One of the pockets of North London that combines a village feel with a cosmopolitan vibe, Crouch End is close to good transport connections and boasts all the things people want in the city – good schools, a variety of different housing and a vibrant combination of chain and independent shops, pubs and restaurants at its centre.
Only eight miles north of the City, with Hampstead to the west, Islington to the south and Tottenham to the east, Crouch End has been overshadowed by its better-known neighbours and has managed to stay out of the limelight, and it’s all the better for it.
One of the characteristics of Crouch End that’s kept it slightly off the beaten track is that there is no tube station right at its heart. But, within a radius of less than a mile and a half, there are two tube stations on the Northern Line (Archway and Highgate), an Overground station (Upper Holloway) and two mainline stations going into King’s Cross (Harringay and Hornsey).
The key to Crouch End’s connectivity is Finsbury Park station just to the south-east. Here, the mainline, Overground and Piccadilly and Victoria tube lines all meet, there’s a large bus station and, by 2018, it will be linked to the Thameslink network.
The vibrant centre of Crouch End is the Broadway where shops, banks, pubs and restaurants cluster around two road junctions. This is another area where the location benefits Crouch End as the roads are, while busy, not major thoroughfares like the nearby Archway and Seven Sisters roads. Major brands like Waitrose and M&S are present and there is an arthouse cinema too.
Further away from the centre there’s a leisure centre with outdoor and indoor pools on the edge of the playing fields, Alexandra Park, a large open space topped by Alexandra Palace, and the smaller Priory Park with its sports facilities, playground and paddling pool. Primary schools are generally very good, as is the local secondary school, and this has put pressure on prices as families vie to secure the right streets for the best schools.
Crouch End offers a broad mix of housing to suit buyers, whether for investment or living. Much of the housing comprises terraced and semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian properties on tree-lined streets, interspersed with a variety of more modern developments.
The trend of separating Victorian and Edwardian properties has hit Crouch End but not as much as in some other inner suburbs. There are still properties for families as well as singles and couples, a mix that keeps the area better maintained and extends its appeal to a wider group of buyers and tenants. According to Land Registry data, house prices rose 16.59% between August 2015 and August 2017.
Crouch End offers, therefore, excellent balance for property buyers, providing strong demand combined with better value than many other areas of London.