutes) and Oxford Circus (48 minutes). This makes the commute into and out of London manageable.
Of course, the connections are not just about the Tube. In Epping Forest, you’re not far from the M25 and M11 and close to Stansted Airport too.