Highbury: Offering plenty of variety

Highbury: Offering plenty of varietyHighbury is a truly up-and-coming area of London located in the borough of Islington. With a largely multi-cultural feel and a slight edge of gentrification, it has become a popular destination for young professionals and families. 

With quite a contrast available when it comes to property type, there is plenty of choice when it comes to the style, size and location of your new home. Even if you can't afford to live in one of the stunningly beautiful italianate villas in the area, they add a slight touch of decadence and stand as a reminder of Highbury's rich history. 

The area

Located in Islington, Highbury benefits from the growing theatre scene of the borough. This spills out to create a number of interesting restaurants, clubs, bars and shops that are easily accessible. It is an incredibly vibrant place to live and you will spend months finding your new favourite haunts. 

It also has some beautiful open green space in the form of Highbury Park, offering a great walking area for those with pets and letting families enjoy days out in the sunshine during the summer. 

With easy to get to Tube Stations and regular buses, it is easy to get to other areas of the city, making it the perfect place for those that want culture on their doorstep but want to work in the city. If Highbury doesn't have it, it easy to get to somewhere that does.

Properties

Highbury is still home to a number of the italianate villas that were constructed in the 1870s. These beautifully ornate properties come with a hefty price tag but are a welcome addition to an area that prides itself on having so much to offer.

Many of these older buildings were demolished in later years to make way for a range of different, affordable residential properties. As such there is a great range of flats, Georgian terraces, red brick Victorian properties and more modern residences. With such a great variety you are sure to find something that suits your bank account and taste.

It is generally a very reasonable place to rent properties, allowing you to get more for your buck. It tends to be a cheaper area to live when compared to places like Canonbury and Barnsbury. Despite the lower price tag, you still have the wide variety of property types and sizes to choose from.

For those that would like to be close to a piece of football history, the former home of Arsenal is now a residential development, offering fairly priced apartments. The development is part of the regeneration that has been ongoing for a number of years, making Highbury an exciting and ever-changing place to live.

Transport

From Highbury it is easy to get to the rest of the capital. With both train and Tube lines, as well as buses, you are able to travel with relevant ease regularly, allowing you to commute into the city and enjoy all that other boroughs have to offer. 

When it comes to properties in relation to transport, you will end up paying slightly more to live closer to a Tube station so it is a case of weighing up how much you could save just by having a slightly longer walk. 

Published 30th October, 2013

© 2013 Estates IT Limited

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