The best places to live in North London: A renter's guide

The best places to live in North London: A renter's guide
North London has always been hugely popular with renters of all shapes and sizes.

Families, couples, young professionals and house sharers all flock north of the Thames for North London's leafy streets, great schools, bar and cafe culture - and great rental properties.

But London is one big city.

So, knowing where to focus your search when renting in North London is key - and this guide is here to help you.

We'll take a look at some of the best places to live in North London, as well as some great flats and houses to rent in this really special part of the capital.

Renting in North London

So, what can you expect when renting in North London?

The answer to that is: A bit of everything!

That's the beauty of living in London - there really is something for everyone.

From fringe theatres, old drinking establishments, a melting pot of cultures and amazing period properties, families and young professionals continue to seek out great rental homes in the area.

Let's look at some of the best areas to live in North London...


Living in Bounds Green

The popularity of North London as a trendy, hip place to live has seen many areas north of the water experience genuine change over the years.

Bounds Green is what you might call 'old' North London.

It's well connected to central London, too, with a classic 1930s station offering Piccadilly Line services to Piccadilly Circus in less than 30 minutes.

If you prefer the car, Bounds Green is also close to the North Circular meaning great access points to central London.

It's family friendly, as well, with schools like Bounds Green Infant School rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

St Martin of Porres Catholic and St Michael's CofE are both rated 'Good' by Ofsted.

Some of the best properties in Bounds Green are Edwardian and 1930s family homes, with this four-bedroom end-of-terrace available for £2,000 per month.

Bounds Green house

The property is close to Bounds Green Underground station and Bounds Green Infant School and would suit a young family.


Living in Edmonton, London

In the Borough of Enfield and perched on the edge of the North Circular, Edmonton has always traditionally been a highly sought-after spot for young professionals priced out of more central zones.

And it's true there is real value to be found in Edmonton, whether you're renting or buying.

Renters can expect quality inter-war homes and Edwardian and Victorian terraces, some of which have been converted.

Close to Edmonton Green station, this three-bedroom house would suit a family.

Edmonton house

Nestled alongside the green space of Pymmes Park and close to the 'Good'-rated Hazelbury Primary, the property is available for £1,600 per month.

Edmonton also boasts a number of newer flats aimed at young professional renters and this two-bedroom example is newly-refurbished.

Close to Angel Road station, the property also comes with parking and easy access to the A10 and North Circular roads.


Living in Golders Green

Families looking for value and spacious, sprawling 1930s homes should unquestionably head for Golders Green.

The leafy North London suburb, north west of Hampstead Heath, is where families put down roots.

But family renters, too, have plenty of great properties to choose in an area that also boasts Golders Hill Park as well as a host of shops and cafes along the bustling Golders Green Road.

Located between Brent Cross and Golders Green Underground stations, this four-bedroom house has been beautifully modernised throughout and even comes with its own swimming pool - all for £3,200 per month.

Edmonton house

For a young professional or couple, needing great transport links, this two-bedroom flat on West Heath Drive is a short walk from Golders Green station and offers a modern, contemporary living space.

On the fringes of Golders Hill Park, the converted property is available, with outdoor space, for £2,500 per month.

Living in Finchley

Another leafy North London suburb offering some of the capital's best 1930s family homes, as well as a helping of Victorian period gems and new-build flats, Finchley sits north of the North Circular road south of Church End.

As well as great transport links via Finchley Central Underground station, offering Northern Line trains into town, and the North Circular and M1 motorways, families flock to Finchley for the area's schools.

St Mary's CofE Primary, Manorside, Our Lady of Lourdes RC and Moss Hall Infants are all rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

In terms of property, this substantial five-bedroom detached house is an example of what's on offer in Finchley.

Finchley house
With a huge garden and modern, beautifully finished interior, the house is close to Finchley Central Station and the 'Good'-rated Pardes House Primary School.

Young professional renters looking for modern apartment living, meanwhile, should check out this three-bedroom flat just off North Finchley High Road.

The property is modern and close to the centre of the action in North Finchley, as well as Woodside Park Underground station.

Living in Islington

Sometimes described as the jewel of North London, Islington's popularity is reflected in its prices for renters and buyers, which sit at the higher end of the market.

But it's easy to see why the area is so popular - living in Islington is a lifestyle choice.

Part of the area edges into central London, too, so living here means easy access to work and to the retail benefits the capital offers.

Families stay in Islington, too, though thanks to its great schools and large period properties.

Angel, Caledonian Road and Highbury & Islington offer great Underground services into the city, while Overground services run from Cannonbury, Barnsbury, Caledonian Road and Highbury & Islington.

Family renters should take a look at this three-bedroom period house in Angel - which is essentially 'Islington' all rolled up in a stunning property.

Islington house

Close to Regents Canal and Angel Underground station, the house is a great example of what's available for less than £5,000 per month.

If you're a young professional couple looking for space to grow, this three-bedroom flat right on the canal could be a great option.

Angel Underground station is within walking distance, while the property also boasts a roof terrace with stunning views.

If you are looking for a property to rent in North London get in touch with your local Ellis & Co office who will be able to help you find your next home.