Guide to: up and coming Barnet .
This delightful North London borough boasts green, outdoor spaces and top schools – and it’s only a short train journey from King’s Cross.
Nearly 370,000 people live in Barnet, more than any other London borough, and council leaders have ambitious plans to increase that number with massive regeneration that will add 27,000 new homes and as many as 30,000 new jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
Majority of the development of this north London borough will be in Colindale — where 10,000 new homes are planned — and in Brent Cross and Cricklewood, which will get 7,500.
Barnet has seen a 7.7 per cent rise in the price of houses over 2017, according to new statistics.
House prices in Barnet saw an increase of 7.7 per cent compared to the national average of 2.7 per cent, bringing the average house price up to £584,049 over 2017.
This is equal to a rise of £41,697 in house prices across the borough.
Much of this rush for growth will bypass the spacious, leafy streets of Barnet, which sits on top of a high hill on the edge of the Hertfordshire countryside, where the little village of Monken Hadley and the open green spaces of Monken Hadley Common form an oasis of tranquillity, and where locating the exact site of the Battle of Barnet, a key clash in the Wars of the Roses, is the most vexing local issue.
Hadley Wood has Barnet’s most expensive homes. This self-contained enclave grew up around the railway station which opened in 1885. It has some fine double-fronted Victorian and Edwardian houses later detached houses and modern gated mansions. There’s a little shopping centre around the station and popular restaurants.
Georgian houses and period cottages are found in Monken Hadley, around the common and in the little enclave off Hadley Highstone. In High Barnet, also known as Chipping Barnet, there are roads of Victorian semi-detached and terrace houses to the west of High Street near Queen Elizabeth’s School.
New Barnet station opened in 1850 and there are some fine Victorian detached and semi-detached houses in the nearby roads such as Richmond Road and Somerset Road. There is a small shopping centre around the station, where there has been a large recent office-to-residential conversion.
East Barnet has its own village centre at the junction of East Barnet Road, Cat Hill and Church Hill Road, with roads of Victorian cottages and self-contained maisonettes. Nearby Oakleigh Park, verging on Whetstone, has its own station and streets of detached Twenties houses. Elsewhere, Barnet has a good supply of Thirties semi-detached and terrace houses.