Everything you need to know about living in Harrow

Everything you need to know about living in Harrow
Best known for the quaint village atop the hill and one of the country's finest boarding schools, it's fair to say Harrow is a unique part of London.

With no fewer than four Prime Ministers educated at prestigious Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill has played a key part in British history - not least because Winston Churchill was one of those aforementioned alumni.

Harrow is one of north London's most vibrant communities, with single professionals taking advantage of great flats and modern developments, as well as transport links into central London, and families flocking to the area for its large detached homes and great schools.

Living in Harrow

Thirteen miles north west of central London, Harrow is flanked by Stanmore to the north, Hendon to the east, Wembley to the south and Ruislip to the west.

This is a place where roots are firmly put down by families or couples looking to grow in an area where house prices are on a par with Harrow's zone 4-5 location, but transport links are good back into town.


Houses for sale in Harrow

Three new developments in recent years have added a regenerated feel to Harrow town centre, as well as providing new homes for eager professional buyers.

Lexicon, Lyon Square and Harrow Square properties range from studio flats to larger one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

Away from the new, Harrow's traditional streets of 1930s semi and detached family homes offer space and tradition, as do the Victorian and Edwardian terraces that fill areas of the town.

Harrow properties range in value from large family detached homes, mainly 1930s style, at £769,741 and semi-detached houses at £529,248 to those Victorian and Edwardian terraces at £465,626 and flats around £300,000.

Those prices place Harrow well below the Greater London averages, although considerably higher than the UK averages as you would expect from a sought-after London Town.

Average property price: £412,150*

Flats for rent in Harrow

Property investors pick up many of Harrow's newer and period conversion flats, with 71% of properties let in the area over the past 12 months to May 2019 being apartments and flats.

And with 39% of tenants sitting in the 18-29 age bracket, it's proof if proof were needed that Harrow has much to appeal to the young professional as well as growing families.

Harrow flats command a monthly rent of £1,160 on average, considerably lower than the £1,468 Greater London average.

Those renting larger family homes can expect to pay £1,485 for a terraced home, £1,480 for a semi and £1,511 for a detached house - well below the Greater London averages.

Average rental price: £1,213*


Harrow transport links

One of Harrow's best selling points is its transport links.

Thanks to the Metropolitan Line, Underground trains fro Harrow-on-the-Hill go direct to Baker Street and the City in 30 minutes.

North Harrow, West Harrow and Rayners Lane are also on the Met Line and all stations are in zone five.

Keton and South Kenton are on the Bakerloo Line in zone four with trains into the West End, while South Harrow and Sudbury Hill are on the Piccadilly Line.

Schools in Harrow

Away from the grandeur of Harrow School, the town's state primaries and secondaries fare well in the Ofsted stakes.

Outstanding primary schools include St Anselm's RC, Marlborough, Belmont, Byron Court, St Joseph's RC, Mount Stewart Junior, Alexandra, Newton Farm, Heathland, Glebe and St Bernadette's RC.

Most other primaries are rated 'Good'.

Among the 'Outstanding' secondary comprehensives are Whitmore High, Sacred Heart Language College, Nower Hill High, Claremont High and Bentley Wood High.

Shopping in Harrow

While temptation to take advantage of Harrow's great train links into central London is high, the town itself boasts two undercover shopping centres of its own.

St Anns and St Georges together have branches of H & M, Boots, M & S, Clarks and Monsoon, as well as a host of eateries.

Eating out in Harrow

We'll start with breakfast and for a real taste of Hill life, head to the Doll's House for a something to eat and a cup of tea.

For lunch or dinner, you're probably expecting a taste explosion thanks to Harrow's genuinely multi-cultural locals - and you'd be right.

Try Shobha's Rasoi on the High Street at Wealdstone for a traditional Indian dish with an East African twist, or if you prefer your food from the sea, The Fat Crab on Alexandra Avenue, close to Rayners Lane, offers everything from prawns, calamari, oysters and, predictably, crab.

Things to do in Harrow

If you're going to be living in Harrow then you'll need to know a bit about its prestigious history - and that means a visit to Harrow School.

Take a tour around and see where the likes of Churchill and, more recently, Benedict Cumberbatch, toiled over school work.

And if you like your architecture, the school's 16th century design is awe-inspiring.

Harrow School

If you love your sport but can't get tickets for the likes of North London giants Tottenham and Arsenal, take in a Barnet FC game at the Hive Stadium, home of National League side Barnet FC and located between Harrow and Edgware.

Things to do with the kids

If the kids need to let off some steam but the weather is not playing ball, try Picazzo Arts in Wealdstone where they can let their creative juices flow while you enjoy a well-earned coffee.

From pottery painting to canvases, it's a great place for the little ones to get messy and have fun.

Jungle Monkey's, meanwhile, is a popular indoor soft play site with plenty to keep the little ones entertained for hours.

If you thinking of mobing to Harrow, take a look at our available properties and get in touch with Ellis & Co Harrow if you have any questions on buying or renting in the area.

* Statistics from DataLoft Inform