Ever seen a muntjac deer in the city? Head to Stroud Green and you just might have a chance. For while it may boast a London postcode, there’s something distinctly pastoral about life around these parts. From the expanse of Finsbury Park, with its boating lake and running track, to the rustic charms of The Old Dairy gastropub on Crouch Hill, there’s no denying Stroud Green’s village-like appeal. Even the pub is ivy-covered.
The proximity to Crouch End is a big plus, but Stroud Green has merits of it own. For starters, it’s home to the Capital’s longest nature reserve, the Parkland Walk. Come summer, this 7km stretch of recycled railway line is teeming with joggers and families out cycling. For a unique sense of freedom, you can’t beat it.
N4 is best for…
Well-heeled professionals and families looking for a homely environment north of the river, where the riot of greenery makes everything feel more countrified.
Bricks and mortar
As Stroud Green thrived, the grandeur of its architecture increased so that, by 1880, red-brick, three-storey houses in the Queen Anne style became the norm. Today, most have been split up into airy flats, with the smaller, Gothic-style villas of Stapleton Hall Road ideal for families. A perk of Stroud Green’s conservation area status is that most houses retain their exterior Victorian features, such as pointed windows and decorative gables.
Properties for sale in Stroud Green.
High street hangouts
Stroud Green Road has an abundance of bars, cafés and restaurants, but for the real gems you’ll need to search a little further. Tucked away in the backstreets is The Faltering Fullback, a striking, ivy-covered establishment boasting a three-decked beer garden.
Seats of learning
Popular options include St Aidan’s Primary School on Albany Road.
More schools are listed here.
Finsbury Park station offers an overland link to Old Street and Moorgate, as well as the Victoria and Piccadilly Tube lines, with average commutes taking 30 minutes.
Further transport information can be found here.
What’s the price tag?
Average prices for a two bedroom flat range from £400,000 to £650,000 if a garden is included. Three bed family properties start at £750,000, while larger four and five bedroom houses can command up to £1.3m.
For more information, contact our KFH Crouch End branch.
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