Hertfordshire’s ‘mini Hollywood’: new Help to Buy flats for sale near EastEnders set and celebrity-packed village of Elstree

Elstree & Borehamwood train station in Herts, 20 minutes out of St Pancras on the Thameslink service, is the first stop beyond the postal districts of north-west London.

The expanding Elstree film and TV studio complex ensures a busy and varied flow of travellers and “reverse” commuters who head back to London after the working day. BBC’s EastEnders is made there.

In its Fifties and Sixties heyday, Elstree was a “mini Hollywood”, with The Dam Busters and Lolita among the studios’ hits.

Glamour and affluence shaped the local property market and to this day Elstree village and the town of Borehamwood attract celebrity home buyers.

Britain’s Got Talent creator Simon Cowell grew up in Elstree where his father Eric, an estate agent, sold homes to screen legends such as Stanley Kubrick.

But not all homes are big budget. Fairwood Place in Borehamwood centre is a scheme of 78 smart flats moments from the train station. A show home has just been unveiled.

Two-bedroom flats, some with garden terraces and wraparound balconies, cost from £465,000.

The low-deposit Help to Buy equity loan scheme is available. Call 020 8108 1373.

Hertsmere Mews, a bigger project on the fringe of the town, includes three-bedroom houses priced from £565,000. Call 0333 202 5178.

From £465,000: flats near Elstree at Fairwood Place, Borehamwood

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