Combining the Best London Has to Offer

By: Adam Singleton

Whether you're a student, single professional or a family, the historical county of Middlesex, now part of the Greater London area, is a great place to stay, Its appeal to its residents is clear - it allows them to be within reach of central London for work or other purposes, yet be able to get away from its hustle and bustle at other times. Add some of the greenest areas of London, along with some of its best schools, and you'll find Middlesex offers homes to suit anyone's needs.

Middlesex is one of the 39 historic counties of England. In 1889, following the introduction of county councils in England, part of it was used to form the County of London and the remainder formed the administrative county of Middlesex. By 1965, further urbanisation meant almost all of the original area became incorporated into Greater London. These days, Middlesex refers informally to the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow and parts of the London boroughs of Barnet and Richmond upon Thames. All of the boroughs are located between the north-west and south-west of the Greater London area.

As with most of London, each borough can offer more than is apparent at first glance. For example, Harrow, renowned for the Harrow School, attended by such luminaries as Winston Churchill and Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian Prime Minister, is typically seen as a very affluent, leafy area, but has in recent years become surrounded by typical north-west London suburbia of flats and semi-detached houses. Also, although it was once perceived as a borough with a predominantly elderly white population, Harrow is now more ethnically diverse and younger, with ethnic minorities constituting roughly 60% of the population. Residents can also be in central London in 20 minutes by train, meaning it can suit young professionals as much as families.

There are several resources - both offline and online - to look for property for sale in Middlesex. As with any foray into the property market, the important thing is to do sufficient research and use a buying guide or a checklist before putting in an offer on a piece of property. Furthermore, while it is only natural to try to get the best deal out of a house hunt, if you do manage to find an ideal home at a reasonable price, consider offering the full asking price. It will ensure you being taken seriously by the estate agent and can prevent another buyer outbidding you at the last moment.

In any case, if you're looking to buy a home and combine the best that the Greater London area has to offer, Middlesex is the right place for you.

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