Large character apartment in one the best residential areas of London

Large character apartment in one the best residential areas of London

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A lovely flat in the heart of a green, classy and leafy neighborhood. Our home is on the second floor of a small mansion block dating from 1920. We share the entrance on the ground floor with only our neighbours on the first floor, a family of 3 with an older teenage daughter.
The flat is conveniently placed just 2 minutes across the underground station of Highgate, on the Northern Line, and you can be in Oxford Circus in less than 20 minutes.
The flat is light and spacious, with large windows and the decor is a mix of modern and retro/vintage furniture. I'm afraid we own a lot of books, so there's plenty to explore indoors if you like reading and browsing!
You can have access to our Mac computer and high speed broadband cable connection.
The kitchen, although it needs renovating, is well equipped with appliances and cookware, including two kinds of espresso makers, microwave and standard oven which works wonderfully.

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  1. We are a family of four, with two older teenagers (girl 18, boy 13). I work in academia (research) and also as a freelance design practitioner. My husband runs an independent lifestyle magazine, is also a consultant and lecturer in sustainability.
    We are Italian-Argentine by origin, but have lived in the UK for 22 years, and owned our home for 15 years. We travel often for work and holidays.

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Highgate is one of the well sought after areas in London, preferred by lawyers, writers and celebrities.

History
Ever since poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge made for the leafy and lofty beauty of Highgate to try and tackle his opium addiction, the area has been a magnet for creative individuals and more recently, celebrities. When families aren’t busy socialising or partaking in community events, they’re free to enjoy the beautiful environment Highgate has to offer. Situated on one of London’s highest points, the village commands great views over central London and the expansive greenery of Hampstead Heath. Much like neighbouring Hampstead, the High Street is the area’s social hub where everyone from teenagers meeting to share that day’s gossip to pensioners taking a stroll gathers for coffee and cake. Residents cherish this village like atmosphere safe in the knowledge that Leicester Square is only a 20 minute Tube journey away. Despite the area’s exclusive reputation, property styles are varied and cater to a diverse market. Whether you’re seeking a family home for the kids to grow up in, or a one bedroom flat, this prime north London property hotspot has it all.

Fact file
Highgate is famous for its Grade I-listed cemetery where political philosopher Karl Marx and writers George Eliot and Christina Rossetti are buried. It gained much notoriety in the press in the early 1970s for supposedly being the haunt of the ‘Highgate vampire’. The ensuing publicity led to a mass hunt but no vampire was ever found.
Highgate Hill, the street that links Archway with Highgate Village, was the route of Europe’s first cable car. It operated between 1884 and 1909.
Visitors to Highgate pubs in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries would have to undertake the comical custom of ‘Swearing on the Horns’ to confirm their commitment to debauchery. A clerk would read an oath, which participants would agree on, then kiss or salute a set of horns.

Architecture and property
Highgate village dates back to 1354 and was originally part of the Bishop of London’s hunting estate. From the 16th century, impressive houses were built along Highgate Hill and in Georgian times the area became highly fashionable as a country retreat for wealthy City workers, a demographic it still serves today. Highgate suffered bomb damage in World War II, which goes some way to explaining the range of its property styles, everything from Victorian mansions to more modest flats on the Holly Lodge Estate.

While elegant Georgian homes are ever sought after, there is a variety of Victorian properties too. Highgate is home to what was once described as ‘perhaps the single most celebrated Modernist building of the 1930s in London’ – Berthold Lubetkin’s 1930s Highpoint development. These highly desirable apartment blocks are Grade I listed and have communal gardens, tennis courts and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

Going out
Eating: One thing Highgate knows how to do is afternoon tea. High Tea of Highgate is a tiny cafe with a huge array of cakes and scones. It’s always busy, but you won’t regret queuing. The High Street has a great selection of independent and chain restaurants. Locals only have to venture slightly further to enjoy the culinary delights of Holloway Road and Junction Road, such as the acclaimed Italian 500 and gastro pub St John’s Tavern.

Culture: Located in a striking Gothic church conversion, the multi arts venue Jacksons Lane is a hotbed of theatrical activity. Classical music fans should visit The Red Hedgehog, an intimate 100 seat concert hall opposite Highgate Tube. Anyone in need of some light entertainment can head Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate’s excellent fringe theatre. The central Pond Square is home to community events, including the Highgate Summer Fair and Christmas carol concert.

Drinking: Many of Highgate’s social gatherings take place in its traditional-style pubs. The Red Lion & Sun and The Flask are reliable options, but first prize goes to The Wrestlers, a beautiful pub in the heart of the village, occupying the same site since 1547. A real fireplace, vintage wooden furniture and stained glass windows ensure its authenticity while its extensive menu keeps the locals returning.

Local amenities: Most locals find that the numerous parks and outdoor spaces provide ample opportunity for exercise, but just down the hill Archway Leisure Centre has a pool, sauna and gym. Highgate High Street is lined with exclusive one off boutiques and children’s stores. One of the best is notsobig, named after an imaginary crocodile in a Roald Dahl book, it's full of designer offerings for tots and young teens. Highgate Cemetery has become a tourist destination in itself and one can easily lose an afternoon admiring its beautiful Gothic architecture. Highgate Library is a community hub, located in a striking Edwardian building.

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