Family friendly Whetstone has a welcoming high street (Picture: Standard/REX/Shutterstock)
Located between North Finchley and Barnet and at the eastern end of moneyed Totteridge – with which it shares its N20 postcode and tube station – Whetstone is a long-term favourite with families, and more recently, first-time buyers.
The schools, mix of housing, green spaces and hassle-free journey into town via the Northern line or train from Oakleigh Park are a big part of the area’s appeal, and it also happens to be a friendly place with lots to do, plus plenty of cafés to while away the time in when you fancy a break from WFH.
What’s on offer in Whetstone
Homes include Victorian terraces, Edwardian semis and luxury new developments, though the majority are 1930s-built with three to six bedrooms and the bonus of decent-sized gardens.
‘We’ve seen a huge influx of transactions due to the Stamp Duty holiday, with lots of people moving to Whetstone from more central addresses for family homes with more space, and first-time buyers using Help to Buy on new-builds,’ says Oliver Ross of estate agency Real Estates.
‘One-bed flats start from £325,000-£350,000 and family houses are from £850,000 all the way up to £2 million, and the sweet spot is around £1.2million.’
What can I afford on the property ladder in Whetstone?
Situated in the heart of Whetstone, this one-bed, first-floor flat has a sunny living room, separate kitchen and communal garden, barnardmarcus.co.uk
Fancy a project? Don’t miss this three-bed 1930s semi as it requires modernisation and has extension potential, subject to planning permission, martyngerrard.co.uk
A substantial detached house with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a front reception room, a dining area overlooking the tranquil garden and off-street parking, statons.com
What’s new in Whetstone?
One and two-bed apartments are for sale at [email protected] Grove, named after housing reformer Octavia Hill.
Each has a fully-integrated kitchen, open-plan living area and a balcony or terrace, from £405,000, Taylor Wimpey.
[email protected] Grove
Rubric is a collection of 41 one and two-bed apartments, all with outdoor space and secure private parking.
A handful of two and three-bed shared ownership apartments are left at SO Resi Totteridge, close to the High Road’s shops and eateries and the tube.
From £136,250 for a 25% share of £545,000.
SO Resi Totteridge (Picture: Simon Harvey Photography Ltd)
W Place from Yogo Group has luxurious one, two and three-bed apartments and penthouses, and residents will have access to a roof garden. They launch in September, from £550,000.
And six four-bed houses are available at Lilia Mews, part of the completed Whetstone Square development. All have a terrace, private garden and two parking spaces, from £1.35million, via Jeremy Leaf and Martyn Gerrard.
Lilia Mews (Picture: Tino Antoniou)
These agents are also marketing Whetstone Gardens, made up of eight four-bed houses overlooking North Middlesex golf course, from £1.395million.
Greenoak Close, just off the high street, has just seven high-spec four-bed, three-bed houses, launching at the end of July. The guide price is £1.3million, via Statons.
Fact File: Everything a potential homeowner should know about Whetstone
Average house price: £689,398
Average rent: £1,551pcm
Council tax (Band D): £1,700.99
Commuting time to Zone 1: 23 mins from Totteridge & Whetstone to Euston; 26 mins from Oakleigh Park to Moorgate
Annual Travelcard: £2,128
Amenities: ★★★★☆ Waitrose; M&S Food; indie stores include organic food shop Nature’s Nest and new deli The French Market for baguettes, brie and other Gallic fare; restaurants including Tootoomoo, Al Fresco, Izgara, Sofalino, Cocorico and Haven are all recommended; Everyman Barnet cinema; gym, golf and tennis clubs
Open space: ★★★★☆ Whetstone Stray; Swan Lane Open Space; Brook Farm Open Space is on the Dollis Valley Greenwalk; Oakleigh Park
Schools: ★★★★☆ Better than average GCSE and A-level results; all local state schools rated outstanding or good
Crime: ★★☆☆☆ Below average
Who lives there? Families and first-time buyers
Famous faces: Amy Winehouse lived in Whetstone
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