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Living In Highbury: Local Guide and Property Market

October 6, 2021

Until the 1820s when many of its stunning homes were built, Highbury was an open, undeveloped space. When plans for a 500-acre park fell through, the neighbourhood began to grow, surrounding the old village centre of Highbury Barn. In 1897, Highbury Park served as the site for an iconic clock tower. Built in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria, this venerable maroon-painted tower remains as one of Highbury’s landmarks.

Despite its desirability, Highbury retained several green spaces including Finsbury Park, Highbury Fields, and Clissold Park. The surrounding residential area is famous as the early childhood home of poet John Betjeman. In Aberdeen Park, the “Great red church” where Betjeman’s parents declared their wedding vows in 1902 still stands. Today, it is home to a number of artists’ studios.

During the 1900s, the Highbury Barn gastropub served as an exciting entertainment venue complete with tightrope walkers and daring opportunities for patrons to see the surrounding landscape from the basket of a hot air balloon. The massive dance floor was second to none, popularising a dance called La Varsoviana, which combined steps from the mazurka, polka, and waltz.

When medical students from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital nearly rioted in 1871, Highbury’s residents protested the rowdy atmosphere, and the Highbury Barn was closed. Since then, Highbury has been recognised as a desirable neighbourhood where comfortable living is the norm.


Highbury today

Today, Highbury is considered to be an upper-class central London neighbourhood with excellent connections. It is bordered by Finsbury Park to the north, Stoke Newington to the east, Canonbury to the south, and Holloway to the west. The majority of the residents are young professionals and some families, although the population is gradually getting older.

Highbury has a vibrant social scene with a variety of restaurants and bars. The area is also prominent for aspiring chefs which adds to the quality of the culinary scene. The neighbourhood doesn’t boast quite as many shopping options as others, but still has some lovely boutiques and shops to choose from.

Highbury offers many desirable properties including Italianate villas and beautiful homes with Victorian and Georgian facades. Independent shops, bars, and cafes give the neighbourhood a strong community vibe – and its local football club, Arsenal, attracts tens of thousands of fans to Emirates stadium every other week, adding more vibrancy to the scene overall.

Living in Highbury

Two of the most prominent aspects of Highbury are the beautiful Georgian and Victorian townhouses overlooking Highbury fields, and the modern and imaginative redevelopment of the old Arsenal Football Club - now an apartment complex called Highbury Square.

Highbury is among the best-connected neighbourhoods outside of the city centre, with the Highbury and Islington station linking to the Victoria Tube line, and the Overground. These connections allow for easy access to the City, the West End, and St. Pancras, and make commuting a breeze.

Being so close to Islington, Highbury residents head there for much of their shopping, entertainment, and cultural excursions. Galleries, theatres, and a wide variety of eateries make the area particularly popular with young professionals and those starting families, as the lifestyle coupled with the city connectivity makes for a great balance.

Much of Highbury was developed by the Victorians under the influence of the Italianate design aesthetic, leaving modern-day Highbury teeming with beautiful villa-style buildings and ornate, eye-catching architectural features.

The large-scale regeneration works undertaken in Highbury over recent years have only further added to the attraction of the area. As well as a new football stadium and a new 150,000 sq ft. commercial space, the old Arsenal stadium has been converted into apartments and amenities with 3,000 new homes have been built to cater for more Highbury residents.

These improvements have created more employment, more housing, and improved facilities for all, ensuring the future of Highbury as a desirable place to both reside and invest in.

Highbury Property Market: Sales

Current real-time figures show that the Highbury property market is strong but leveling out after the tumultuous year that the pandemic has brought about. According to these figures, the majority of properties sold in Highbury in the last twelve months were flats, achieving an average sales price of £601,965. Terraced houses, meanwhile, sold for an average of £1,378,912, and semi-detached properties averaged £1,869,997.

Portico’s Highbury Manager, Charlotte Bailey, says, “Now is a great time for anyone considering investing in Highbury property to act - prices are lowering somewhat and Highbury is a well-connected and highly desirable London neighbourhood that will always hold its value.”

The average property price in Highbury is currently £776,151, down 6% year-on-year, but 2% higher than the £760,914 peak of 2015.

Property for sale in Highbury


2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Lucerne Road, Highbury, N5

£700,000 (Share of Freehold)

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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Ambler Road, Highbury, N4

£530,000 (Leasehold)

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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Mountgrove Road, Highbury, N5

£525,000 (Share of Freehold)

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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

Manor Road, Stoke Newington, N16

£1,650,000 (Freehold)

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Highbury Property Market: Rentals

According to our latest data, rentals in Highbury are currently averaging £1,563 per month for a 1-bedroom property, £2,143 per month for a 2-bedroom property, £3,191 per month for a 3-bedroom property, and £4,546 per month for a 4-bedroom property. The majority of properties to rent in Highbury are currently flats, and properties within the price range of £1,000 to £2,000 monthly.

Related: The Cheapest Places To Rent In London

Property for rent in and around Highbury


2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Essex Road, Islington, N1

£415 per week (£1,803 pcm) tenancy info

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Looking to buy, rent or invest in Highbury?

With its beautiful Victorian architecture, exceptional connectivity, and green spaces, Highbury is a highly desirable location for young professionals, families, and commuters. The current market conditions in Highbury currently represent a great opportunity for investors, tenants, and homebuyers.

If you are thinking of buying, renting, or investing in Highbury, contact our Highbury estate agent office on 020 7288 9440 - we’re here to answer any of your questions regarding the area or any particular properties of interest.

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