Not many parts of London are bounded by green belt and yet still on the Tube map. Mill Hill is one such place, making it a destination for home buyers who like the country feel.
With its pond and pubs, the old village sits on the top of the hill, part of an ancient route called The Ridgeway, off which are the area’s best addresses.
The newly landscaped grounds of a Victorian school formerly run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul are the leafy setting for The Village Green, a scheme of eight Arts & Crafts-style houses, ranging from a charming two-bedroom lodge to an imposing six-bedroom home called the Laundry House. Prices from £875,000 to £4,125,000. Call Glentree Estates on 020 8731 9500.
From £915,000: a listed former seminary is being converted into 49 apartments at St Joseph's Gate. Call 01753 784417
Nearby St Joseph’s Gate is another local development with a religious link. The listed former seminary on Lawrence Street looms into view as you head north out of London. Standing in seven acres, the building was recently used as a film set for the BBC drama Call the Midwife. It is being converted into 49 apartments priced from £915,000. Call Berkeley Homes on 01753 784417.
From £700,000 to £5.5 million: a mix of new and refurbished homes at Carmel Gate in Temple Fortune. Call 020 8731 9500
Carmel Gate, at Temple Fortune, completes a redevelopment trinity in this prosperous part of north-west London. Tucked away behind a gated entrance, it is a former Carmelite monastery, with a mix of new and refurbished apartments, mews houses, cottages, the original gatekeeper’s house and seven-bedroom new-build villas. Most of the homes are set around an original cloistered courtyard. Prices from £700,000 to £5.5 million. Call 020 8731 9500.