West Hampstead is one of the capital’s best residential areas. It offers a real sense of community and some great local amenities, without sacrificing on proximity to Central London. If you’re looking for a place to call home that offers the best of all worlds, it’s definitely a location to consider.
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West Hampstead boasts a wealth of amenities and facilities for its residents. There’s a local library, a cinema, plus some gyms for fitness fans. The Kiln Theatre on Kilburn Road puts on performances throughout the year, and there are also numerous independent restaurants, cafes and bars.
Of course, if you’re looking for a big night out, Central London is only a short train journey away. There, you’ll find some of the country’s best theatres, eateries and entertainment venues.
West Hampstead tube station is on the Jubilee line, and takes commuters into Bond Street in under ten minutes. This is ideal for commuters, and for those wanting easy access to the capital’s major attractions. Additionally, there’s an overground service, with trains going to locations like Clapham Junction, Richmond and Stratford.
However, if you prefer to travel by road, it’s useful to know that there are several bus routes operating in the area. It’s even possible to cycle into Central London – relatively fit cyclists can usually reach the West End in around half an hour.
This area is a magnet for families, and part of the reason is the excellent schools here. For example, St Augustine’s Federated Schools: CE High School was awarded ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted report. Likewise, South Hampstead High School (an independent) achieved an astonishing 99% A* to C pass-rate in their GCSE results. By contrast, the national average is 60%.
The primary schools are highly regarded too. St Luke’s Church of England School had 93% of students meeting the expected standard for reading, writing and maths; significantly higher than the national average; and Hampstead Parochial Church of England School is another good example of a top-performing school.
Like many parts of London, West Hampstead experienced a ‘boom’ during the Victorian times. As such, many of the most desirable properties are classic Victorian terraces, with beautiful original features, such as fireplaces and bay windows. There are also some attractive 1920s and 1930s houses, plus some fine examples of Art Deco architecture. If you prefer contemporary design, you’ll find plenty of stylish modern apartments and houses on the market too.
Even though West Hampstead is close to Central London, its abundance of green spaces make it seem much further out. Large parks like Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath are all a short stroll away, and there are also local green areas, like The Grange, Gladstone Park and Fortune Green. They all offer welcome respite from the bustle of the capital, and are a real bonus to have close-by.
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