About this office
Hamptons first opened in Richmond in 1988 and remains one of the most prolific and recognised agencies in the area. Our Richmond office is one of the area's longest established estate agents. Several historic landmark sales have been handled by Hamptons including in 1969 the sale of Douglas House, Petersham to the Federal Republic of Germany for the creation of the now-famous German School London. The office serves homes all over Richmond and the surrounding areas of Petersham, Kew, East Twickenham, St Margarets, and Ham.
Why move to Richmond?
Internationally acclaimed for its quality of life and for the fifth time in 2019 voted London’s happiest place to live, Richmond strikes the perfect balance between London and country living. Lying eight miles southwest of central London, Richmond is steeped in history and houses one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames, incorporating Richmond Bridge (London’s oldest surviving Thames crossing – circa 1777). It is popular with British and overseas families alike, who are attracted to its beautiful surroundings, such as Royal Richmond Park with its 2,500 acres of wonderful deer inhabited parkland, once a favourite hunting ground for the Sovereigns of yesteryear. The stunning view from the summit of Richmond Hill over Petersham Meadows and the Thames Valley is now protected by an Act of Parliament. Picturesque Richmond Green was once a jousting ground for Henry VIII’s former riverside Palace and is today home to more gentle pursuits, such as Sunday afternoon cricket.
A little bit of history
Richmond was founded following Henry VII’s building of Richmond Palace in the 16th century, where Queen Elizabeth I spent her final days. A village sprung up around the palace, including the Richmond Bridge and a great many Georgian terraces were built around Richmond Green and the Hill. The JMW Turner painting from circa 1820 shows the view from Richmond Hill over the Thames, surrounded by peaceful meadows. Other famous former and current inhabitants include Virginia Woolf, Sir David Attenborough, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood.
Architecture and property
The area is particularly known for its beautifully preserved Georgian homes, with several famous residences still standing including Downe House, The Wick and various parts of the original Richmond Palace. Richmond Green features many Georgian and Victorian townhouses and newer houses and flats. Most of the charming cottages are tucked away off the town centre while some Art Deco flats can be found in Sheen Road. Popular addresses include The Alberts, Richmond Hill, East Twickenham, Petersham and North Sheen.
Shopping and amenities
The town centre itself provides a wide variety of high street and independent shops, the latter of which are mainly located on pretty paved lanes that meander gently down to The Green. The area also boasts numerous leisure and sporting facilities including Richmond Theatre, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Twickenham Stadium, the home of Rugby Union, and many more.
Restaurants in Richmond include everything from Michelin-starred establishments to cosy family-friendly pubs and cafes. The Glasshouse, Gaucho and The Ivy are popular, while Petersham Nurseries is both a lovely restaurant and upscale garden centre. There are also the usual choices, like Bill’s, Cote Brasserie and Gail’s. More independent favourites include Café Mamma, The Dragon Inn and Antipodea. The Richmond Theatre is a 115-year-old venue hosting major national touring drama, comedy and classic musical shows; alternatively, there’s the Orange Tree theatre plus both Curzon and Odeon cinemas.
Richmond Park encompasses almost 2,500 acres and is the largest of London’s Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed open space in London. As a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, the beautiful area is protected from development and over 30,000 species of plants and trees call the park home. There are wonderful walks, cycle routes, wild deer to spot and stunning views of London from King Henry’s Mound. Richmond also has miles of riverfront to enjoy.
Richmond’s schools, both state and private, enjoy an excellent reputation and include Oftsed-rated ‘Outstanding’ primary schools The Vineyard and Marshgate. The German School London in Petersham is another of Richmond’s landmark schools; in 1969 Hamptons sold Douglas House to the Federal Republic of Germany to create this now famous school.
Richmond has superb transport links into the City, the West End and out to the Home Counties, with the motorway network providing easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow airports. For commuters, Richmond station provides a fast 17-minute rush hour service to London Waterloo and the Underground District line and London Overground into central, north and east London.