|Fortune Green - back to top
Those in search of family homes should point themselves in the direction of Fortune Green, where they'll find decent four and five bedroom homes in the streets around Hampstead Cemetery, and smaller three and four bed houses on adjoining streets. Mansion blocks can be found on the streets running between Fortune Green Road and Finchley Road (Lyncroft Gardens etc) and there's a large new-build development on Lymington Road (The Pulse). There are also some substantial houses in this neighbourhood, around the tennis courts.
The young and the restless keep the rentals market busy and the main thoroughfares have all the coffee shops, furniture stores, trendy restaurants and gastro pubs your heart could desire - mainly on West End Lane.
Mill Lane is the main thoroughfare, where you'll find wine bars, restaurants, pubs, and shops.
Fortune Green has an unfenced three acre park with children's play area and separate dog-free area. Hampstead Cemetery extends to 26 acres and offers a pleasant respite from the urban.
Kilburn, West Hampstead and Finchley Road tube stations (Jubilee); West Hampstead Thameslink and Finchley Road & Frognal stations.
|West Hampstead / Kilburn/ South Hampstead - back to top
West Hampstead is a diverse and cosmopolitan area lying just north of Maida Vale and St John's Wood. The main thoroughfare of the district is the Edgware Road, which dates back to Roman times when it was the main route from London to Chester. By the early 18th century the area had become a fashionable spa resort - the water was said to contain more carbon dioxide than any other waters in England. But it still remained largely undeveloped but once the railway had arrived, the area soon developed into a buzzing residential and commercial area.
Transport links include West Hampstead tube (Jubilee Line), Finchley Road tube (Jubilee & Metropolitan lines) and West Hampstead Thameslink/BR offering fast and direct access to Central London and beyond (including Gatwick Airport).
|Hampstead - back to top
It is easy to see why Hampstead is one of the most highly sought after areas in London to live. Steeped in history and a favourite with the chattering classes and literati,Hampstead Village looks down from its lofty position on a hill above the rest of London.
The village ranges from wide, leafy avenues with imposing detached mansions to classically picturesque, almost medieval lanes, squares and cul-de-sacs packed with a fascinating variety of architectural styles dating back 300 years and more
Trendy shops and arty cafes line the High Street while still maintaining picturesque charm. Hampstead Heath, with its hilly mixture of woodlands, gardens, and pastures, provides an oasis from surrounding urban stresses. There are many fine Georgian and Victorian terraces, detached and semi-detached houses here. Hampstead is threaded with winding streets of spacious homes. Probably the most exclusive area is in the Vale of Health, a little street encroaching on the Heath. Its name is ironic because the place was once a malarial marsh!!
Transport amenities include Hampstead tube, Hampstead Heath BR and numerous buses offering access to the city.
|Maida Vale - back to top
Maida Vale lies just west of Marylebone and St. John's Wood. It remained mostly undamaged by World War II and many of the magnificent mansions and terraces common to the area date back to the 1840s and 1850s.
Maida Vale and Little Venice form a wholly residential district. This corner lies in the angle to the north of the Harrow Road and west of the Edgware Road/Maida Vale (the road). Maida Vale lies just west of Marylebone and St. John's Wood. The pretty neighbourhood around the canal is knows as Little Venice. The large cream houses built along Warwick Avenue and fronting the canal in the 1840's and 1850's set the tone for the area. These houses are still the area's biggest and smartest. Later building confirmed the spacious feel, with wide avenues, large terraced houses and mansion flats and some with large shared gardens behind.
The area benefits from a good selection of good quality shops and restaurants and is within easy commuting distance to the West End via Edgware Road. Tube stations include Warwick Avenue and Maid Vale (Bakerloo line).
|Camden - back to top
Camden is to the east of Primrose Hill and Regents Park, to the west of Kentish Town and Islington, to the north of Euston and to the south of Chalk Farm. The busiest road is the main north to south thoroughfare, Camden High Street. The southernmost end starts at Mornington Crescent tube station, the street runs north to Camden Town tube and the bottom of Chalk Farm Road. The market can be found around here, with Camden Lock on the west side of the road, and Stables Market on the east side. As far as property prices go Camden is definitely a rough diamond neighbourhood. It's definitely not the cheapest place to live but is bustling and exciting.
|Highgate - back to top
Today, Highgate is an up market community sandwiched between vast parks and straddling the boroughs of Haringey and Camden. Its higher elevations afford great views over Hampstead Heath and on to London, and Highgate's pricey properties primarily attract affluent homebuyers. Highgate takes its name from the tollgate atop the hill - the highest in London that on the site of today's Gatehouse pub on Highgate High Street. The first settlement grew at the top of Highgate Hill where a toll-gate of that name, near the site of the present Gate House public house, was erected by the 14th century to control passage of traffic to and from Islington Village, Kentish Town and London.
|Regent's Park - back to top
A classy residential green area which is home to diplomats, city executives, celebrities, overseas residents and the prestigious London Business School. A drive in to the West End will take less than 10 minutes. Highlights of the area include the London Zoo, The Rose Gardens, Rockeries and Open-Air Theatre in Queen Mary's Gardens, and the Boating Lake, and the scale of its rolling, carefully planned layout makes the whole place a joy to explore. Transportation includes buses going into the City and West End and a choice of tube stations: Baker Street, Regent's Park, Marylebone BR and Great Portland Street. Today the Regent's Park offers some of the most prestigious homes in the capital including many elegant stucco fronted properties and also the official residence of the American Ambassador.
|Marylebone - back to top
Marylebone lies north of Oxford Street and South of Regents Park. Edgware Road forms the western boundary. Portland Place and Langham Place form the eastern boundary. The nicest streets are probably Marylebone Lane and Marylebone High Street. As far as transport is concerned, there is a choice of buses to all parts of London and 4 tube stations namely: Baker Street, Marylebone BR, Bond Street and Marble Arch.
Twenty first century Marylebone is a sprawling place. The areas looks like it might be mainly residential, and while this may be partly true there is plenty of stuff going on to excite the visitor. The most well-know section lies between Selfridges and in the south and Madam Tussaud's in the north offering a wonderful place to wander on the busiest days. You'll find great shops, nice pubs and restaurants!
|St. John's Wood - back to top
St John's Wood is very well established residential area benefiting from numerous shopping and leisure facilities. The rolling acres of both Regents Park and Primrose Hill provide the area with wonderful outdoor recreational facilities. The American School based in Loudoun Road has also made a big impact in the area attracting many US expatriates. Notable landmarks are Lord's Cricket Ground and the Abbey Road recording studio famed by the Beatles. Indeed Paul McCartney still lives close by. Transport amenities include local buses and of course St. John's Wood tube (Jubilee Line) offering fast and easy access to West End and Canary Wharf.
Architecturally, St. John's Wood retains pleasing styles from many different periods. There are classical Regency style houses - much sought after - with bow windows and elegant porticos; the stucco fronted houses so popular in Belgravia; beautifully proportioned Victorian houses, such as those to be found on Loudoun Road; and more recently built townhouses.
|Mayfair - back to top
Mayfair, playground of the rich and the West End at its most swanky, is not as fancy as you'd imagine. Unbelievably, people of modest means still live here although it boasts the capitals most luxurious hotels, the most exclusive restaurants and shops, and some of its wealthiest residents.
Mayfair lies south of Oxford Street and is bounded by Piccadilly on the south, Regent Street on the east and Park Lane on the west. Transports include buses and a choice of tube stations including Bond Street, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly and Marble Arch. Mayfair has always retained its social cachet, and today a good address that is more sought after than ever. Mayfair is big and retains a unique elegance and style, confirming its position as the favourite location for the cream of London's society.
|Bayswater - back to top
Despite its central London position, Bayswater is surprisingly peaceful once the rush hour ends. This area represents a diverse mixture of cultures and is well served by no less than five London Underground stations namely: Bayswater, Queensway, Edgware Road, Paddington and Lancaster Grove. The Heathrow Express train runs from nearby Paddington station (journey time 30 minutes). In the 19th Century, Bayswater became quite a hip destination. Westbourne Terrace was known as the "finest street in London ", Westbourne Grove and Queensway earned their reputations as great shopping locations which they both still have today.
|Belsize Park - back to top
Belsize is derived from the French, Bel Assis, which actually means "beautifully situated". A cliché today perhaps, but no-one could argue against such a claim for this cosseted corner of north-west London. The area is walking distance from Hampstead but has its own warmth and charm. Belsize Park is more personal than Hampstead,
Perfectly positioned for Hampstead walks and West End shopping, the existence of "Belsize" remained an historical secret until the beginning of the 14th century, when Sir Roger le Brabazon reportedly left land in the area of Hampstead Manor to Westminster Abbey. Because the area was 'developed' to provide for a variety of residential estates, Belsize Park has inherited three fundamental focal points - Belsize Village, England's Lane and Haverstock Hill - all with their own special flavour and unique selection of shops and eateries. Transport amenities include Belsize Park tube (Northern Line) and numerous buses.
|Queens Park / Kensal Rise - back to top
Queen's Park and Kensal Rise are generally regarded as one area and lie on either side of the lovely park - Salusbury Road, which borders Willesden Lane opposite Tennyson Road - is generally regarded as the beginning of Queen's Park.
Salusbury Road is a busy and increasingly trendy and sophisticated thoroughfare with cafes, restaurants, wine bars, shops, Kilburn library. Queen's Park tube is also here.
The network of streets between Salusbury Road and the park include Windermere Avenue, Hopefield Avenue, Montrose Avenue and Kingswood Avenue - these have Victorian and Edwardian terraces and some more recent modern builds.
On the other side of the park, which is Kensal Rise, are more respectable streets bounded by Chevening Road, Chamberlayne Road (NW10), Harvist Road and Milman Road.
These roads have mainly three and four bedroom late-Victorian and Edwardian semis and terraces (1895-1905), for the most part houses, though with some conversion flats.
The park is the real draw here and has ensured that prices in this neck of the woods are steep. It extends to some 30 acres and includes six all-weather tennis courts, a pitch-and-putt course, an ornamental garden, a woodland walk, a marvellous children's playground with paddling pool, and a cafe. Queen's Park Tube station (Bakerloo line).
|Brondesbury Park - back to top
This attractive, leafy enclave, which borders NW2 and NW10, is separated from Queen's Park/Kensal Rise by the train tracks that run alongside Chevening Road.
Walk up Chevening Road and at the junction of Salusbury Road turn left, cross the tracks and you're on Brondesbury Park (the road). The streets off this are Brondesbury Park, whose borders are Sidmouth Road, The Avenue and Willseden Lane - although Cavendish Road, Christchurch Road and Mowbray Road are across the Lane.
Manor House Drive, the former site of the old manor house, has large, detached double-fronted 1930s houses with generous gardens, up to eight bedrooms and enough room in the driveway for six cars - prices, needless to say, are appropriate to people who can afford six cars.
Elsewhere in Brondesbury Park there are large late-Victorian houses, many with roomy conversion flats. On Honeyman Close there's a contemporary gated community complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, leisure complex and landscaped communal gardens.
Brondesbury Park continues into NW2, where you'll find the salubrious Mapesbury conservation area. Brondesbury Park - half an acre with a children's playground to cater for the 4-8 year olds. Brondesbury and Brondesbury Park stations. Kilburn tube station (Jubilee line).