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.
The development of Colindale, London is part of the wider Delivering for Barnet programme. As well as the thousands of new homes, Colindale is set to benefit from improvements to its transport systems, new healthcare and community facilities, upgraded park areas and new schools.
With so many new homes in the area, it’s important to do your research if you’re thinking of moving to this popular spot. HomeViews has collected hundreds of reviews from verified residents in Colindale’s new build developments. This gives you unique insights on what it’s actually like to live there.
Is Colindale safe?
You can view Colindale’s crime statistics here, but as a general guide the area has a similar crime rate to West Hampstead. However, as Colindale’s regeneration continues, the neighbourhood is expected to enjoy ongoing gentrification. Investors are keeping a close eye on the area thanks to house prices increases of almost 20% over the past five years.
Is Hendon, London a nice place to live?
Colindale is a ward located in the north-western corner of Hendon, within the wider borough of Barnet. Hendon Central Underground station provides residents with swift connections via the Edgware branch of the Northern line. Hendon Railway Station also provides Thameslink services though St Pancras International and down into Blackfriars.
Colindale itself is home to some of London’s most 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, London is home to its namesake Northern Line station and Kingsbury station on the Jubilee line. These allow residents to travel into central London in around 20 minutes.
Hendon boasts 187 parks and playgrounds, giving families plenty of green space to enjoy. Famous ex residents of Hendon include cricketer Denis Compton and heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper.
Colindale Gardens is currently rated the best new development in Colindale. A mixed-use development, it features a range of studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and duplexes. Additionally, there are a range of three and four-bedroom townhouses alongside cafes, restaurants, retail facilities, a residents-only gym and a concierge services. Help to Buy is also available at Colindale Gardens.
"The development is clean and attractive, the hallways are always warm, clean and quiet. The flat came furnished and the design was minimal and simplistic, which we like; it is easy to live in." - Louis, Verified Resident
Second place on our list is taken by Beaufort Park, a Berkeley Homes development. Residents we spoke to were impressed with the location, scoring it at 4.05 out of 5. Nearby Colindale Underground Station provides excellent transport services towards central London on the Northern Line. The development also has various fitness facilities, such as a luxury spa and a gym. There are also fantastic shopping and social amenities in and around Beaufort Park.
"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." - Lucy, Verified Resident
Pulse by Fairview Homes takes the third spot in our Colindale list. The development is located a short 2-minute walk from Colindale Underground station and features a range of studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. Designed by Lichfields, the complex comprises 1,111 residential units.
"The apartment is modern, really spacious and we also have storage space. It is really close to the gym, the underground station and amenities. There are good quality restaurants around the area." - Simona, Verified Resident
According to our latest ratings, the fourth best place to live in Colindale is Silver Works in NW9. The scheme sits by Grove Park, only a ten-minute walk from the tube station and a 10-minute drive to Brent Cross shopping centre. Silver Works, built by Galliard Homes, comprises high-spec one, two and three-bedroom apartments in various multi-level blocks. 13 disability-friendly apartments and six luxurious townhouses are also included. All of the apartments have private balconies or terraces, while the townhouses feature private gardens.
Residents highlight the facilities as one of the best things about Silver Works (rated 4.28 out of 5).
"The development is really nice, it's new, spacious and all the facilities came in brand new with no problems whatsoever, had some initial problems with broadband and electricity but resolved that issue pretty quickly. The building management are great and responsive to my needs. I really have no complaints, I'm really happy living here!" - Danny, Verified Resident
Completing our list is Trinity Square – a Barratt London development and winner of the ‘Best Project’ Housing Design Award. Located in North London just 21-minutes away from London Euston station, the development is comprised of 326 one two and three-bedroom apartments and 70 three and four-bedroom houses. The apartments all benefit from open-plan living areas, with large floor-to-ceiling windows.
"Our apartment is of a really good size, well layed out, to a really nice finish (nice doors, lots of electrical outlets, etc.), and with a parking space (a must in North London) and terraces. The development is nice to look at, with lots of green spaces. I am glad that the service charge is low (about £1000+ a year), even though I wish we had a pool onsite as there are few in the surrounding area." – Anon, Verified Resident
The average price of a property in Colindale is £418,367 according to the latest figures from Zoopla (Oct 2020). The average price for flats is currently is £365,027 and the average price for terraced houses is £482,059. Over the past 10 years property prices have grown by 39.03% in the area.
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