Hampstead Estate Agents Property Guide
West Hampstead used to be a small country village called West End, but when the Metropolitan Railway arrived in 1879 it called the station West Hampstead to avoid confusion with the other, rather better known West End further to the south.
Hampstead was mainly used as farmland and even became the hub of the laundry industry during the 18th century. The area became more salubrious from 1707, when the Chalybeate Spring was lauded as a cure-all fountain, and the spa qualities rivalled those found in Bath and Tunbridge Wells.
Accelerated development took place during the 1870s right up to 1914, and many architectural styles can be found in Hampstead, from Georgian and Edwardian properties through to Victorian villas and Arts & Craft period homes.
Bearing the postcode NW3 and located in the borough of Camden, today's Hampstead attracts a mix of well heeled and artistic residents. South Hampstead is home to a young, vibrant community attracted by the extremely good value its properties represent – you get more floor space for your money.
Away from most coveted addresses such as Bishop’s avenue, there is a wide variety of property in Hampstead. Everything from two-bedroom apartments in converted period properties and terraced homes to detached mansions and swish penthouses do come onto the market.
There is a mix of Victorian houses around Canfield Gardens and apartment blocks round Langtry Walk, the name commemorating an estate where Lillie Langtry, the actress, beauty and mistress of the Prince of Wales, lived in Victorian times.
Top Attractions in Hampstead
To this day West End’s little village green survives with its shops, restaurants and bars. And although West Hampstead is now covered with mainly period houses, it still retains a village feel and is a local destination for a good night out.
Among its’ many local attractions, Hampstead hosts a dynamic arts scene, with theatres, the Everyman cinema, an annual literary festival and a wealth of museums celebrating local residents and architecture (Fenton House, Keats House, the Hampstead Museum to name just a few) as main cultural venues.
When it comes to London parks, Hampstead Heath is almost unrivalled in its mix of sports facilities, wildlife and acreage.
But for many, the big advantage of Hampstead is its unrivalled rail links. West Hampstead station (now on the Jubilee line) connects to the (other) West End and on to the South Bank and Canary Wharf, and West Hampstead Thameslink station has direct service to Luton Airport to the north and the City to the south. West Hampstead and South Hampstead Overground stations go east-west from Stratford to Richmond and offer connections to Euston.
A major regeneration programme is under way to upgrade West End Lane into a tree-lined boulevard, and the three West Hampstead stations are currently being rebuilt and interconnected. Hampstead is clearly a place to watch.
If you are interested in buying, selling or renting property in Hampstead, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sandfords. Our Hampstead estate agents are ready to assist with more information and advice on the Hampstead property profile, accurate property valuations and a great selection of property for sale or to rent in the area.
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