Property insider: Highgate, N6

Matthew Smith of KFH takes us on a tour of Highgate, from the best streets to its hidden property gems.
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Pond Square, Highgate
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Highgate's pretty Pond Square is in the heart of the village
Perched at the top of Highgate Hill and sitting alongside the vast green acres of Hampstead Heath, this north London village offers sweeping views of the capital from handsome streets which have retained much of their grand architectural history.

In the centre of Highgate, small boutiques and bustling cafés are set within charming Georgian façades, while the area’s elegant Victorian homes attract a varied mix of homebuyers.

Handy transport links, good schools and plenty of surrounding parkland make this area a popular choice for families as well as young professionals.

Local estate agent Matthew Smith of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward describes Highgate as “a genuine little village with good schools and green spaces. The high street has remained architecturally intact from its beginnings and there is a real community living here.”

Highgate Tube station is on the Northern Line, between Archway and East Finchley, providing easy access to the City and the West End. Highgate is also surrounded by other desirable neighbourhoods, including Hampstead, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and East Finchley.

What properties are typical to the area?
Period homes of all shapes and sizes and converted flats, as well as mansion flats and modern blocks. The housing stock is predominantly Victorian with a small amount of Georgian property in the centre of Highgate.

Who is buying here?
Unlike nearby Islington, where the housing market is driven by City workers, Highgate attracts different types of buyers from all walks of life and professions – from lawyers and media types, to families and professionals of all ages.

Families are attracted to the area’s good schools, community spirit and access to Hampstead Heath. Young professionals like the feel of the village and the good transport links.

What are the 'hottest' properties in the area?
There is high demand for all properties in and around the village and for homes within the catchment area of good schools. Highgate School and St Michael’s CofE are in North Road close to the village, with the popular Channing School for Girls just off Highgate Hill. Buyers are prepared to pay a premium to live near these areas.

Where are the 'hidden gems'?
Whitehall Park (right) is a nice area just below Highgate, before Archway Tube station. It’s a conservation area with very nice tree-lined roads and pretty Victorian houses. Prices are more affordable than Highgate even though it is still very close.

How is local parking?
Residents parking permits are easy to obtain and restrictions are enforced in most parts of Highgate from 10am until 12 noon.

What are service charges in the area like?
Service charges vary dramatically, depending on the apartment block and the services offered. For example, Highpoint, one of the area’s most popular apartment blocks which was designed in the Thirties by Russian-born architect Berthold Lubetkin, has big gardens, a pool, tennis courts, parking and a porter, so the annual charges are higher than blocks that do not have these services and facilities.

A three-bedroom apartment is currently for sale on Avenue Road (left) with lift access and communal gardens, and the service charge of £2,200 a year reflects these benefits.

Where would your dream home be in this area?
At Fitzroy Park where there are lots of very individual and exclusive houses in a private road right next to Highgate ponds.

Matthew Smith is the sales manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s Highgate office

All properties available at time of publication

For more on Highgate, read Anthea Masey's Spotlight on Highgate.

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