5 Q&As about living in Hendon

5 Q&As about living in Hendon
Located half an hour along the Northern Line from central London, Hendon is a popular place for commuters to live. Here are five questions and answers you might want to read if you’re considering living in Hendon, to help you to decide if it’s right for you.

1. Is Hendon, London, a nice place to live?

Locals enjoy living in Hendon because there are several pleasant green spaces (including Hendon Park and Brent River Park) as well as all the local amenities one could ask for in a largely residential area. There are plenty of places to shop, including at Brent Cross shopping centre and Staples Corner retail park, and Golders Green is just a short drive down the road. 

The transport links in Hendon are great, with easy access to central London via the Northern Line (Hendon is in zone 3+4) or A41. Unlike many other parts of London, though, Hendon also has quick and easy access to the countryside - Colne Valley and the Chiltern Hills are respectively only 30 minutes’ or 60 minutes’ drive away, which is perfect if you want to get away for some sightseeing, picnics or rambling on a weekend. Furthermore, direct access to the A1 and M1 also makes visiting the Midlands or North of England straightforward if you want to travel further afield.

Car ownership is understandably more common than in more central parts of London (most properties have at least one car), but parking is easy and relatively inexpensive.

In terms of community spirit, or the ‘feel’ of the place, Hendon is a nice area with several established, welcoming communities. There is a large Jewish population here, and the overall age demographic varies from young professionals and couples with young families, to people aged 45+ with established roots in the area. 

Locals say Hendon is a nice place to live because there’s a lovely sense of community here, and there are plenty of facilities to enjoy in the evening, including several bars and restaurants.

2. Is Hendon safe?

Hendon has a lower crime rate than several nearby areas, and lower than the average for the whole of London. The police training college in Hendon and the aforementioned sense of community spirit (a pride in the local area, and a willingness to look out for neighbours) probably have something to do with that.

3. What are the property prices like in Hendon?

Hendon offers a wide variety of housing styles, so whether you’re looking for a detached house, a semi, terrace or a flat, you should have plenty of choice - there’s also a good mix of modern and period properties. Hendon was originally populated by gentry, so older properties tend to be built on larger plots of land - though some of these have been broken up into smaller units in more recent years.

Average property prices in Hendon are currently around £670,000 to buy, compared to around £1.6million in central London. However, there seems to be a greater demand for rented properties here, so the average rental price is relatively high - £1000 per week compared to £920ish in central London.

4. What are the schools like in Hendon?

There are a couple of ‘Outstanding’ primary schools in Hendon, and several others rated ‘Good’. Hendon secondary school is also rated ‘Good’. There are many more independent schools in the area, too. There’s a handy map that you can use to find which schools serve which catchment areas in and around Hendon.

5. What is there to do in Hendon?

The easy access to green spaces means you’ll never be short of somewhere to walk your dog or just take in some fresh air. As well as the places mentioned above, you could visit Brent Reservoir (known locally as the Welsh Harp, taken from the name of a long-gone pub) or the Dollis Valley Greenwalk if you get tired of visiting Hendon Park. 

On rainy days, you could visit the local cinemas - a modern multiscreen, and a vintage cinema (The Phoenix) are both easy to reach - and the high street has plenty of cafes and restaurants to sample.

If you’re a rugby union fan, you could go to watch the Saracens rugby play at their homeground the StoneX stadium just north of central Hendon; if golf is more your thing, there are several courses to choose from including Hendon Golf Club or Finchley Golf Club.

There’s an RAF museum in Hendon, and of course Central London is only half an hour away if you want to visit any of the world class museums and theatres that the city has to offer.

Thinking of moving to Hendon?

Hendon is a nice, safe place to live. If you’re considering living in Hendon, make a few visits to the area and spend some time here to get a feel for the different areas before deciding where you’ll settle. If you need somewhere to store your belongings during your move or whilst you redecorate, we have a storage facility conveniently located for those living in Hendon with self storage units in a wide variety of sizes at affordable, weekly rates.

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