London N8. Haringey. London Property Area Guide.
Positively Crouch End….. Bob Dylan considered a move here in the 90’s so what’s the draw?
Crouch End is a cultivated family-centric enclave in a North London valley to the south of Muswell Hill, east of Highgate and north of Finsbury Park and Archway. Popular with arty bohemians and people in the media – families and singletons are drawn to the ambience and host of attractions the area has to offer.
Crouch End Broadway is the areas focal point with the iconic clock tower and modernist 1930’s Hornsey Town Hall (which is often used as a film location). The Broadway promotes an idyllic and provincial vibe but with all the benefits of a busy central high street. There is the perfect mix of independent shops together with brand names (such as Waitrose & Budgens) and the rare but sacred fishmonger, baker (Dunns) and greengrocer that have served the area for generations. Over the years the area has been spruced up and a more interesting mix of shops have opened their doors.
Primary schools in the area are mostly excellent and secondary schools good too. Education, together with the array of green spaces on the doorstep and large properties make Crouch End the perfect place to set up home and start a family. Generally people who make a home in the area are hooked for life and rarely move from this peaceful North London enclave, just upgrading to a larger house or from a flat to house.
In keeping with its bohemian and creative energy, one of the UK’s leading drama schools, Mountivew Academy of Theatre Arts is based off Crouch Hill. Founded in 1945 the school has a reputation for excellence in education and training within the performing arts and musical theatre.
Choice of Roads
Crouch End is spoilt for choice in terms of desirable and attractive roads to reside in. The roads immediately to the West of the Broadway are particularly popular, including; Coleridge Road, Coolhurst Road and Wolseley Roads. The roads off Crouch Hill are also very attractive, in particular, Cecile Park. My personal favourite portion of the area are the roads off Park Road such as Park Avenue South and Palace Road. There is roughly a 50/50 split between whole houses and those that have been converted to make flats – which provides more variety for buyers and enough stock for those looking to rent. More rentals are found in the levels above the shops on the Broadway.
In addition to the more traditional style properties, a brand new development, New River Village was unveiled recently boasting just under 700 new apartments from studios to 3 beds. Located just 5 minutes from Hornsey Rail Station the development benefits from a residents gym, restaurant and 24 hour concierge service – a welcome alternative to the more pricey properties located in the heart of Crouch End.
Exercise Inside or Outside
A popular and well loved destination in the area is Park Road swimming pool and gym which has had a recent make-over and holds many exercise classes which prove an after work hit with CE residents! Local parks, Stationer’s Park, Priory Park, Crouch Hill Park and the vast Alexandra Palace provide amble space to let off steam, keep kids happy and cultivate a healthier lifestyle. Alexandra Palace also provides seasonal events such as Fireworks, Fetes and Fayres.
Legends and Art
A humorous local Legend has it that Bob Dylan once arrived at a Crouch End home to visit his friend, Dave Stewart of the Eurhythmics but unwittingly knocked on the wrong door asking for “Dave”. By coincidence, the plumber that lived in this home was also called Dave and was out on a job. Dylan was told by the plumber’s wife that Dave would be home shortly – when he did arrive home he had the shock of his life to discover Bob Dylan sat waiting him for him drinking tea in his living room! As you can see – Crouch End residents are a friendly crowd.
In recent years residents and businesses have brought out initiatives to bring the community together. Our favourite is the Couch End Festival – a new initiative which has been set up by the Crouch End Creative’s Community – it’s a festival designed to bring everyone in the Crouch End community together to showcase their creative works and be a part of the local area.
+ Good schools
+ Green spaces
+ Family area
+ Cultural vibe to the area
+ Good mix of characterful shops and useful shops
+ Local leisure facilities
+ Attractive properties
– Properties creeping up in cost – closing the gap with Muswell Hill prices
– Good bus service but bad for tube travel
– Not particularly buzzy for nightlife
Cakes Galore: Dunns Bakery (6 The Broadway, N8 9SN)
For and Italian feast head to: Spiazzo (26 The Broadway, N8 9DR)
Gorgeous bridal dresses: Mirror Mirror (37 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 8TE)
Worth ditching the diet for: Banners Restaurant (21 Park Road, N8 8TE)
Crouch End Location
Tube and Rail
There are no tube lines serving Crouch End. The closest would would be either Finsbury Park (Victoria Line) or Highgate (Northern Line)
Crouch Hill railway station has services to Barking and Gospel Oak.
41: Archway – Tottenham Hale
91: Crouch End – Trafalgar Square
210: Brent Cross – Finsbury Park
W3: Finsbury Park – Northumberland Avenue
W5: Archway – Harringay
W7: Finsbury Park – Muswell Hill
Rokesly Junior School: Rokesly Avenue, N8 8NH
Rokesly Infant School: Hermiston Avenue, N8 8NH
Kestrel House School (specialist school for pupils with autism): 104 Crouch Hill, N8 9EA
Coleridge Primary School: 77 Crouch End Hill, N8 8DN
St Gilda’s RC Primary School: Oakington Way, N8 9EP
Kestrel House School (specialist school for pupils with autism): 104 Crouch Hill, N8 9EA)
Highgate Wood Secondary School (mixed): Montenotte Road, N8 8RN
Hornsey School for Girls: Inderwick Road, N8 9JF
Greig City Academy: High Street, N8 7NU
Mount Carmel RC Technology College for Girls: Holland Walk, N19 3EU
St Aloysius RC Boys College: Hornsey Lane, Highgate, N6 5LY