The lowdown: West Hampstead
Residents have a strong sense of community in this Zone 2 hotspot. This, plus the buzz of its cafés and restaurants, and good transport links, all make West Hampstead a popular spot for those looking to put down roots.
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Average house prices in West Hampstead
One-bedroom flat: £516,000
Two-bedroom flat: £757,000
Three-bedroom house: £1.17 million
Four-bedroom house: £1.96 million
Average rental prices in West Hampstead
One-bedroom flat: £1,531 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,034 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,930 a month
Four-bedroom house: £4,521 a month
West Hampstead has a good choice of state primary schools that are judged to be “outstanding” by Oftsed. There are two rated local comprehensive schools: St Augustine’s CofE, judged to be “outstanding” and Hampstead, judged to be “good”. Marylebone Boys’ School is a free school that opened in September. See our full list here.
The fashion for home sewing and knitting is catered for at The Village Haberdashery, which also has an online business, while Achillea is a quirky flower shop. The independent West End Lane Books carries a stock of more than 10,000 titles. A thriving farmers’ market occupies the Thameslink station forecourt on Saturday mornings.
West Hampstead has three stations — West Hampstead Underground is on the Jubilee line with trains to the West End and Canary Wharf; West Hampstead Thameslink has a new station with trains to St Pancras, Farringdon and City Thameslink; and West Hampstead railway station has trains to Stratford. All stations are in Zone 2 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,284.
West End Lane and Mill Lane are popular places to hang out. Wired is an artisan coffee shop and the Wet Fish Café is a local institution. The Kitchen Table uses seasonal ingredients to prepare a daily changing menu. Hampstead Butcher & Providore offers free-range meats, artisan deli goods and a range of hampers. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
The Camden Arts Centre on the corner of Arkwright Road and Finchley Road is a leading contemporary art gallery. There are theatres and cinemas nearby, including the Tricycle and the Hampstead Theatre, and the nearest council-owned swimming pool is at Swiss Cottage. See our full list here.
There are two greens — on West End Lane and Fortune Green Road, the latter having an active friends’ group. The 790 acres of Hampstead Heath with its three open-air swimming ponds and a lido are also not far away.
£875,000: this two-bedroom flat on Greville Road has concertina doors that open directly to the garden.
£1,695,000: located in a mansion block near the bars and restaurants of West Hampstead, this three-bedroom ground-floor apartment offers a Gaggenau kitchen and underfloor heating.
£3,450,000: this newly-built, four-bedroom family home spans four floors. The bright bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a private roof terrace that offers city views.
£3,750,000: a six-bedroom, semi-detached home on Goldhurst Terrace is arranged over three floors with a 120ft south-facing garden and off-street parking for five cars.