Barnet bargains: north London flats with "town-and-country" charm

Totteridge and Whetstone is popular with Premiership footballers and TV celebrities who cherish the quick transport connections and country space.

Totteridge and Whetstone in Barnet borough are prosperous north London suburbs, popular with Premiership footballers, tycoons and TV celebrities who cherish the well-connected area’s “town-and-country” charms.

The arrival of an office-to-residential conversion offering 145 flats priced from £299,000 brings something fresh and affordable. Northway House in Whetstone town centre is a redevelopment of a drab Seventies office building that will include  new shops and bars. Call Redrow on 020 3538 3719 for further details. Epping Forest, meanwhile, a wild and wonderful frontier on the eastern edge of London, has managed to protect its rural status despite development pressures to build more homes to cope  with the capital’s burgeoning population.

The Arboretum is a rare new-build scheme of apartments and townhouses, moments from the ancient woodlands and only a 15-minute walk to the market town of Epping itself, which has an 18th-century high street and some prized listed buildings. Houses at The Arboretum cost from £494,995, with shared-ownership options available. Call housing association L&Q on 0844 406 9800.

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