South Hampstead Area Guide

Living In South Hampstead

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South Hampstead is a district with a Conservation Area status in North-West London, part of the London Borough of Camden.

It is commonly defined as the area between West End Lane to the west, Belsize Road to the south, Fitzjohn's Avenue and Finchley Road to the east, and Broadhurst Gardens and Nutley Terrace to the north.

The South Hampstead Conservation Area consisted of undeveloped farm or meadow land, originally split between two medieval manors until the area was first developed in the 19th Century.

Much of the area was originally situated in the historic manor of Hampstead, developed by the same landowner who developed 18th and 19th century Hampstead.

The areas was known as the Swiss Cottage Conservation Area until February 2011 but the name was changed to reflect the historic relationship with Hampstead as opposed to Swiss Cottage.

South Hampstead is a well preserved example of a leafy Victorian suburb, almost exclusively residential in nature, and largely homogenous in scale and character.
The area is characterised by large, semi-detached and terraced late-Victorian red or gault brick properties with a particularly distinctive and attractive roof scape.

Houses are made special by a variety of decorative treatments including terracotta panels and brickwork ornamentation, tiled and patterned footpaths, delicate ironwork on balconies, and elaborate timber doors and windows, including some original stained and leaded glass.

One of the most prominent features of the area is vegetation – both to the front and rear of properties. Green front gardens demarcated by low or ornate garden walls topped with hedges contribute strongly to the area’s character.
Building lines of the residential streets are generally set-back from the pavement which, with the boundary landscape treatment and many mature specimen trees, are essential in giving the streetscape its attractive and serene quality.

The open green spaces of the private rear gardens and the communal gardens between terraces of houses remain undeveloped and are a very important amenity for local residents – both for those who look onto the spaces and those who have access to them.

In some cases they are managed as natural wildlife spaces, in others as more formal parkland. preserving the attractive, tranquil character of the conservation area.

Nearly all of the streets run broadly east west, dissected by two roads; Priory Road to the west which was developed slightly earlier than the majority of the Conservation Area, and Fairhazel Gardens in the east. The lack of direct through routes, the use of one way traffic management, and the location of major roads as Finchley Road, Abbey Road and West End Lane to either side of the area, contribute to the quiet and well preserved historic character of each street.

Recent Property for Sale in South Hampstead

Recent Property for Rent in South Hampstead

West End Lane, London, NW6 £1,750 per calendar month

South Hampstead Transport Links

South Hampstead (London Overground)
Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line)
West Hampstead (Jubilee Line, Thames Link and National Rail)