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What Makes Golders Green Such a Great Place to Live?

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017

We’ve been helping people to buy and sell property in Golders Green for many years, and we’ve seen the effect this neighbourhood has on those who visit it. Newcomers are invariably struck by the friendliness of the people they meet, and the sense of community that holds everyone together. We believe that there are few places in the country quite like Golders Green, and that no matter who you are, you’ll find a home here. You might think that’s just our local bias talking, but there’s plenty of reasons to think Golders Green is a great place to move - you’ll have to live here to truly understand, but here are a few points why we think you can’t do better than buying a house in Golders Green. 

A multicultural mixing-pot 

All too often, small towns near London are swallowed up by the great tide of commuters. There’s little local flavour to them, and it’s hard to discern a real character. Golders Green, however, has a real identity all of its own that’s impossible to ignore, brought about by the mixing of many different cultures. Golders Green is home to a large Jewish community, and one of the largest kosher hubs in the UK, meaning that there’s no small-town insularity and conflict; everyone’s comfortable living and working with those of different beliefs.

As well as the thriving Jewish heritage in Golders Green there’s also a growing community of Japanese and Southeast Asian families, with many local supermarkets and restaurants catering to them. If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, Golders Green’s got some of the finest food there is!

Since the 1970s there has also been a strong African community in Golders Green, much of it made up of the descendants of refugees from Idi Amin’s regime. The Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA) are regularly held in the El Shaddai International Christian Centre, highlighting the multicultural nature of Golders Green.

As a cohesive community, Golders Green is a fantastic example of different cultures co-existing. As such it is a great place to live, and especially to bring up children; what better way to give kids an open mind than to raise them with friends from many different backgrounds? As a side benefit, there’s a huge number of excellent restaurants and food suppliers from places as far away as Korea, Iran and Malaysia.

Never running out of things to do

Another common problem with suburban living is a lack of unique things to do; many small neighbourhoods lack much in the way of entertainment or activities, but Golders Green is very different. There’s an almost endless supply of places to visit, not even counting the attractions of London itself (which is a short drive or Tube journey away). Residents can play any number of sports, take the kids out for a day at the zoo or an indoor playhouse, take in some stately homes and local culture or visit the theatre. It’s true that Golders Green genuinely combines the peace and comfort of small town life with the culture and excitement of a big city!

 

Golders Green Park - just one of many green spaces in the area; source

 

Getting out and away from the city

Need to get away from it all and clear your head? Golders Green sits on the edge of London, and right beside the M1. This makes it child’s play to get out into green, clean countryside, and Golders Green residents can easily reach some of the finest natural areas in the UK. With the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sitting just a half-hour drive away, there’s no excuse to sit inside on sunny days.

If a longer break is what you need, Golders Green is also well-placed to access international flights from Luton Airport, which is just a 30 minute drive away. There’s nothing quite so freeing as coming home from work and hopping directly onto a flight out to some sunny corner of the world, and living in Golders Green gives you the means to get (almost) anywhere your imagination desires!

 

The magnificent Chiltern Hills, just a 30-minute drive up the M1 from Golders Green; source

 

Living and working in Golders Green

These are just the first few things that come to mind when we think of Golders Green; the fine food, the friendly people, the many things to see and do . . . however, there’s still plenty to explore, and we’re more than happy to show you the best parts of our neighbourhood. If you’d like to find out more about Golders Green have a quick look at our Area Guide, or if you’d like to take a look yourself simply get in contact with us directly.

Roundtree Real Estate