Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden is one of North London’s prime residential districts and has proved to be a magnet for artisans, celebrities and other high profile residents for more than two centuries. .
Affectionately known as Hampstead Village, the area sporting the sought-after postcode NW3 is known for its situation amidst the expansive parkland known as Hampstead Heath, an ancient green space that incorporates the striking and much renowned London skyline view from Parliament Hill.
Hampstead Heath is one of the Capital’s most popular open spaces, attracting walkers to its hundreds of acres of woodland as well as swimmers to its three open-air public swimming ponds which date back to the 17th century.
Much of the charm of Hampstead is down to its chocolate-box Georgian and Victorian cobbled streets and winding lanes punctuated by age-old drinking inns, and of course the allure of a rural idyll situated just 15 minutes by Tube from central London, making village life in London a real possibility.
Property in Hampstead
As far as property is concerned, Hampstead is considered a truly prime location, commanding prices over four times the national average, and double those of London as a whole.
Georgian architecture features strongly in Hampstead, where you will also find numerous substantially sized detached houses and mansion flats dating back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Property situated within the historic village centre will rarely come on the market, but outside of that there is usually a varied selection of options, from terraced houses to apartments within converted period properties.
From time to time you may find a high-end penthouse or detached mansion for sale, although these are generally snapped up swiftly. Take a look around Canfield gardens if you are keen on Victorian houses, or if you are seeking an apartment then there are some premium blocks in Langtry Walk.
It is probably safe to say that if living in Hampstead is your dream, you may need to be flexible about the type of property you consider.
Who Lives in Hampstead?
Hampstead is well known for its long history of rich and famous residents who have been attracted to its many virtues, not least its large secluded houses offering a private retreat.
Eighties pop star and The Voice mentor Boy George has lived close to the Heath in a Victorian property for a number of years, and One Direction star Harry Styles recently invested in a home near the Heath Extension said to be worth £3million. Seasoned TV personality James Corden also recently purchased a home of the same value, splitting his time between Hampstead and Los Angeles where he presents the Late Late Show. The area is also home to a host of footballers including Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and former captain of the same team Patrick Vieira. Ricky Gervais has lived in Hampstead since 2007, and Sir Ridley Scott, one of the most successful film directors of all time, is a long term resident.
Schools In Hampstead
Hampstead is well known for its private schools, many of them providing educational facilities for children from nursery age through to 18 years of age. All pre-prep and prep schools have been Ofsted rated ‘good’ aside from one which has been classed ‘outstanding’. Many of the secondary schools in the area are also considered top-performing and there is a choice of private and state-run schools.
Things to do and see in Hampstead
Eclectic is the only way to describe Hampstead’s social scene, and dynamic the word to use for its arts scene.
Eating and Drinking: You will never be short on choice where eating and drinking are concerned courtesy of countless traditional public houses complete with intriguing historical backgrounds, such as the Spaniard’s Inn where Dick Turpin was said to take refuge and the Holly Bush which until fairly recently remained gas-lit. Independent eateries offer everything from French and Thai to Argentinian and much more besides, including an Italian restaurant set in a hotel dating back to 1734 when it was a shepherd’s cottage.
Shopping: The shopping scene is also varied, incorporating a mix of boutique style shops and international outlets.
Attractions and Amenities: Sports and leisure wise Hampstead offers a golf course on Hampstead Heath, the aforementioned open air swimming ponds and enormous scope for enjoying everything the vast outdoor spaces have to offer.
There are numerous museums including Keats House on Keats Lane, named after the poet John Keats who lived in Hampstead, as well as the Freud Museum dedicated to Sigmund Freud, another past resident of Hampstead. Three theatres and a cinema serve the area, as does a list of churches and synagogues.
Fun fairs are a customary feature in the warmer months on the lower parts of Hampstead Heath and art lovers regularly enjoy poetry and book readings as well as harpsichord recitals at Fenton House.
Kenwood House is one of Hampstead’s most famous attractions. Host during the summer months to wonderful open-air evening concerts viewed by enthralled music-lovers from across the stunningly lit lake, the early 17th century house is an English Heritage property set within a beautifully landscaped estate.
Admirers of architecture are able to indulge their passion courtesy of an array of historical structures, including the Grade I listed Isokon building whose previous residents include, amongst others, Agatha Christie and Henry Moore.
Hampstead offers the major advantage of being unrivalled in its transport links. Hampstead Station on the Northern Line of the London Underground directly connects to London Euston for mainline trains to the North of England and Scotland.
West Hampstead on the Jubilee Line connects to Stratford International for the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park and the Eurotunnel. And Hampstead Heath station on the Overground will connect you to Kensington to the south, and Watford and Luton Airport to the north.
There are numerous bus routes throughout the area, and a choice of car parks.
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