Living in London: Totteridge is only 25 mins from the city centre but the soundtrack is owls hooting says Eva Sonaike

My neighborhood has been home to me for 13 years. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love being surrounded by greenery, and I fall asleep to the sounds of owls. However, I’m only 25 minutes away from central London and the Tube is right around the corner. It feels like I have the best of both worlds. Moving here was an accident. I have lived in west London for many years and never wanted it to end. However, my husband and I knew friends who live near Totteridge & Whetstone and recommended that we view properties. We bought the first house that we saw because it offered us a blank canvas to build our dream home. It was the best decision I have ever made. Hakuna Matata also offers beautiful hampers that are great for gifts and regular wine tasting sessions. I go to Hakuna Matata for a drink and a bite after work every Friday. To commune with nature, I live in Totteridge & Whetstone. The Dollis Valley Greenwalk runs from Barnet to Hampstead Heath. I walk the entire route every morning. There is also a small organic grocery store called Nature’s Nest that sells vegan and organic food and beverages. I walk the majority of the route because I live and work in the area. I also take the Northern line from Totteridge & Whetstone. My kids and I drive them around north London for their extra-curricular activities. Dream streetI love Totteridge Green’s large houses that overlook the Green. I have been fortunate to visit one of the houses and the gardens and views over London are breathtaking.Totteridge Green has houses with views over London / Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures LtdSomething you only see in Totteridge & WhetstoneI love the open space we have here. It’s easy to forget you are in the biggest city in Western Europe and walk for miles through the woods. There were a few but many have closed down over the years.In three wordsLaid-back, green, enterprising.Visit or @evasonaikeSchoolsThere are several primary schools in Totteridge & Whetstone rated good, including Alma Primary and All Saints C of E Primary.For secondary schools, St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School is deemed outstanding by Ofsted while Totteridge Academy is good.What it costs to live in Totteridge & WhetstoneAverage flat price: GBP479,776Average house price: GBP1,309,520Average price to rent a flat: GBP1,649 a monthAverage price to rent a house: GBP3,304 a monthSource: Rightmove