Area Guide: The popular Fleetville area of St Albans

The average house sale in Hertfordshire takes 193 days from an offer being accepted to completion. Picture: Archant

Glenferrie Road, Fleetville. - Credit: Archant

The family-friendly Fleetville area of St Albans is beloved by locals for its vibrant high street and sought after state schools. We found out more about this popular neighbourhood...

It’s easy to see why new arrivals to St Albans from London feel drawn to Fleetville, with its cosmopolitan mix of shops and restaurants.

The area, which begins a short stroll down Hatfield Road from City station, feels more like the capital than any other part of St Albans, with its rows of period homes and relatively diverse community mix.

Hatfield Road Methodist Church, Fleetville. Picture: Jane Howdle

Hatfield Road Methodist Church, Fleetville. Picture: Jane Howdle - Credit: Archant

Fleetville has a couple of mosques sitting alongside its Methodist and C of E churches and its grocery shopping options are similarly varied, with the Asian Food Store and Al Barka Mini Market offering foods that aren’t available elsewhere in St Albans.

There’s also a large Morrisons supermarket and a well-stocked Tesco Express, as well as a post office, many barbers and hairdressers, a florist, a vet, an optician, a bakers and a handful of charity shops, among many other amenities.

The housing market has ground to an enforced halt. Picture: Jane Howdle

Arthur Road, Fleetville. - Credit: Archant

Once a manufacturing hub, Fleetville was home to the likes of Ballito, which made stockings, and Nicholson & Co which made raincoats.

The Beaumont Works building on Sutton Road was built to manufacture AJ Nicholson’s raincoats, while the houses on neighbouring Hedley Road were constructed as homes for the tailors who worked for him.

The factory has recently been converted into flats and is now known as Beaumont Gardens.

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Housing

Fleetville is made up of a mix of housing, mostly terraced and semi-detached homes, many of which are Victorian or Edwardian. Parking can sometimes be tricky.

From the cosy terraced houses on Albion Road to the large detached properties on Woodstock Road North, there’s no shortage of family homes on offer, but they tend not to be cheap.

Crime rates across Herts are among the lowest in the country. Picture: Archant

Woodstock Road North is well placed for Fleetville Infant and Nursery School. - Credit: Archant

Properties currently on the market in Fleetville include a one-bed flat on Hatfield Road for £240,000, a two bed terrace on Arthur Road for £495,000 and a five-bed semi on Harlesden Road for £1m. 

Transport links

St Albans’ main City station isn’t far away, but those living on or east of Ashley Road may prefer to cycle in as walking to the station could still take close to half an hour.

The M25, the M1 and A1(M) are very close by, meaning easy driving north and south. There are also frequent bus services along Hatfield Road and the nearby Alban Way is popular with cyclists and joggers.

Schools

Fleetville Infant and Nursery School and Fleetville Junior School were both rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted at their last inspections. The large, three-form entry schools are located off opposite sides of Hatfield Road, within a short walk of one another.

There's also St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Primary School and Nursery ('outstanding'). 

Many 11-year-olds progress to the ever-popular – and also ‘outstanding’ – Beaumont School, while Verulam School (‘good) is a sound alternative for boys. A small number of girls attend in the sixth form, as part of the BeauSandVer consortium with Beaumont and Sandringham schools.

Another option among Fleetville residents is Samuel Ryder Academy ('good'), an all-through school taking children from four to 19. 

Eating and drinking

With so many pubs and restaurants along Hatfield Road, a night out needn’t mean a trip into town.

Viento coffee shop is a popular new addition to Hafield Road. Picture: Jane Howdle

Viento coffee shop is a popular new addition to Hafield Road. Picture: Jane Howdle - Credit: Archant

The Rats Castle is popular among locals who appreciate its strong games tradition – it has its own darts team – and its refusal to be gentrified.

The Crown appeals to a wider mix of clientele, with its Sunday roasts, craft beers and weekend breakfasts.

Hatfield Road is home to a wide range businesses, including Nonno's pizzeria. Picture: Jane Howdle

Hatfield Road is home to a wide range businesses, including Nonno's pizzeria. Picture: Jane Howdle - Credit: Archant

Oasis Mediterranean restaurant continues to do well, while Nonno’s Italian and Souvlaki City Greek restaurant are a pair of popular alternatives. The Fleetville Larder and Viento café mean locals also have a couple of good places to grab a cuppa and a bite to eat.

Meanwhile, Room for Dessert offers all the pudding options, from waffles to pancakes and hugely popular cookie dough.

This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead

This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden (www.frosts.co.uk/branches) - Credit: Archant


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