Walking around Hampstead Manor is like walking around Downton Abbey! The grounds and buildings are utterly breathtaking and the facilities planned just like that of a hotel. There is a swimming pool, spa and gardens being built, I can imagine relaxing after work and on weekends really easy. Easy to get to local parks and places of interest, and the apartment had the high ceilings and feature fireplace I’d expect from a Victorian conversion. Cannot fault the place.
Not only is Hampstead one of the most desirable places to live in London with its village-like feel and quaint architecture, the new Hampstead Manor development is fast becoming the spot to settle in NW3. Developed by Mount Anvil, with interiors by Johnson Ribolla, this collection of beautiful properties in the centre of Hampstead village have been sympathetically renovated into studio apartments up to 5-bedroom family homes available from around £755,000. There are 98 new builds, 54 conversions and a number of Grade II-listed buildings that make up this development – 125 luxury new homes in all – set over 12 buildings and surrounded by pristine landscaped gardens that are edged with bluebells and poppies in spring. The price per square foot runs at about £1,077, which is marginally over the postcode’s average of £804.
Residents will find that the nearest Underground station is Hampstead on the Northern Line, which is a pleasant 15-minute walk from Hampstead Manor. Nearby West Hampstead station also provides links to the City via the Jubilee line. Alternatively, Finchley Road & Frognal Overground station is within easy reach, as is West Hampstead Thamelink for services all over the capital. International travellers can reach Heathrow Airport in just under an hour, while Gatwick is around 70 minutes away. Drivers can use the A406 and M4 to connect to the main motorway system. The area of Hampstead is much sought after as a place to live and with good reason. The Heath is a popular spot for those who crave an outdoor lifestyle, with its swimming ponds and sporting facilities especially popular during warmer months. There is also an abundance of restaurants, cafes and pubs that are world renowned, making this a great spot for socialising with friends on evenings and weekends. The Everyman Cinema and Golders Hill Park & Zoo will entertain families with little ones. In terms of education, this area of London boasts a number of high-achieving establishments, such as Christ Church Primary, St Margaret’s School and Fine Art College.
Within the development, there are plenty of high-quality facilities to help residents relax and recharge. There’s a 24-hour concierge on hand to help with everything from booking travel to receiving deliveries, along with a private spa and gym complete with a 14-metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and changing rooms. For car owners there’s secure Underground parking with 92 spaces and for cyclists there’s basement cycle storage with secure access. Another handy addition is the use of the Hampstead Manor town car service, which runs from the development to nearby train and Tube stations to a schedule, and off peak it can be booked according to individual needs. The apartments themselves are stylish to the core, designed by the acclaimed Johnson Ribolla and inspired by travels to India. A muted colour palette brings a sense of calmness and serenity, with plenty of natural materials giving it a luxurious finish. Kitchens include matt lacquer cabinets, concealed LED lighting, natural stone effect porcelain splashback and composite stone worktop, and integrated Siemens appliances. In the bathrooms there are natural stone effect porcelain floor tiles and feature wall – to continue the theme from the kitchen – large format wall tiles, a bespoke mirror cabinet with feature lighting and shelving for extra storage, a double-ended steel bath, overhead shower with integrated hand shower and polished chrome brassware. Elsewhere, there is engineered timber flooring throughout the living areas and carpeted bedrooms for a touch of comfort. There are also fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms to keep possessions in order. Externally, the development is unique and immaculately finished, with every small detail carefully considered. Various species of trees have been retained to keep the character of the site intact, while lime-based wash brings out the china-clay Greco brightness in the original stucco.
Other options in NW3 to consider are Novel House and Belsize Road Gardens.