Hampstead Estate Agents

Aston Chase is one of the most experienced and reputable Hampstead estate agents, with over 30 years working in the area. Our agents have extensive and unrivalled local knowledge and are the first to know about the best Hampstead property as it comes on the market.

Hampstead Village is one of the most sought-after residential areas in London. Walking its tranquil leafy streets, you will find the flats and houses for sale in Hampstead are an interesting and eclectic mix of rare Queen Anne and Regency properties, homes from the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian eras, along with more modern developments.

The area has a thriving village vibe, with a bustling high street of shops, cafes and restaurants, not to mention art fairs, galleries and markets. For those who want a taste of the country, it also boasts the wilds of Hampstead Heath on its doorstep, home to the outstanding Kenwood House, all a mere four miles from Central London.

To the northwest, Hampstead Garden Suburb is one of North London’s prize assets. Commissioned by Dame Henrietta Barnet in the early 20th Century, and with many houses designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Luytens, the area was a very successful social experiment, with a thriving community spirit that is still very much alive today.

Surrounding a central square, Hampstead Garden Suburb is a mixture of detached, semi-detached and cottage style houses, as well as some flats. Designed as a picturesque and green, leafy community, Hampstead is the perfect place for families and those who want a quiet and peaceful lifestyle not too far from the city.

If you are looking for houses or flats for sale in Hampstead, one of our agents can work with you to understand your needs and find the perfect property. Whether you are looking for property in Hampstead Garden Suburb or in the Village, we will show you only the highest quality and most suitable homes to match your requirements.

History

The area that is now West Hampstead was originally known as West End from around the mid-13th century, as it was situated at the west end of a large estate. The first houses were built in the 17th century and West End Lane itself originated from the boundary between numerous large estates, which explains its distinctive bends at the north and south ends. The area developed further with the arrival of the railways at the beginning of the 19th century when farmland was transformed into housing estates. It became known as West Hampstead at the end of the 19th century when the Metropolitan Railway adopted this name for its station on West End Lane.


Property

area hampstead 01Exclusive Hampstead, and the surrounding NW3 are, boasts some of the most valuable and picturesque properties in London. The area is home to an usually high proportion of actors, artists and writers which helps to retain its unique boho charm. Bankers, entrepreneurs and celebrities also flock to ‘the Village’, drawn there by the 800 acres of Hampstead Heath, all just a cab ride from London’s West End. From detached period houses on leafy avenues, to charming cottages on cutesy lanes and marginally more affordable 1960s’ apartments, there’s something here to suit every taste, although prices are high and there are very few bargains to be had.


In neighbouring Hampstead Garden Suburb, Grade II-listed exposed brick cottages and terraces of houses and flats on spacious, tree-lined streets are typical of the area, whilst The Bishops Avenue is home to some of the most expensive and elaborate homes in the capital. Our specialist knowledge of the local area is why many of our clients, landlords and development partners continue to choose Aston Chase over other local estate agents. Hampstead is a unique haven in North West London and the relationships we’ve built over 30 years enables us to deliver the best possible representation in one of the more demanding markets London.


Shopping

When it comes to fashion, Hampstead is a shoppers’ paradise with an excellent selection of independent boutiques including Zana Fashion in Flask Walk (a favourite of Kate Moss), and the popular children’s boutique La Coqueta, alongside many well-known high street brands such as French Connection and Hobbs. These are joined by an abundance of art galleries, gift, jewellery and antique shops, too numerous to mention individually.

Foodies will delight in the fact that Hampstead is crammed with independent and artisan butchers, bakers, patisseries, a fishmonger, fruiterers and delicatessens, including Gail’s Artisan Bakery, La Petit Nicola and Hampstead Seafoods.


Eating & Drinking

area hampstead 03Hampstead is home to many popular restaurant chains, including Gaucho, Wagamama, Pizza Express, Carluccio’s and Côte Brasserie. For an altogether more independent affair, The Bull & Last gastropub in Highgate Road, Retsina a highly-polished Greek affair in Belsize Lane, and the delicious Japanese restaurant Jin Kichi on Heath Street all get our vote, whilst The Freemason’s Arms in Downshire Hill is surely a contender for the best beer garden north of the Thames.


Parks

area hampstead 04One of Hampstead’s biggest draws is the nearby Heath where residents and visitors alike can roam free in the 800 acres of wild grass and woodland. The Heath boasts some impressive views across London and is also home to Hampstead’s famous swimming ponds, which are open year-round.

Hampstead Garden Suburb has large areas of open space of its own, including Hampstead Heath Extension, Golders Hill Park, Big Wood and Little Wood and the private Turner's Wood.


Transport

area hampstead 05Hampstead Underground Station is on the Northern Line (Zone 3), connecting the ‘Village’ directly with both the City and West End (Bank Station: 22 minutes; Leicester Square: 17 minutes).

London Overground trains operate from Hampstead Heath Station, where trains running regularly between Richmond, Clapham Junction and Stratford.

Hampstead is also on numerous local bus routes, offering direct connections to many parts of London including the No.46 to Clerkenwell, No.210 to Brent Cross, No. 268 to Finchley Road and No.603 to Swiss Cottage. The area is also served by the N5 night bus from Trafalgar Square.
Hampstead Garden Suburb is served by the H2 to Golders Green and bus No.102


Schools

People looking for property for sale or to let in Hampstead are spoilt for choice educationally, with a number of excellent options including The Maria Montessori School, Lyndhurst House Prep School, University College School for boys and South Hampstead High School for girls.

In Hampstead Garden Suburb, Brookland Junior School for boys and girls aged 7 to 11 and The Henrietta Barnett Senior School for Girls are both recommended.


Council Tax

Hampstead is in the London Borough of Camden, and Hampstead Garden Suburb is in the London Borough of Barnet. The Council Tax charges shown below are for 2015-16.

Band A: £891.32
Band B: £1,039.74
Band C: £1,188.27
Band D: £1,336.81
Band E: £1,633.88
Band F: £1,930.95
Band G: £2,228.02
Band H: £2,673.62

 London Borough of Barnet:

Band A: £931.38
Band B: £1,086.60
Band C: £1,241.84
Band D: £1,397.07
Band E: £1,707.53
Band F: £2,017.99
Band G: £2,328.45
Band H: £2,794.14