Designed for life
The suitably named Hampstead Garden Suburb has views that are reminiscent of the countryside yet are within four miles of London’s West End but that’s not all this wonderful area has to offer. Natasha Higgins tells us more.
Reference point: North of Hampstead and east of Hendon is Hampstead’s leafy suburb suitably named Hampstead Garden Suburb. Nearest tube stations are Golders Green and East Finchley on the Northern line. Buses H2 and H3 operate from Golders Green Station every hour and do a loop around The Suburb. It forms part of the London Borough of Barnet, NW11.
Nutshell history: In 1907 Dame Henrietta Barnett founded Hampstead Garden Suburb. 243 acres of land were bought from Eton College for the scheme and Raymond Unwin, Barry Parker and Edwin Lutyens were appointed as its architects. The idea was that it should cater for all classes of people and all income groups, there should be a low housing density, every road should be wide and tree-lined, woods and public gardens should be free to all tenants and it should be quiet without even any church bells.
Best for: Open spaces, leafy streets, luxury mansions, excellent local schools, tennis clubs, Hampstead Golf Club.
Schools: Henrietta Barnett School, Brookland Infant and Nursery School, the Garden Suburb School.
Did you know… Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb founded by Henrietta Barnett herself, is a top performing state school in the country. News crews often come to film the girls on GCSE and A-level results day as they jump around, giddy with joy.
Eating, drinking…around Hampstead Garden Suburb
For breakfast: For a hearty weekend brunch, visit The Bald Faced Stag – a popular gastro pub in East Finchley. It’s especially nice when the weather is warm and you can take advantage of its pretty garden. They are also open for lunch and dinner throughout the week. It’s one worth bearing in mind when you next find yourself in that neck of the woods!
For Lunch: A stone throw away from Hampstead Garden Suburb is Kenwood House. This impressive former stately home with its impeccable lawns and stunning garden is a true asset to the area. When visiting the grounds, a light bite and cup of tea at the outdoor Brew House is a must – but save it for the summer!
For Dinner: Cafe Japan, voted by some as having the best sushi in London, is an unassuming Japanese restaurant on Finchley Road. Famed for its ultra fresh fish, tempura and udon, it’s a safe bet for any eastern Asia food lover!
What the agents say about Hampstead Garden Suburb…
Property prices? “A one bedroom costs a minimum of £250,000 and the most desirable two bed flat could be as high as £1.5million. The cheapest three-bedroom cottage would be in the region of £400,000 to £500,000 and this could range all the way to £15m or £20m for a 5-bed home,” states Trevor Abrahmsohn, Owner of Glentree. “Average rental prices for studios rent for £190 to £220 per week. One bed flat are priced at £250 to £310 per week. Two bed flats at £350 to £600 per week, three beds for £475 to £750 per week and four bed houses at £800 to £1,500 per week,” says Cobi Aboody, Associate Director, Goldschmidt & Howland.
Best roads? “Linnel Drive, Holne Chase, Neville Drive, Winnington Road, Ingram Avenue and Wildwood Road are some of the most desirable and prestigious roads for houses, whereas charming cottages are found on Willifield Way and Erskine Hill,” says Aboody.
“For mansions: Winnington Road, Bishops Avenue and the secure gated cul-de-sacs near Kenwood Compton and Courtenay Avenue,” states Jeremy Fine, Partner at Godfrey & Barr.
Abrahmsohn adds that Winnington Road, Ingram Avenue and Wildwood Road rank as the most cherished addresses in The Suburb. They usually obtain premium prices and their proximity to The Heath Extension and The Heath itself does no harm.
Architecture? “There are plenty of examples of the late 1800s Arts & Crafts Movement by architects Barry Parker, Raymond Unwin and Edwin Lutyens in Central Square, for example. North Square and Erskine Hill tend to be more Georgian and throughout the suburb are many country-style homes.
“Ingram Avenue, is emblematic of well-defined Neo-Georgian detached homes,” Abrahmsohn points out.
Bargain hunting? “East Finchley, Golders Green, Gospel Oak, Muswell Hill, Childs Hill, Cricklewood offer far better value yet some of the facilities will still be very near,” says Abrahmsohn.
Who’s buying in the area? “Residents on the lower scale are mainly English or European working in white collar industries. Diplomats, monarchs and ‘captains of industry’ buy the more expensive properties. There is room for everyone and everyone is welcome,” says Abrahmsohn.
Hidden gems in the area? “Big Wood & Little Wood woodland, Farm Walk & Willifield Way with tennis clubs, the Hampstead Heath Extension,” says Aboody.
Final Word… “As you enter The Suburb you are struck not only by the desirable architecture but the leafy roads, cul-de-sacs and avenues. There are effectively village greens and enclosed gardens where families can enjoy amenity space and recreation. Those that live around the Hampstead Heath extension and Hampstead golf course have views that are reminiscent of the countryside yet are within four miles of London’s West End,” concludes Abrahmsohn.
Henrietta Barnett School hbschool.org.uk 020 8458 8999
Brookland Infant and Nursery School
brooklandinfant.co.uk 020 8346 6824
The Garden Suburb School
gardensuburbinfant.co.uk 020 8455 8198
gardensuburbjunior.co.uk 020 8455 3269
The Bald Faced Stag thebaldfacedstagn2.co.uk 020 8442 1201
Kenwood House companyofcooks.com 020 8341 5384
Cafe Japan 020 8455 6854
Hampstead Golf Club hampsteadgolfclub.co.uk 020 8455 0203