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East Finchley United Kingdom

Listing # 137707

Rates From GBP 750 Weekly
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Last Updated: Monday, January 13, 2020

Elegant 4 bed north London Victorian home close to all London Universities, Oxford and Cambridge

Our house is a well-proportioned end of terrace academic and architect's house in East Finchley, London. It is located on a very quiet, tree-lined road, within 5 minutes of East Finchley tube station on the Northern Line, and 5 minutes from buses to the centre of London. Beautiful Muswell Hill is also 5 minutes away, with exceptional cafes, restaurants, cinemas and gyms, and Highgate Village is 10 minutes away. It is 15-20 mins by tube to UCL, LSE, SOAS, Birkbeck, Central Saint Martins, the AA, Westminster University, and 30-40 mins to Imperial College, Royal College of Art, LCC, LSBU or the Cass LMU. The location is also well connected to the City of London and the West End by bus and tube (again around 20 minutes).

For getting out of town, Kings Cross and Euston Stations are 10-15 minutes away by tube, Paddington and Liverpool Street are 20-25 minutes. Kings Cross has a frequent direct train to Cambridge, ideal for commuting to Cambridge University, and regular fast trains to northern cities and Scotland run from Kings Cross and Euston. The house also has easy road access to the north circular, M25 and M1 for driving out of town or commuting by car to universities around the country.

Our home is a two storey, original Victorian house built in the 1800s and retains many of its original features. We are both architects and have renovated the bathroom and rear guest bedroom to our taste, with new heating, boiler and plumbing throughout. There are three double bedrooms and one single bedroom; one family bathroom and shower on the first floor, and a WC on the ground floor. There is a large living room, separate dining room, separate kitchen with breakfast bar, utility room and a small conservatory. The house is well suited for families and there are play areas for the kids, a cot and a child's bed, and toys that can be shared. The house has a garden to the rear and side, with a shed and a double swing for children.

The house is fully furnished and equipped: fast broadband and wifi; desk and printer in the gust bedroom; NEST central heating system and energy efficient appliances; two washing machines; one dryer. We supply all linen, towels, kitchen equipment, and more or less everything else for your stay.

East Finchley and Muswell Hill is one of the most sought after areas in London. It is very popular with London academics, artists, designers, musicians and writers and is full of parks (Cherry Tree Wood; Highgate Wood; Queens Wood; Waterlow Park; Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath; and the Parkland Walk). The area also has a wonderful village feel and has local amenities in East Finchley and Muswell Hill, with independent cinemas, restaurants, cafes, gyms, swimming pools.

Previous guests love the house and the neighbourhood and we often have academic friends from around the world coming to stay when they are in town. We did a recent house-swap through sabbatical homes with a family in Los Angeles, who loved the house and the area and are happy to give a reference.

The house is available to rent as a whole. Alternatively, the rear double guest bedroom, with desk and wifi, is available to rent individually for intermittent periods.

Please get in touch with any questions.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
160 Sq. Meters
Suited for
7 people
Property Type


Available from Saturday, March 14, 2020 until Sunday, April 19, 2020
Available from Saturday, July 18, 2020 until Sunday, September 6, 2020
Available from Saturday, December 12, 2020 until Saturday, January 9, 2021
Minimum Stay
1 day(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Can be flexible
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City East Finchley
Postal Code - State or Province England
Country United Kingdom
Neighborhood Keywords East Finchley, Muswell Hill, Highgate
Closest University UCL, LSE, SOAS, Birkbeck, Central Saint Martins, the AA, Westminster University
University nearby Imperial College, Royal College of Art, LCC, LSBU, the Cass LMU, Cambridge, Oxford

Home Exchange:

We are open to a home swap with any destination!

Rental Price:

GBP 750 Weekly
Rental Fee Comments
£750 pw for whole house. £75 per night for double bedroom only
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Short Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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About Member

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Academic Confirmed Academic Faculty or Staff (Universities, Research Institutes, and Museums)
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Member Since Nov 6 2019
This member has 1 review
About Me
I am an architect and academic working and teaching in London. I have taught architecture design to students all across London and Oxford. Most recently I have been teaching at The CASS, School of Arts, Design and Architecture and University of Westminster School of Built Environment. I grew up in Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand, then studied, worked and lived in Charlottesville, Richmond, Florence, San Francisco and now in London. I have travelled extensively throughout Asia, North and South America and Europe. My husband is also an architect and academic at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Formerly, he was a Design Fellow at Cambridge University and a Course Master at the Architectural Association. He has also undertaken many academic workshops abroad and taken part in several international conferences. Together, we have two young children, and we love living and working in north London. We have used Sabbatical Homes in the past for a house swap with a family in Los Angeles, which was very successful.


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We had the fortunate experience of doing a house exchange with posting 137707, and it was truly a wonderful experience. We walked, took the tube, bus and had no car. Street parking was ample for our in-laws who visited. The walkability and peaceful parks, shops and people were outstanding.

This was our first time in East Finchley area, and doing a house exchange, and it was very kid friendly (our kids were 5 and 6 for this stay). The house is exactly as described and elegant. Communication with the owners was clear and friendly. The house had everything we needed and was very comfortable. The parks were outstanding for kids, and we highly recommend this home and it's owners, for an exchange or rental. We are from LA and used to having lots of space, so this home exchange was a treat.

Excellent Cali Family 1/21/2020 1:28:00 PM