If you’re searching for a home in West Hampstead, it’s important to work with the right estate agent. Living Residential are based in West Hampstead, and as such, we know every street inside-out. We’ve got expert knowledge of the local property market, as well as the best schools, amenities and most desirable streets. We’re also the only Guild agency in West Hampstead, which further proves our reliability.
Our team are on hand to help, regardless of whether you’re buying, selling or renting a home. We offer a wide range of services, including property management, and assistance with buying a property at auction.
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There’s a wide range of architectural styles on offer in West Hampstead; from spacious Victorian villas to open-plan modern apartments. The market is largely dominated by Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s properties, detached, semi-detached and terraced. The most desirable areas are considered to be the ‘African’ roads, such as Somali Road and Asmara Road, or the ‘Greek’ roads, like Ulysses Road. The Victorian terraces in these locations are highly sought-after by families.
Those on a tighter budget (or first-time buyers) may be more interested in purpose-built apartment blocks like Kilburn Vale, or the ex-council flats that are dotted around. These offer tremendous value for money, generally costing a lot less than houses in the same area. Developers have been busy in West Hampstead, and their focus has largely been on creating apartments, not houses.
These stylish new-builds cater towards to the top end of the market and are ideal for young professionals.
Prices are not only affected by the condition and size of the property, but also its location. Expect to pay more for a home that’s close to the station or located near scenic Hampstead Heath. Properties in the direction of Cricklewood or Willesden Green tend to be cheaper.
West Hampstead is a great place to call home, which is why it’s so popular with buyers and renters alike. It started life as a small estate, and by the 15th century, was referred to as ‘West End’. Records indicate that there were houses in West End by the 17th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century, when the railway station was built, that the area became a proper residential zone. In 1879, the local station was called West Hampstead; a title which was eventually adopted for the whole area.
These days, West Hampstead is considered one of north-west London’s best addresses and fortunately, remains more affordable than neighbouring Hampstead. It has a pleasant ‘village’ atmosphere, which is something the locals go to great lengths to preserve. However, despite its cosy community ambiance, it is conveniently close to the heart of the capital.
West Hampstead’s transport links play a large part in making the area so desirable. The local tube station is on the Jubilee line and takes commuters to Bond Street in under 10 minutes, with Westminster and Canary Wharf further up the line. There is also a London Overground station with trains to destinations like Clapham Junction, Richmond and Stratford. The Thameslink mainline runs right through West Hampstead and takes commuters to destinations such as Brighton, St Pancras and Luton. Buses are also plentiful in the area, or alternatively, travellers may wish to cycle into Central London. It takes approximately half an hour for a cyclist to reach Oxford Street.
Families will be pleased to know that there are some excellent schools in West Hampstead. Notable primaries include Kingsgate Primary School and Beckford primary School. At the secondary level, South Hampstead High School is a popular choice for girls and St George’s Catholic School was rated ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted report.
As for local amenities? West Hampstead residents are spoilt for choice. The O2 Centre has plenty of shops and restaurants, plus a cinema and a gym. There’s also a library and a local farmer’s market, and several independent cafes, shops and bars.
Property prices are on the rise in West Hampstead, which isn’t surprising, given how popular the area is. This is a desirable area of London and prices are above the London average.
Landlords can expect a strong rental market. One to three-bedroom apartments are in high demand and tenants are prepared to pay above the odds to live in the area. Larger family houses also do well, however generally produce a lower yield.
If you’re looking for a home in West Hampstead, or are interested in investment opportunities, get in touch with Living Residential today. Our team are here to help you find the West Hampstead property, at the perfect price for your budget.