Why live in Epsom?

 

Epsom offers a wide choice of property; large, impressive Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses, Twenties detached and semi-detached houses, Victorian cottages, modern town centre flats and new developments.

Epsom falls into three postcodes — KT17 to the east includes parts of Ewell and Stoneleigh, while KT18 to the south includes Tattenham Corner, Headley and Langley Vale, and KT19 to the north-west includes parts of Stoneleigh, Horton and Longmead.

Until their closure in the late nineties/early 2000s, Epsom was home to the “Epsom Cluster”, a group of five large Victorian/Edwardian psychiatric hospitals, on the north-western edge of town. Over the last 12 years five new estates — Manor Park, Livingstone Park, Clarendon Park, Elements and Noble Park — have been established on the site, providing 1,850 new homes. The mix is one of restored hospital buildings and new roads of houses.  

There are a number of conservation areas, the College and Burgh Heath Road areas boast large Victorian and Edwardian properties and Ewell Downs Road and Higher Green both have large detached properties built in the 1920s and is a highly sought after area.

The area is popular among families as Epsom & Ewell has a selection of excellent schools for all age groups.  Due to the broad range of properties the local market easily enables upsizing to accommodate a growing family.  Equally with its many Victorian cottages and apartments both in the town centre and throughout, the area is popular for first time buyers and buy to let investors.

Schools
Almost all of Epsom’s primary schools are judged “good” or better by the Ofsted education watchdog. Southfield Park in Long Grove Road; the very popular Wallace Fields Infants and Juniors in Dorling Drive and Wallace Fields; Ewell Grove Infants (ages three to seven) in West Street, and West Ewell Infants (ages four to seven) in Ruxley Lane.

There are three comprehensive schools — one for girls, one for boys and one co-educational. Rosebery (girls, ages 11 to 18) in White Horse Drive, and Glyn (boys, ages 11 to 18) and Blenheim High (co-ed, ages 11 to 18). There are also grammar schools in nearby Sutton and Kingston.

Nescot on Reigate Road is a large further education college that is rated “good” by Ofsted. Epsom College(co-ed, ages 13 to 18) in College Road is a leading private day and boarding school set in 84 acres of parkland with historic Victorian buildings.

Travel
Epsom is close to Junction 9 of the M25 connecting to Heathrow and Gatwick. Trains from Epsom station take 45 minutes to Victoria and 40 minutes to Waterloo. There are plans later this year to extend Zone 6 and for Epsom station to be included in the Oyster Zone. 

   Shops and Restaurants

The busy heart of Epsom revolves around the attractive clock tower, the Ashley Shopping Centre and the market. A general market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays, while there is a farmers’ market on the first Sunday of the month.

The town has a number of chain restaurants including Pizza Express, Café Rouge and Ask, The Canopy is an independently run restaurant in the Market Square. The Cricketers Pub on the outskirts of the town and The Derby Arms on Epsom Downs are popular pub/restaurants.

Leisure and the arts
Epsom has an Odeon cinema in the Upper High Street and the Epsom Playhouse Theatre in Ashley Avenue puts on a variety of entertainment including plays, music and comedy. Bourne Hall in the centre of Ewell Village houses the local museum.

Surrey is well-served for golf clubs and those nearest to Epsom are Horton Park in Hook Road, Epsom Golf Club in Longdown Lane South and the Royal Automobile Club in Woodcote Park. The Rainbow Leisure Centre in East Street is the local council-owned swimming pool and gym, other private gyms are David Lloyd club in Horton Lane and LA Fitness in Ruxley Lane. 

Open space
There are plenty of local open spaces for walking, riding and cycling. Epsom Common, where the first of the spa wells was discovered and adjoining Ashtead Common are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, lying to the west of the town centre.

The Thames Down Link, a 15-mile walking route, passes across the common on its pathway between Kingston and Box Hill. Horton Country Park is a 400-acre nature reserve with a children’s farm, a horse riding centre and a golf course. Epsom Downs and the racecourse are to the south of the town centre.

Rosebery Park is a popular garden park in the town centre, given to Epsom by Lord Rosebery. Nonsuch Park, a former royal hunting lodge in Ewell, was once home to Henry VIII’s most magnificent palace. The park is now dominated by a Georgian house, Nonsuch Mansion, which is a wedding venue and houses a small local museum.

 

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