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Finchley Area Guide

Stretching from Hampstead Heath in the south to Whetstone in the north, Finchley offers potential buyers a variety of properties in a central and affordable location in North London. Finchley is predominantly carved up into three areas; East Finchley - which is the most southerly neighbourhood and has an urban feel to it , Finchley Central and Finchley North which is more suburban.
 
The best of Finchley:

• Finchley has many parks and green expanses on its doorstep including Coldfall Woods, Hampstead Heath, Victoria Park, Highgate Wood and Woodside Park.
• There is also a good choice of golf courses nearby including Finchley and Highgate Golf Clubs.
• Finchley offers a great choice of quality properties to suit most budgets. 
• The Bishops Avenue and Winnington Road in East Finchley have the wow factor; unsurprisingly they are two of the most expensive roads in London.
• There are good shopping and leisure facilities in Finchley. Brent Cross Shopping Centre is also a short drive away.
• Finchley has good local transport links, with Leicester Square less than half an hour away on the Underground.
• The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley is one of the UK’s oldest cinemas and plays independent and foreign films. It’s a single screen venue with a beautiful vaulted ceiling.

Is Finchley for me?

Roughly seven miles from London, Finchley has a mix of residents ranging from families attracted by its community feel, to young singles and professional couples, as well as older couples. The area has an artistic vibe with many actors choosing to live in Finchley. Due to its central location and affordable but good quality houses, Finchley is a popular choice for many.

Schools:

With approximately 15 top-performing state primary schools within the area, families with young children in Finchley are somewhat spoilt for choice. There is also a large selection of good state secondary schools in the district. In addition to this, there are two colleges in Finchley and a handful of private schools. Oak Lodge School in East Finchley is a specialist school for 11 – 19 year olds with learning difficulties.

Public transport:

East Finchley is in transport Zone 3
Finchley Central and North Finchley are transport Zone 4.

Tube: There are four Underground stops in the Finchley area; all of which are on the Northern line, serving the West End and the Financial District:

• East Finchley, Zone 3 
• Finchley Central, Zone 4 
• West Finchley, Zone 4 
• Woodside Park tube station in Zone four, serves North Finchley 
 
Trains: Finchley has no train station. The nearest stations are New Southgate for North and Central Finchley and Alexandra Palace for East Finchley.

Buses: Finchley is well served by buses. East Finchley is on 7 bus routes including the 102 to Brent Cross and the 143 to Archway and N20 to Barnet/ Trafalgar Square. North Finchley serves as a central bus hub for multiple routes.
 
For further information on Finchley’s transport links, visit the Transport for London website www.tfl.gov.uk
 
Property:
Overall, Finchley offers a broad assortment of properties ranging from modest terraces to large family homes and multi-million pound mansions. 
 
• North Finchley tends to be the most affordable of the three areas and has a mix of 1920s semi-detached homes and large flats. Woodside Park provides ample family homes and flats.
• Central Finchley has a sizeable number of large Edwardian and Victorian houses, making it a popular area for families. It also has a number of terraced properties.
• East Finchley tends to be popular with young families and has a number of modest 19th century terraced properties. It also offers some of the most expensive roads to live on in London including The Bishops Avenue with its multi million pound mansions. There are also a number of Twenties and Thirties houses and cottages.
 
Council:  

Finchley falls under Barnet borough council. The annual 2016/ 2017 council tax rates for Barnet are listed below:

Band A: £931.38
Band B: £1,086.81
Band C: £1,241.84
Band D: £1,397.07
Band E: £1,707.53
Band F: £2,017.99
Band G: £2,328.45
Band H: £2,794.14

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