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The Village on the Hill: Why Buy in Hampstead?

Last year we announced the purchase of an historic site nestled in the heart of beautiful Hampstead. We are passionate about restoring five Grade II listed buildings and creating refined new homes in NW3 - one of London's greenest suburbs. Read more below

Hampstead, set high on a hill in North West London, is the quintessential London village. Popular with fashionable eighteenth-century Londoners thanks to its iron-rich spa waters, modern day Hampstead is well known for its lush green space, patchwork of enticing cobbled lanes and broad, tree-lined Victorian streets.

At its heart is its most prized asset, the 790 acres of undisturbed parkland, swimming lakes, ancient woodland and playing fields that make up Hampstead Heath. The largest of London’s historic parks, the Heath is a rolling swathe of English countryside that has provided Londoners with an escape from the push and pace of the capital for centuries, and it is still at the centre of life here.    

Hampstead’s streets boast a remarkable tapestry of rare housing stock, with many stately Georgian and Victorian townhouses, eighteenth-century cottages, Arts and Crafts residences and sizeable post-war mansions.

This handsome, storied area boasts high quality homes of grandeur, a buoyant lettings market, excellent transport links with the City (Hampstead has Northern Line and Overground stations in Zone 2), a fine range of schools, and a High Street bristling with fashionable boutiques and destination restaurants.

Hampstead’s exceptional, historic architecture demands a legacy-driven approach.

At our new development, Hampstead Manor, which will launch later in the year, we will carefully restore five stunning Grade II listed buildings, which includes the beautiful Kidderpore Hall, a historical manor home built in 1843, bringing them back to life and preserving their future. As with our award-winning Barnsbury Place and The Loxfords, and in line with our ongoing commitment to creating an outstanding legacy, Hampstead Manor will also embrace the opportunity to create uniquely designed new homes, a range of excellent private amenities, and considered, biodiverse, communal green spaces and public gardens.


Highlights aren't hard to come by on the dappled streets of Hampstead, but ours include:

1. Cultural Heritage
Long the haunt of liberal artists, thinkers and writers, Hampstead boasts over 60 English Heritage blue plaques, and many well-preserved historic residences that are open to the public. These include Keats House, the handsome regency residence of the poet John Keats, the National-Trust managed Fenton House, and 2 Willow Road, the Modernist home designed by visionary architect Erno Goldfinger. Other cultural highlights include the Freud museum at Sigmund Freud’s former residence, the artisan Everyman cinema and, opposite Hampstead Manor, the Hampstead School of Art.           


2. The Heath and Golder’s Hill Park
Located just 6km from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath is an oasis of sylvan calm within easy reach of the City. With its open air swimming ponds, acres of semi-wild wood and verdant parkland, public lido and iconic view of the capital from Parliament Hill, this ancient Heath is unlike anywhere else in London. Kenwood House is an elegant seventeenth-century stately home on the edge of the Heath, with acres of landscaped gardens and an excellent tea room. Golders Hill Park’s stunning grounds, beautiful plant displays, butterfly house and zoo borders the Heath to the west, and is the perfect formal counterpoint to the wild open space of the Heath.  
   

3. Exceptional Schools
Hampstead’s reputation for excellence in education is well-deserved, and the area is notable for having more private schools than state schools. All of Hampstead’s primary schools are rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and there is a wide range of independent pre-preparatory and preparatory schools. The most recent edition of the annual Good School Guide saw Hampstead awarded the most ‘Good Schools’ of any area north of the river, with twelve junior or preparatory and seven secondary schools listed. Notable secondary schools include the South Hampstead High School, the historic liberal University College School, and Fine Arts College on England’s Lane.

 

Work is expected to start on site at Hampstead Manor later this year. Perfectly crafted new residences and refined Grade II listed homes, restored with quality and care. Register your interest for specific updates on this exciting new scheme.