Highgate Estate Agents
For those who have been charmed by this exceptionally pretty area of London, Aston Chase has an extensive selection of flats and houses for sale in Highgate, as well as rental properties in the area. Separated from Hampstead by the glorious Hampstead Heath, Highgate perches on a hill 350 feet above the level of the Thames and enjoys spectacular views.
With its close proximity to a number of open spaces including Highgate Woods, Waterlow Park, Queen’s Wood and the Heath itself, Highgate is the perfect location for those who like to combine the hustle and bustle of city life, with a taste of the country.
With the thriving high street on the doorstep, residents have easy access to numerous independent shops, restaurants, pubs and galleries, while fantastic transport links mean you are only a short tube, train or bus journey away from central London.
Its village feel means the area is eternally popular with young professionals, families and downsizers alike, and the large variety of houses and flats available means there is a Highgate property to suit all tastes and requirements.
The area, which has long been a distinguished neighbourhood, has many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, along with 1930s houses and properties developed in the 1950s, 60s and 70s right up to the present day. As one of the leading Highgate estate agents, we can show you the range of exceptional properties available in the NW6 area and help you find the perfect home or investment.
If you are looking to make the move to or within the area, come and speak to one of our agents who can advise on the most exclusive houses and flats for sale in Highgate, as well as on the best rental properties currently available. Our local knowledge means we always have access to the best properties first.
In days gone by, Highgate adjoined the Bishop of London’s hunting estate. The bishop kept a toll-house at the point where one of the main northbound roads out of London entered his land and a number of pubs sprang up along the route, including The Gatehouse, which commemorates the toll-house. The busy thoroughfare is said to have provided rich pickings for the notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin, in later centuries.
In 1565, the famous Highgate School was founded with permission from Queen Elizabeth I and the school has played a key role in the life of the village ever since.
One of the area’s best-know buildings, Lauderdale House, was built around 1582 for Sir Richard Martin, three times Lord Mayor of London. It was supposedly let to Nell Gwynn, Charles II's mistress, for a short time where she lived with her infant son, the Duke of St Albans. Lauderdale House was last owned by Sydney Waterlow, who donated the 26-acre gardens to the public as a "garden for the gardenless". The house and gardens are now open to the public.
Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839 and is perhaps most famous for having Karl Marx as one of its permanent residents. Nearby Highgate Hill, the steep street linking Archway and Highgate village, was the route of the first cable car to be built in Europe, which operated between 1884 and 1909.
Highgate has a wide range of architectural styles dating from as far back as the Elizabethan period. Alongside fine examples of Georgian and Victorian houses, Highgate boasts a number of notable contemporary homes, including Terry Gilliam's (of Monty Python fame) glass box.
The strong presence of The Highgate Society has helped to ensure that the area’s architecture has been preserved, but not at the expense of innovative modern design. Thanks to forward-thinking planners, contemporary architecture cleverly blends with much-prized examples of period properties throughout the area.
One of the particular delights of Highgate is its excellent range of independent speciality shops. Archway Road boasts many such establishments where you can easily while away an hour or more browsing through the rare and second hand books at Ripping Yarns, or track down a perfect instrument at Wild Guitars. The Stained Glass Works makes exquisite stained glass windows and panels, and antiques abound at both Artway Emporium and Gonnerman Antiques.
Highgate High Street offers a wide range of very useful local shops and amenities. Some of our favourites include Nawar for its excellent choice of gifts, Bottle & Basket for fine wines, and the aptly named Hair of the Dog for perfect pooch pampering!
For ladies’ designer clothes, Number 35 and Kristina Goes West, both in Highgate West Hill, are popular destinations for the area’s young professionals and yummy mummies, whilst art lovers regularly flock to the Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery and the Highgate Gallery which host regular exhibitions.
Eating & Drinking
Highgate has a wide choice of eateries to suit all tastes. The Pavilion Café at Highgate Woods is a great destination for a quick snack or a delicious afternoon tea, and the leafy beer gardens of The Flask and The Red Lion and Sun make particularly fine pit stops for a long cool drink on a sunny afternoon. Highgate is packed with fantastic gastropubs serving delicious meals including The Rose and Crown, The Bull and The Wrestlers, whilst those in search of something more exotic can head to Abi Restaurant for tantalising South Indian dishes and Fabrizio for their famous metre-long pizzas and other Italian delicacies.
After dinner, catch a show at Jacksons Lane theatre or a concert at Lauderdale House, or for quizzes, arts, comedy or to just dance the night away, head to Boogaloo or The Charlotte Despard.
If you buy or rent a property in Highgate, when it comes to parks you’ll be spoilt for choice. Highgate Woods ticks all the boxes with a large grassy area perfect for summertime picnics and ball games, along with a great adventure playground for kids and the popular Pavilion Café for lunches and ice creams. Or you may choose to lose yourself in the wild delights of Hampstead Heath with its impressive views across London, famous swimming ponds and boating lake.
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the heart of the country if you take an autumn stroll through Queen’s Wood crunching through the leaves as you go, whilst the delightful Waterlow Park with its gorgeous ponds is popular with local families.
Kenwood Park has beautiful lawns sweeping down from Kenwood House to a lake in the valley below. With stunning views across Hampstead Heath and London, the lawns are a favourite picnic spot and a good place to catch concert rehearsals for free. Kenwood’s famous concerts take place in July and August - Handel’s ‘Firework Music’ is a regular gig on the 4th of July.
Highgate Underground Station is on the Northern Line (Zone 3) with direct links to the City and West End (Leicester Square is approximately 18 minutes away).
London Overground trains run between Barking and Gospel Oak from Upper Holloway Station just over a mile away.
Highgate is on numerous local bus routes, offering direct connections to many parts of London. Bus services include the No.43 to London Bridge (24-hour service), No.134 to Tottenham Court Road (24-hour service), No.143 and No.210 to Brent Cross, No.214 to Liverpool Street (24-hour service), No.234 to Barnet Hospital, No.271 to Liverpool Street or Moorgate (24-hour service) and No.603 to Muswell Hill or Swiss Cottage. In addition, the N20 nightbus runs from Trafalgar Square passing the Highgate station area.
Families looking for property in Highgate are often attracted to the area by its wide range of private and state schools.
Excellent fee paying options include the famous Highgate School, which offers a sought-after mixed education from pre-prep to sixth form, whilst families also flock to the area to be close to Channing School, a very popular independent school for girls from 4-18.
Popular state schools include St Michael’s C of E Primary School which has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating and Highgate Primary School.
The N6 postcode falls under the control of three different councils, Haringey, Islington and Camden. Annual Council Tax charges for the 2013/14 period are listed below:
Haringey Council Tax charges:
|Band A: £991.56|
|Band B: £1,156.81|
|Band C: £1,322.06|
|Band D: £1,487.32|
|Band E: £1,817.72|
|Band F: £2,148.37|
|Band G: £2,478.87|
|Band H: £2,974.65|
Islington Council Tax charges:
|Band A: £843.25|
|Band B: £983.79|
|Band C: £1,124.33|
|Band D: £1,264.87|
|Band E: £1,545.95|
|Band F: £1,827.04|
|Band G: £2,108.12|
|Band H: £2,529.74|
Camden Council Tax charges:
|Band A: £882.99|
|Band B: £1,030.15|
|Band C: £1,177.31|
|Band D: £1,324.48|
|Band E: £1,618.81|
|Band F: 1,913.14|
|Band G: £2,207.47|
|Band H: £2,648.96|