Hornsey is a residential neighbourhood in North London in the London Borough of Haringey. Hornsey is located between Muswell Hill to the west and Wood Green and Haringey to the east. The availability of affordable housing to buy or rent means that the property market in Hornsey is booming. Properties in Hornsey range from fine Victorian or Edwardian townhouses to newly built contemporary flats.
Good transport links to central London mean that Hornsey is a popular area of North London for young couples and families. The North London Circular is a 10-minute drive to the north and there are frequent Overground rail services from Hornsey station. The price of homes or flats in Hornsey tend to be cheaper than Muswell Hill or Crouch End. In recent years, Hornsey has undergone a transformation to become a well-connected and desirable residential area.
What is it like to live in Hornsey? Why is Hornsey becoming one of the most popular areas in North London to buy a home or flat? You will find out in this area guide.
A few interesting facts about Hornsey
- Hornsey was a rural village in the start of the 13th century before becoming a suburb in the late 19th century.
- The ancient tower of the original church from the 13th century still stands in Hornsey.
- Famous residents of Horney have included poet Thomas Moore, Alfred Dunhill – the famous tobacconist, actor Bob Hoskins, and founder of Lotus cars Colin Chapman.
- There used to be a racecourse in Alexandra Park which was nicknamed ‘the Frying Pan’.
Properties in Hornsey
Hornsey still retains a distinct village feel to the area in the close-knit community. Most of the houses for sale or rent in Hornsey are Victorian or Edwardian terraced properties. Many of the large period properties have been converted into well-appointed flats.
The most popular type of property for families in Hornsey is semi-detached homes with spacious gardens. Most young professionals rent flats in some of the converted large townhouses.
The most sought-after areas of Hornsey are the houses beside Alexandra Park and on Priory Park road.
However, Hornsey isn’t all about renovated townhouses dating from the start of the 20th century. There are many attractive new-build flats overlooking the New River.
The main method of public transport is from Hornsey Overground train station on the Great Northern rail link. This offers local resident a 30 or 40-minute commute to central London.
For Underground services, travel from the train station takes about 15 minutes to Moorgate tube station. The nearest Underground station to Hornsey is Turnpike Lane on the Piccadilly line.
There are also some good bus routes in Hornsey that take you to Trafalgar Square, Finsbury Park, and Tottenham.
Local residents and families in Hornsey have plenty of open green spaces to enjoy leisurely strolls or sports activities. For example, Priory Park is right in the middle of Hornsey and has easy access from the High Street and Priory Road.
Alexandra Park is the largest green area in the neighbourhood. This is an 80-hectare park with tree-lined pathways, views over London, and sporting facilities. There is also a farmer’s market at the foot of Muswell Hill.
What’s to do in Hornsey?
You don’t have to travel far from Hornsey to find something to do. There are a number of great restaurants and pubs in Hornsey that are mostly located around the High Street. Here you can find restaurants and cafes serving Asian food, Italian and French cuisine, and Middle-Eastern inspired meals.
The most popular place for a drink in Hornsey is the Great Northern Railway Tavern. This is in a stunning Grade II listed building in a neo-Jacobean style. There are also a number of trendy bars and pubs.
Schools in Hornsey
There are a few good schools in Hornsey offering primary and secondary education. The most popular primary school is St Mary’s CE Primary. This has been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted. There are more primary schools in Crouch End just to the south of Hornsey.
A popular secondary school is Greig City Academy for boys and girls. The standard of education at Greig City Academy has improved tremendously and this has received a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted.
Local amenities in Hornsey
Most of the shops in Hornsey are located on the High Street where you can find small independent grocers, bakers, hairdressers, nail salons, and takeaways. There is also a mini supermarket, an upholsterer, and a car dealer.