Muswell Hill - N10
Muswell Hill is a residential suburb in the London Borough of Haringey. Set on a hilltop the area offers stunning views across North London. The area has a reputation as a middle class enclave consisting as it does of mainly larger style period properties on tree lined roads, however it does offer a more affordable alternative to the seriously rich neighbouring areas of Hampstead and Highgate.
There are a good selection of shops in Muswell Hill and The Broadway although bars and restaurants hold there own amongst antique and craft shops. Muswell Hill has witnessed the introduction of some high end brands in the past couple of years including 'Whistles', Maison Blanc' and 'Planet Organic', the latter proving particularly popular. At the other end of the retail scale there is an excellent weekly farmers' market at the foot of Muswell Hill in Alexandra Park selling fresh, organic produce.
Whilst Muswell Hill does not have its own underground station it is well serviced by 24 hour buses running into both London Bridge and West End's Tottenham Court Road. East Finchley tube station on zone 3 of the Northern Line is approximately a mile away and Bounds Green (Piccadilly Line) is about a mile and a half away.
The Broadway - Muswell HillBroadway
Central Muswell Hill has the buzz of an urban high street, set alongside a village atmosphere of independent traders and cafés, intermingled with nationally known shops and eateries - all situated within parades of stylish, red brick, Edwardian buildings topped by purpose built mansion blocks - which provide spacious flats retaining masses of architectural features from that era, interesting frontages, decorative plasterwork and sash windows.
The town centre is at the “top of the hill”, many of the roads, the shops and the flats give panoramic views towards the City.
Central Muswell Hill is a conservation area encompassing the many health clubs, doctors and dentists, alternative health practitioners, primary and parochial schools, a Montessori School and Fortismere Secondary School, as well being close by to the green open spaces of Queens Wood, Highgate Wood and Alexandra Palace.
Odeon Cinema - Muswell HillThe roads radiating from the heart of the Broadway really do display Edwardian architecture at its very best - rows of red brick terraced houses, expansive and ornate Edwardian semi detached houses, and in some cases double fronted villas, all line the roads known as the Royal Roads - Queens Avenue, Princes Avenue, Dukes Avenue and Grand Avenue.
These houses are large, handsome and well appointed, with ornate pargetting into the exterior gables, and interiors with beautiful cast iron fireplace surrounds, wooden fretwork arches, ceiling cornices, dado and picture rails and turned staircase spindles, banisters and newel posts.
Some of these impressive Edwardian houses have also been converted into beautiful and spacious flats, and many of these have been sympathetically converted, so that each flat still retains a number of the original period features and fireplaces.