Hampstead — that polished London village — boasts a wide variety of homes, from alleyways of cottages to mansions, all benefiting from being close to the 800 rolling acres of the Heath, which the locals consider their “back garden”.
The area has more millionaires within its boundaries than anywhere else in Britain. It appeals to old and new money alike, attracting Premiership footballers and popstars, culture vultures and business tycoons, all in pursuit of the perfect town-and-country lifestyle.
Belsize Park, further down the hill, forms part of this area and is regaining its cachet. The stucco mansions that were split into bedsits in this once-elegant Victorian suburb are being returned to single residences.
One such property is a six-bedroom townhouse built in 1860, now gutted and revamped into a classic-contemporary heritage home. A grand entrance hall and staircase sit beneath an oval-shaped glass skylight.
There are four reception rooms including a double-height ballroom, plus a library, cocktail bar, 16-place dining room, marble-lined bathrooms, swimming pool, gym and underground parking. Priced £10.45 million. Call Galliard on 020 3740 4972.