May 02, 2017
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Whether you like to be right in the heart of the action with buzzing bars and cafes, or you prefer a quieter pace of life, there’s something to suit everyone in North London. There’s also an area for every budget, with some hefty price tag areas and other much more affordable areas.
Check out our guide to the best areas to live in North London to help you narrow down your property search.
Highgate feels like a world apart from the hustle and bustle of central London. As the name implies, it’s perched upon a hill (North Hill), high above the city at the north-eastern corner of Hampstead Heath. It’s well-known for its beautifully leafy streets and abundance of lush green spaces, as well as its characterful old pubs, some of which date back hundreds of years to when Highgate was a rural village rather than part of the UK’s capital city. Highgate has a real village feel, and all the sense of community that comes with that.
Although it’s in Zone 3, it’s well-connected to central London, with two underground stations (Highgate and Archway) within a short walk of central Highgate, making it perfect for commuters who would prefer to live in an area that offers a little peace and quiet. The underground lines make it quick and easy to travel into the city centre, with journeys to Liverpool Street, Leicester Square and Bank all taking just over 30 minutes.
All this comes with a price, however – it’s one of the most expensive areas of London in which to buy a property, with the average house price just shy of £1.3 million. The village is mostly made up of historic buildings, including Georgian houses and Victorian terraces, although there are some more affordable new-build properties on the market as well.
In the past, Finsbury Park had a reputation as being one of London’s rougher areas. However, it’s seen significant regeneration over the last few years, making living in Finsbury Park a popular choice for those looking to buy an affordable property.
Located in north London by the park of the same name, it’s long been a diverse cultural area, home to well-established Turkish, Ethiopian and Cypriot communities, as well as recent graduates and young families who flock to the area for its reasonably priced housing options. The park makes it the perfect choice for families, as there are 110 acres of land to explore, with football pitches, tennis courts and a boating lake within its grounds.
Located in Zone 2, Finsbury Park is ideal for commuters to the city centre, with Finsbury Park tube station covering both the Piccadilly and Victoria lines, as well as train links to nearby suburban towns like Cambridge and Welwyn Garden City.
The houses in Finsbury Park are mainly Victorian terraces, although there are also a number of new-builds, and some former local authority houses. Average property prices currently come in at just under £600,000.
West Hampstead is an area located within the borough of Camden, in north-west London. Overshadowed by neighbouring Hampstead, West Hampstead is just as lovely – but the property comes with price tags that are slightly smaller. The area has the feel of a close-knit community, with charming local shops, bakeries and cafes lining the charming West End Lane, one of the area’s main hubs.
The area’s in Zone 2, with the tube station on the Jubilee Line offering easy commuting to the city centre. It takes just 30 minutes to travel from West Hampstead to London Bridge, 35 minutes to Liverpool Street, and under 20 minutes to Bond Street. The overground station also offers good transport links, as it’s on the Richmond to Stratford line, and the station is served by Thameslink trains which go to Brighton and Gatwick Airport.
Average property prices in West Hampstead come in at just over £850,000, and properties are mostly Victorian and Edwardian houses.
Islington is a largely residential district, within the borough of the same name. It’s well-connected, with three tube stations in the area: Angel on the City branch of the Northern line, Caledonian Road on the Piccadilly line, and Highbury & Islington on the Victoria line. There are also multiple stations serving overground trains, namely Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, Highbury & Islington and Canonbury. Travel into the city centre couldn’t be easier, and it’s also a pleasant 30 minute walk if you’d rather avoid the hustle and bustle of the trains.
It’s a popular area with affluent families and city workers, and the majority of the houses date from the Georgian and Victorian periods. There have also been a number of recent developments along Regent’s Canal as well as at the City Road and Wenlock canal basins, which offer a more affordable option for those looking to purchase a flat rather than a family home. One-bedroom flats are particularly popular in this area.
Islington is a vibrant area to live, with plenty of things to see and do. Upper Street is the hub of the region, with plenty of restaurants, bars and independent shops in which to spend your hard-earned cash.
Camden is well-known for its famous markets, but there’s much more to this bustling area to make it one of north London’s best areas to live. It has a rich literary and cultural history, and at just a couple of miles north of central London, it offers a fantastic location for home buyers who want to be centrally located, but live in an area that has a unique charm.
Houses in Camden are diverse, with everything from Victorian townhouses to former council houses, as well as modern flats. The area is extremely well connected to central London and beyond, with Camden Town station serving the Northern Line, and an overground station at Camden Road, as well as plenty of buses to locations all over the city. It’s also just a 20 minute walk into the city centre!
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