Strolling through the tree-lined streets of Totteridge and Whetstone, you could easily believe you are in the beautiful English countryside. Just ten miles north of central London, it provides an exclusive and idyllic retreat that’s a million miles apart from the hustle and bustle of the nearby City. Favoured by celebrities, footballers and successful City chiefs, the area’s charm has captured the hearts and wallets of some of Britain’s wealthiest inhabitants.
The best of Totteridge & Whetstone:
• The area has heaps of rural charm, largely thanks to its status as a conservation area since the 1960’s. There is ample open space ideal for long walks, cycling and horse riding.
• The long and meandering Totteridge Lane with its large modern homes leads to Totteridge Village and its popular pub, The Orange Tree where locals enjoy meeting for a drink and a bite to eat.
• Totteridge & Whetstone is a mecca for the sporty types, with a cricket club and several tennis clubs, squash clubs and swimming pools in the area.
• It offers an idyllic setting for families with its open spaces, village charm and good local schools and as a result, many residents stay for years.
Is Totteridge & Whetstone for me?
For many years, Totteridge & Whetstone has been a magnet for the rich, famous and powerful.
Some of its prominent residents have included Arsene Wenger, Cliff Richard and Frankie Vaughan.
However, it’s also popular with families, many trading up from areas including Highgate and Hampstead Garden Suburb, attracted by the large family homes and outdoorsy lifestyle that the area provides.
There is a good choice of local state schools for families in the area. In Totteridge, there is St Andrew's C of E and Woodridge Primary. Totteridge Academy and Finchley Catholic are high schools in the Totteridge area. In Whetstone, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic and St John's C of E are some of the primary schools in the area, with St Michael's Catholic Grammar School and Wren Academy Barnet as some of the nearby high schools.
Totteridge & Whetstone falls in Zone 4 & 5
Tube: The Totteridge & Whetstone tube is in the heart of Totteridge, in Zone 4 on the Northern line.
Woodside Park & West Finchley tubes (also Zone 4, Northern line) are just to the south of Totteridge. Whetstone is served by the High Barnet station (Zone 5, Northern line) as well as Totteridge & Whetstone station just to the south east.
Trains: Oakleigh Park station is close to both Totteridge & Whetstone with direct trains to Moorgate, taking under 30 minutes. New Southgate station is just to the south of Totteridge. New Barnet and nearby Hadley Wood station provide National Rail services for Whetstone.
Buses: The area is well served by buses including the 251 from Edgware through both Tottenham and Whetstone to Arnos Grove Underground station. Whetstone is also served by the 125 towards Finchley, and the 34 towards Barnet. The 326 offers services to Brent Cross Shopping Centre via Totteridge & Whetstone.
For further information on Totteridge & Whetstone’s transport links, visit the Transport for London website (www.tfl.gov.uk)
The leafy suburbs of Totteridge & Whetstone have some of the most expensive homes in London. Properties are a mix of large Victorian and Georgian houses and mansions. In the eastern part of Totteridge there are some more modest semi-detached houses and period cottages.
Totteridge & Whetstone 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