Holloway is the Latest Up and Coming Hot Spot in North London
As one district after another falls under the spell of Islington and Shoreditch, Holloway presents a great opportunity at lower prices.
A generation ago, the districts to the north of the capital were working class neighbourhoods with a reputation for poverty and crime. But since the turn of the millennium, there has been investment, regeneration and, of course, the hipster phenomenon, and one by one, areas such as Shoreditch, Hoxton, Camden and Highgate have become desirable and fashionable targets for young professionals and growing families.
Of course, growing popularity means increasing prices, but this has only served to cause further development and renewal programmes in neighbouring districts, and estate agents in Holloway have little doubt where the next hot spot will be. Holloway might be best known for its prison, but this closed in July 2016, and plans are under discussion for its redevelopment, which is likely to involve hundreds of new homes.
Let’s take a look at what Holloway has to offer.
Holloway is predominantly comprised of traditional Victorian town houses, the majority of which have been turned into apartments. There are also plenty of Victorian terraces. Most have had loft conversions, which make them deceptively spacious. When Emirates Stadium was redeveloped a little over ten years ago, 650 new flats were built – surely the ideal home for Gunners fans!
One bedroom flats start around the £420,000 mark, or about £1,500 per month to rent, while three bedroom town houses are available from £1,000,000 (around £3,200 per month rental).
Being a mere four miles from the Ocford Street, all the shopping options in the world are within easy reach, but Holloway itself has a good selection along the bustling Holloway Road, including Selby’s its very own independent department store. For something a little different, Islington is within walking distance, and here you can find the specialist independents, antique shops and vintage clothing stores on Camden Passage.
The major shopping centres of Westfield Stratford and Brent Cross are each around five miles away.
There is a choice of state schools in easy reach for kids of all ages, and most are rated “good” or above by Ofsted. Among the primary schools, St John’s Highbury Vale, Grafton, Gillespie and Yerbury were all rated outstanding. The same applies to Highbury Grove Comprehensive, Camden School for Girls and St Aloysius’ for boys.
As for private schools, there is a huge choice in nearby Highgate and Hampstead.
You are really spoilt for choice when it comes to a night out. Whether you are looking for a rough and ready live music venue in Camden, an a la carte dining experience followed by the theatre in Islington or simply a pie and a pint in the company of friendly locals on Holloway road, there is something for every mood and budget.
Sport and leisure
Of course, when it comes to sport, football dominates, and Emirates Stadium looms large over the area. But don’t be fooled by the proximity to the city, there is plenty of other green space around, too, including Finsbury Park, Highbury Fields and Gillespie Park, where the nature reserve provides a real oasis of calm.