London N10 & N2. Haringey & Barnet. Neighbourhood Area Guide. Last Update July 26th, 2016.
My Grandmother used to call it ‘Paradise on the Hill.’
Vibrant and Prosperous
My father’s family came from Muswell Hill and I lived here throughout my teens & twenties. Muswell Hill has alot going for it – compared to many areas of London, the area is a leafy delight. The focal point is the Broadway and Fortis Green Road. This hub of tasteful shops is rich in Edwardian architecture. Busy on weekends, the area attracts shoppers from nearby East Finchley, Friern Barnet, Highgate and Crouch End.
A Family Setting
Muswell Hill is particularly popular with families due to the larger houses and prosperous suburban feel. It also has it’s fair share of celebrities and it’s not uncommon to bump into a famous face from the world of TV, Cinema or music!
Muswell Hill’s unique position is both it’s marvel and it’s Achilles heel. Situated on a hill above the Capital, the views from the Broadway down Hillfield Park are amazing – Canary Wharf is clearly visible as are many of London’s landmarks.
This unique position meant that tube lines never connected to Muswell Hill so the nearest stations are Highgate, East Finchley or Bounds Green, depending on which enclave you live in.
Places for youngsters at Tetherdown Primary School or teenagers at sought-after Fortismere School (state comprehensive) are something of golden ticket in Muswell Hill. Parents move to the area and spend vast sums to acquire properties in the catchment area around Tetherdown Avenue.
Kids can let off steam at many of the local parks; Highgate Wood, Queens Wood and Alexandra Palace are all located in Muswell Hill and are popular for weekend strolls, games and lazy afternoons. Alexandra Palace boasts an ice-rink, boating lake and kids playground.
There is a vibrant community feel to the area and residents take pride in their surroundings and all it has to offer – many refer to themselves as ‘villagers.’
Muswell Hill covers a large residential area, spreading in every direction from The Broadway and each side has a different feel. The roads directly off the Broadway: Princes Avenue, Dukes Avenue, Queen’s Avenue are quite grandiose and many of these large and mostly Edwardian houses have now been converted into flats.
West of Fortis Green Road – aswell as roads leading off Fortis Green – is avery picturesque quarter and here many of the homes are beautifully cared for and fetch a premium for being so close to the better schools. Here you find more houses as opposed to flats. Particularly attractive roads include; Firs Avenue, Birchwood Avenue and Midhurst Avenue.
The network of residential roads leading off the Broadway and to the East of the top end of Colney Hatch Lane are extremely desirable and popular with professionals and families. The proximity to Alexandra Palace is also a bonus.
The “Lake District” roads: Windermere, Grasmere and Thirlmere Roads are prime property, attracting the highest prices. These are well located for Rhodes Avenue primary School and Alexandra Park School
The up and coming area of Muswell Hill are the roads to the east of the lower quarter of Colney Hatch Lane: Sydney Road, Pembroke Road, Newton Avenue. Here you can find smaller to mid size houses that have yet to see the premiums of Central Muswell Hill yet share the benefits.
The Coppetts Road quarter is home to more social housing but also some very attractive roads and slightly more affordable accommodation as well as some new home developments
The roads off Muswell Hill Road are beautiful, larger and hilly! This quarter has the benefit of being close to Queens/Highgate woods and also near to Highgate Tube Station.
+ Good Community feel
+ Popular with families
+ Tasteful shops and eateries
+ Good local schools
+ Green spaces
+ Lots of leisure facilities
– Lack of Tube and train line in the immediate area
– Tough to get into the better secondary school in the area
– Expensive properties
Pick up some inspiration and something beautiful for the home: Sally Bourne Interiors, 26 The Broadway, N10 3RT
Award winning Fish and Chips: Toffs, 38 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 3RT
Catch up with friends over a delicious Parisian style pastry and coffee: Sable d’Or, 249 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 1DE
Work up a sweat at: The Laboratory Spa and Health Club, The Avenue, N10 2QJ
They’re a dying breed, but wouldn’t be without it: Walter Purkis Fishmonger, Muswell Hill Broadway.
BOUNDARIES AND SETTING
The North Circular Road to the North
Alexandra Palace to the East
East Finchley High Rd/Archway Rd to the West
Wood Lane to the South
MUSWELL HILL LOCATION
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– Our Lady of Muswell RC Primary School, Pages Lane, N10
– St James’s CofE Primary School, Woodside Avenue
– Rhodes Avenue Primary School
– Coldfall Primary School, Coldfall Avenue, N10 1HS
– Muswell Hill Primary School, N10 3ST
– Hollickwood Primary School, Sydney Road, N10 2NL
– Tetherdown Primary School, Grand Avenue, N10 3BP
– Norfolk House Private Prep School
– Fortismere Secondary School (State Comprehensive)
– Alexandra Park Secondary School
_ Highgate School for Boys (Private boys school in nearby Highgate Village)
– Channing School for Girls (Private girls school in nearby Highgate Village)
TUBE & OVERGROUND
No tube stations or rail stations in the immediate area.
Highgate and East Finchely on the Northern Line and Bounds Green on the Piccadilly line are the closest tube stations depending on which part of Muswell Hill you live.
43 (Friern Barnet – London Bridge Station via Holloway/Angel/Moorgate)
134, (North Finchley – Tottenham Court Road via Kentish Town/Camden)
234, (East Finchley – Barnet Spires)
102, (Edmonton – Brent Cross Shopping Centre)
W7, (Muswell Hill – Finsbury Park)
299 (To Southgate)
All Serve Muswell Hill
Past and Present include:
Maureen Lipman – Actress
Lesley Garrett – Opera Singer
Martin Kemp – Singer and Actor
Bob Hoskins – Actor
Michelle Collins – Actress
Lauren Laverne – DJ
Rod Stewart (went to school here) – Singer
The Kinks (grew up here) – Singers
Oswald Boateng – Fashion Designer