An enviable work-life balance with plenty of green spaces and fast commutes to central London have ensured north London consistently remains top of mind for investors, renters and savvy buyers.
Discover the key locations you should consider for your new north London home.
Why invest in north London
Improved transport connections, a strong rental market, desirable locations, and exceptional schools are boosting north London’s popularity among investors.
In this guide we share insights into why north London should be part of your investment portfolio.
North London property prices at a glance
- KFH have witnessed an increasing value of average sold prices in north London over the last 10 years, with figures rising from £400,000 in 2008 to just over £700,000 in 2018 (KFH, North London Sold Data).
- The average sold price in north London has increased 12.37% over the last year from February 2017-2018 (Foxtons, North London).
- Predicted rental growth of 23% in the borough of Camden in the next five years, with house price growth equally impressive at 16% (CBRE).
North London transport
The north London area is well-connected to other parts of the capital and offers fast journeys into central London. Hampstead has stations in Zone 2, on the Northern, Jubilee and Overground lines, as well as access to Thameslink and mainline railway stations.
Residents of Hampstead Manor can make the most of north London’s transport, thanks to our town car service which goes to all key stations. From Hampstead Tube station for example, you can get to King’s Cross in 10 minutes, Oxford Circus in 14 minutes, and Victoria and Bank in just under 20 minutes.
The Night Tube
Since launching in August 2016, the Night Tube has proven popular and its reach has continuously extended. In 2018, night services moved north to Canonbury and Highbury and Islington, and connected the Night Tube with the Victoria line service for the first time.
The Night Tube improves connections between central and north London and increases rental interest among young professionals, who will benefit from late-night commutes.
Upcoming transport improvements
Euston station in Camden is set for multimillion pound improvements. Six new high-speed rail platforms are being built to support the opening of the first branch of the HS2 route in 2026. A further five high-speed platforms are planned for the opening of the second phase of the HS2, which will run from north London to Leeds and Manchester.
“The plans, which will now be considered by Parliament, also offer the flexibility to transform the station into a thriving transport and community hub” (Gov.co.uk).
All of this will make north London even better connected to the rest of the UK and will help raise the profile of the area. If granted, the plans for an interchange for both Crossrail 2 and HS2 in Euston will boost north London’s national connectivity even further.
Home to outstanding education
North London is home to some of London’s best educational institutions with all of Hampstead’s primary schools rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. Hampstead Manor is in a prime location, with St Luke's Church of England (CofE) primary school just across the road, and 14 state and 16 independent schools within a 15-minute walk.
Private secondary schools in the area include South Hampstead High School for Girls and University College School. There are also world-class universities nearby, including London Business School and the accredited Russell Group universities Queen Mary University of London and University College London.
These educational institutions make north London an attractive place for young professionals and create a strong rental demand.
A strong rental market
According to Foxtons, average rental prices in north London are 5% below the London average. This makes it a popular choice for renters looking for an area that’s affordable and well-connected to the rest of the capital (Foxtons, North London).
North London is also sought-after by many professionals, because its “close proximity to the centre of the city makes it an ideal commuter belt” (Rightmove).
Hampstead attracts a mix of young professionals, including financial, business and retail workers thanks to the area’s proximity to Camden, Marylebone and the City of London.
But what else are tenants looking for, besides easy commutes and a desirable location? According to Knight Frank’s tenant survey, “tenants would consider paying additional rent for amenities such as an on-site gym, en-suite bathroom and weekly cleaning” (The London Report 2018, Knight Frank).
Hampstead Manor offers many amenities that meet these demands, including a residents-only gym, spa and swimming pool. Find out more in the Hampstead Manor brochures.
Invest in Hampstead Manor, Hampstead NW3
Minutes from Hampstead Village and Hampstead Heath, Hampstead Manor offers beautiful surroundings both within the development and throughout the local area. It’s a six-minute drive from Hampstead Tube station and offers fast transport connections to central London and the rest of the capital.
Hampstead Manor offers a gym and spa, a swimming pool, a dedicated 24-hour concierge service, secure parking for residents and a chauffeur-driven town car service.
Ready to invest in north London property?
We’ve summarised our top three reasons why north London is an ideal investment hotspot:
- 12.37% average sold price increase between February 2017 and February 2018 in north London. (Foxtons, North London).
- Well-connected transport links are set to continue improving over the next decade, opening up faster connections across London and the rest of the UK.
- The area is popular for young professionals and families looking for homes to rent, thanks to an enviable work-life balance, excellent transport links and top-rated schools.
With an increase in average sold prices over the past 10 years, improved transport links and outstanding schools, north London has made a name for itself among investors and renters.
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Why live in north London
From the leafy streets of Hampstead and the green spaces at Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill, to Camden’s trendy markets and nightlife, north London certainly has a lot to offer.
Key areas in north London
This part of London is home to some of the capital's most desirable postcodes, including:
- Hampstead (NW3) – renowned for its green spaces, fast transport links, exceptional education and historical and cultural attractions, this is one of London's most desirable areas. Local residents have doorstep access to London’s largest ancient park, Hampstead Heath, which is home to Parliament Hill and its fabled skyline views.
- Camden (N1, N6, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5) – brimming with culture, Camden is home to Camden Lock, The Roundhouse Theatre and St Pancras Old Church.
- King’s Cross (N1, N1C) – an area of regeneration that has its own new postcode, N1C. It includes 1,900 new homes, 20 new streets and 10 new public parks, and spans the equivalent of 67 football fields. At King’s Cross you’ll also find many cultural establishments such as the British Library and the London Sinfonietta.
- St John’s Wood (NW8) – a district in the north west region of London, stretching across the City of Westminster and Regent’s Park. Home to the only nature reserve in Westminster, St John’s Wood is also culturally significant, with Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios within a short stroll of one another.
- Finsbury Park (N4) – renowned for its namesake park, which spans the equivalent of 110 tennis courts, this area of north London has a cosmopolitan ambience with its wide selection of shops and eateries, and is a short walk from the Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal Football Club.
New build properties in north London
You’ll find new build properties throughout north London, particularly in Camden, Highgate and Hampstead.
Buying new builds offers comfort and peace of mind – they're built with modern living in mind, are easy to maintain, and come with a 10-year warranty under the National House Building Council (NHBC) scheme.
Period properties in north London
North London has many beautiful period properties, from Georgian homes in Highgate and Hampstead Heath, and Victorian properties in Camden and Islington, to Muswell Hill’s Edwardian property hotspot, covering roads such as Alexandra Park Road and Cranley Gardens.
Period homes tend to offer ample space, character and history, but without the warm, energy efficient, highly-specified comfort of purpose-built new homes.
The best of both worlds
The exception to this trade-off is the small number of properties that blend the best of both worlds, such as the homes at Hampstead Manor, which combine careful restoration of heritage homes, with modern amenities and new-build specification.
North London Transport
North London is famously well-connected, with multiple lines linking it to key business and leisure destinations across the capital. And, after work, the Night Tube mean that all of the city’s possibilities stay open for north-Londoners into the small hours of the weekend.
You can catch the Tube from King’s Cross St. Pancras to Oxford Circus in just seven minutes, via the Victoria Line. Or take the Underground from King’s Cross St. Pancras to the City of London in approximately 20 minutes, via the Circle Line. Alight at Cannon Street Underground station, and you’ll be a two-minute walk from the City. Here you can walk along the Thames, across London Bridge to Southwark, or across Millennium Bridge to Shakespeare’s Globe.
The Overground line stretches through the suburbs of north London, connecting the south-west and north-east regions of the capital. It links Stratford to Richmond, with stops including:
- Hampstead Heath
- West Hampstead
- Finchley Road & Frognal
- Gospel Oak
- Camden Road
Education in north London
North London is home to many educational institutions, from universities to independent and international schools:
- St Margaret’s School; NW3 – noted for its outstanding results; 2 out of 3 GCSE exams taken are graded A* or A.
- Palmers Green High School; N21 – praised for its small class sizes and rapid progress among pupils, this school offers plenty of extracurricular activities and is ranked in the Top Five of The Sunday Times national league table for small independent schools.
- Dwight School London; N11/N12 – a leading international institute, offering each of the three International Baccalaureate Programmes for students between the ages of 3 and 18.
- The North London International School; N11 – offering the International Baccalaureate curriculum, this institute prides itself on encouraging the development of learning skills that meet every child’s academic, social, emotional and cultural needs.
- King’s College London; WC2R – one of the 24 Russell Group universities, KCL is a world-class institute renowned for its advancements in research and learning.
- University College London; WC1E– also a Russell Group university, UCL was recently noted as one of the best-performing universities in the UK, with 43% of its research rated world-leading.
Dining and nightlife
Want to experience the north London nightlife and dining scene? These destinations have a lot to offer:
- Gilgamesh Restaurant Bar & Lounge – this legendary Camden nightclub serves fine Pan-Asian cuisine and a mix of cocktails.
- The Somers Town Coffee House – based at King’s Cross, this charming coffee house features themed rooms for private dining, a spacious bar and a hidden garden.
- The Holly Bush – a London public house built in 1643. Located in Hampstead, it offers a gastropub menu and features low ceilings and small, cosy rooms.
Attractions and culture
What to do in north London? In addition to exploring the scenery and nightlife, there are lots of things to do in area, including:
- Have a go at conquering The Crystal Maze
- Visit the Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal Football Club
- Shop at Word on the Water, north London’s “book barge”
Minutes from Hampstead Village and all its boutiques, restaurants and culture, the Hampstead Manor development offers 156 homes which range from studio apartments to five-bedroom homes, located on Kidderpore Avenue in the NW3 postcode.
Supply of new homes in this coveted area is very limited with Knight Frank describing Hampstead as “London’s highest-value residential property market outside the central postcodes” (Hampstead Market Insight Report 2016). Hampstead Manor is redeveloping thirteen distinctive, sensitively designed buildings to offer new properties to the local market.
The development’s amenities are tailored for its residents and include a 24 hr on-site concierge service, secure underground parking, access to the Hampstead Manor town car service, beautifully landscaped gardens and the Hampstead Manor spa and gym which includes a swimming pool, sauna, Hammam and experience shower.
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