Crouch End Area Guide
Crouch End Area Guide
This Crouch End guide provides a swift overview of the area, including the best places to eat and drink, shop, study, its history, council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.
An overview of Crouch End
Located in North London in the London Borough of Haringey, Crouch End is situated in a valley south of Muswell Hill, Wood Green and Hornsey, and north of Finsbury Park and Archway, with Highgate to the west.
Packed with lots to see and do, Crouch End features a great selection of schools, open green spaces and a good sense of community. The area is dominated by a busy town centre with a fine range of shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, while there is a distinct open feel to the area, thanks to a large number of green spaces.
History of Crouch End
Once a medieval route from London to the north of England, Crouch End, which was governed as part of Hornsey, was a mainly wooded area containing farms and villas, including Crouch Hall, built in the 17th century at the intersection of what came to be known as Crouch End.
The area changed rapidly in the late 18th century from a largely rural area to a prosperous middle-class suburb, due to a sharp rise in professionals, including clerical workers moving to the area looking to commute into the city, thanks to the development of the railway in the area. Many of the old houses were demolished and replaced with housing aimed at the middle-class.
Crouch End property
Crouch End attracts many different types of property buyers and tenants, from professionals and families to first-time buyers and students. It is also very popular with buy-to-let investors. But property prices and rents are not cheap, which explains why the area is predominately middle class.
Nevertheless, Crouch End property prices are generally more affordable than homes in neighbouring Highgate and Muswell Hill.
There is a wide selection of property types, including large Edwardian and Victorian houses, many of which have been converted into apartments within the past 20-30 years. The growing imbalance between demand and supply of properties in Crouch End has led to the construction of new homes across parts of the area. There are also some ex-local authority properties available to buy or rent in Crouch End.
Some of the most expensive homes in Crouch End can be found west of Crouch End Broadway bounded by Coolhurst Road, Berkeley Road, Wolseley Road and Coleridge Road, along with Weston Park and Cecile Park, east of Crouch Hill.
More affordable homes can be found in Stroud Green, to the south east of Crouch End, which is dominated by Gothic and Queen Anne style houses.
Many of the homebuyers and tenants buying and renting houses and apartments in Crouch End, including young professionals and wealthy families, are attracted to the area’s open green spaces, café society and superb schools.
Whether you are seeking to buy or rent a home in Crouch End, contact one of Green & Co.’s expert sales and letting agents. We have a fine supply of homes in Crouch End for sale and to let.
Shopping, food and drink in Crouch End
Crouch End offers an amazing array of shops, services, restaurants, bars and cafes, with a perfect blend of old and new.
Shops on the Broadway include upmarket restaurants and supermarkets, such as Waitrose, as well as numerous cafes and bars spilling out onto the pavements. There is also a long-standing baker, Dunn’s, as well as two butchers, a fishmonger and a greengrocer.
Whether one is looking for traditional English grub or somewhere that serves something a little more exotic, there is no shortage of gastropubs, elegant restaurants, wine bars and pubs to suit all tastes.
Stylish bars and traditional pubs include The King’s Head, which often has live music and comedy, as well as The Maynard Arms, Irvin Bar Grill, Kiss the Sky, The Queens Pub and Dining Room, and the Railway Tavern.
Those looking for a retail fix will find a great mix of independent and top brand shops selling anything from designer clothing and painted furniture to shoes and jewellery.
Parks in Crouch End
There are plenty of open green spaces in and around Crouch End, including Highgate Woods to the west, with Queen’s Wood adjacent. Additionally, Alexandra Park is to the north of Crouch End, with Finsbury Park to the south. These two parks are connected by ‘The Parkland Walk’, a former railway line. Other parks in the area include Stationers Park and Priory Park.
Emergency services in Crouch End
Crouch End is considered a safe neighbourhood. It is served by Highgate Police Station on Archway Road and Muswell Hill Police Station on Fortis Green. Hornsey Fire Station is located in Priory Road.
There are a number of GP practices including The Christchurch Hall Surgery, Allenson House Medical Centre and The Beaumont Practice. The nearest hospitals are The Whittington Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.
Transportation in Crouch End
There are plenty of transport options in and around Crouch End. The nearest Tube and train stations are Highgate (Northern Line, Zone 3), Crouch Hill (Overground, Zone 3), Hornsey (Overground, Zone 3), Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly Line, Zone 3), Wood Green (Piccadilly Line, Zone 3) and Archway (Northern Line, Zone 2/3).
Buses and night buses, including the 41, 91, 210, W3, W5, W7, N41 and N91, provide a good service to other parts of London.
Nurseries, schools and colleges in Crouch End
Ruff N Tumble
Rokesly’s Little Learners
Rokesly Junior School
Rokesly Infants School
Kestrel House School
Coleridge Primary School
St Gildas’ RC Junior School
Highgate Wood School
Hornsey School for Girls
Greig City Academy
Mount Carmel RC Technology College for Girls
St Aloysius RC College
Weston Park Primary School
Council tax rates in Crouch End
The council tax rate in Crouch End is set by Haringey Council. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:
London Borough of Haringey 2016/17
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Crouch End Summary
Well positioned in North London, Crouch End is home to a happy bunch of residents making it a very community-friendly area.
The hike in property value and rents, along with the increased supply of new homes in recent years, reflects Crouch End’s popularity as a place to live, thanks to its plethora of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, not to mention open green spaces, providing a welcome retreat from busier parts of London.