If you are thinking of living in North London, take a look at Enfield in the London Borough of Enfield. Sitting on the edge of North West London close to beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, it’s an attractive place to live with plenty of local amenities for everyone. Much underrated and often overlooked, the area offers excellent accommodation at reasonable prices, great schools for all ages and fast transport connections into town. That’s a lot of boxes ticked right there!
As one of the most affordable areas to live in London, it’s no wonder that Enfield is especially popular with young professionals and families. The housing stock ranges from modern, purpose built blocks of flats to a plentiful supply of period properties.
Enfield town centre boasts some beautiful Georgian houses, and the charming Victorian cottages along Gentleman’s View and River View are among the best addresses in the area. Handsome Edwardian and 1920s semis and detached houses can be found in the Bush Hill Park conservation area, with more Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s and 1930s properties available elsewhere in the town.
According to recent figures, most of property sales in Enfield Town last year involved flats, which fetched £285,331 on average. Terraced properties sold for an average of £417,766, and semi-detached houses averaged £543,182. Prices in Enfield were up 18 per cent on the previous year.
In terms of comparison in the area, overall average property prices in Enfield Town stood at £387,475, similar to Bush Hill Park nearby (£384,032). This was higher than Enfield (£359,619) but lower than Chase Side (£407,228).
Enfield is a popular destination for families with children, and the provision of state school education in the area is excellent. Local primary schools include Eversley, St George’s RC and St Andrews C of E, all of which were ‘outstanding’ according to a recent Ofsted inspection. 4 other primary schools – St Michael’s C of E, Lavender, George Spicer and Chase Side – were judged to be ‘good’.
Well performing secondary schools include Enfield Grammar School (boys aged11-18 years) and Enfield County School (girls aged 11-18), where 100 per cent of students received 5 or more A* to C grades, according to the Enfield Independent. The 2 co-ed comprehensives Kingsmead and Chase were not far behind in terms of results. The very sought after Dame Alice Owens School in nearby Potters Bar was deemed by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’.
Excellent transport links
Enfield has enviable transport links, making it a popular location for those needing to commute into Central London. The area is served by no less than 4 underground stations on the Piccadilly line – Arnos Grove, Southgate, Oakwood and Cockfosters – with a ½ hour train journey taking you directly to Leicester Square.
Rail services to London are frequently operated from 3 train stations. It takes 30 minutes to travel from Enfield Town or Enfield Lock to Liverpool Street, while trains from Enfield Chase terminate at Moorgate.
For motorists, there are speedy links to London’s North Circular and to the M25 motorway.
Enfield is a friendly place to live, with a good community spirit and a bustling town centre, offering great shopping and eating out opportunities for everyone. The Dugdale Centre comprises a theatre and small museum.
Enfield has a rich history, including one of the oldest pubs in England (The King and Tinker) and a historic mansion nearby. The Grade I listed Jacobean manor house Forty Hall is a beautiful venue for weddings and outdoor concerts and well worth a visit.
Open spaces include Capel Manor Gardens’ [above] 30 acre estate which dates back to the 13th century, the beautiful Myddleton Gardens and public Grovelands Park.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with North London based Estate and Letting Agent Peter Barry, who was consulted over the information contained in this post.
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