Dollis Hill and Neasden
Dollis Hill is very residential with rows of 1930's built terraced, semi-detached and detached houses. It also has two nice attractions for potential residents; 1) it is skirted on two sides by Gladstone Park and 2) from its high vantage point, it has fine views over the capital and on a clear day the North Downs are visible. Neasden could be described as Dollis Hill's tomboy sister; a little scruffy round some of its edges and in need of a tidy up. It can however boast a convenient position lying just south across the North Circular/Edgware Road junction and its tube stop is on the Jubilee Line. The new Wembley Stadium and Olympic fever should ensure the area's regeneration, including the building of 3,800 homes on hitherto derelict land.
As expected, those properties in Dollis Hill closest to the park generally command the higher prices. Go south and there are the neat grids of late-Victorian/Edwardian houses - the three bedroomed with a park view being the most desirable. To the east, there are the 5-bed houses and the maisonettes, to the north-east the semi-detached. The flat land to the north is dominated by the one-bedroomed converted flats as well as those which have been purpose-built. The majority of homes in Neasden are 3 bed terraced or semi-detached, plus blocks of private, council and housing association flats and there is a particularly good supply of affordable one-bed flats.
The proximity of the Jubilee Line and excellent public road transport attracts would-be buyers to both areas. In Dollis Hill, families are looking for gardens and more open space and the north of the area retains its reputation as a first-time buyers' hunting ground. Both areas are experiencing a 'gentle pressure' by way of overspill and therefore any available space is being snapped up for development. Both Dollis Hill and Neasden are still a source of less-expensive properties to buy or rent.