The Ultimate Guide to living and working in Richmond

Richmond Insights
Richmond History
Population of Richmond
How much does a house cost in Richmond
Renting in Richmond
Richmond Crime Rates
Getting Around Richmond
Schools in Richmond
Shopping in Richmond
Top 10 things to do in Richmond

 

Richmond Insights

Richmond is a small town that is situated in zone 4 of south west London. Unlike the majority of London, the residents of Richmond enjoy lots of open parks and spaces as well as the protected conservation area of Richmond Hill. The town of Richmond also benefits from good schools and grand homes and of course plenty of job opportunities being in a London borough but all the benefits of living in Richmond come at a price. It will take you around 40 minutes to reach the centre of London if driving from Richmond and around 30minutes via train.

 

Richmond History

The town of Richmond dates back to the 16th century when Henry VII built Richmond Palace which was located on the former Palace of Shene which was burned down by a fire in 1497 and it was during the building of Richmond Palace the town took on its new name. Around 150 years later Richmond Palace was destroyed with the building materials being used elsewhere but some evidence of the palace remains such as the Gatehouse.

Richmond was famously painted in 1820’s by none other than JMW Turner of the view of the Thames from Richmond Hill is still one of Richmond’s most beautiful sights today and is the only protected view in Britain.

It wasn’t until the mid 1960’s that Richmond was absorbed by greater London as it had up until then resided in the county of Surrey.

Arts and Culture in Richmond

There is plenty to do and see if you’re looking to get a fix of arts and culture in Richmond. There are a total of nine art galleries; eight museums and even one cultural centre no less! The Landmarks Arts Centre is housed in a Grade II listed building that was designed in a French Gothic style. Here you’ll find a mix of activities for adults and children alike, a performing arts programme consisting of a wide range of music and local artists and photographers work! Other museums include the Museum of Richmond, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and London Museum of Water and Steam.

 

Population of Richmond upon Thames

The most recent data available indicates that there were 196,904 people living in Richmond upon Thames mid-2018 which is just 2.21% of London. Homelessness and child poverty are significantly lower in Richmond in comparison to the rest of London. Furthermore, there is a far greater percentage of green space in Richmond at 57% compared to all other London boroughs which have significantly less.

 

House Prices in Richmond

As we mentioned earlier, living in Richmond comes at a price which is why you’ll often bump into well-known celebrities and millionaires in the area. The average property sells for just under a million in the Richmond area, over the last 12 months there were 1,702 sales with the average price buyers paid standing at £962,252. However, Zoopla estimate the average value of a home in Richmond to have increased at £968,708 with a positive value change of 8.23%.

Detached House Prices in Richmond

Of the 143 sales that took place over the past year the amount detached houses sold for in Richmond were a whopping £1,831,501! Zoopla reported a positive value change of 10.93%.

Semi-Detached House Prices in Richmond

383 sales occurred for semi-detached homes over the last 12 months in Richmond with buyers paying £1,156,321 on average, again there was a positive value change of 10.95%.

Terraced House Prices in Richmond

If you’re after a terraced house in Richmond, you’ll still be expecting to fork out almost a million pounds as the average amount the 651 buyers paid for their home was £904,467 over the last 12 months. Again, Zoopla reported a positive increase in value change of 11.66%.

Flat Prices in Richmond

Flats in Richmond are a bit more affordable in comparison to other dwellings with 523 buyers paying £537,073 for their flat over the last 12 months. This figure is still far greater than the UK average property price which is £231,855 and still higher than the average property price in London which stands at £485,794 as of March 2020.

 

Renting in Richmond

According to home.co.uk the average property rents for £2,098pcm in Richmond with the median rent coming slightly under at £1,599pcm. A room in Richmond will set you back around £600pcm, a flat £1,794pcm and a house a whopping £3,894pcm.

Is Richmond a Nice Place to Live?

As we discussed earlier, Richmond is one of the most affluent areas to live in London, the mix of lots of outdoor space, good schools and plenty to do all within a stone’s throw away from central London make Richmond one of the most sought after areas to live in the UK. The protected sights of the River Thames surrounded by meadowland at Richmond Hill is a great place to get some fresh air with family and friends as well as exploring nature in the lower Richmond Park it is hard to believe you are so close to the centre of London. Yet there is also a busy town centre packed full of high street favourites, independent shops and an array of cafes and restaurants.

 

Is Richmond a Safe Place to Live?

Yes, in fact Richmond is the third safest city in London out of all the 33 towns, villages and cities that make up Greater London. Last year in 2020 it was reported that 62 crimes were committed per 1,000 people which is a huge 41% lower than the overall rate for London which is 87 crimes per 1,000 people. Looking at the UK in general, Richmond upon Thames manages to achieve being in the top 10 for the safest cities in the UK. However, nowhere is 100% safe and crimes are still committed within the borough; take a look at our Home Security Guide here for some great tips on keeping your home safe and secure.

 

Travelling in Richmond

There are 15 train stations within the Richmond borough so getting around and to and from other destinations couldn’t be easier. The trains are served by South West Trains and go through zones 3-6 with the most central in Richmond is Richmond Train and Tube Station.

 

Schools in Richmond

There are 69 primary schools, 29 secondary schools and 22 schools/colleges that offer 16-18 year education in Richmond upon Thames. 28 of these schools and colleges achieved a Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’. There were only four schools that were rated ‘Requires Improvement’ and impressively no schools or colleges received a rating of 4 which is ‘Inadequate’. All remaining schools and colleges achieved a rating of ‘Good’ or were unrated due to them being independently run schools. Find out more here: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=default&table=schools&region=318&la-name=richmond-upon-thames&geographic=la&for=ofsted&page=2

University in Richmond upon Thames

As you can imagine, being in a London borough there are plenty of university options in Richmond right on your doorstep. It includes campuses for Kingston University, University of Roehampton, St. Mary’s University Twickenham and Richmond University – the American University in London.

Best Places to Eat in Richmond

According to reviewers on Tripadvisor these are the top three places to eat in Richmond.

  1. La Dolce Vita – an Italian
  2. Sidra – a Lebanese restaurant
  3. La Plata Steakhouse – a Latin restaurant

 

Shopping in Richmond

There are plenty of shopping areas within the Richmond district that offer a good mix of high street stores and independent shops. There are plenty of high street and designer shops along George Street in Richmond and just a bit further out is Kew Retail park which houses Next, TKMaxx and Gap to name a few.

Places to Stay in Richmond

The top rated places to stay in Richmond upon Thames according to reviewers on booking.com are as follows:

  1. Orange Tree – located in the centre of Richmond with comfortable, modern rooms and a gastro pub! Overall it has a rating of 8.8 out of 10!
  2. Richmond Riverside – these apartments overlooking the riverside and gardens come with all you need for a short break in London. If you don’t fancy cooking in the kitchenette there is a restaurant and bar available as well as bicycle hire! Overall it has a rating of 8.9 out of 10!
  3. Petersham Hotel – this hotel offers luxury with views over the Thames and meadows in rooms that reflect its history as it was built in 1865. There is also an award-winning restaurant onsite offering fine British cuisine! Overall it has a rating of 8.6 out of 10!

 

Top 10 Things to Do in Richmond upon Thames

  1. Richmond Park
  2. Kew Gardens
  3. Richmond Bridge
  4. Ham House
  5. Kew Palace
  6. Temperate House
  7. Great Pagoda
  8. Marianne North Gallery
  9. Princess of Wales Conservatory
  10. Treetop Walkway

Need a Locksmith in Richmond Upon Thames?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Richmond upon Thames Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Richmond upon Thames provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

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