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Nestled between the boroughs of Barnet and Enfield you will find the quiet leafy suburb of Cockfosters, known for its open spaces, commutability and relaxed pace of life. You will experience a village lifestyle set amongst tree-lined streets, with independent stores and beautiful countryside in easy reach. It’s no wonder that this little oasis attracts families and those seeking a quieter way of life but who still need to be in the city.
Trent Park is immersed in the area’s history and still an important part of the community today. Once where royalty spent their summers, and the site of a camp for prisoners of war in World War II, it remains an area of natural beauty that allows you to revel within its grounds should you wish to walk along Lime Tree Avenue or enjoy one of the cycle routes. Make sure you keep an eye out for local wildlife, with over 30 different species of birds and roaming deer – we really are blessed to have such a place on our doorstep.
As soon as you arrive at Cockfosters tube station with its exquisite art deco features, the Grade II listed building gives you a glimpse of what this upmarket gem has to offer. Cockfosters boasts a wealth of choice when it comes to property, whether you’re looking for a Victorian cottage, Georgian home or a luxurious high-end apartment. On Gloucester Gardens you will find mock Tudor houses, and along Heddon Court Avenue a number of substantial family homes.
Renowned local builder, Sir Francis Walker, had a great reputation for his building in the local area. Heddon Court parade shops and flats were built by him and a large proportion of houses on Leys Gardens, Freston Gardens and Heddon Court Avenue were built by him too. Known for thick solid walls and good square footage!
Our Favourite Places
If you’re looking for somewhere truly special to call home then you need to head towards Hadley Wood, with its Victorian terraced cottages and large houses with stunning landscaped gardens. This is a close community that brings people together throughout the year with a series of events and activities.
Where can we find you on a weekend?
Whether it’s something special, or just to treat yourself, you can’t spend time in Cockfosters without experiencing the gastronomic delights of Saltgrass Restaurant. As they state, it is “A wonderland with little shivers of pleasure in every plate…” For big kids and small, you can’t beat Go Ape for getting rid of some excess energy and plenty of monkeying around.
Does Cockfosters have any hidden gems?
Cockfosters Road is certainly a place to visit ,especially if you like to browse a variety of independent stores, and you can’t walk down Station Parade without popping into Jamaica Plantations. Don’t be fooled, this place has a vast array of tea and coffee as well as health food, supplements and alternative therapy products.
Where might you pop for lunch?
We think that the Power of Health is pretty special, catering for the health-conscious and those with special dietary requirements as well as fitness enthusiasts, its menu is filled with delicious treats. Make sure you try their skinny white open toast – yummy!!
Our favourite street
Verwood Drive, nestled behind the cricket club, a secluded road, houses built by Charles Church that oose country appeal. From double fronted brick and flint houses to small cosy cottages. Bonus, It’s a 2 minute walk from the local pub!
The Local Community
You will find this community warm and welcoming; it also offers you and your family a busy lifestyle, should you wish. Why not join one of the many clubs, such as the bowling or cricket club – and of course there’s Cockfosters FC. For something more artistic, the renowned ChickenShed theatre company encourages everyone to get involved regardless of age or ability, and then there’s the community choir. In August you can head to Trent Country Park for the 51st State Festival that celebrates the roots of house music and in the past has seen artists such as Kerri Chandler, Kings of House NYC and Surprise Guest perform.
The lure of Cockfosters continues to appeal to many, especially as you can commute to the West End and the City with ease. With stunning countryside, good parks, excellent schools, a wealth of independent stores and an air of serenity, why wouldn’t you want to make it your home?
We understand how important your child’s education is to you. If you’re new to the area we can advise on properties within a particular catchment area.
Trent C of E Primary School
Brunswick Park Primary and Nursery School
Monkfrith Primary School
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School
Wolfson Hillel Primary School
St. Mary’s C of E Primary School
Oaktree School (Special)
Danegrove Primary School
De Bohun Primary School
Vita et Pax Preparatory School
Salcombe Preparatory School
Jewish Community Secondary School
Mount House School
Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School
Finchley Catholic High School
How to get to Cockfosters – Zone 5
By tube: London is easily accessible via the Piccadilly Line. You can be at King’s Cross St Pancras in under 30 minutes and Oxford Circus and Leicester Square in around 35 minutes.
By rail: Your nearest stations are Oakleigh Park and New Barnet and you can get a direct train to Moorgate in 30 minutes.