Properties for sale in Highgate
Prime Location Highgate Area Guide
Situated just off the north western edge of Hampstead Heath, Highgate is a small area of London surrounded by extensive parks and green areas. It is high up on a hill, giving beautiful views of North London, and is surrounded by winding residential streets full of attractive eighteenth and nineteenth century houses and terraces. In the centre is Highgate Village, a charming high street full of well-loved local shops such as the Highgate Pantry and High Tea at Highgate, and pubs such as the Angel Inn and the Rose and Crown. The area has lots of green space, with three ancient woodlands including Highgate Wood, Queens Woods and Bluebell Wood. To the south west is the untamed beauty of Hampstead Heath and to the south east is Waterlow Park, which features the sixteenth century Lauderdale House.
Highgate can sometimes feel like a scene out of a poem by Shelley, with the rambling, romantic Victorian Highgate Cemetery and structures such as Holly Village – a collection of houses in the intricate, Victorian gothic style. As you may imagine, Highgate is a very desirable area of London with the average house price often outstripping areas such as Chelsea.
The population stands at around 17,000 with an average age of 35. Average incomes in Highgate were £77,000 as of 2007, the third highest in the country.
There are areas of Highgate that are a little less well to do, particularly towards Archway and Haringey, but generally the population is affluent and educated (59% have degrees).
The most prominent school in the area is fee-paying Highgate School, which is regarded as one of the best public schools in the country.
Channing School is an independent girls’ school with an excellent record. There are a couple of non-fee-paying schools: St Aloysius RC College, rated outstanding by Oftsted, and the William Ellis boys’ school, rated good by Ofsted.
Highgate has a tube station on the northern branch of the Northern Line with easy routes into the West End and the City.
Nearest overland stations are King’s Cross for rail links north, and St Pancras for the Eurostar.
Amenities and shopping
Highgate has a very cohesive and affluent local community which has kept most of the supermarkets and chain stores out of the area (although there is a Tesco Express). If you really need to do a big supermarket shop then Holloway, Brent Cross and Finchley are a short drive away. Highgate Village is full of small independents and charity shops as well as plenty of gastro pubs, bars and restaurants. The Flask and the Red Lion and Sun both have big, leafy beer gardens.
The Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery and the Highgate Gallery both host regular exhibitions and there are events and concerts hosted at Lauderdale House. Highgate might not have a lot of nightlife but it is blessed with a lot of local entertainment. Jacksons Lane is a theatre, cabaret and dance venue which gave David Walliams and Matt Lucas their first break. The Boogaloo is a bar and rock and roll venue and the Charlotte Despard hosts art, music and comedy.
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