Colindale has been transformed over the last decade. It’s always been a great place to live for families or older couples, not to mention those looking for an easy commute into Central London. Situated on the Northern Line, it’s just 31 minutes to Bank and 29 minutes to Charing Cross, though with its leafy avenues and green spaces, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were hours from the capital.
Thanks to some stunning new developments, Colindale has become renowned as the perfect home for young professionals. Whether you’re a seasoned Londoner or you’ve just moved to the capital, the area is now host to some of London’s largest and most contemporary new developments, with affordable flats available through shared ownership sitting alongside larger apartments and duplexes.
In addition to all the usual high street shops, restaurants and bars you’d expect in a thriving town, Colindale is also close to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, which is great for those seeking some serious retail therapy. If you prefer outdoors activities, Silk Stream Park is a beautiful place to go for a run and the Montrose playing fields are ideal for playing sports.
For some, the town’s links with aeronautics will also be a draw, as prior to the First World War, the area was famous for aircraft engineering and training pilots. This heritage is still evident today in the RAF Museum; Colindale’s most celebrated attraction and well worth a visit.
With so much on offer, it’s easy to see why Colindale is such a desirable place to live. Whether a first-time buyer looking for a modern apartment in the centre of town, or a family seeking a generous property with a garden, there’s something here for everyone.
Colindale’s housing market is incredibly diverse, with buyers and tenants able to choose from an abundance of semi-detached properties with driveways and gardens to stylish modern apartments with balconies and terraces. Some of the country’s most renowned developers have been busy in the area, and as such, those looking for a new-build property are spoilt for choice.
Beaufort Park is a great example and is home to some stunning luxury apartments offering a high standard of accommodation throughout. It’s a flourishing community in the heart of Colindale, a short walk away from Colindale Underground station and positively bustling with a fitness centre and spa, restaurants, bars and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Colindale’s architectural landscape is made up mostly of 1920s and 1930s properties, offering fantastic bay windows and porches plus several period features such as original tiled fireplaces and large staircase windows. The other architectural style that dominates is modern design; which is particularly evident in the apartments and new-build houses in the area. Expect to see spacious, thoughtfully laid-out living areas (often open-plan) and outdoor spaces
Colindale house prices have been rising in recent years, which is hardly surprising given the area’s growing popularity, however, they remain far more reasonable than Central London prices and are still lower than locations like neighbouring Hendon.
The area isn’t just great for homebuyers, it’s also excellent for those looking for buy-to-let properties too. Thanks to the short commute, rental demand is high, which means that landlords stand to generate a solid yield when they invest here.
In addition to the great selection of houses, there are also several other reasons why it makes good sense to move to Colindale. The schools in the area (both primary and secondary) all consistently perform well at Ofsted, with a notable example being the Orion Primary School.
As for entertainment there’s plenty to see and do. The Hurricane Room is ideal if you like playing snooker, with 15 snooker tables, seven pool tables and other things to keep you amused. If you’re looking for a good night out, then locations like the award-winning Chandos Arms is sure to please. For lovers of Asian cuisine the ever-popular Bang Bang Food Hall is amazing, with a huge range of choices to dig into. Some of Hertfordshire’s most scenic countryside is just a short drive away as well as the Welsh Harp and if you love sports you’ll appreciate the proximity to Wembley Stadium and Allianz Park.