Spotlight on Crouch End: property area guide

Crouch End in north London has rows of Victorian and Edwardian houses and flats that attract families who enjoy the area's thriving high street, popular art scene and village-like feel.
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Property area guide on Crouch End with average property prices, current houses and flats for sale, best streets, up-and-coming areas and commuting times Best-rated schools: there are many schools in Crouch End rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Renting guide to Crouch End: there are plenty of different types of homes available to rent in N4. Crouch End in north London is not the easiest place to reach. Hidden away between Finsbury Park and Muswell Hill, its charm lies in its relative isolation. Maybe this accounts for its self-sufficiency; with everything from butchers, bakers and greengrocers all still thriving in the busy shopping streets around the landmark clock tower, why would anyone want to leave? Ever since the heady days of student protests at nearby Hornsey College of Art in 1968, Crouch End has had an arty reputation. Locals like to call it London’s Creative Village and the success of the Crouch End Festival, launched two years ago and held each June, indicates that in spite of house prices and rental levels that now put the neighbourhood beyond the reach of struggling artists, there is still an appetite for the experimental and the zany. The Crouch End collage map conceived by local artist Lucy Atherton, on sale at local framers and art gallery Frameworks, tells the Crouch End story. It covers everything from the W7 bus, the community’s connection to the outside world via Finsbury Park Tube, and downstairs comedy nights at the King’s Head with Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard, to former Hornsey College of Art students Anish Zapoor, Richard Wilson and Richard Wentworth — not forgetting Ray Davies of the Kinks, who established Konk music studios in Tottenham Lane.

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