Colindale

A Guide to Living in Colindale

The lively North London suburb of Colindale has been making waves with savvy home-seekers for years. Many are lured by its proximity to Central London and more affordable housing options. Where are the best places to buy or rent in Colindale? Discover more about living in Colindale in our area guide.

Where is Colindale?

Colindale is situated between Edgware, Harrow and Brent Cross. It’s a busy place with lots of traffic and people, but its main drag is Edgware Road. This is a colourful cornucopia of shops and restaurants, many of which have stood the test of time for decades. Largely independent, they’re fun to explore. But if it’s brand names that suit, the much-loved Brent Cross Shopping Centre is less than a 10-minute drive away. This is the first standalone mall in the UK. Away from all the bustle and not too far from the town centre, you’ll find ample green spaces. These include Fryent Country Park as well as the ancient hectares of Hampstead Heath.

Colindale transport

Speaking of connections, Colindale has plenty to brag about. Road links are tricky to beat, with the M1, A41 and North Circular all nearby. Colindale tube station is in Zone 4, and its Northern line trains run to business HQ hotspot King’s Cross St. Pancras in just over 20 minutes. Likewise, you can reach the glittering West End in half an hour. Similarly, there’s also a frequent and reliable bus network in these parts.

For easy station access living in Colindale, there’s Rhythm – an ultra-modern development from Fairview New Homes, right across the road from the Underground. Moreover, Galliard Homes’ Silver Works is just a little further along. Used during World War I by the Royal Air Force, today it’s a collection of apartments, suites and townhouses.

“I really like my apartment – it’s open-plan, modern and spacious. Everything works really well and the building management are quick at fixing things.” – Anonymous, verified resident of Silver Works.

NW9’s multi-cultural flavour

This is a richly diverse postcode, and that’s what gives the place its edge. On one corner you’ll find a boutique selling intricate sari silks, on another a Polish supermarket. Colindale restaurants, meanwhile, dish up fare from all around the world. One of the area’s most celebrated gastronomic attractions is Bang Bang Oriental, a blend of Asian street food, sumptuous massage parlours and a huge Chinese restaurant.

Best places to buy or rent in Colindale

The big developers have cottoned on to the area’s offerings with the likes of Berkeley Homes moving in with contemporary residential developments such as Beaufort Park. It is a purpose-built neighbourhood in its own right. Residents here have access to immaculately landscaped grounds and a luxury spa.

“It has everything you need within walking distance. A tesco, Sainsbury’s, a Chinese, Italian, pub, dry cleaners, swimming pool, gym, spa and underground all within a 10 minute walk. The estate management is open 24 hours and are very helpful when needed. It’s a nice safe area and not too busy. Everyone is friendly and feels very safe to go jogging at night. It’s a little bit pricier then apartments in surrounding areas but overall I would recommend.” – Lucy, verified resident of Beaufort Park.

In addition, snaking off of Colindale’s main roads are quiet, leafy residential streets neatly lined with houses from the 1930s. These have attracted a large number of families to the area, along with a good standard of education in primary, senior and faith schools.

One of best places to buy or rent in Colindale is Colindale Gardens, a new-build development from Redrow Homes. Offering a host of layouts, including studios, one to four-bedroom apartments, and three and four-bedroom townhouses, it’s a good option for families looking to move to Colindale. Help to Buy is available here, too.

Find out more – read reviews from the HomeViews community by clicking on the Colindale developments below. Do you live in a residential development in Colindale? Click here to leave your review.

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DO NOT BUY with NHG

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The area and the building itself is ok. The staff and charges are unbelievable. Service charges surge after a year of moving in. They will overcharge you for various things and if you do get offered a refund they will take forever to get back to you. They’ll be diligent in taking your money however. Be warned, do not buy or go for shared ownership, its a rip off.

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The development is ok but it has some shady aspects. For example you pay for solar panels that do god knows what, you pay for unadopted roads which do nothing for you other than add costs. Its a way for the developer to cash in on the freehold and charge tenants for EVERYTHING.

Shared ownership buyers be warned! You’ll pay slightly reduced rent but the service charges will skyrocket and are completely overpriced. They’ll lure you in with some decent initial figures but after a year, they got you.

After only 2 years of being here I am looking to sell and move on due to incompetence and charges.

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SERVICE CHARGE prices skyrocket and can increase at the discretion of the developer. I would never have purchased if i knew.

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The house itself is decent although some features are a bit shoddy.

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A great place to live, modern design

Cosy, safe, quiet neighbours, modern, facilities on your doorstep.
A range of restaurants and supermarkets around the corner.

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This is a cosy close that is well maintained. The neighbours are quiet, the children’s playground is accessible with a fob key,the is a gym on site and a concierge present.
I have no idea why there are negative comments, as I have only ever had a possible experience.
Excellent location with a large choice of supermarkets and not far from the station.

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Great views, great design. Hight street needs to improve.

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We like being close to the lake, being close to transport but there is not much life in the area in terms of a high street.

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We like the design, and the layout. It’s starting to feel like a great community. The facilities are great and the free classes at the community hub are amazing and a great place to meet neighbours. We love the layout and being close to the lake.

The flat itself is a great design and well built. We love being close to transport also. There is not much in terms of a high street which could improve as at the moment it doesn’t look great. We could do with more life in that aspect.

The top floor garden is great but I don’t think noise was taken into consideration. We were up there with my 2 year old nephew who was running around. Neighbours on the top floor came up and told him to stop as they could hear his footsteps. So noise insulation has not been thought through there.

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We wish we knew how much are view was going to be blocked by new developments.

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Thank you Barratt for my home sweet home

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5 mins away from Thames link towards central London, 15 min walk from tube station (northern line) makes it an ideal location. 2 shopping centre, supermarket and motorway nearby is great. I am hoping that the Main Street will finally get some cafe/restaurant as most of the shops are closed down at the moment which is a shame as the area is really nice.

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I am very happy with my overall experience. Becoming a homeowner is one of the most important decision you can make and therefore quite stressing. Everything went smoothly, we saw, we signed and our home was delivered on time, the staff was awesome and helped us get furniture in before our moving date so we were all prepared. Great touch was to get 2 Oyster cards and a nice candle waiting for us when we moved in with a welcome note.
The only downside I can mention is that we moved in before full completion and it was a bit tricky due to issues with doors and lifts not functioning properly. Once again very pleased with the staff and the experience.

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We were very surprised by how expensive the council tax is. We received the first bill 6 months after moving in and it is the most expensive place I have lived in.

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Hi Isabelle,

Thank you for your kind review. We are very pleased to hear that you are enjoying your home!

All the best,

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