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East Finchley Old Village

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upthegardenpath Thu 23-Jul-15 07:49:36

Your thoughts please!

Have been hearing so much about this area lately and have only walked a couple of streets, so don't really know it well at all.

Are there many shops in the actual old village and if so, where are they? I only found the lovely coffee shop of corner if King St and a nice pub close to that. I'm sure I'm missing something!

I know the High Rd a bit, but I was specifically interested in what people think of the old bit and why you love living there.

Thinking of possibly moving here in a year ir so, that's why.

Thanks.

fatpony Thu 23-Jul-15 12:42:57

I've never heard of East Finchley having a village bit! Is this estate agent marketing efforts?

Coffeemarkone Thu 23-Jul-15 12:46:03

'Old Village'? I used to live in Fortis Green but have never heard of that....
East Finchley is a lovely area.

upthegardenpath Thu 23-Jul-15 21:33:25

I mean the roads that incl Church Lane, Long Lane etc where all the older houses are!
Is the only shopping on the high road or hiding also in back streets that I haven't seen?
Estate agents have a lot to answer for, yes.

itdc Fri 24-Jul-15 00:14:59

church lane/long lane area is a bit too close to some of the council estates of east finchley. if you do some research on local news or gov crime statistics, it is relatively higher than other area in east finchley (north part of hampstead garden suburb, fortis green etc) and hence less desired.

Belleview Fri 24-Jul-15 08:36:54

I used to live in EF and never heard of 'old village'. Sounds like EA speak. ie fabrication.

Damnautocorrect Fri 24-Jul-15 08:39:18

Old village?!
Another local whose not heard of it.

AnnieLewis Fri 24-Jul-15 08:43:33

Another local who can smell EA bollocks - old village?? East Finchley is ok as an area though, close to tube etc. I wouldn't worry that you're 'missing' something. Good friend of mine lives on Long Lane and likes it very much. No personal experience though

MabelSideswipe Fri 24-Jul-15 08:49:23

I grew up in Finchley. On long lane actually. It didn't have an old village then! Definitely EA crap. Those roads are very near council estates but that wouldnt put me off personally. There are however far nicer parts of east Finchley with old houses, the roads off the high road opposite the station for instance.

upthegardenpath Sat 25-Jul-15 16:54:47

Thanks so much everyone - good to know. Had suspected there was some EA bollocks going on, yes!
There are estates, and there are estates - hard to find an area within the north circular that hasn't got a real mix of houses. Even relatively 'posh' areas, like where I am now, have 3million quid houses o one road, you turn then you turn the corner and it's all estate.
Some estates are fine, others dire, I guess that depends where you are.
Take your point Mabel about roads opposite station, but seem to all be more pricey...sigh...

itdc Sat 25-Jul-15 17:08:23

in terms of % of socially rented properties (estates), N2 is typically higher than all of its neighbours around north circular (NW11/N10/N6/N3) , and most of the estates are located in the roads you mentioned.

N2 is a funny place, it has some of the most expensive street in the country, on the other hand, it has some of the most deprived estates in north london

MoonlightS0nata Sun 26-Jul-15 07:15:40

The 'county roads' are the best place to be - lots of lovely Victorian and Edwardian houses, and just off the High Street and within 10 minutes walk of the station. Parking is a nightmare though if you need it - that's the reason we moved. And I agree that there is no such thing as the Old Village, unless we were living in it and didn't realise!

upthegardenpath Wed 16-Sep-15 17:46:18

Thanks - I love those roads too. Whether we'll ever be able to afford a house in them is another matter...hmm
Surprised you found parking a nightmare Moonlight - my sister has just moved to Trinity Rd and the parking seems free and plentiful. Maybe we were just lucky every time we visited.
itdc - you are so right. Bishop's Avenue v. local estate.

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