Moving to Surrey – Esher and Claygate
Are you moving to Surrey – Esher and Claygate? As long as there have been commuters, Surrey has been a popular place to live. The combination of its proximity to London, its convenience for the capital’s main airports and, originally, its pretty countryside has always attracted City workers. Over the years the so-called ‘stockbroker belt’ has become increasingly built up but it still represents a hugely appealing option for those who don’t want to live in Town.
Esher and Claygate are both located in the town of Elmbridge in Surrey. Esher is a very prosperous area, largely suburban in character and lies on the A307, Portsmouth Road. The famous Sandown Park Racecourse lies in the town near the station. Claygate, a suburban village is the only civil parish in the borough of Elmbridge. Claygate is primarily residential and has a small number of offices, outlying farms and two modest shopping areas: the Old Village, and the Parade.
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Living in Esher
The outlying suburb of London, Esher is bounded by the A3 Portsmouth Road and buffered by the Esher Commons. Esher is bisected by the A307, historically the Portsmouth Road, which for approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) forms its high street. Esher railway station (served by the South West Main Line) connects the town to London Waterloo.
George Harrison of the Beatles had a house (called Kinfauns) in Esher, during the 1960s. The other Beatles were regular visitors to the house, and Harrison’s primitive home recording studio.
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees also owned a house called The Firs in Esher, during 1970s-2004 and sold after his death. This is where the hit single “Juliet” was written and recorded by Maurice & Robin for brother Robin’s solo album project in the 1980s.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, placed the murder of fictional character, Mr. Garcia, in and around Esher in his Sherlock Holmes mystery, “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge”. In the mystery, Dr. Watson described his and Sherlock Holmes’ arrival in Esher by stating, “It was nearly six c’clock before we found ourselves in the pretty Surrey village of Esher, with Inspector Baynes as our companion.”
Esher has a mix of state and private schools. There are four state primary schools across the area of Esher, Hinchley Wood and Claygate. Esher Church of England High School is the state secondary school in the town of Esher. Hinchley Wood School in Hinchley Wood has been an Academy since February 2012. Hinchley Wood is also one of the Further education establishments in the area. Esher College is in nearby Thames Ditton.
Esher has a local (roughly county-level) farmers market held on one Saturday every month, moving forward one week each month. Vendors sell locally sourced produce and two riverside farms on the edge of town, one with large shop and grow-your-own are open to the public. A light smattering of small businesses, particularly in construction and landscaping pervades the town. A large hospice in Esher serves North Surrey, with field staff providing relief to cancer patients.
Esher West End hosts an annual flower show and the Hampton Court Flower Show is nearby.
Living in Claygate
Claygate, a relatively small area between the M25 and Kingston-upon-Thames, may have its name from the clay pits in the village that provided bricks for a large surrounding area including some of Hampton Court Palace. Claygate’s development chiefly was in the 60 years after the construction of its railway line and station (on the New Guildford Line); the station opened in 1885.
The village has its own parish council. Apart from an interweave of streets with Esher, Claygate is surrounded by woodlands and open countryside, including Claygate Common, Princes Covert, Winney Hill, Surbiton Golf Course, Telegraph Hill, Littleworth Common and Arbrook Common.
Claygate has a large and diverse selection of shops and restaurants for its size of development, having two main centres: “The Parade” and “The Old Village”. “The Parade” is the larger shopping area. It starts at Claygate railway station and continues through The Parade itself into Hare Lane.
There are many cafes and coffee shops in the area as well as fine restaurants ranging from Greek to Bangladeshi. Most shops in Claygate are family-run, independent businesses. Claygate has six public houses and one of the annual village traditions is a Boxing Day tour of these by Morris Dancers.
Claygate Village Association has been at the heart of the village since 1946. The Association is a non-political charity which, with a large number of volunteers, organize some of the key village events; the Christmas lights, The Claygate Music Festival, the Claygate Gardens Trail, Claygate in Bloom and for the first time in 2014, the Claygate Spring Festival.
There are a large number of local clubs, community groups and sports teams including Claygate Cricket Club and Claygate Royals Football Club. A major annual event is the Claygate Flower & Village Show which takes place on the Recreation Ground in late July each year.
Previous residents of Claygate include “Python” Terry Jones “Rolling Stone” Ronnie Wood and presenter/actor Michael Aspel.
From Claygate railway station; the journey to a London terminus takes, at its fastest, 29 minutes, the station also provides direct access to central Guildford, London Road, Guildford, Surbiton and Wimbledon. Guildford provides a number of other direction routes as does Clapham Junction. Claygate is also served by the K3 Bus to Esher, Kingston and Roehampton Vale.
Relocating to Surrey
With an easy commute to London and great amenities, you know you want to live in Surrey but you’re not sure how to narrow it down? If you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with good knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
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Average Monthly Rent - Esher
Average Monthly Rents - Claygate