Cricklewood: A new town in the making

Cricklewood: A new town in the makingPeople may be tempted to check out property to rent in Cricklewood for a number of reasons.

The location - which is in North London - is well serviced by transport and is currently part of an extensive regeneration project. There is also plenty to do and see and so no one should get bored in the district.

History of the area

It straddles the London boroughs of Brent, Camden and Barnet and saw boom times during the Industrial Revolution.

There was also mass Irish immigration after the second world war and the area is mentioned in the spoken word song McAlpine's Fusiliers, which is often performed by The Dubliners, while BBC TV comedy Goodnight Sweetheart was filmed in Cricklewood.

It suffered something of a decline in the 1960s, but the Cricklewood Brent Cross development will seek to create a new town centre.

Transport options

Cricklewood Station, which is in Zone 3, is the main station for residents looking to get around London and provides services both north and south.

In terms of buses, the 189, 226 and C11 are all available, going to Golders Green and Brent Cross. An adult single will cost £2.30, or £1.35 if the person is in possession of an Oyster Card.

Individuals looking to stay fit can take advantage of nearby Barclays Cycle Hire stations, while Willesden Green, Kilburn and West Hampstead are the closet stops on the Jubilee Line of the London Underground.

Schooling

As always, parents will be keen to live in a location where their children have access to good schools. There are a number of learning centres in the district, with options such as Anson Primary School, St Agnes School and Hampstead School all within half a mile of the town centre.

In terms of secondary school choices, Whitefield School, Mapledown School and King Alfred School are all options that parents may be interested in.

Cricklewood Brent Cross

One of the capital's major regeneration schemes, it will see up to 27,000 jobs created in the area. Some 7,500 new homes are to be developed, alongside three new schools and parks.

Brent Cross Shopping Centre will also become the heart of a new retail and leisure district, while £400 million is going to be spent improving the transport infrastructure.

Things to do

Individuals looking for some light-hearted fun could check out the comedy night at McGoverns, which takes place on the first, second and third Thursday of the month and could prove to be a real tonic.

Alternatively, residents can enjoy themselves at Sutra club, which is just one of a number of bars and clubs in Cricklewood. Others include The Wishing Well, After Office Hours and The Green Man.

Cricklewood Broadway, which acts as the town centre, is a haven for discount shops, African and Caribbean food and hair products.

The Barnet Museum and Church Farmhouse Museum are also located close by, which offers individuals the chance to find out more about the history of the area. 

Posted by Chris Price

Published 26th July, 2012

© 2012 Estates IT Limited

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