With direct trains to London Marylebone taking as little as 22 minutes, this up-market town is a dream for many commuters. Gerrards Cross is considered very affluent with an aesthetically pleasing High Street boasting an array of independent retailers that sell top-notch goods, quality ladies clothing, luxury gifts, and local food. If you add into the mix a choice of incredibly well-regarded state and public schools, you can see why so many move from London to this picturesque small town.
Gerrards Cross is undoubtedly a desirable place to live and is often referred to as ‘mini Hollywood’ due to its celebrity residents who have included Cilla Black, Paul Daniels, Val Doonican, Fern Brittan, and more recently a whole host of well-known footballers. People move here for a more relaxed pace of life than in London and often because house prices are more affordable than Central London.
Gerrards Cross Transport Links
The centre of London is 22 miles down the A40 which runs by the edge of the town. The M25 and M40 are within 3 miles and Heathrow is 14 miles away.
From Gerrards Cross station (Chiltern Railways) you can be in Marylebone in a mere 22 minutes. The line also serves Aylesbury, Wycombe, Bicester, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Birmingham. Amersham and Chesham have tube stations which provide a link to Baker Street (zone 4) on the Metropolitan Line. Gerrards Cross remains an ideal commuter location.
Gerrards Cross Schools and Education
In Buckinghamshire primary schools are good, many rated outstanding, secondary education is fully selective so all children sit the 11+ for grammar school entry unless they are opt-out. There are 13 grammar schools which are a big attraction to young families moving into the area and some well thought of non-selective too.
There is a state primary school as well as several independent schools in Gerrards Cross, which is also served by the Chalfonts Community College in Chalfont St. Peter. The top three highest rated schools in the area are Beaconsfield High School, Dr. Challoners Grammar School for Girls, and Dr. Challoners Grammar School for Boys.
Out and About in Gerrards Cross
There are many wonderful, open green spaces to enjoy in Gerrards Cross, including East and West Common which are much loved by residents and extensively used for recreation and dog walking. The children’s playground is always busy and the football pitch is well used at weekends. The Common and many of the splendid houses around it are part of a special conservation area.
The town has a busy High Street with a wide range of shops, cafes, and restaurants and there are a large Tesco and Waitrose.
As well as the Gerrards Cross Golf Club, there are many others in the area including the world-famous Stoke Park Golf Club in Stoke Poges, just a couple of miles away.
Gerrards Cross is on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there are some gorgeous walks, pubs, and villages to explore.
Gerrards Cross also has its own Everyman cinema in the centre of the village.