Peaceful and friendly, Totteridge is a real village, complete with village green. Bordering the green belt yet only 11 miles from central London, the area boasts large detached properties, making it a popular family choice.
There are sprawling period and period-style country estates in acres of land, large detached family homes with carriage drives encircling manicured lawns, as well as picture-postcard cottages. Victorian and Edwardian detached houses, some of up to nine bedrooms, are the main feature of the little roads running off the Village high road.
You could easily spend a couple of million pounds on property in the most desirable areas of Totteridge — the Common, the Village and the Green. Horseshoe Lane, in particular is luxuriously inaccessible and almost totally hidden from the main road.
Past and present residents include Arsène Wenger, Frankie Vaughan, Des O’Connor, Cliff Richard, Mickie Most, Hank Marvin, David Dein and a number of Premiership footballers.
In Totteridge itself, there is a parade of useful shops, and a few good pubs and restaurants including the Orange Tree, but the main draw of the area is the lure of the green open spaces. Residents have easy access to the North Middlesex Golf Course, the village green and its ponds, a common, two nature reserves, Whetstone Stray, Swan Lane and Brook Farm, as well as the very popular Dollis Valley Green Walk.
There are two above-average state primary schools in Totteridge: St Andrew’s Church of England voluntary-aided school and Woodridge School. Lyonsdown in New Barnet is a popular local prep school, while Queen Elizabeth Girls and Queen Elizabeth Boys are local state secondary schools.
First Capital Connect trains from Oakleigh Park station serve The City in under half an hour, while Totteridge and Whetstone station falls in Zone 4 of the Northern Line. There are a number of good bus routes serving the area.
The name Totteridge is a corruption of “Tatta’s Ridge”. Tatta was presumably a local Anglo-Saxon notable. The ridge is the high ground between the valleys of Dollis Brook and Folly Brook.