Living Residential have been helping people in Cricklewood buy, sell and let properties for years. We’re based right in the area, so have an in-depth knowledge not only of the most desirable postcodes, in addition to the highest performing schools, transport links, and local amenities. We’re also the only Guild agency in the area, which is testament to our reliability and performance.
Whether you’re seeking to buy, sell or rent a property in Cricklewood, we can help. We offer a range of services, from sourcing and vetting tenants, to assistance with buying a property at auction.
The Cricklewood property market is dominated by attractive Edwardian and Victorian houses; many of which are situated on leafy residential streets, close to parks. There are also several spacious 1920s semi-detached and detached homes. While most of these properties remain as houses, some have been sub-divided to create flats – ideal for first-time buyers. Modern homes are less common, though there is a limited number of purpose-built flats, which, when they to come to market, tend to get snapped up quickly.
Homebuyers in Cricklewood are comprised mostly of families wishing to enjoy a slice of ‘village’ life, while maintaining proximity to Central London. Newer developments, such as Fellow Square are attracting more professionals to the area. There are also bargains for first-time buyers, with apartments available for less than surrounding areas, such as West Hampstead.
The price of a property in Cricklewood is influenced not only by the size and style of the home, but also its location. Houses close to the station are always higher in price, as are those that are close to Gladstone Park or well-regarded schools.
It’s believed that Cricklewood took its name from a neighbouring wood, several hundred years ago. It remained a small settlement until 1750, when The Crown was built for passing coaches. Through-traffic brought more people to the area, gradually transforming it into the thriving residential location that it is today.
Cricklewood is a sought-after address for people of all ages. It’s more affordable than neighbouring West Hampstead, which is a benefit for those looking to get on the first rung of the property ladder. Regeneration of Brent Cross Shopping Centre, not to mention many other improvements and new-build developments, has further boosted Cricklewood’s appeal.
Cricklewood has its own mainline train station, which is on the Thameslink line. This takes commuters to locations like Farringdon and St Pancras in just 15 minutes. Other destinations include Brighton and Luton. A short stroll to Dollis Hill station means that travellers also have access the Jubilee line. Additionally, Cricklewood is conveniently situated for reaching several main roads. The North Circular is within easy reach, as are the M1 and A1.
Cricklewood boasts plenty of green spaces, which adds to its laid-back appeal. Golders Hill Park is particularly popular for weekend strolls. Gladstone Park is another favourite with a Park Run each weekend.
Retail fans are well catered for in Cricklewood. In addition to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, which has 120 high street stores under its roof, there are also numerous independent shops, and a host of excellent restaurants, pubs and bars along the Broadway. There’s also a Virgin gym close by.
If this wasn’t enough, there are some excellent schools in the area, which is a real draw for families with children. Several of the schools were rated ‘outstanding’ at their most recent Ofsted report, such as Kingsgate Primary, Hendon School, Convent of Jesus and Mary RC Infant School, and Hampstead Hill School.
Cricklewood’s property prices are very reasonable, given its proximity to Central London, and the wealth of amenities on offer.
An average home in this area costs around the London average, and prices have been steadily rising for a while. It looks likely that they’ll continue to do so, especially as further regeneration takes place. However, there is still good value to be had, especially in some purpose-built blocks of flats. At the other end of the scale, luxurious Victorian and Edwardian villas cater for the top end of the market.
Landlords will be pleased to note that rental rates are fairly high in Cricklewood. The demand for smaller properties is growing, with one to two-bedroomed flat commanding a good rental cost. Large, multi-bedroomed houses also do well in this area.
If you’re looking for a home in Cricklewood or are interested in investment opportunities, get in touch with Living Residential today. We’re here to assist with your purchase or sale, and to ensure you find the right home for the ideal price.