Ware has been included in the South East category of The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live in Britain list for 2016 [subscription required].
How amazing is that?
Our town features alongside the likes of St Albans, Oxford, Marlow, Reigate, Sevenoaks and Windsor. Windsor!
The list was published in yesterday’s Sunday Times – you can check it out here [subscription required].
The panel describes Ware as ‘something of a forgotten area on the Hertfordshire property scene’, pointing out that we, ahem, lack some of the ‘WAG cachet’ of other villages on the Herts/Essex borders.
But we scored points for having a well-preserved period High Street, access to the lovely Lea Navigation, closeness to the likes of Hatfield and Harlow and the presence of GSK.
‘Hertfordshire charm without the bling’, apparently.
More general criteria applied by the judges included things like crime rate, school performance, life expectancy and house prices.
We also like to think that our awesome community events, the award-winning Ware In Bloom initiative and lively food & drink offerings also scored brownie points.
Of course, the listing is ultimately about property, pointing out that three-bedroom period semis go for around £400k.
So, all in all, not a bad way to start the week – We should all be very proud!
Thanks to Nigel Lomas photography for the picture used in this article – discover more of his work at www.hertfordphotos.com.