Richmond upon Thames: get to know your new borough

Richmond upon Thames makes the perfect home for anyone looking for plentiful green spaces and great connections to wider London. The plethora of leafy areas and wildlife hotspots make it a fantastic destination for nature lovers, and for people who simply want a better quality of life.

It’s also home to the renowned Richmond Park, where you’ll find London’s iconic populations of Red and Fallow deer. There are also quite a few famous faces living in the area, including David Attenborough who once described Richmond as “his favourite place on Earth”.

The area offers an excellent quality of life for its residents. People living there can expect some of London’s best council services, sporting facilities and community spirit. Whilst property prices are higher than average, the additional benefits of Richmond make the extra costs more than worth it.

Whether you’re moving locally or abroad, we will ensure your Richmond removal is as carefree as possible. We are Santa Fe Relocation, your one stop moving company. We make moving home easy for you.


Richmond upon Thames: a brief history

The area now known as Richmond didn’t exist until King Henry VII had a palace built there in the 16th century, named after his ancestral home at Richmond Castle in Yorkshire. After its construction, a village soon surrounded the palace and took its name. Despite the emerging population, much of Richmond remained as agricultural land through to the 18th century.

From here onwards, Richmond developed into one of the capital’s most desirable locations and a bridge was built between it and wider London. You can still cross this bridge today which, like the many Georgian townhouses, is a listed building.


Richmond highlights

• One of London’s “happiest boroughs to live in”
• Convenient connections to central London
• Popular with families
• Home to London’s largest Royal Park
• Highly rated schools to choose from

Get to know the area before you move, and find the areas of Richmond you love most, with our Area Orientation Service. We do more than just house removals, we offer full solution moving services, to ensure you have the easiest moving experience.


Things to do in Richmond upon Thames

Richmond has an exciting and varied number of places and attractions to keep you entertained. From great places to eat, museums and theatres, to strolls around Richmond Park watching the deer, there really is something here for everyone.

Natural attractions in Richmond include the fantastic London Wetlands Centre. Here you can discover endangered water voles, adorable resident otters (make sure to check out the otter feeding sessions) and hundreds of different species of migratory birds.

Arguably the crowning jewel in Richmond’s crown is Kew Gardens, a spectacular place to visit during the warmer months of the year. Its Temperate House, a Victorian glasshouse, is the biggest in the world and houses thousands of rare plant species.


Housing in Richmond

Housing in Richmond is at a premium, as with all popular London locations. You will pay a higher price per square foot, but homes here come with prestige and the benefits of living in a premium location. Houses sell for an average of £4 million plus, and a luxury apartment will be around £2-3 million.

There are a variety of homes available in the area: from mansion sized Victorian homes, luxury apartments and penthouses, and more modest terraced homes. Whether you like modern architecture or Georgian and Victorian design, you are sure to find your perfect aesthetic here.

If you would like help finding your perfect home in Richmond-upon-Thames, our Home Search service is for you. Our experts take away all the stress, creating a short list of homes matched to your exacting needs. At Santa Fe Removals, we make moving home easy for you.


Family life and education in Richmond upon Thames

Richmond-upon-Thames is very popular with families, due to the large number of great schools. It also makes a lovely place to raise children: with large family homes close to excellent outdoor spaces.

There are 52 schools in the Borough, with the quality of the State schools here being a real draw to families. The primary schools here are particularly popular, with many of them routinely receiving outstanding Ofsted reports.

The top Richmond primary schools:
• Alexandra Park
• Tetherdown Primary
• Muswell Hill Primary
• Rhodes Avenue
• Coldfall Primary

House prices in the area are heavily influenced by their proximity to the most sought-after schools, and the catchment areas for each state school. If you prefer independent schools, there are some great private schools in Richmond and nearby Hammersmith.

For help with finding the perfect school for your family, try our School Search Service. We shortlist the best schools that match your requirements, and even help you through the application process.


Richmond – Travel information

Richmond benefits from exceptional travel links, making it very popular for those who work in the city. Situated on the South Circular road, its quick and easy to reach the M4 and M3. There is also a good bus route that runs directly to Terminals 4 and 5 at Heathrow Airport.

Richmond Station runs a great number of services. You can reach Waterloo from Richmond Station in under 23 minutes. The tube services from Richmond (Zone 4) are very good, with frequent trains running along the District Line, and easy links to the Victoria Line by changing at Vauxhall.


How can Santa Fe Relocation help with your move to Richmond upon Thames?

As a moving company, we have provided and enabled exceptional moving journeys for over 120 years. We coordinate with a global network to create local bases of knowledge, giving us an unparalleled understanding of the areas we move to. Our specialists have the expertise to make your move to or from Richmond a seamless experience.

Providing moving services of unrivalled quality is just one part of what we feel makes a successful move. Perhaps you want to keep things in storage before your Richmond removal? Our secure storage facilities are a great option. We can keep your belongings safe in our London warehouse, which has 24/7 CCTV and professional on-duty staff at all times.

Alongside our storage solutions, we offer our customers a stress-free shipping process. Wherever you need things moved to, we can provide air, road and sea freight shipping services.

When it comes to surveying your home before your move, we can provide a home video survey for your convenience. Our talented surveyors will ensure everything in your home is properly accounted for. If you require a specific service for your Richmond removal, don’t hesitate to ask our team and they’ll work to find a solution.

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