There aren’t many locations in the world that can combine the culture, business and excitement of Central London with the lifestyle, boutique shops and community vibe of a country village, but Hampstead has all of this and more. For those looking for a location in which to find luxury London property for sale, Hampstead has everything, and not just a bit of everything, Hampstead has it all, in abundance.
From top end academics to extravagant music artists, everyone wants the options to buy or rent property in Hampstead. The tree lined streets of Belsize Park are a great example with heritage buildings, access to some of London’s very best green spaces and proximity to Hampstead Village, this is a sanctuary for families, celebrities and professionals. Exclusivity is the name of the game in Hampstead with few budgets stretching to its elite heights. Our Hampstead local area guide will explain why, when you are looking for luxury houses for sale, Hampstead is such a good location in which to search.
The word ‘artisan’ might have been invented for Hampstead Village. Take a wander along Hampstead High Street and you will see what we mean, each shop front, even those occupied by international front runners, displays an element of the distinctive and curious. On your search for houses for sale, Hampstead might surprise you, dip down one of its labyrinth of curious side alleys and you will find yourself in a world of independent craft butchers, home bakers, ingenious florists and makers of trinkets and treasures that you could not have previously imagined.
When you are in Hampstead however, ‘artisan’ does not mean scruffy or cheap, pervading each boutique store is an ambiance of style that doesn’t shout ‘money’ but rather states it in each gesture, street sign and carefully placed mural. Make no mistake, Hampstead’s style may drift towards Bohemia but its roots are firmly in the economics of Utopia.
From an invigorating yomp on the wilds of ancient Hampstead Heath to a relaxed browse amongst the individual, luxury boutiques of the hidden Hampstead alleys, Hampstead has something to entertain everyone. The Campden Arts Centre exhibits world-class contemporary art, Hampstead Theatre is London’s newest theatre with big ambitions and the Freud Museum aims to inspire and educate the next generation of psychoanalysts. To attempt to list all of Hampstead’s eclectic and exciting attractions would be a fruitless task as, not only are there too many to count, but they are also rapidly changing and updating. When it comes to property for sale, Hampstead’s appeal is exactly this, never a dull moment but always a village welcome.
Unlike some of London’s other affluent neighbourhoods, Hampstead has successfully avoided the issues associated with absentee residents and continues to attract a discerning population who place high value on the concept of community and make Hampstead’s quirky and attractive streets a lively and vibrant place in which to live. The Hampstead residents are renowned for their fierce loyalty to their ‘village’ and will defend to the hilt its slightly eccentric and bohemian reputation and buzzing independent café culture.
So popular is the distinctive ‘village’ lifestyle of Hampstead that the rich and famous have lived here for centuries. With a fair collection of writers including Ian Fleming (James Bond) and John Fowles (The French Lieutenant’s Woman) and artists such as John Constable and Barbara Hepworth, as well as a bevvy of musicians, Hampstead Village’s position as a catalyst to the arts appears to be set into her beautifully placed stones.
There is much here to attract the elite, and celebrities from all walks of life can be seen wandering through the tangle of boutique-strewn lanes and relaxing amongst the tables of artisan street cafes. In recent years residents have included Harry Styles and Liam Gallagher from the world of music, entertainers Ricky Gervais and James Corden, and footballer Thierry Henry.
Church Row is a charming example of Hampstead’s hidden property-seeker’s delights. Its rows of 18th Century stately terraces offering a delightful assortment of facades in red and brown brick scattered with weatherboard frontages that should look out of place but contribute to the eclectic charm that is entirely Hampstead and one of the reasons the ‘villagers’ love the area so much. Trees in the middle of the street, the delightful greenery of Hampstead Parish Church and the hidden gardens offer haven from the village hum.
Hampstead’s luxury property claims however go far beyond this leafy history, Frognal Lane is one of the UK’s most expensive and exclusive streets and boasts gated homes, from apartments to mansions, that would, and do, satisfy the most discerning of property purchasers.
If you are thinking of moving to or buying an investment property in Hampstead, perhaps within the garden suburb, we recommend talking to our Hampstead estate agent experts. Hampstead is a ‘village’ of many parts and each individual nook and cranny has something different to offer. Whether you are after village centre hustle and bustle or luxury on the edge of Hampstead Heath, our versatile team of specialists can advise you on houses for sale, Hampstead areas and properties to suit all tastes.
Not only that but at Arlington Residential, we have our eye firmly on the Hampstead property market and use our local knowledge and contacts to find surprising property gems before they even come onto the market. Get in touch with our enthusiastic team today and let us help you to find your slice of Hampstead magic.
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