News Why Highgate remains Highly Popular with Afflluent Londoners
Published by AgentPro on 28th November, 2017
Highgate Estate Agent Benham & Reeves explain why desirable Highgate properties remain popular with investors and residents alike:
Walking through affluent Highgate, it’s easy to forget you are just 15 minutes from central London and less than 5 miles from Charing Cross.
With sprawling estate homes, the beautiful lakes and gardens at Kenwood House, two nearby golf courses, Georgian architecture, boutique shops and cosy pubs, not to mention historic churches and Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, itself housed in a Grade II listed former church, Highgate is about as far removed from the hustle and bustle of the capital as it comes.
The area is a perfect place to raise a family, with well-regarded private schools Highgate and Channing both having waiting lists – however the state primaries St Michael’s, Highgate Primary and Highgate Wood also have an excellent reputation.
Highgate residents describe it as ‘a beautiful place to live’ and the ‘village of London’. It’s certainly seen it’s fair share of well-known residents, including Peter Sellers, George Michael, Rod Stewart and Ray Davies, to name a few, and legend links it to the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin.
The ‘village of London’ was painted by Constable and is a haven for writers, artists and poets. In 1817 the poet, aesthetic philosopher and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge came to live in Highgate and stayed for the rest of his life, becoming known as the sage of Highgate. The writer J. B. Priestley subsequently lived in the same house.
Highgate has remained as unspoiled and desirable as it was 300 years ago. It is green and leafy, with big open spaces and fortuitously close to 900 acres of stunning parkland at Hampstead Heath. Nobody would describe Highgate as cheap – in fact it is one of the most expensive places to live in the UK. However, with an average house price of £1.9m, Highgate offers significantly better value per square inch than property in Chelsea or Kensington, and an unrivalled beauty that is hard to beat, even outside the city.
This area is likely to remain a good investment, with prices holding well and demand remaining high.
The residents of Highgate tell us that once they live here, they would never want to live anywhere else! Perhaps that explains the popularity of Highgate Cemetary as a burial place for the rich and famous, including Karl Marx, Michael Faraday, Douglas Adams, George Eliot, Jacob Bronowski, Sir Ralph Richardson, Christina Rossetti, Sir Sidney Nolan, Alexander Litvinenko, Malcolm McLaren, Radclyffe Hall, Joseph Wolf and singer-songwriter George Michael.
Highgate is, it seems, a home for the heart in the heart of London – and you can’t put a price on that.
Benham & Reeves Highgate Office have a good selection of properties for sale in Highgate.