Certain areas in north London have always been more popular than others. Hampstead, Camden, Primrose Hill, Muswell Hill, Angel & Islington, Highgate and St. John’s Wood to name a few have are London hotspots.
These areas can command a rental premium, putting many people off the idea of moving to them. However, there’s a new crop of areas springing up in north London that are starting to garner attention.
Recent regeneration has breathed a new lease of life into many pockets of the N postcode, while others are being discovered by a new generation altogether. So, read on and find out which of our picks are helping to define north London.
Less than 10 years ago Colindale barely even registered with many as an area. It’s only claim to fame being that it was the former ground to a Royal Air Force airfield. Thanks to some serious regeneration over the last seven years, Colindale has become a hub for brand new residential developments. There is also a spate of shops and restaurants popping up in the area, while a Northern Line Tube station has direct links to central London in less than 30 minutes is another appealing factor.
One bedroom properties average just over £1,200 per month in Colindale, while two beds average £1,575. Most of the homes in the area are brand new, with developments Beaufort Park, The Pulse, TNQ and Colindale Gardens all constructed within the last few years.
This N8 postcode is becoming the go-to place for many young professionals wanting to enjoy trendy cafes, relaxed bars, independent boutiques and unique restaurants. Amidst the hustle and bustle of London, Crouch End offers an escape to a more relaxing way of life.
The average price for one bedroom properties is £1,365 per month, while two bedroom and three bedroom properties command an average of £1,790 and £2,310 respectively.
Originally somewhere to be avoided, Finsbury Park has risen to become a funky area with a focus on creativity. It also happens to be home to one of London’s most popular festivals, Wireless Festival. The area also offers residents a nice combination of period conversions and new developments.
One bedroom properties average around £1,255 per month, two bedroom properties average £1,625, and three bedroom properties are around £2,040.
Another area that has shredded its negative reputation, Harlesden’s selling point is its diversity and an excellent selection of cuisines from all over the world. The influx of Brazilians over the years make it one of the best places in London to enjoy some truly scrumptious South American meats. Many of the period conversions offer a type of charm that is often only afforded to London’s most expensive areas.
One bedroom properties average £1,475 per month, two bedrooms average £1,865, and three bedrooms average £2,580 per month.
Located nearby popular areas Angel & Islington, Canonbury is slightly more residential which has made it a popular choice for families who want quieter surroundings but can still be within easy access to the liveliness afforded by Angel. The area is known for its Victorian villas and quaint village shops and has an Overground line with good access around London.
One bedroom properties average £1,920, two bedrooms average £2,675, and three bedrooms average around £3,300.
Stoke Newington is proving to be very popular, whether you’re enjoying the lively bars on Church Street, the local independent record shops, bustling restaurants or the delightful antique stores. Think Shoreditch combined with Portobello Market and you’re not far off.
The average price for a one bedroom property is around £1,390, while two and three bedroom properties command an average of £1,880 and £2,515 respectively.
The Forum, now sponsored by O2, has been a centrepiece of Kentish Town since 1934 when it was originally built as an art deco cinema. Since the mid-1980s it has been a music venue where artists such as Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna have performed. It just so happens that the high street is lively too, with pubs, bars and restaurants helping to create a vibrant atmosphere.
One bedroom properties average £1,700, two bedrooms average £2,370, and three bedroom properties average £3,190.
And there you have it: these are the areas currently lighting up north London. If you want to know which area fits your personality, why not try our ‘where to live in London’ widget?November 2, 2016 rentonomy Moving to the Capital