Moving to Harrow and Hillingdon
Are you moving to Harrow and Hillingdon? At London’s north western reaches, where the sprawling suburbs start to give way to the – albeit well-populated – countryside, the London boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon offer small-town lifestyles that are within easy reach of the capital. In Harrow, Pinner, Northwood Hills, Ruislip and Hillingdon you’ll find spacious houses, large gardens, good schools and friendly neighbours.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Harrow and Hillingdon report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Harrow and Hillingdon on the map
Drive out of London on the A40 and, once you have passed Ealing, Wembley and Southall, the landscape changes. You will have reached the ultimate leafy suburbs, more sprawling, less crowded and quieter than the city you have left behind. Harrow is the largest commercial centre in North West London, lying about ten miles from Charing Cross. Its smaller satellite, Harrow on the Hill, is one of the most affluent of London’s outer residential areas. To the north and west of Harrow, Pinner is an historic village dating back to the 14th century, and beyond that Northwood Hills now stands on what was once part of the Great Common Wood.
A little to the south the historic village of Ruislip remains popular with commuters, while to the south and west of that, on the other side of the A40, Hillingdon is well-placed for executives who need to be within easy reach of both Heathrow Airport and central London.
Six reasons to live in Harrow
- Harrow is home to one of the UK’s most celebrated public schools – its medieval buildings dominate Harrow on the Hill where, during term time, you may see boys wandering the streets in traditional uniforms of morning suits and straw boaters. Alumni include Winston Churchill, seven other UK Prime Ministers and two kings.
- Harrow, as distinct from Harrow on the Hill, has a busy town centre with two shopping malls and a pedestrianised area, plus a mainline railway station which also serves the London Underground Metropolitan Line.
- The London borough of Harrow ranks third for the number of millionaires living in a borough.
- Northwick Park Hospital has been identified as one of the best hospitals in the UK. Harrow is also home to the exclusive private Clementine Churchill Hospital.
- More than a quarter of the borough is green, open space.
- Harrow on the Hill is one of the highest points in London – both geographically and in terms of property prices! Look for Georgian townhouses on the steep, hilly roads or large Victorian and Edwardian villas.
Five reasons to choose Northwood Hills
- Once the site of immense and rolling woodlands, the settlement of Northwood dates back to the 11th century when it was the site of Bec Abbey. However, the village really developed in the late 1880s with the arrival of the Metropolitan Railway. It is now served by London Underground’s Metropolitan Line.
- Northwood Hills is bounded by the 726 acres of Ruislip Woods, a National Nature Reserve that also features ponds, marshlands, grassland, streams and one of the most extensive oak and hornbeam coppice woods in the country.
- Eastcote House Gardens – dating back to 1507 with a walled garden, dovecote and Coach House, this is a beautiful oasis from the frantic pace of modern living.
- The area boasts excellent sporting facilities, including the 33-metre Highgrove swimming pool, two cricket clubs, a bowls club, two tennis clubs, a riding stable, a number of private health clubs and four golf courses.
- Old Northwood is well-known for its glorious Edwardian villas, built in the wake of the railway’s arrival. You’ll also find attractive 1930s homes and a good number of new builds throughout the area. Astons Road, Moor Park and Linksway are the desirable addresses.
Six reasons to love Pinner
- Despite Harrow‘s upmarket reputation, many believe Pinner to be the most desirable place to live in the borough. It is characterized by a medieval village centre surrounded by tracts of gracious Edwardian and 1930s housing.
- Dating back to the year 900AD, the village was home to Horatia Nelson, the daughter of the famous admiral. Sir Elton John, Olivia Newton-John and Simon LeBon of DuranDuran were all born or raised here.
- Pinner has the lowest crime rate in London and an excellent reputation for its single-sex schools, making it a popular destination for well-heeled families. There are a number of churches, including Roman Catholic, and a synagogue.
- On the Metropolitan Line, Pinner offers a convenient commute into Baker Street and central London.
- Pinner‘s annual Spring Street Fair has been going since 1336 and the town also has an annual music festival.
- Pinner Hill is where the smart money congregates in sprawling houses, while smaller properties and apartments can be found nearer to the village centre. Pinewood Park is a green and leafy area of low-density housing, while Cannon Lane falls in the catchment area for the most popular schools – which means premium prices. West Lodge, Eastcote Park and Hatch End are all similarly smart and desirable.
Five reasons to move to Ruislip
- The historic village of Ruislip can be dated back to the time of Edward the Confessor; the name means ‘leaping place on the river where rushes grow.’ Timber from the vast woods around Ruislip was used in the construction of the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Westminster.
- In 1904 Ruislip was connected to the rest of London with the opening of its new station on the Metropolitan Line. It now also has stations on the Central Line, Piccadilly Line and Chiltern Railways.
- Ruislip Lido is a Victorian reservoir with an artificial beach, a miniature railway and parks and woodland. Having fallen into disuse in the 70s, it has since been re-opened and Hillingdon Council has announced plans to re-establish swimming and boating on the water – watch this space!
- The medieval village square has been designated a local heritage site and the parish church of St Martin’s has been in use since the 13th century.
- Living in Ruislip genuinely feels like living in the country, even though you can be in central London in less than an hour. Best streets include Park Avenue, Windmill Hill, Church Avenue, St Martin’s Approach, Broadwood Avenue and Croft Gardens.
Five reasons to live in Hillingdon
- South of the A40, Hillingdon is an easy commute to central London on either the Metropolitan or Piccadilly Lines, while being incredibly convenient for Heathrow Airport – the perfect choice for frequent fliers.
- Hillingdon Court is an imposing stately home that was built in 1858; after a number of roles – convent, nursing home, girls’ school – it now houses an international school, ACS Hillingdon, offering the American curriculum and the International Baccalaureate.
- Actress Lynne Frederick, wife of both Peter Sellers and David Frost, was born here.
- Hillingdon is well-served for sporting facilities, including the Fusion sport and leisure complex, several local authority swimming pools and the Brunel University playing fields. The Grand Union Canal runs through Hillingdon with a picturesque canal path for walking and cycling.
- Look for property on Sweetcroft Lane, Tudor Way, Hercies Road, The Larches, Portman Gardens and Harlington Road.
Bringing the Kids
All of the areas detailed above are particularly suitable for families – they offer the chance of spacious houses with extensive gardens, wide open spaces with the countryside nearby, low crime rates and, most importantly of all, a wide choice of schools.
Naturally, the first school that comes to mind is Harrow. Founded in 1572, it is one of the country’s leading boys’ schools, taking boarders from 13 to 18 years old. It has further schools in Bangkok, Beijing and Hong Kong – and closer to home, the John Lyon School is a boys’ day school, also located in Harrow. The other notable school in the area is the ACS Hillingdon International School, which is a particular draw for expats.
Overall, there are plenty to choose from:
- The borough of Hillingdon has 28 secondary schools, including five fee-paying schools and seven religion-based schools.
- Hillingdon has 77 primary schools within its boundaries, 19 of which are church schools and eight of which charge fees.
- The borough of Harrow boasts 24 secondary schools, of which 11 are private and six are religious in nature.
- There are 60 primary schools in Harrow – including 12 fee-paying and 14 religious.
Relocating to North West London
If you’re looking for a less urban lifestyle with easy links to the centre of town and to Heathrow, this is the area you need to be looking. Harrow and Hillingdon offer everything you’ll need for family life, with great schools and sporting facilities right on the doorstep – and there are a number of pretty ‘villages’ to choose from, including Harrow, Northwood Hills, Pinner, Ruislip and Hillingdon. Living this far from the centre also means you’ll get more square footage for the money but the flipside is that it might be just a little quiet for young professionals who enjoy a party lifestyle. The Piccadilly and Metropolitan Lines, however, make commuting easy enough and you’ll be well-located for getting out of London to explore the rest of the country.
However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with good knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. We know London property inside out, we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Assignees looking for a less urban lifestyle, plus easy links to central London and Heathrow airport, should take a look at Harrow & Hillingdon. These areas have great amenities for families & are more affordable.
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