Moving to Hampstead, West Hampstead and Belsize Park
Are you moving to Hampstead, West Hampstead and Belsize Park? As one of north London’s most fashionable suburbs, Hampstead certainly has a reputation for being smart, elegant and stylish. The glories of Hampstead Heath combine with a chichi village high street and the availability of jaw-dropping Victorian villas—attracting money from the City, big business and the media world. To put it simply, it’s one of London’s most desirable places to live.
To the south and west of Hampstead respectively, Belsize Park and West Hampstead offer many of the same advantages at a slightly less rarefied price—along with some distinct characteristics of their own.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Hampstead, West Hampstead and Belsize Park report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Hampstead, West Hampstead and Belsize Park on the map
Just a few miles north of the centre of London, these three London villages couldn’t be more conveniently located for an easy commute. They are certainly one of the closest-to-the-centre areas to be able to offer such a vast area of open parkland—a fact highly valued by the residents of all three communities.
The areas are served by:
- Four overground stations (Gospel Oak, Hampstead Heath, Finchley Road & Frognal, and West Hampstead).
- Four underground stations(Belsize Park, Hampstead, Finchley Road and West Hampstead).
- A major bus station—the No 24 to the West End is the most popular route.
- The area is bisected by the A41 trunk road—Finchley Road at this point—which heads south into central London and north to the North Circular and the start of the M1.
Hampstead has always had a reputation for being artistic and intellectual. However, with more millionaires here than in any other part of the UK, it can hardly be considered Bohemian anymore!
- The Bishops Avenue on the north side of the Heath is actually one of the wealthiest streets anywhere—globally. Houses here can sell for up to £65 million.
- Bizarrely, several properties on The Bishops Avenue are not lived in and have started to crumble away.
- Other desirable streets include Gainsborough Gardens, Church Row, Redington Road, Winnington Road, Templewood Avenue, Frognal Way, Downshire Hill, Keats Grove, Spaniards Road and Columbus Drive.
- Hampstead abounds in Victorian and Georgian family houses, ranging from large villas to more modest terraces.
- There are also interesting Edwardian and 1920s houses, along with elegant mansion blocks.
- For new flats, consider Oak Lodge in West Heath Road.
- The proximity of both an American and a French school has made it popular with expats.
Enduringly popular with artists, Belsize Park offers an interesting mix of properties and is slightly more affordable than its neighbour to the north.
- Look out for large stucco villas around Belsize Square, constructed to repeat the popularity of Kensington and Bayswater.
- For Arts & Crafts fans, there are a number of small period houses and mansion blocks, as well as some intriguing Art Deco and modernist properties—check out Garnet Road, Park Hill Road or Haverstock Hill.
- The Isokon building on Lawn Road was designed by Wells Coates and is a perfect example of the modern movement.
- Many of the grand Victorian mansions have been converted into flats—great for high ceilings and period details. These are popular with locals and ex pats alike.
- The best addresses include Belsize Park Gardens, Belsize Square, Eton Avenue, Lower Terrace, Frognal Way, Wadham Gardens and Provost Road.
Offering all the benefits of Hampstead—a quaint village feel, good schools and proximity to the Heath—but at a lower price, it’s no wonder that West Hampstead is massively popular with families.
- The bulk of the properties are Victorian—whole houses, flat conversions and mansion blocks.
- The area is popular with both families and young professionals.
- For generously proportioned apartments, look at the so-called ‘BAM’ estate—Buckingham Mansions, Avenue Mansions and Marlborough Mansions.
- Family houses can be found on the ‘Greek Roads’—Achilles, Narcissus, Ulysses and Agamemnon Roads.
- Also popular: Crediton Hill, Marston Close, Fawley Road, Aldred Road, Compayne Gardens, Greencroft Gardens, Avanley Gardens and Parsifal Road.
Who lives here and why?
All three of these areas abound with blue plaques, indicating the homes of historic figures and the current who’s who of the area reads like a list of the rich and famous— Chris Martin, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais, Emma Thomson, Kate Winslet, Tom Hiddleston…
In short, there’s plenty to recommend about living here:
- Hampstead Heath—800 acres of open parkland with swimming ponds, open air concerts and theatre, and a great café.
- Beautiful period houses—from Georgian and Victorian through to Arts & Crafts and the modern movement, there are some stunning properties here.
- Good transport connections—commuting into the centre of London couldn’t be easier.
- Wide choice of schools—including international schools for expat appeal.
- Cultural and social buzz—there are museums, theatres, cinemas and cultural centres, more restaurants than you could possibly eat at and a plentiful supply of eclectic shops rather than chain stores.
- A wonderful sense of history—it quite literally seeps out of the brickwork here. Blue plaques, ancient inns, cobbled streets and artistic associations make Hampstead and its environs something of a living museum.
The Best Bits
If you find yourself stifled living in the city, Hampstead Heath may be your lifesaver. This vast stretch of rambling parkland is one of the world’s largest inner city green spaces and it’s also a Site of Scientific Interest. You can still bathe in the ponds here, walk your dog, fly a kite or have a picnic. Open grassland is interspersed with ancient woods and from the top of Parliament Hill, you certainly get the most spectacular views down across central London. Kenwood House was designed by Robert Adams and is one of the country’s finest examples of Palladian architecture, while the heath itself was a source of inspiration to Keats, C S Lewis and Constable.
Bringing the Kids
This is probably the only area in the UK to have more fee-paying schools than state-funded, but in both sectors there’s plenty of choice.
- The American School in St John’s Wood is no distance away, and there is also the Collège Français Bilingue de Londres close by in Kentish Town.
- There’s a good selection of boys-only and girls-only schools, as well as co-educational establishments.
- Schools with religious links include several Church of England, Catholic and Jewish primary schools.
- University College School is a well-respected boys’ school, going up to 18 years. South Hampstead High offers a high level of teaching for girls up to 18 years.
Relocating to Hampstead
For assignees who are looking for a leafy suburban ambiance that’s not too far from the centre of London, Hampstead, West Hampstead or Belsize Park would make a fine choice. However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a rental property, and a wide variation in the rents being asked. This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. Do you have children that need to be enrolled in school? Are the transport links convenient for your needs? Does this location fit with your expectations of London life and is the space configured in a way that suits your requirements? We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – to Hampstead or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
For assignees who are looking for a leafy suburban ambiance that’s not too far from the centre of London, Hampstead, West Hampstead or Belsize Park would make a fine choice.
Average monthly rents: Hampstead
Average monthly rents: West Hampstead
Average monthly rents: Belsize Park