Hornsey sits right by two affluent areas, Crouch End and Muswell Hill, and is stones throw from Wood Green. With its generous selection of independent cafes and restaurants, great local schools, and immediate access to Priory Park and Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally) it’s no wonder prices have soared in this area over the last decade.
From young professionals and first time buyers all the way through to young families, people are drawn to Hornsey because of its affordable housing for buying and renting. The High Street offers a range of unique cafes, bakeries, nail boutiques, bars and restaurants and really has it’s own community feel.
Hornsey, established as a settlement in the pre-Conquest county of Middlesex, has its name derived from the 162 different spellings that existed from medieval times. Horney was chosen, based on the old spellings such as ‘Harnsey’. The area used to be mainly wooded, with farms and villas, and acted as a medieval route to London from the north of England. With the arrival of various railways into the area, it rapidly changed in the 18th century, and like its neighbours Wood Green and Harringay, by the late 1880’s had become increasingly popular as a place to live. Hornsey started to flourish and this has continued to be the trend for this north London gem of an area.
Its houses are mainly in the Victorian and Edwardian style terraces, which is typical of the area.
Property prices are still slightly more affordable than its well-off neighbours Crouch End and Muswell Hill, making it a definite look in for young professionals and new families.
Shopping, food and drink
Horsney offers a brilliant array of cute independent bakeries and cafes, including one of our favourites, Elsie café, as well as popular drinking destinations like the Great Northern Railway Tavern. On weekends one can venture a little further up the street and hit the local Alexandra Palace farmers market (open most weekends), offering an incredible range of food stalls serving everything from cheeses and olives to fresh vegetables, meats, and the most delectable pastries and breads.
Hornsey is also just a short walk from Crouch End Broadway, which boasts an M&S, Waitrose, Tesco and Coop, spoiling its locals with supermarket choices; not to mention a local fishmonger and various greengrocers.
Recreational Grounds & Amenities
In the heart of Hornsey is Priory Park, a beautiful parkland area that offers children’s playgrounds, a hidden café, lots of picnic space, and even a secret garden. Right on Hornsey’s doorstep is the iconic Alexandra Palace, a beautiful parkland area that offers multiple children’s playgrounds, thoroughfares for walking and bicycling, and some of the most picturesque views of London (including a perfect few of the Shard amongst other iconic buildings).
And don’t forget Hornsey Vale Community Centre right beside the recently upgraded Stationer’s Park which offers a wonderful smorgasbord of family fun with children’s events and classes, adult exercise classes all the way through to many holistic offerings like Craniosacral therapy and acupuncture.
The local pool is Park Road Leisure Centre, a very modern building with excellent facilities boasting indoor swimming pools, outdoor lidos, gym and fitness equipment and lots of classes.
Hornsey has the Whittington Hospital nearby, as well as University College Hospital in close proximity. There are various GPs and dental practices at its doorstep, along with Hornsey Medical Centre. The Park Road Leisure Centre is a very modern purpose built leisure centre with activities and exercise offerings for every age.
Transport links to Hornsey begin with Hornsey rail offering direct access to Old Street and Moorgate (in just 15 minutes). There are also direct buses to Finsbury Park for the Victoria line, or Turnpike Lane for the Piccadilly line, and Alexandra Palace as an alternative overland.
This leafy north London area is a popular area of North London for a new buyer not yet ready for the financial hit of Crouch End, Muswell Hill or Highgate, but not looking for an area as up-and-coming as Wood Green. While it has already had its price surge, one can still get a Victorian and Edwardian terrace conversion or a more modern building at a great price and we definitely recommend it if Crouch End is out of your budget. With it’s leafy surroundings and close transport, properties in the area are sure to continue to increase in value.