Northwood is an affluent suburb of North West London close to the border of Hertfordshire, known for its fast tube links to the Baker Street in 33 minutes and excellent schools both state and private. Its wide leafy roads and quiet streets are surrounded by open countryside and ancient woodlands yet all within easy reach of the capital for work, theatres, restaurants and London’s West End for world-class shopping. Families and young professionals are attracted to the area and many retirees choose to stay on when they downsize having grown strong roots over the years.
Moor Park is a prestigious private residential estate with its own golf course and tube station. Northwood is strategically important too as it’s the home of the UK’s Military Headquarters and NATO Command, so expect to see lots of official cars driving through. Mount Vernon Hospital is a renowned regional treatment centre so it’s good to know that the very top medical treatment is on your doorstep.
NEED TO KNOW Northwood was a small farming hamlet until the arrival of the Metropolitan Railway in 1887 after which it quickly developed with homes and shops opening in the making for the commuter hotspot it is today. Its busy high street has many popular cosmopolitan eateries from Italian to Argentinian as well as a choice of independent shops. Waitrose is the local supermarket. Haste Hill, Ruislip Woods and Batchworth Common are popular spots for walks. Oxhey Woods is a local nature reserve with a number of nature trails through the 100 hectares of ancient semi-natural woodland. Horse-riding, cricket, tennis, football and rambling clubs are on offer as well as a Virgin Active Gym. Local groups include an operatic society, choral, local history and flower arranging clubs. A number of churches and the Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue are places of worship.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Northwood and Northwood Hills Metropolitan Line tubes are in Zone 6, Moor Park is also in Zone 6/7; Buses run to Ruislip, Harrow, Uxbridge, Denham, Northolt, Greenford and Ealing and into Hertfordshire including Watford.
SCHOOLS State infant and primary schools include Eastbury Farm School, Frithwood, Hillside and Holy Trinity. For a full list and catchment areas visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk. Northwood School and Haydon School are popular secondary schools, while St Helen’s, Northwood College and Merchant Taylors are a magnet for those families seeking a private education. The RNIB Sunshine House specialist school is located in Northwood.
PROPERTY While there are some early Victorian period properties the majority of homes in Northwood and Northwood Hills date from the late 1920s onwards. Private estates of large luxury detached homes built in the 1970s and 1980s are now well established and popular. New build high-specification luxury apartments and houses are in limited supply, renting as soon as they are listed. Linksway, Northgate and Murray Road are some of the most sought-after roads.
CLAIM TO FAME Denville Hall is an historic building in Northwood and a retirement home for professional actors whose trustees include Kim Cattrall and David Suchet.
COUNCIL TAX Northwood comes under the London Borough of Hillingdon. The annual council tax rates for 2017/18 are:
Band A: £928.63 Band B: £1,083.40 Band C: £1,238.18 Band D: £1,392.95 Band E: £1,702.50 Band F: £2,012.04 Band G: £2,321.58 Band H: £2785.90