Highgate offers sweeping open spaces, quaint village shops and picturesque Georgian and Victorian homes to Londoners’ who want to escape from a busy city life. However, living in the N6 postcode doesn’t mean that you need to disconnect from the rest of the capital; a tube service on the Northern Line takes you directly to major parts of central London within 20 minutes.
Popular areas include Oakeshott Avenue which houses the sought after Holly Lodge Estate, a row of Victorian mansion flats, and Highgate Hill, where you will find tastefully presented homes originally built in the 16th century.
Highgate dates all the way back to 1354, so it’s no surprise to see a range of properties from many different eras. Expect to see well-presented period home, quaint cottages and modern apartments that still manage to blend in with the area effortlessly.
Popular areas include Oakeshott Avenue which houses the sought-after Holly Lodge Estate, a row of Victorian mansion flats, and Highgate Hill, where you will find tastefully presented homes originally built in the 16th century.
Rents for a one bedroom property average around £1,520 per month, while two bedroom properties command an average of £2,060. Three bedroom properties average £3,080 and four bedroom-and-up properties are usually on the market from around £3,415.
The village, known as the main shopping street, is more akin to a small countryside town. That’s no bad thing though, as it offers an exuberance of charm not found in many other London postcodes.
There is a prominent pub culture in the form of many high-end gastropubs, as well as more traditional public houses. The Duke’s Head is well known for its craft beers, while The Flask has a history which dates back centuries – they certainly have experience in pouring a good pint.
Sunday is often a busy day when it comes to lunchtime in Highgate, with many families flocking to the area to enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch at places like The Bull & Last, which was recently voted as one of the best places to have a Sunday Roast in London by the Evening Standard.
There are a few shops and restaurants located within Highgate, however, even the Tesco local looks more like a village shop than it does a chain supermarket. Yet it’s the independents that really shine through. Whether it’s a local book shop, hand-crafted items at a jewellery store, or a boutique children’s clothes shop, the local community comes to life with Highgate’s independents.
Highgate’s location just 4.5 miles from Charing Cross means this sleepy village is well connected to the hustle and bustle of London. A convenient Tube station on the Northern Line allows residents of Highgate direct access to important London areas such as Bank, Angel, Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Euston and King’s Cross.
Highgate Cemetery, which has become a tourist attraction thanks to its beautiful Gothic architecture, adds to the sense of history in the area. The of the open spaces of Hampstead Heath are also located in Highgate and offer over 790 acres of green fields and meadows. Highgate Woods is even more unkempt than the Heath and is ideal for outdoor pursuits.
It’s hard to replicate the vibe offered by Highgate anywhere else in the capital. If you want to enjoy a peaceful, quiet area that is ideal for a Sunday afternoon stroll or relax at a cafe, you should give serious thought to the idea of making a property in Highgate your next home.November 23, 2016 rentonomy Moving to the Capital