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Hendon is a cosmopolitan, multicultural area that benefits from a relaxed pace of life and a wide range of attractive amenities. Hendon’s transport connections are excellent, with the M1 nearby and easy access to central London along the Northern Line.
Thanks to its diverse population, Hendon has some of the best restaurants in northern London, while its popularity with families ensures there is a good selection of schools.
While Hendon property prices have done well over the last few years, the area still represents a good-value option for renting or buying when compared against other parts of London.
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Hendon’s many attractions include Allianz Park, home of the mighty Saracens Rugby Union side, and the superb RAF Museum on the site of the former aerodrome, where you’ll find a vast collection of vintage and modern aircraft as well as many other exhibits.
Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre has a fantastic Tom Daley Diving Academy, while the nearby Brent Reservoir (also known as the Welsh Harp) has a sailing centre, cycling and walking paths, and is an important breeding site for many water birds. Not far from Hendon is the scenic Dollis Valley Greenwalk, 10 miles long and suitable for everyone from runners to young families.
The huge Brent Cross Shopping Centre in Hendon features over 100 big name high-street and boutique brands including All Saints, John Lewis, Apple, GAP, Foot Locker, H&M , Levis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Zara. For families with younger children there’s also Topsy Turvy World, a fun soft play facility.
Hendon has an excellent range of educational establishments on offer for families. We’ve put together a short list covering many of them below. When you view properties on our site, you can quickly see the distance between them and the nearest schools.
Danescroft Nursery, NW4 2NA
Hendon Campus Nursery, NW4 4BT
Hasmonean Pre-Nursery, NW4 2PD
Hendon Preparatory School Nursery, NW4 1TD
St. Joseph's RC Infants School, NW4 4TY
Parkfield Primary, NW4 3UB - OFSTED rating Good
Bell Lane Primary, NW4 2AS - OFSTED rating Good
Sunnyfields Primary School, NW4 4JH - OFSTED rating Good
Hasmonean Primary School, NW4 2PD - OFSTED rating Good
St Mary's Primary School, NW4 3SL - OFSTED rating Good
St Joseph’s RC Junior School, NW4 4TY - OFSTED rating Outstanding
St Mary's COFE High School, NW4 1AB - OFSTED rating Good
Independent Day Academy, NW4 2AH - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Hendon School, NW4 2HP - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Hasmonean High School, NW4 1NA - OFSTED rating Outstanding
With such a diverse population, it’s no surprise that Hendon has a fantastic offering of restaurants, cafes and pubs.
We highly recommend spending your weekend mornings along Brent Street, where the fresh aromas originating from various bagel bakeries are impossible to resist.
Hendon has a large Jewish population so of course you will find many kosher cafes and restaurants here, but there is also superb Chinese, African, Polish, Indian Japanese, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine on offer. The foodie scene in Hendon is always changing and it sometimes seems there’s a new place opening every month that has to be tried. Both White House Express (Kosher takeaways) and White Fish are favourites among the Roundtree team!
There are also many great pubs in Hendon whether you want to let your hair down, or a couple of quiet drinks with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. The Claddagh Ring is popular with students from Middlesex University, while the Hendon is probably the best sports pub in the area. The Beaufort is a contemporary place, great for celebrations and informal dining.
About 8% below the London average, Hendon property prices range from around £250,000 to around £3 million, with the average house price in Hendon nearing £515,000.
Rents in Hendon average at around £560 per week, which again is significantly below the London average of £647.
Buying property in Hendon can be a seriously good investment. Property prices in Hendon have increased close to 30% since 2014 and with improved transport connections and proposed regeneration plans of West Hendon, we expect to see this become even more of a desirable place to live in future.
Golders Green is one of the most desirable parts of London to live, especially for families looking to settle down. Golders Green has many different types of property available both to rent and buy, a tranquil ambience, fantastic schools and excellent transport connections. What’s more, when you move here you’ll quickly find that there’s a wealth of cultural and natural attractions on your doorstep.
Roundtree Real Estate have been helping people find a home in Golders Green since 2009, and we’d love to help you too. In Golders Green you might see handsome Victorian terraced houses, fabulous Art Deco mansions, stylish modern apartment blocks and rustic cottages all intermingled. Plus, in our experience, most property here although above London averages for purchase, does tend to be generously proportioned - perfect for those needing a little more space.
If you’re looking for a base from which to commute into central London then Golders Green will be very handy - it sits on the Northern line, while several bus routes going into and around the city depart from right next to the tube station. The North Circular is also very close, perfect for car drivers.
The Golders Green community is famously diverse. Though predominantly Jewish, there is also a sizeable Asian population, and in general it’s a great melting-pot of cultures - that leads to another thing that we love about Golders Green - an incredible foodie scene.
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There’s always a lot going on at nearby Hampstead Heath, covering 800 acres of which Golders Hill Park forms a part. There’s a walled garden, a bandstand for concerts, tennis courts and a croquet lawn, and even a little zoo with a colourful butterfly house attached. You’ll also find the famous steel dinosaurs created by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman here. Walk the dog here, or in either Big Wood or Little Wood.
The area has a lot of history - London’s first crematorium opened here in the early 1900s. ‘Dracula’ author Bram Stoker, singer Amy Winehouse and Sigmund Freud are some of those who have been cremated here over the years. There’s also the well-known Hampstead Garden Suburb, one of the most successful planned communities in the country, which was founded by philanthropist Henrietta Barnett. The Henrietta Barnett School in Golders Green is regarded as one of the best state schools in Britain.
Kenwood House, a beautiful neo-classical villa at the northern end of Hampstead Heath has a superb collection of art by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough and Turner on display. Tie it in with a woodland walk in the grounds, and don’t miss the very popular outdoor concerts held here in the summer.
If you’ve always wanted to tread the boards then there’s also a lively amateur dramatics scene in Golders Green, with regular performances in an open-air theatre.
Golders Green is particularly popular with families. A safe, relaxed area with plenty of open green space, it also has a number of excellent schools. Here are just a few of them...
All Saints’ CofE Primary School, NW2 2TH - OFSTED rating Good
Brookland Infant and Nursery School, NW11 6EJ - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Brookland Junior School, NW11 6EJ - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Garden Suburb Junior School, NW11 6XU - OFSTED rating Good
Rimon Jewish Primary School, NW11 8AE - OFSTED rating Good
Wessex Gardens Primary School, NW11 9RR - OFSTED rating Good
Henrietta Barnett School, NW11 7BN - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Most eateries in Golders Green are centred around Golders Green Road, and you will also discover many good independent places to try around Temple Fortune, with bagels and falafel a speciality - Florentin is particularly good and a favourite among the Roundtree team. We also recommend the mouthwatering breakfasts and sandwiches that can be had at Delisserie, while Carmelli and 19th century Grodzinski are famed for their baked goods. You’ll also frequently find Roundtree staff at Novellino on Golders Green Road, an excellent trattoria-style place known for its fish and dairy dishes.
An excellent cafe is attached to Joseph’s Bookstore, an independent bookshop with a notable collection of Jewish interest books. It’s also worth pointing out that if you like your Asian food, some of the best Korean food in London is to be found in Golders Green.
It has to be said that Golders Green doesn’t have a very wide selection of pubs - it’s very much a cafe culture here - but two that are definitely worth checking out if you enjoy a tipple are the 16th century Spaniards Inn (among the oldest pubs in London and once a haunt of Keats and Dickens) and the cosy Old Bull and Bush.
Homes in Golders Green are very in-demand, with an average property price of slightly over £1 million, some 70% more than the London average. Prices have risen around 3% since 2013. The average price of a flat tends to be around £580,000 and for a house it’s is £1.7 million. Most Golders Green properties, certainly those that we see, have between one and three bedrooms, though there are always plenty of larger homes available too. If you’re looking for a 4-bedroomed house in Golders Green for instance then you’d be looking at around £1.3 million as a starting point.
However, if you’re looking for rental properties in Golders Green then you’re in luck, as average rental prices are substantially below the London average, at around £580 a week.
Hampstead Garden Suburb is of course one of the most sought-after areas in Golders Green to live. Some very characterful early 20th century architecture has been built here, and it’s varied - cottages, large detached homes and beautiful properties with attention-grabbing art deco style. In fact many local residents enjoy just walking around the area on a weekend to get inspiration - especially along ‘Billionaire’s Row’!
Are you thinking of either buying or renting property in Golders Green? Why not get in touch with the team here at Roundtree Real Estate and we’ll be pleased to show you our current list and provide more details as needed.
Welcome to Finchley, one of the most picturesque areas of NW London and a favourite for everyone from families in search of top-performing schools, to commuters wanting a peaceful home life with excellent connections to central London only eight miles away.
In Finchley you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere, fantastic shopping and eating out, plenty of attractive green space and, as you would expect, a thriving property market with many superb properties arriving on the market every month.
Central London can be easily reached along the Northern Line, and the M1 and North Circular are not far away, allowing for stress-free connections across the capital and further afield.
Indeed although this area is increasingly sought-after, property prices are as yet still providing what we consider very good value. The average price of a flat in Finchley is around £425,000, while for a detached family home you would be looking at around £1.5 million. Generally speaking, central Finchley, with the postcode N3 tends to be the most expensive, while areas around good primary schools understandably see a lot of interest.
Like most other parts of London there is an incredibly diverse range of property styles in Finchley, including Mock-Tudor houses from the 1930s, towering blocks of flats that dominate the skyline and are much in-demand particularly among first-time buyers and couples, and stunning period mansions such as those found along The Bishop’s Avenue.
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Along Ballards Lane and the High Road you’ll find a wide selection of locally-owned boutiques, as well as high street brands. Most locals will do their weekly food shops in this area, with several supermarkets nearby such as Waitrose and Aldi. There is no shortage of car parks in the area either if you’re planning to drive in. The huge Brent Cross Shopping Centre, with over 100 well-known brands under its roof, is also very close by.
The Phoenix on High Road is one of the country’s oldest purpose-built cinemas, serving up a mix of contemporary hits alongside screenings of classic films. You can also catch a range of enjoyable cultural events at the Artsdepot, which has a diverse schedule of theatre, dance, comedy and kids’ shows.
If you love your golf then you won’t be disappointed in Finchley, with several well-regarded clubs in the area including the notoriously challenging course at Finchley Golf Club. Get limber with a session at Fierce Grace, just one of many yoga studios in Finchley, or at the well-equipped Finchley Lido.
Family fun can be had at Belmont Farm in Mill Hill, where kids can meet the animals and gain some hands-on experience at caring for them. There’s soft play for younger children, and the Hollywood Bowl is as perfect for a rainy weekend afternoon as it is for kids’ birthday parties.
Finchley has some of the best schools in the capital, which explains why so many families choose to move here. Below is just a short selection of Finchley schools.
Moss Hall Nursery School, N3 1NR
Akiva School, N3 2SY - OFSTED rating Good
Alma Primary School, N12 8PE - OFSTED rating Good
Chalgrove Primary School, N3 3PL - OFSTED rating Good
Frith Manor Primary School, N12 7BN - OFSTED rating Good
Manorside Primary School, N3 2AB - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Moss Hall Junior School, N3 1NR - OFSTED rating Good
Pardes House Primary School, N3 1SA - OFSTED rating Good
St Mary’s CofE Primary School, N3 1BT - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Tudor Primary School, N3 2AG - OFSTED rating Good
Bishop Douglass Catholic School, N2 0SQ - OFSTED rating Good
Christ’s College Finchley, N2 0SE - OFSTED rating Good
Finchley Catholic High School, N12 8TA - OFSTED rating Good
Wren Academy, N12 9HB - OFSTED rating Outstanding
Some days it seems like you can’t walk five minutes in Finchley without stumbling across a good place to eat. For many people this is foodie heaven, and whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, looking for a quick bite on the go, or just a reliable takeaway place, there is no end of choice.
Finchley Central has many excellent eateries, from kosher delis to Korean BBQ restaurants, well-regarded fish ‘n’ chip shops to artisan bakeries and toddler-friendly cafes. Recommendations from Roundtree Real Estate staff include the quaint Emporium Tea Rooms which are popular for afternoon tea as well as children’s parties, and Genzo on High Road, which is generally considered one of the best Mediterranean restaurants for miles around.
Perfect for mums with young kids that like a wander, and in fact anyone that appreciates excellent coffee, The Slate Cafe on Ballards Lane will be just the place.
In the evenings, the Tally Ho on High Road is always a lively venue with reasonably priced food and drink. The Old White Lion is a nice traditional pub with a good selection of real ale, while The Bald Faced Stag, also found on High Road, is a trendy gastropub with a popular beer garden. We also love The Bohemia, a North Finchley brewpub that only opened its door recently and is one of the hottest nightspots around, especially if you like a quality pint.
Finchley is a very desirable part of London to live. While average house prices of around £630,000 are above the London norm, average rents in Finchley are only around £540 which is substantially lower than average for the capital. Since 2013 property prices in Finchley have risen close to 24%, indicating not only that this is an up-and-coming area, but also that it makes good sense for an investment.
We see more flats for sale in Finchley than houses, and the average price for them is currently around £500,000, while for houses the average price is approximately £1.2 million. Homes with 2-4 bedrooms are most commonly seen on the market but we frequently have five- or six-bed properties on our books, as well as the occasional studio.
The proximity of Middlesex University of course means that there is strong interest in student accommodation, and we have a lot of suitable shared student houses for rent in Finchley also.
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Formerly in the borough and ancient parish of Hendon, the area was essentially the dale between Mill Hill and The Burroughs. By the middle of the 20th century, it had come to include that part of the Edgware Road between The Hyde and Burnt Oak.
The area is named after a 16th-century family of the same name. Until the 20th century, Colindale was without any buildings save for a large house called Colindale Lodge, Colindale Farm and a few cottages (a spelling with two Ls has been used, as on this ordnance survey map printed in 1873). All of these properties were on Colindeep Lane which had in the medieval period been an alternative route out of London (via Hampstead, Golders Green and Hendon) to the Edgware Road. By the end of the 16th century it was not often used as a main road and by the middle part of the 19th century was called Ancient Street.
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By the end of the 19th century, cheap land prices made Colindale attractive to developers. Colindale Hospital was opened in 1898 as an asylum for the long-term sick of central London, and in 1907 The Government Lymph Establishment for making vaccines was built. By 1996 the majority of the hospital was closed, and in 2009 lies mostly derelict.
In 1902, the British Library built a new depository and kept the newspaper library there in 1934.
Garston’s Ltd established a trunk factory in 1901, as well as a row of cottages called Leatherville. As such it is the first manufacturer 'in the Colindale'. By 1914 there was already housing between Colindale Avenue and Annesley Avenue, mostly to house the workers of such endeavours.Immediately after the First World War a number of other manufacturing companies came to Colindale. Franco Illuminated Signs opened on Aerodrome Road in 1922, having made the lights for the Franco British Exhibition of 1908 (it was later abbreviated to 'Franco'). It was best known for the neon signs found in Piccadilly from the 1920s to the 1970s. Frigidaire started in a wooden shack in Aerodrome Road, employing 11 people in 1923, and selling the first automatic household fridges in England.
The reason why many of these and other companies chose Colindale was that there was land available for expansion. However, by 1923, when the tube railway reached Colindale, land prices had increased and factory expansion was not so easy, so some industries looked elsewhere for premises. In 1931, Frigidaire, for example, decided to build a new manufacturing plant to the west, on the A5 Edgware Road, and had moved its entire operations there by 1946.
After the tube station opened, development as a London suburb was rapid, and by 1939 much of the western side was semi-detached housing. Typical was the Colin Park Estate, built by F. H. Stucke & Co. around Colindeep Lane in 1927. Some of the houses on this estate are by the architect E. G. Trobridge.
St Matthias started as a mission church in 1905. Its permanent building was opened in 1934, and rebuilt between 1971 and 1973. Colindale Primary School opened in Colindeep Lane in 1921, with a new building constructed in Woodfield Avenue in 1933. In 2011 the design and build for a new three form entry school was completed by The Kier Group and Sprunt Architects.
In September 1940, Colindale tube station and the Newspaper Library (rebuilt 1957) were bombed. and the site was visited by George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother. A V-1 flying bomb hit Colindale Hospital on 1 July 1944, killing four members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
Hendon Tram Depot (site now occupied by Merit House, opposite Oriental City) was in 1910 the scene of the first trials in Britain of a trolleybus. This location eventually became Colindale Trolleybus Depot, from which route 645 operated until January 1962, when the depot was closed down and eventually demolished. Land behind the depot was used from 1959 to 1962 by the George Cohen 600 Group for scrapping the vast majority of London's fleet of 1891 trolleybuses.
Colindale houses many of North London's largest institutions, including the Royal Air Force Museum, Public Health England's Centre for Infections, the Colindale Campus of Barnet and Southgate College (opened August 2016) and the Peel Centre (better known as Hendon Police College). The British Library's newspaper depository was also in Colindale until it was closed in 2013 (to be replaced by a new depository in Boston Spa, Yorkshire, in 2015).
Also located here is the Grahame Park Estate, built on the former Hendon Aerodrome.
As of 2019, Colindale houses many of the London Borough of Barnet’s council services.
Parts of Colindale have been designated by the Mayor of London in his London Plan as a 'proposed area of intensification'. As a result, Barnet Council designated a 'Colindale Area Action Plan' (AAP) and carried out public consultation events. The Council has finalised its preferred plan in mid-2009, and it will be examined at a public hearing by the Planning Inspectorate, for anticipated approval by the Council in 2010.
As of the 2010s, a major regeneration scheme has been underway, one of the largest regeneration schemes in North London.
A small brook, a tributary of the River Brent called the Silk Stream, runs north to south.
Temple Fortune is a place in the London Borough of Barnet to the north of Golders Green. It is principally a shopping district used by residents of the Hampstead Garden Suburb. Between here and Golders Green, at Hoop Lane are two cemeteries – Golders Green Jewish Cemetery and Golders Green Crematorium. Religious buildings include the Catholic Church of St Edward the Confessor, St. Mary & Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, and North Western Reform Synagogue (also known as Alyth Shul).
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'Temple' derives from the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian military order which held a sub-manor in the area, while 'Fortune' may come from foran tun, a settlement in front of the main one. Here a lane from Finchley, called Ducksetters Lane (c.1475), intersected. It is likely that the settlement was originally the Bleccanham estate (c.900s). By the end of the 18th century Temple Fortune Farm was established on the northern side of Farm Close.
The building of the Finchley Road (c.1827), replaced Ducksetters Lane as a route to Finchley, and resulted in the development of a small hamlet. Hendon Park Row (c.1860s) is of this period, and consisted of around thirty small dwellings built by a George Stevens, which were, with two exceptions, demolished (c.1956). A small dame school and prayer house run by Anglican Deaconesses existed in the 1890s and 1900s, which developed to become St Barnabas (1915). Along the Finchley Road was a number of villas (c1830s), joined by the Royal Oak public house (c.1850s). By the end of the 19th century there were around 300 people living in the area, which included a laundry, a small hospital for children with skin diseases. The principal industry was brick making.
In 1895 a Jewish cemetery was established adjacent to Hoop Lane, with the first burial in 1897. Golders Green Crematorium opened in 1902 (although much of it was built after 1905). The significant moment in Temple Fortune's development into a suburban area occurred in 1907. The establishment of the Hampstead Garden Suburb brought major changes to the area east of the Finchley Road. Temple Fortune Farm was demolished, and along the front of the road, the building of Arcade, and Gateway House (c.1911) established the Hampstead Garden Suburbs retail district. Also significant in that year was the opening of Golders Green tube station. Although the area had been served by horse-drawn omnibuses (since at least the 1880s) and later motor buses (from 1907), it was the tram line of 1910, connecting Church End with Golders Green Station, which led to the development of the area west of the Finchley road. A Carmelite Monastery was established in Bridge Lane in 1908.
St Edward the Confessor, a Roman Catholic church, was built in 1916.
The now demolished Orpheum Theatre (1930), was intended to rival the Hippodrome in Golders Green. It was for a long time a huge Odeon cinema, seating over 1,800 people, but a sheltered-accommodation building (Birnbeck Court) now stands on the site at 850, Finchley Road.
St Barnabas church was closed in 1994 and re-dedicated in 1996 as St. Mary & Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church; the Carmelite Monastery was acquired for residential development in 2007, to become Carmel Gate.
The Temple Fortune Club is a private sports club established in 1922, offering bowls, squash and tennis. It is for members only and does not have 'pay and play' facilities in any section.
Temple Fortune Football Club was formed in December 1968 at Princes Park by a group of local youngsters who originally played in parks in the mid-1960s. The club joined the Maccabi (Southern) Football League in 1976 and were founder members of the Maccabi Masters Football League (veterans) in 1999. The club now plays its home games at the Roger Bannister Sports Centre in Pinner. In 2008 TFFC celebrated its 40th anniversary by holding a commemorative tournament at Princes Park.