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    • Lukesamg7
    • By Lukesamg7 8th Jan 18, 2:27 PM
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    North London house buying areas advice
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    • 8th Jan 18, 2:27 PM
    North London house buying areas advice 8th Jan 18 at 2:27 PM
    Hi All. Hoping for some advice from seasoned Londoners
    We’re looking to move to ‘North London’ by that the areas we’re considering are(by tube stop):
    East Finchley
    Tufnell Park
    Holloway Rd
    Belzies Park
    Chalk Farm
    St Johns Wood
    Swiss Cottage
    Finchley Rd

    2 main Q’s:
    1) How safe are each of those areas, from most to least safe, by that I mainly mean how comfortable you’d feel walking around the area mabye in the dark or late at night? Where are the crime hotspots to avoid?

    2) Amenities: Which areas have a reasonable number or nice pubs, restaurants, local shops for food shopping etc

    3) Relaxing and greenery: Which of these areas would be most relaxing to live in and which have a nice green suburban feel to them and aren’t that busy.

    Of course I understand in any big city that there mabye isn’t a general rule that x place is nicer than Y place because quite often you can be in a ‘bad’ area and then walk 5 minutes one direction and you’re in a good area.

    Idea is that we’d start a family at some point so thinking longer term would like an area that is safe and relaxing for us and safe to bring up a young child.

    Many Thanks in advance
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    • BBH123
    • By BBH123 9th Jan 18, 8:13 AM
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    Such a shame you won't consider Muswell Hill as I loved the village feel , the open spaces, family orientated and I was a stroll away from all the bars / restaurants. I commuted into Islington and didn't find it a problem, park at East Finchley.

    I lived in East Finchley prior to that and it was on the 'up' but a bit of a dreary high street when I was there ( about 10yrs ago )

    Finchley itself was becoming busier and busier and Highgate and Hampstead were totally out my price range but would have been first choice, particularly Hampstead with Muswell and Crouch End second.

    Islington , Holloway, archway,kentish town were no no's for me.
    • Gazzafatcityboy
    • By Gazzafatcityboy 9th Jan 18, 10:07 AM
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    I've lived in East London, North London and now Hertfordshire. It really does depend on what you want and your budget. In north London we were living in Friern Barnet just from North Finchley and it was amazing. There aren't many houses that come up for sale much but it has everything you need. There are several schools around and green spaces. Buses come every ten minutes and you can easily get to arnos grove, bounds green stations. In addition, woodside park is very close also. There is large tescos near by and lots of greenery too.Me and mrs always felt safe in the area no matter what time it was. We would regularly walk around after 9pm to the shops. you don't hear police sirens every five minutes like you would in East London. If you want something a bit more affordable I would suggest checking out Welwyn Garden city or Hatfield (depends where in both), we have a three bedroom house with two bathrooms for less than 400k. The commute cost is more at around 400 per month but you do get your own place with lots of space plus probably a garden and garage. For Friern Barnet the cost for a house would be close to the million mark I would have thought.
    • t0rt0ise
    • By t0rt0ise 9th Jan 18, 10:23 AM
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    Avoid Chalk Farm!
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 9th Jan 18, 10:32 AM
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    For Friern Barnet the cost for a house would be close to the million mark I would have thought.
    Originally posted by Gazzafatcityboy
    Indeed, and this is true (and then some) for all the prime North London locations.

    The price of houses (I assume that this is what the OP is looking for) varies hugely around London and the Home Counties, as do transport and amenities.

    Amongst the list of locations, Hampstead and Highgate are premium, the other southern-most areas have nice bits and rougher bits, and the further north you go, the cheaper(*) and quieter it gets.

    (*) All things are relative, and £750,000 gets you a fairly ordinary 3-bed Semi in East Finchley, or for two-thirds of that you can buy a larger house in many parts of leafy SE London.
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    • Lukesamg7
    • By Lukesamg7 9th Jan 18, 12:39 PM
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    Thanks @bbh123 really helpful.
    Yea Muswell Hill would be great but we work in London Bridge and Oxford Circus so commute is better from other options.
    • Lukesamg7
    • By Lukesamg7 9th Jan 18, 12:40 PM
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    Thanks gazza, great ideas but Barnet would be too far a commute for us.
    • Lukesamg7
    • By Lukesamg7 9th Jan 18, 12:41 PM
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    @cornucopia - plan is 2 bed flat for £500k approx.
    Would rather a flat than a house.
    • mrsjanebanbury2009
    • By mrsjanebanbury2009 9th Jan 18, 12:54 PM
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    I've lived all over North London (Finchleys, Golders Green, Cricklewood, Hendon, Edgware) but have now lived in East Finchley for three years and I love it, It has a much greater sense of community and is more villagey than the other Finchleys. We have a second hand book shop, a brilliant grocer/greengrocer, great pubs, a wet fish shop, butchers and a fantastic cinema (The Phoenix). The Archer Academy is, I understand, a very good school and the tube station is in Zone 3. And you're in walking distance of Hampstead Heathh.
    • joshiesaunt
    • By joshiesaunt 13th Jan 18, 4:30 PM
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    Greenwich? 9 minutes from London Bridge via overground.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 13th Jan 18, 5:02 PM
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    Somewhere not on your list.
    • fowlerboxes
    • By fowlerboxes 13th Jan 18, 6:08 PM
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    I lived in most of the areas on your list but ended up at an area not on your list which I recommend you have a look at. Alexandra Park is a backwater, quieter and cheaper than most of the areas you are looking at but only 10 mins walk to Muswell Hill, with local shops, good schools, plenty of green space and a BR station so 20 mins into Old Street, Moorgate ,Kings Cross.
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