Estate Agent & Letting Agent in West Hampstead NW6 – Michael Leonard Estates
Michael Leonard cover the following Areas
- West Hampstead, South Hampstead, Kilburn, Brondesbury
- Hampstead, Belsize Park, Primrose Hill, Swiss Cottage
- St Johns Wood, Maida Vale, Little Venice, Queens Park
- Camden, Regents Park, Marylebone
Excellent transport links, good cafes, bars and restaurants, and a young, energetic feel to the area make West Hampstead a popular place for young professional tenants. It is a lovely community with a very European feel - lots of cafes, bars and restaurants with outside seating and great service. Transport links are perfect with three different train stations including the tube and a regular night bus from the West End.
There is a whole host of entertainment at costs to suit all - from the trendy Walnut restaurant to the cheap but delicious Banana Tree. There is no shortage of wine bars and pubs, many offering live music on some nights of the week, and every food taste from every corner of the world is catered for.
Particularly popular areas for property in West Hampstead include the ‘Greek Roads’ , the mansion apartments of Cholmley Gardens and Canon Hill and the Mapesbury and The Hocroft Estates.
Great transport links, convenient local shops, excellent schools and the Conservation Area are a few of the many reasons to live in South Hampstead. Particularly popular areas for property in South Hampstead include Canfield Gardens, Aberdare Gardens, Compayne Gardens, Goldhurst Terrace, Greencroft Gardens and the surrounding area.
Transport is superb in this area, with South Hampstead Overland service being 10 mins from Euston, or walk to Swiss Cottage (Jubilee) within 5-7 mins walk of Goldhurst Terrace, Greencroft Gardens. However if you want the best of both worlds, Walk up to Finchley Road (Jubilee & Metropolitan) and the numerous bus services operating into central London.
Kilburn / Queens Park
The buildings are beautiful and you can walk to the hustle and bustle of the high road in minutes. The area is definitely on the up and the regeneration of the neighbouring council estate will ensure that Kilburn just gets better and better.
Kilburn High Road has Sainsbury’s, 24 hour Tesco, M&S, Holland & Barratt, all the Banks, lots of Building Societies, 3 fruit and veg markets, Post Office, and all within 100 yds. Salisbury Road on the other hand has designer shops, very upmarket delicatessens, bakeries, cafes and restaurants, plus the local Library and Police Station.
This is one of the most desirable places in London to live and one of the most fashionable places to live in the world!! Popular with the rich, the famous, the powerful, Hampstead has amazing resources and amenities and its properties are to die for.
Hampstead was built to be a home for rich and poor alike. Its ideal position between city and countryside was of course one of the reasons that it became so fashionable and sought after. It is packed with beautiful restaurants and cafes, and its rolling hills and streets are utterly beguiling. It has its own theatres, wonderful couture stores, woodland nearby, and of course what is to many (and all North Londoners) the best parkland in London in the Heath.
In many ways, Hampstead is the most openly desirable place to live in London. It has the exclusivity of the most establishment areas of the centre, along with a rural charm all its own. To live here is to rub shoulders with people you see in Fortune 500 companies as well as media stars galore. Any opportunity to view or buy here - if you have the means - must be grabbed instantly.
Belsize Park is a wonderfully cosmopolitan and exceptionally fashionable part of London. Its eclectic architecture and sense of history combine with ready access to Regents Park, Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath to make Belsize Park a beautiful environment in which to live. Along with the excellent shopping, the nearby Screen on the Hill, the restaurants and convenient transport, living in this part of London will always be a good choice.
Amongst the many desirable neighbourhoods in Belsize Park ‘The Stucco’s’ (Belsize Square, Belsize Park, Belsize Park Gardens, Buckland Crescent), are particularly popular as is the leafy England’s Lane with its village feel and small independent boutiques, cafes, restaurants and its quaint little roads like Primrose Gardens, Chalcot Gardens.
Tucked away between St John's Wood, Regent's Park, Camden Town and Chalk Farm lies a small public park with soaring hilltop views over London. The 'village' of Primrose Hill is tucked in between the main line railway to the East and the Hill to the West. Quiet and scheduled (due mainly to traffic controls on through roads), it commands high prices. It boasts a quaint shopping street with a good selection of increasingly smart shops. The green space, which gives the place its name, covers 112 acres, with the Hill itself standing 206 feet high. As one of the loftiest sites in London, on a clear day it provides wonderful views from Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome in the East to the Post Office Tower and beyond the west.
Primrose Hill consists of four and five-storey white stucco Victorian houses, mansion blocks of flats, and tall redbrick Victorian terraces. Primrose Hill has always attracted the artistically inclined. Blue plaques in neighbouring roads commemorate past notable residents, including the poet Sylvia Plath, Sir Henry Wood and WB Yeats among others, and this tradition still continues today.
Swiss Cottage is an area that most people would think is just a junction between St.Johns Wood and Hampstead, however there are some great bistro’s and bars in the area known as the “Cottage” as well as a Cinema complex, tube stop(Jubilee) a good leisure centre and a Library. Off the main streets of Finchley Road and the junction itself are pockets of gorgeous housing. These technically belong to other areas, but all are infected with a sort of jaunty Swiss Cottage air that creates a feel of being in a very different place.
Along Swiss Cottage itself are good flats found above shops, and there are great flats and plush apartments in some of the large tower blocks, there are superb apartments in the mansion blocks that are technically part of South Hampstead or St John's Wood.
St. Johns Wood
Home to some of the best properties in London and one of the most sought after places in the capital, St Johns Wood's serious development into the urban district we know now began in the early 19th Century. It's a place of refinement, lovely villas, excellent mansion blocks, and a very privileged air.
St John's Wood stretches from Lords round towards Camden, taking in a good section of Regents Park. People live here because this is a beautiful, green area of wide streets and truly epic homes. The centre of the St John's Wood area is a gorgeous little city village with a busy high street filled with excellent cafes and restaurants and nice little boutiques offering home furnishings and the like a lovely place to relax and chat for the wealthy people who tend to be its inhabitants.
Living in St John's Wood is not cheap, and any property will be fiercely fought over. There are wonderful apartment blocks in the area that reaches up towards West Hampstead and South Hampstead, excellent apartments in managed blocks with lovely communal gardens. There are also excellent modern flats facing the park, and good 60s blocks as well. But really it's the fabulous Regency villas and Victorian houses that are the most distinctive. Roads such as Hamilton Terrace house some of the most distinctive large (truly massive) houses of their kind in the capital, no two exactly alike. Around the Abbey Road area are fabulous detached villas amid the apartment blocks. Every road in St John's Wood seems to hide a collection of breathtaking, unique houses from various periods. All are very sought after and all are - frankly - worth the money.
Maida Vale / Little Venice
Beautiful, green streets and the wonderful attraction of Little Venice - the Maida Vale area is one of the classiest, most understated and relaxing areas to live in West London.
For an area that's so close to the city - it's only a few minutes to the West End either by car or tube - Maida Vale feels distinctly different. It's very residential, even though its wide streets lead so directly west, and very quiet outside of the small, but very fine parade of shops at the centre of the area.
Maida Vale is well known for some of the best planned and most impressive mansion blocks in London. Maida Vale itself is dominated by these splendid homes such as Randolph Mansions, Biddulph Mansions, Ashworth Mansions. There are few houses in Maida Vale except in mews areas, which are always sought after. Little Venice, just towards Paddington, is a pocket of wonderful calm and charm. The Warwick Avenue area contains some excellent mansion blocks, some on the canal itself. Little Venice is slightly more active than Maida Vale itself, having more pubs and restaurants along its streets catering to the crowd drawn to the canal, but both are beautiful, calm oases in the midst of the din of the city.
Whatever you want from London you can probably find in Camden on a weekend; the site of the most famous market in London, it's bustling and busy and not to be missed. But Camden is far more than its market - it's continued to be one of the trendiest, most sophisticated yet gloriously varied places in the capital for generations and looks set to continue that way.
There are affordable properties in Camden, but these are more likely to be found south, as the tangle of streets becomes Mornington Crescent and leads to the Westway. But in general, Camden properties - whether flats or houses - are very desirable, and competition is fierce for them.
Amenities of the area are second to none. It's incredibly easy to get into the West End and into many other parts of London. The bars, clubs and restaurants of Camden - whether on the lock or lining its main streets and quieter byways - are famous for their variety and quality, and the market itself is a huge draw for local boutiques and labels. Camden is a place to be because you love its lifestyle of luxury and funkiness mixing together - and living here is a style choice as much as simply finding a home.
Quite simply one of the most stunning and impressive places to live in London, On the borders between the Camden and Westminster areas, between Camden Town, Euston, Marylebone, Primrose Hill and Lords, Regents Park is a wonderful circle around which some of the nicest apartments in London are to be found.
There are of course houses in Regents Park, but these are Crown Estate lands, and any actual houses here are so far out of reach of almost all normal humans! Around the edge of the park are mansion blocks of great size, with lovely aspects looking out over the greenery of the park itself. In any of these blocks around the Outer Circle of the park, in Cumberland Terrace, Chester Terrace and others, apartments are extremely desirable and accommodating for the young professionals and well-heeled they’re aimed at.
Living around Regents Park gives access to the funky environs of Camden, the genteel bistros of Marylebone, the upper class air of Lords and the wonderful Primrose Hill. It's a truly wonderful place to live, if you move very fast.
Marylebone takes great pains to be a little village that just happens to directly border one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. Lying north of Oxford Street and stretching up past the West Way up to Regents Park, Marylebone is a little, dense network of streets in which some of the best living in London is done.
There are truly wonderful places to eat and drink. This is a place for the people who lunch, either who live around the area, or who work close by in places like Soho, Bloomsbury and Baker Street - although many who live here work, thanks to the Jubilee Line, in Canary Wharf.
There are wonderful buildings everywhere, from the BBC's Broadcasting House, the wonderful Holy Trinity Church, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Langham's Hotel, and the lovely houses on Manchester Square and Montagu Square. In the depths of Marylebone are mansion blocks, and flats in very nice Georgian properties. The few houses here are extremely desirable, and are set in little mews lanes - beguiling, undiscovered, and fragile-fashionable, like the rest of Marylebone itself.