The North London Property Guide
With just-released Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures as reported by The Telegraph indicating that London house prices dropped by 1.2% during October, now is surely as good a time as any to take a fresh look at the north of the capital and what it offers to prospective property owners.
North London is an imprecisely defined and extremely diverse area of the UK, and despite concerns about a continued lack of affordability, still offers plenty of opportunity to those looking to buy after selling a probate property through a service like ours here at Probate Purchasers.
From Alexandra Palace, Arnos Grove and Bloomsbury to St Pancras, West Green and Wood Green, wherever you look in North London, there are fine areas and dwellings to catch the eye - so what do you need to know if you are interested in buying property north of the river?
Areas with a rich heritage of creativity
Many areas of North London that are now seeing spiralling house prices - including Islington, Finsbury Park, Holloway and Stoke Newington - have rich historical associations with artists and radicals, many of the graves of whom are now to be found in the historic Abney Park Cemetery.
While these areas aren't as creatively edgy as they once were, they still have much to offer to cultural connoisseurs. Attractions include theatres like Islington's Almeida, the renowned dance venue Sadler's Wells in Clerkenwell and the eclectic and amusing Stoke Newington Literary Festival.
Islington and Highbury are admired the world over for their pretty Georgian terraces and garden squares, while Stoke Newington and Newington Green are more associated with Victorian homes. Tottenham and Holloway are perhaps the best areas to look for value, with nearby attractions including Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium.
The best areas for village and family life
If it's more of a family feel that you are seeking for your next North London locality, it's hard to beat such destinations as Crouch End, Highgate, Muswell Hill, Hornsey and Wood Green. These areas combine imposing red brick Edwardian properties with Georgian and Victorian homes and even many appealing 1920s and 1930s Art Deco and later Modernist properties.
These are definitely the areas to look if good state and private schools, top-quality amenities and gorgeous high streets make up your dream locality, with the many young professional couples and families also appreciative of beautiful open spaces ranging from Alexandra Palace to Highgate Wood.
Indeed, if open spaces are a priority for you as a North London house-hunter, such areas as Southgate, Finchley and Palmers Green in the very north offer wonderful refuges from the hustling-and-bustling inner city, offering some of London's finest golf courses and woodland parks. Large Victorian and Edwardian homes are abundant here, although the likes of multi-million-pound mansions and 20th-century grand detached houses and modest semis can also be found.
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