About this office
Hamptons acquired the existing Humphreys Skitt & Co agency in June 2014. This acquisition, along with our neighbouring Greenwich office, allowed the Hamptons network to build the link between other local offices including Canary Wharf and Dulwich. Since the acquisition, Hamptons has enjoyed success and significantly raised the profile of this office. The experienced team has both sales and lettings departments, each with excellent knowledge of Blackheath and the surrounding areas and experience dealing with a wide portfolio of property from one-bedroom apartments to high end family houses.
Why move to Blackheath?
Blackheath feels about as far removed from central London as it’s possible to be, despite being under 15 minutes from Tower Bridge. It has the feel of a small country town, with its elegant Georgian villas surrounding its green and windswept heath, where locals fly kites and walk their dogs. People buy here for the work-life balance and tend to stay for a long time, so the community is very up to date on local affairs. Blackheath even has a community society which works to protect the heath and its diverse architecture, as well as organising social events like the switch-on of the Christmas lights which coincides with the annual Village Day. What’s more, with a high proportion of families residing here, there are some excellent schooling options.
A little bit of history
Contrary to local legend, Blackheath has nothing to do with the plague and is actually named after the colour of the soil on the heath. The area has been inhabited since the Roman times or earlier and has always been prosperous, with grand residences built to house visiting royalty and gentry – hence the varied architectural styles. It’s also a sporty town: Blackheath is the home of England’s first golf and hockey clubs and is the starting point for the London Marathon.
Architecture and property
Many royals passed through here and as such the variety of architecture is diverse and grand: there are Palladian-style red-brick mansions, a restored medieval palace with a hammerbeam roof, the Stuart-built Queen’s House, Regency and Georgian villas and Victorian and 1930s terraces. Desirable addresses include The Paragon, a terrace of Grade I-listed Georgian houses converted to apartments, the Cator Estate, Blackheath Royal Standard on the Greenwich side of the heath, and the Berkeley Homes Kidbrooke Village.
Shopping and amenities
Blackheath’s High Street is charmingly named Tranquil Vale and has a selection of independent shops including a florist, bakery, greengrocer, butcher and coffee shops. There’s also a Marks & Spencer Food Hall in Blackheath Royal Standard on the other side of the heath and specialist (and popular) Cook shop for frozen homemade meals, as well as a large Sainsbury’s in Lee.
Blackheath has great restaurants, including The Ivy Café, Cote Brasserie and Gail’s for pastries and artisan breads. With close proximity to Greenwich and its maritime history, there are also a variety of excellent pubs such as the Pelton Arms, the Trafalgar Tavern and the Cutty Sark.
Blackheath residents have excellent access to green space, with the heath central to life in the village. It hosts London’s largest fireworks display (sponsored by Hamptons) and also provides space for food and music festivals and outdoor fitness groups. Greenwich Park is also on the doorstep and is the oldest of London’s eight Royal Parks, with a deer park, orchards and the Prime Meridian Line, plus a stunning backdrop of Canary Wharf.
Blackheath’s excellent schooling is what draws families to the area. There are a number of primary schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, including John Ball, All Saints Church of England, Brooklands and Invicta. St Ursula’s is ‘Outstanding’ at secondary level, while Blackheath Prep, The Pointer School and Heath House are popular independent schools.
Blackheath is well served for transport by road and rail. Blackheath train station, in the centre of the village, has regular services into Lewisham (for DLR), London Bridge, Cannon Street, London Victoria and Charing Cross. By road, the Blackwall Tunnel provides easy access through to Canary Wharf and The City or the A2 in the other direction will take you directly into Kent.