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Thanks to a stellar selection of schools, masses of green space and diverse retail therapy options, North West London is having a moment. We check out the most exciting places to buy in the area

Mill Hill School exterior shot of main entrance

Both Harrow (HA1) and nearby Mill Hill (NW) are two of the most desirable commuter areas in North West London.

You’ll find open spaces, as well as activities and amenities to cater for country and city tastes alike – from parkland, shops and restaurants; to schools, fitness facilities and entertainment.

Mill Hill Village is one of London’s oldest villages. With its pretty duck pond, a working community farm, ‘Outstanding’ schools and great pubs, it’s a hidden gem with fast links to central London by Tube, rail and road.

Harrow perhaps needs less of an introduction, being home to one of the most famous schools in the world.

Join us for a tour of the local area…

With more than 50 nurseries and primary schools, and in excess of 20 secondary schools in the borough, Harrow’s reputation for outstanding education is well justified. 

The prestigious, independent Harrow School may be the most esteemed, but other noteworthy schools here include St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and The John Lyon School, a leading independent boys’ school.

Mill Hill School is also one of the best independent schools in Greater London, while Millbrook Park Church of England Primary is a well-regarded, three-form entry primary school created specifically for the Millbrook Park development.

Copthall School and Mill Hill County High School are both local secondary schools with impressive Ofsted ratings. A further eight ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ primary schools can be found within ten miles of Millbrook.

For those looking for the complete retail experience, nearby Brent Cross is an iconic shopping mecca – the blueprint for retail centres throughout the UK.

The bustling high streets of Harrow, Mill Hill Broadway, High Barnet and Whetstone all offer a wealth of boutique stores, artisan bakeries, speciality coffee shops and exceptional restaurants.

For those looking for the complete retail experience, nearby Brent Cross is an iconic shopping mecca – the blueprint for retail centres throughout the UK.

The centre is set to double in size as part of a £1.4bn redevelopment, which will see 150 new shops, more than 40 new restaurants, a luxury cinema and a riverside park.

If you’re more at home on the pitch, course or field, take your pick from countless local sports clubs catering for all ages and abilities.

Allianz Park, home to the Saracens, is also a community sports hub with amazing facilities.

Set in 145 acres of mature woodland, Mill Hill Golf Club features a picturesque clubhouse and an 18-hole course first designed by famed course designer JF Abercrombie in 1923. Mill Hill Cricket Club is also a notable space for family-friendly fun.

There are many parklands to escape city life here. Roxbourne Park is perfect for walkers, families and nature enthusiasts, with football pitches, a children’s play area, model steam railway, and woodland walk situated within 26 hectares of open space.

Northala Fields meanwhile is an award-winning park with several fishing lakes, four hills, and a large field area.

For runners and dog walkers, the Dollis Valley Greenwalk provides almost ten miles of level footpaths; and Darlands Lake Nature Reserve is home to a wealth of wildlife, from wildfowl and moorhens to a dozen species of dragonfly and the occasional kingfisher.

Located in Mill Hill Village, Belmont Farm is the largest public farm within the M25, and provides the opportunity to meet a wide variety of different animals, from cows and rabbits to goats and exotic lovebirds.

Additionally, there are numerous volunteering opportunities here for those looking to build a career in veterinary science or animal husbandry. The farm is also opening a new private day nursery in autumn 2019.

Friends Restaurant

One for the birthday dinners, Friends restaurant is a local institution. Founded more than 25 years ago by Savoy-trained Terry Farr, Friends is based in a 500-year-old Tudor building on historic Pinner High Street.

In contrast to the very old building, food leans towards the contemporary, with a British/French-inspired menu taken care of by head chef Stelian Scripcariu, who has spent over a decade working in top restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Maze.

The Catcher in The Rye

Located close to Finchley Central station, The Catcher in The Rye is an ideal spot to lock on your radar for a post-work drink. There’s an extensive gin menu, good food and the option to reserve a table. Cheers to that.

Adam & Eve

Make the historic Adam & Eve pub your local and you’ll enjoy responsibly sourced modern British food and a traditional warm welcome. With a charming Victorian walled garden to the rear, this country-style pub promotes itself as ‘a destination for the discerning’.

Bluebelles of Portobello

Minutes from Mill Hill Broadway, Bluebelles of Portobello is a crowd-pleasing café. From specially roasted Caravan coffee to brunches, gourmet salads and fantastic cakes, this relaxed spot is the go-to for good food and drink in a relaxed, buzzy setting.

THE DEVELOPMENTS

Surrounded by excellent transport connections and steeped in local history, Eastman Village is an exciting new residential quarter conveniently located in the heart of Harrow.

Home to the Kodak factory for 125 years, Eastman Village is set to revitalise this landmark site and create a community of more than 1,000 new homes. An idyllic location for both young professionals and families, this is an opportunity to own both a piece of local history and a part of Harrow’s future.

Working with Harrow Council to contribute to wider regeneration plans, Barratt London is helping transform the local neighbourhood of Wealdstone with high-quality housing and new communal facilities.

Providing more than 1,000 of the 5,000 new homes promised as part of the council’s ‘Heart of Harrow’ regeneration scheme – as well as plenty of open green space for local residents and a number of commercial units – Eastman Village is sure to become a thriving and exciting place to call home.

The first phase of will provide 460 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes. Most will have a balcony or terrace, and parking will also be available for selected two, three and four-bedroom homes.

Each housing option provides a property filled with light and style. Open-plan living areas feature floor-to-ceiling glazing to allow plenty of natural light to flow in, while kitchens are equipped with a range of smart modern appliances, making cooking and entertaining a pleasure.

Contemporary bathrooms and en suites come complete with stylish fittings in white and chrome, and are finished with attractive ceramic wall and floor tiling.

Most homes have their own private balcony or terrace, providing an outdoor extension ideal for soaking up the sun and vibrant surroundings of Eastman Village.

Speaking of surroundings, the development couldn’t be better situated. Wealdstone High Street and Harrow and Wealdstone station are within walking distance, and Harrow-on-the-Hill station and its surrounding shopping hub just one mile away.

In terms of recreational areas, an expansive public park and communal gardens will surround the new homes at Eastman Village, with a series of routes connecting Harrow View Road to the park.

With excellent links to central London, a range of amenities close by, and plenty of green open space, this exciting new development really makes the most of all Harrow has to offer.

Barratt London is also building 345 apartments and ten houses in Mill Hill in North West London, as part of a collection of developments that will provide 2,240 new apartments and houses within the area.

The site includes new parks and open spaces, a primary school, a public piazza and Millbrook Plaza, with proposed new restaurants, shops and office space.

Millbrook Park will offer the dream suburban lifestyle on the edge of the city. The development is located on Bittacy Hill and is part of a large conservation area.

Mill Hill East station is moments away, so you can enjoy a village lifestyle while being just half an hour away from central London. There’s also a good-sized Waitrose a five-minute walk away.

There’s also plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, with Bittacy Hill Park to the south and, further afield, the extensive parklands of Dollis Brook and Windsor.

The development itself has been designed to provide high-quality accommodation that makes the most of its surroundings – each of the spacious apartments at Millbrook Park has floor-to-ceiling windows and either a private balcony or terrace.

Intended to suit both professional couples or sharers and young families, every detail has been considered to make enjoying the space as effortless as possible.

Each apartment is accessible by lift; kitchens feature soft-close doors and integrated appliances; every bathroom houses a heated towel rail; there’s fibre-optic broadband installed, and every bedroom has television and BT connections.

Overlooking the rolling green fields of Totteridge Valley, Ridgeway Views in Mill Hill offers modern living within a stunning setting.

Just a short walk from the Tube, which reaches the West End in under 30 minutes, residents will enjoy a taste of village life, coupled with the convenience and vibrancy of city living.

With a broad range of high quality two, three, and five-bedroom apartments and houses available, Ridgeway Views will give you space to thrive, whether you’re looking for your first home or the next step for your growing family.

Contemporary, open-plan living areas, flowing interiors, and kitchens with a modern integrated appliances, including cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer.

Every property at the development comes with a private balcony or terrace – providing an outdoor extension of the living space – and access to a shared landscaped courtyard with views across the valley below.

There’s also a concierge service to make life easier, and an on-site residents’ gym and fitness trail. 

One and two-bedroom homes at Eastman Village are available from £309,000, and from £378,000 at Millbrook Park. Ridgeway Views has two, three, and five-bedroom homes available, with prices ranging from £750,000 to £2.1m.

London Help to Buy is available on selected homes. For more information, visit barrattlondon.com, or call 0333 344 7205. 

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