Property for sale in West Hampstead
West Hampstead is the area of north west London between Childs Hill in the north, Frognal and Hampstead to the north east, Swiss Cottage to the east and South Hampstead in the south.
Until the late 19th century, West Hampstead was little more than a small village, then known as West End.
It is served by no fewer than three train stations – all confusingly called West Hampstead!
The Rolling Stones allegedly wrote ‘Tell Me’ while locked in their West Hampstead kitchen in 1964.
West Hampstead fire station, which opened in 1901, is still operational and responds to over 2,000 emergency calls a year.
The newly created internet tag for West Hampstead locals is “Whampers”
Like many parts of London, West Hampstead was just a small village until the arrival of the railway resulted in farmland being diverted to housing use.
In 1879, the Metroplitan Railway coined the name ‘West Hampstead’ for its station on West End Lane to avoid confusion with the capital’s West End shopping district. Today, it is served by numerous bus routes and boasts three stations: West Hampstead Underground station, West Hampstead Thameslink and West Hampstead Silverlink Metro.
West Hampstead’s excellent transport links make it a highly popular place to live for young urban professionals while its proximity to Hampstead Heath and Queens Park appeal to families seeking green open spaces and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. West End Lane, the main artery that runs through the heart of West Hampstead, is peppered with independent shops, pubs, a nightclub, bustling café and other places to eat that give the neighbourhood its village feel.
The varied property choice ranges from handsome Edwardian mansion blocks and tall Victorian terraced houses (many converted to flats) with large communal gardens to well-maintained two and three-bedroom terraces and semis with small gardens. Increasingly, we are also seeing a number of new build apartments.
West Hampstead is home to the 02 Centre on Finchley Road where residents can enjoy a film at the eight-screen Vue cinema, feed their book habit at Waterstones, stock up on groceries at Sainsbury’s or work up a sweat at Esporta.