Not long ago, Colindale was little more than a reassuringly quiet commuter suburb of inner London. Today, however, the area is taking off with cranes and high rises dotting the skyline. A vast regeneration programme is well underway, with more than 10,000 new homes being brought to the market.
Colindale is home to some of London’s more significant and prestigious institutions. These include the Royal Air Force Museum, Public Health England’s Centre for Infections, Barnet College and Hendon Police College. Also located here is the Grahame Park Estate, built on the former Hendon Aerodrome. A small brook, a tributary of the River Brent called the Silk Stream, runs north to south. Colindale is home to its namesake Northern Line station and Kingsbury station on the Jubilee line. These both get locals to the centre in around 20 minutes.
Prices and rents
The average price of a two-bedroom flat in Colindale is £400,000, and the average rent for a 2-bed property is £1,650 per month. Since 2006, property prices in the area have increased by around 6.5 per cent per year as demand to live here has risen. This means growth has been more restrained than the whole of north-west London, which increased by 8.5 per cent over the same period.