Borough of Barnet

London is a city of contrasts, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the boroughs. The borough of Barnet has a suburban feel with its leafy streets lined with houses and gardens. You’ll find many parks and green spaces in the area, along with plenty of shopping opportunities for those who like to browse high street stores or enjoy some retail therapy at their local mall. It’s also easy to get around on foot or by bus when you live in Barnet, it’s one of London’s most pedestrian-friendly areas!

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Best places to live in Borough of Barnet

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Beautiful old red brick Edwardian houses in Church End, Finchley Central, Barnet

Where is Barnet?

Barnet is located in the North-East of London, in the county of Hertfordshire. It’s bordered by Enfield and Whetstone to the west; Finchley to the north; Camden/Haringey to the south-east and Barnet Vale to the south-west.

What are the Transport links like in Barnet

Barnet is about 15 miles from Central London. The closest mainline station for those living in Barnet is High Barnet Station on the Northern Line.

This line goes into central London via Charing Cross or Bank tube stations. This makes it quick and easy for locals who want to commute or visit some of London’s sights like Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street or Covent Garden Market!

Where are the best places to live in Barnet?

There are a wide range of homes in Barnet, from brand new modern flats and houses to older properties. Barnet has a diverse mix of residents, with many different cultures and religions.

Some popular places to live in Barnet are:

Southgate – close to shops on Wood Green High Road, transport links into central London via Great Northern tube line or train service from Oakwood Station. This area is also very popular with families

Edgware – which has a range of amenities and is well connected to central London via buses and tube

Golders Green – this area offers a great selection of homes, has excellent transport links into the city centre and an abundance of amenities such as bars, restaurants and shops.

Borehamwood – is very popular with families and commuters. Many residents choose to commute into central London via the Overground network or catch an express train from Borehamwood station. The area also benefits from excellent local transport links, including buses along Elstree Way, Barnet Road and Shenley Park Drive which lead directly into Edgware Station.

Best Schools in Barnet

Some of the best schools in Barnet are; St Joseph’s Primary School, Christ Church CofE Infants and Junior Schools (both rated outstanding by Ofsted), Tetherdown Primary School which is also Good with Outstanding features, and Glendale Primary School which is Good with Outstanding features.

What is there to do in Barnet?

Barnet has a theatre called the Barnet Players which has regular shows throughout the year.

The Menorah Foundation runs activities for all ages, including workshops and classes in areas such as painting, pottery, jewellery making and dance. There are also various other cultural events taking place at venues across Barnet during any given month of the year.

View of St John the Baptist Church, in Barnet.

Barnes Pond is an area designated for model boating enthusiasts to use their own boats on one of three ponds within this man-made site located near Barnes Bridge Railway Station (Zone three). It was built between 1892–1894 by local businessman Thomas Williams Tealby after whom one of its ponds is named after him.

You can hire out rowing boats there too!

If you love sports then Barnes is the place for you as it has a number of sports clubs that welcome new members. The Barnes Club on Albert Road is home to an array of activities from football, cricket and rugby union teams who play at various levels within their leagues.

A green space near central London

Barnet also features several green spaces such as Queen’s Wood located near Chipping Barnet town centre – this ancient woodland covers approximately 40 acres/16 hectares with walking trails leading through its beautiful landscape.

There is also Hendon Park (roughly 25 acres/11 hectares), Colney Hatch Lane Recreational Ground (15 acres/six hectares) and East Finchley Cemetery.

Barnet has a lot to offer, especially for young professionals or families that are looking to get the most out of their money. There’s plenty of things you can do in your downtime and also great educational opportunities for children!

Reviews in Borough of Barnet

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Decent first buy but could be better

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Review Date Feb 2024

Locals shops are around 10min walk with Edgware city centre about 30 mins walk. There is a single bus running past the development. A great range of shops and restaurants. I like the quietness of the area and greenery directly surrounding the area

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The design is good. Kitchen could have been better designed. They should have installed a second hard water pipe to kitchen sink or even better installed a water softener as standard due to geographical location. There is a nice little park/open area within the development. However this is ruined by thoughtless dog owners who don’t pick up after. Parking is an issue as everyday visitors park in other peoples bay. Our intercom doesn’t work so it’s a pain. Our gate scrapes the ground when been opened as closed. Management company says it’s because the ground is not level and won’t instruct Fairview to fix it. They oven make claims about damage to gate without any evidence then charge us for repairs. I feel management company is very good

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I wasn’t expecting there to be 100 plus points for snagging. Poor quality control and then ask owner to go through each point and turn developers takes months to remedy it

What is the best feature of your home:

Mainly the location. Rooms are decent size as well

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The design of the property is quite attractive

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Review Date Feb 2024

The nearest supermarket around the estate takes 15 mins drive, so it’s not a convenient site for daily shopping. Regarding the public transport, the bus stop is within abfew minutes walk but the tube station takes 25mins which is not so desirable especially in winter time.

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The design of the property is quite attractive but the quality of facilities in the bathroom,toilet and also those windows and doors in the house is quite low. The building management is responsive in making reply whereas the property management, there is room for improvement.

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No water tap for garden in the original plan which was later to be installed by the developer but I had already paid someone else to fix one for me.

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The kitchen cabinet is the best, especially the material of the cabinet doors, which is easy to clean and care.

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The good and not so bad!

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Review Date Feb 2024

On the whole there is no problem with the local area. Transport links are good with a bus right outside that goes to Edgware station. There is no traffic noise as it’s not a through road and there is little anti social behaviour. Parking is a problem as it seems people didn’t take on board that there is no visitor parking here, so you often arrive home to find someone in your space. Many residents have had to pay out themselves to install bollards. Overall I’d say it was pleasant living here.

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The design of the flats seem good, the houses look a little odd and very uniform! It’s hard to know who to approach with problems as it seems Fairview, IGEM and IDS all have a hand in managing the building so it’s confusing for a lot of the residents.
The parking is an issue, there are electric charging points but they seem to have been assigned without asking if the owner of that space needs one – we certainly weren’t asked when purchasing – so it means those with electric cars have no charging points and those without electric cars have them, it seems a very ad hoc way of allocating the parking.

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We wish we had known that the block had housing association flats in it before we bought. We were of the opinion that the block was all private owners. As we were moving from a block that had housing association flats in that had caused numerous anti social behaviour problems it would have been a deal breaker for us had we been informed. It will also affect the value of our flat should we sell as the flat is not in a private block.

What is the best feature of your home:

The balcony, it gives us a whole other “room” in the summer.

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The flats have a great new feel and are designed with nice living space

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Review Date Feb 2024

Good location as it is 5 minutes drive away from the northern line. The space is quiet and in a nice leafy location. There is a local Tescos that is a 5 minutes walk away. The only downside is that if you want to visits bars etc, you would have to travel further out. Parking is okay, once the allocation was confirmed. Bins are sometimes full, which can cause issues. In term of noise, the area is quiet and no anti social behaviour experienced yet!

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The flats have a great new feel and are designed with nice living space. The one bedrooms are comfy!
There have been some issue with the main gate functioning properly and I have ongoing issues with my intercom working. Although response have been in decent timing, some issues have not been fully dealt with. However overall- good experience so far.

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More information on how to work the intercom and clearer details on parking.

What is the best feature of your home:

The comfy new feel of my flat! The location is great, with easy transport links.

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