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Why it's time to move to Barnet?

PUBLISHED: 15:45 08 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:26 20 February 2013

Why it's time to move to Barnet?

Why it's time to move to Barnet?

With one foot in Hertfordshire and one in London, Barnet offers the best of both worlds. Pat Bramley heads to the edge of the county to take a closer look

With one foot in Hertfordshire and one in London, Barnet offers the best of both worlds. Pat Bramley heads to the edge of the county to take a closer look



Barnet is part of one of the largest boroughs of London and that makes it more or less at the centre of the universe or thats what it would seem to those living in the sticks in leafy Hertfordshire.


Getting around by public transport is the norm. Buses and trains arent limited to one or two an hour and it doesnt take a car journey to get you to the nearest stop. Theres no need for parents to act as a taxi service to teenagers. Every imaginable facility is practically on the doorstep and in any event theres every chance those fortunate enough to live in Barnet can get where they want for the price of a ticket to ride.



Property


Local prices bottomed out four or five months ago, according to Paul Jarman at Savills office in Barnet. Values arent rising yet but there are more purchasers around buying houses which they perceive as fairly priced rather than delaying in the hope of further reductions.


Flats in Barnet sell from around 200,000 although Savills is selling fancy apartments in neighbouring Hadley Wood for between 550,000 and 600,000. Houses start about the same price and rise to anything up to 7m, comments Paul who believes the market next year could continue to improve. Theres more good quality stock around and many more motivated buyers. As long as the balance between supply and demand is reasonably even, the market in affluent areas like Barnet, close to the centre of London, could be good.



Education


Quality and choice of schools, both state and private, could hardly be better. At last count there were 118 schools in the London Borough of Barnet thats 92 primary and nursery establishments and 19 secondary. Henrietta Barnett, the voluntary aided grammar school for girls, is one of the top academic state schools in the country, according to the Good Schools Guide. The borough is also home to Middlesex Universitys Hendon campus and Hendon Police College.



Transport


Barnet has had a station since 1850. Unfortunately the rail fares to London were regarded as steep in the mid-19th century so not many travellers let the train take the strain. The foundations werent laid for the town to become a computer hotspot until 1907 when the railway was converted into the Northern and Piccadilly line of the tube and they started to run trams out of Archway thats when canny developers saw the green light to start building homes in Barnet.


The town now has two stations. New Barnet on the East Coast Main Line operated by First Capital Connect provides a southbound service into Moorgate and Kings Cross and northbound to Welwyn Garden City. High Barnet tube station is the end of a branch of the Northern Line and also on the Piccadilly Line.


For road journeys, Barnet is only
a short blast from the AI(M), M25 and M1.



Leisure and shopping


Barnet is probably best known in other parts of the universe for its League Two football team. The Bees so called because of their amber and black shirts share their ground at Underhill Stadium with Arsenal Reserves.
Not surprisingly the town has much more to offer than merely a professional football team which has spawned an impressive list of future premiership players.


Well known attractions within easy reach by train or bus include Brent Cross shopping centre, the Welsh Harp nature reserve, the Royal Air Force Museum and Barnet Copthall leisure complex at Mill Hill where theres an athletics stadium, gym, swimming pool and, for golfers, a driving range.

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