Iver and Iver Heath are located in Buckinghamshire but are on the edge of Greater London for that elusive blend of countryside calm and urban connectivity. It’s quick and easy to swap Iver’s green fields for city lights with an already excellent rail service to London, set to improve with the arrival of Crossrail in 2019. If you want a completely different change of scenery, Heathrow is less than 6 miles from the village.
Lights, camera, action! Iver is home to the world-famous Pinewood Studios, where movie stars mingle with top producers. Here 21 stages and 3 TV studios are responsible for some of the best-known shows and films in the industry – including the James Bond franchise. Heatherden Hall, a Victorian mansion house built in a Georgian style with formal gardens, sits at the heart of Pinewood and is available for events and weddings. Also of period note is Iver Grove – a distinguished 18th century Grade I listed Palladian-style mansion; Coppins – the former family home of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and the Grade II listed Georgian mansion, Iver Lodge.
Transport in Iver
Iver train station is well used, with a speedy service to Ealing Broadway (17 minutes) and Paddington (27 minutes). Rail travel is set to improve when Crossrail is operational, with the Elizabeth line drastically cutting travelling times. The journey to Bond Street will reduce from 48 minutes to 26 minutes, Liverpool Street from 1 hour to 33 minutes, Canary Wharf from 1 hour 8 minutes to 40 minutes and Reading from 31 minutes to 25 minutes. Jet setters and airport workers are less than 6 miles from Heathrow – an approximate 17 minute road journey, with the M4 and M25 also in close proximity.
Property in Iver
Properties for sale in Iver never stay on the market for long, especially those in the heart of the village, as this falls in the conservation area that protects the many 15th, 16th and 17th century houses that are still used residentially. In terms of desirability is the Richings Park estate, where you’ll find some substantial four and five-bedroom family homes. If you’re in the market for a statement address, don’t overlook Slough Road and Firs Close in Iver Heath, where there are some wonderfully unique detached residences. The fringes of Iver often yield homes in more rural settings, with converted farm buildings and cottages with land not uncommon. In contrast, new build apartments for sale in Iver are available periodically, usually the result of clever conversions.
Living in Iver
Many families choose to live in Iver as it falls within the catchment of a number of grammar secondary schools, including Langley, Upton Court and Burnham. Also appealing are the 530 acres of Black Park. It remains one of the most popular places to go in Iver, with its lake, café, weekly 5K Parkrun and Go Ape high ropes activity centre. The park has been used a number of times by neighbouring Pinewood Studios for outdoor filming, so if you have seen Poirot, Midsomer Murders, any of the Harry Potter movies or the James Bond films Goldfinger and Casino Royale, you may recognize the landscape. Iver and Iver Heath are both self contained villages, each benefiting from a primary school, a Post Office and local shops. If walking to a ‘local’ is important, look no further as there are a number of restaurants and pubs in Iver and Iver Heath so you can leave the car at home.