This leafy London area offers all the amenities with a wonderful village atmosphere
Hampstead Heath and the area which surrounds it is a famous London location steeped in a history dating back to Saxon times. At its centre lies Hampstead Heath; woodland and meadows extending to almost 800 acres, with far reaching views. Once home to writer DH Lawrence, artist John Constable and famed neurologist Sigmund Freud, it’s an area which still draws in creatives and celebrities alike. In the 19th century, Hampstead benefited from the arrival of the railway, and rapidly grew. In 1927, brewing magnate Edward Guinness, Earl of Iveagh saved the iconic Kenwood House from demolition and gifted it to the nation, a much-loved local landmark.
Today, Hampstead and its surroundings are rich in eclectic architectural styles; from charming Georgian cottages, Victorian and Edwardian family houses all the way through to a scattering of modern new build homes. We asked some expert local agents for their views on what this sought-after location has to offer. Jon Hughes, Sales Director of Dexters in Hampstead, told us: “Many people are drawn to Hampstead for the excellent transport links and the relaxed friendly atmosphere, as well as the open green spaces of the Heath. Local independent shops sit alongside high street names and the outstanding schools are a high priority for families. Premier streets include the ‘West Heath’ roads with their broad tree-lined avenues and grand ambassadorial style homes. The roads off the high street are of predominantly Victorian architecture and are popular because of their location.” Craig Draper, Office Head and Partner of Hampstead based Aston Chase describes it as “Rare, in that it’s central and yet has a village feel.” He told us: “People who come here can enjoy the best of both worlds. Many houses have sizeable gardens and there are big open spaces, yet it’s only 20 minutes to the centre of London, so it has a unique combination of plenty of fresh air, green space and beautiful homes.”
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Rising just 11 feet above the ground, Langtry House offers nearly 3,500 sq. ft. of hidden depths. Despite being largely subterranean, the living space is light and airy thanks to copious amounts of glass, including a 25-foot high central atrium with a glass roof and sunken courtyard. Down the feature staircase (past an 800-bottle wine wall), the lower level is largely open-plan. There’s a kitchen/living room with sliding doors to the courtyard and to a family room, a cinema room, space for a home gym, and a storage cellar. This high spec three-bedroom home is set behind a gated and walled patio garden, and offers parking for three cars.
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