I happened to have spent much of my life in Haringey – my father had a patisserie there for over three decades and I grew up baking with him in the kitchen (covered in flour) and serving customers with my mother, and I loved it!
Haringey has changed drastically but, unlike most areas which experience such rapid change, it has maintained a vibrancy and diversity and many businesses such as restaurants, butchers and grocers have stood the test of time.
The area is home to a huge number of Turkish and Cypriot residents and there’s a wonderful sense of community. You can enjoy some of the finest Turkish food in London here. The most popular shopping area is the Grand Parade and homes are in high demand are on the Haringey Ladder closest to Haringey Gardens. Abutting South Tottenham to the east and Crouch End to the west, demand for homes on Haringey Ladder has been somewhat fuelled by overspill from neighbouring areas, where property prices are higher.
From Manor House and Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly Line) you can reach Covent Garden within around 15 minutes. Haringey Green Lanes Overground also provides a good transport link to the east and an easy connection with the Jubilee line.
The community in Haringey is incredibly welcoming to newcomers – once someone recognises you they’ll treat you as a friend - as though you’ve been living there forever. A high proportion of homes in Haringey are rented; many of the shop and restaurant owners along Green Lanes also own the flats above and, because property prices were once much more affordable than other boroughs, many have been snapped up by buy-to-let landlords.
The average value of a flat in Haringey is currently £431,000, compared to £313,000 a year ago. A terraced house will set you back around £686,000, compared with £502,000 last year.
Average monthly rental prices currently stand at £1,608 for a two-bed flat, £2,023 for a three-bed house and £2,620 for a four-bed house.
There are some stunning homes here – they’re typically much grander than you find in Stoke Newington, four-bed terraces with wide bay windows and wonderful high ceilings.
Around 22 per cent of Haringey is open space. Green spaces include Finsbury Park (home of the London Meteors Baseball Club), Railway Fields Local Nature Reserve near the Overground station, the New River Path and Duckett’s Common. And it’s just a short walk to The Parkland Walk up to Highgate, Alexandra Park, Queen’s Wood and the Woodberry Wetlands.
There’s something very special about this place. Haringey is incredibly diverse yet amazingly tight-knit.
Haringey is incredibly diverse yet amazingly tight-knit.
Posted 4th April 2017
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