About this office
Our Hampstead team of sales and lettings agents are knowledgeable about the local area and have a wealth of experience between them, so are well placed to assist with all aspects of your property transaction in the area, no matter the size or value. Associate Director Keith Isaac handles Prime market properties in the area and with a career in property dating back to 1986, his knowledge is key in overseeing the team’s delivery of a reassuringly professional service. Hampstead Head of Sales, Jonny Pirouzi and Head of Lettings, Stefano Palmiero also have many years or experience in the local area. In addition to Hampstead itself, the team cover Highgate, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Kenwood, Swiss Cottage, Childs Hill, Golders Green and Temple Fortune.
Why move to Hampstead?
Hampstead is a highly sought-after residential area situated in the Borough of Camden in north west London boasting some of the most exclusive properties in the capital. It is a popular choice with city workers, affluent families and celebrities alike due to its stunning architecture, strong transport links and access to green space, including the sprawling Hampstead Heath. The many eateries, theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and sports facilities mean there is never a dull day in Hampstead. In addition the volume and high quality of education facilities in Hampstead is a draw for many people and is one of the reasons many move to the area.
A little bit of history
The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘homestead’ and the area is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. Originally a spa destination in the 18th century, Hampstead declined in the early 19th century before growing exponentially when the arrival of the railway connected it to the centre of town in the 1860s. Lavish residences sprang up to cater to the population of wealthy commuters and the area retains this period charm and sense of heritage today.
Architecture and property
Victorian and Edwardian architecture is prominent throughout the local area, whilst the history of property construction is further represented with fine examples of Georgian, Queen Ann and Art Deco homes, right up to present day Modern Minimalist design. From converted studio apartments to detached ambassadorial style listed mansions, homes to suit everyone are available in both the sales and lettings market.
Shopping and amenities
The shops in Hampstead high street cater to its affluent populace, with such classy boutiques as Reiss, Nicole Farhi and Whistles. However, there are also plenty of day to day amenities, including a couple of pharmacies, doctor and dentist surgeries, fitness centres and a library, plus independent and major superstores, including Tesco and M&S. Hampstead is also home to the Royal Free Hospital.
Hampstead’s lively food scene has something for everyone with numerous restaurants and cafes conveniently clustered around its train stations. Residents can opt for fantastic sushi at Mitsuryu, authentic French cuisine at La Cage Imaginaire or traditional Thai at Meekhun Bistro. First rate British fare is on offer at gastropubs The Wells Tavern and The Freemasons Arms. Other popular eateries include the Hampstead Creperie, the Coffee Cup and Villa Bianca.
For entertainment there is an Everyman Cinema and the Hampstead Theatre, with a full roster of shows and events. There are also an array of museums and galleries from the Freud Museum, the final residence of the father of psychoanalysis, to Keats House, former home of the renowned poet. Kenwood House is also a local hotspot worth a visit.
The area is best known for the vast and varied landscape of Hampstead Heath, a 790-acre Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation encompassing wild heathland, ancient woods, pretty meadows, open-air swimming ponds and a range of family friendly facilities. Residents can also take a trip south to Primrose Hill which has some of the best panoramic views of the London skyline taking in St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the neighbouring Regent’s Park.
Families can choose from many respected local institutions catering for all ages in both the state and independent sectoring. At secondary level there is Hampstead School in West Hampstead and Haverstock in Chalk Farm, while local primaries include Fitzjohn’s, Christ Church and Holy Trinity CofE. The highly regarded private schools in the area include University College School, The Academy School, St Margaret’s and South Hampstead High School. Southbank International School offers International Baccalaureate education for over 200 students from a wide range of countries. Other popular schools in the area include South Hampstead Girls School, Devonshire House and North Bridge House.
As you would expect with any Zone 2 location, Hampstead enjoys strong transport links by bus and rail to the rest of the capital and beyond. Hampstead underground station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line with frequent speedy services to central London, including the West End. Hampstead Heath overground station has regular trains to Clapham Junction, Richmond and Stratford. The M1 motorway is nearby linking to the national motorway network.