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July 2017 / Area Guides / by Sophie Hampton

Hampstead Garden Suburb

One of North London’s prize assets recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Commissioned by Dame Henrietta Barnet in the early 20th Century, the area was an exercise in community living. The community spirit is still very much alive today, and is maintained by an active residents’ association (some 2,200 households are members).

Architectural highlights
Sir Edwin Luytens was one of the architects commissioned to design the suburb, and he managed to successfully set the tone of the area with the Central Square, well-designed terraces of houses and flats on spacious, tree-lined streets with closes and cul-de-sacs. Weaving but not unruly streets with many Grade II-listed, exposed-brick cottages, houses and mansions are also typical of the area.

Smartest streets
Hampstead Way, Asmun’s Hill for the village feel, Central Square for Sir Edwin Lutyens architecture and North Square/Erskine Hill for grand mansions. Bishops Avenue is home to some of London’s most ostentatious and expensive homes.

Who’s there
Jonathan Ross, Richard and Judy, Martin Bell and King Constantine of Greece are currently residents, and actress Rachel Weisz grew up here.

The spring music festival, flower shows and free lunchtime concerts are all part of the Hampstead way of life.

Brookland Junior School for boys and girls aged seven to 11 and The Henrietta Barnett Senior School for Girls are both recommended.

Wave down the H2 bus or use the local Underground stations at East Finchley and Golders Green.

Hampstead Garden Suburb is unique for its serif street signs, alleyways (or ‘twittens’), fenceless property borders and plentiful communal space.

What the agents say
“There is nowhere else I would rather live. Sixty per cent of our customers are people moving within the same area,” Richard Barnett, Litchfields