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Fitzjohns Avenue
London NW3£1,250,000 Share of Freehold

Fitzjohns Avenue

An amalgamation of artistic styles, Fitzjohns Avenue is home to some of the finest late-Victorian architecture in Hampstead

This wonderful two-bedroom apartment occupies the top floor of a handsome red-brick Victorian townhouse in a coveted part of Hampstead. Unfolding over some 1,349 sq ft internally, the apartment has a large mezzanine area with far-reaching views across neighbouring gardens and rooftops towards Westminster. At the rear, it has a large, well-established communal garden full of beautiful mature trees and flowers. Both Belsize Park and Hampstead village are a short walk away.

Setting the Scene

Built during the late 19th century, Fitzjohns Avenue was the brainchild of the 11th Baronet, Sir Spencer Maryon-Wilson. It is a 50-foot-wide road with a ten-foot pavement and runs along the central axis of Hampstead, leading to its eponymous heath. The avenue is home to rows of grand red-brick Victorian townhouses, defining examples of the localised style of that era, which were an amalgamation of architectural themes, including Jacobean Revival, gothic and arts and crafts. It is now a dedicated conservation area. For more information, please see the History section below.

The Grand Tour

Set back from the street behind an established front garden, stone steps flanked by balustrading lead to the communal raised ground-floor entrance. Entry to the apartment is into a wonderfully bright kitchen and dining room where a bank of built-in cupboards and bookshelves line one wall. An open-plan kitchen lies at the back of this space with three walls of cabinetry. It is lit by a pretty casement window and a skylight. Original doors, doorframes and several other Victorian features have been stripped back, adding a clever sense of cohesion throughout the house.

Adjacent to the dining room lies the voluminous reception room with dual-aspect views and unusually high ceilings. The focal point of the room is a large arched window overlooking leafy Fitzjohns Avenue. A wooden fireplace on the adjacent wall adds further character to the room. A staircase acts as a sculptural feature in its own right and leads to the upper-floor mezzanine area. A clever use of space, it is currently a handy spare bedroom and has terrific far-reaching views of Hampstead through a skylight; it would also make a good office.

The large main bedroom is a tranquil space overlooking the well-established back garden; sash windows with original hardwood shutters cast light over the room, and handsome built-in wardrobes create storage. A second bedroom is next door and is currently used as an office.

Sitting just off the dining room is the distinctive powder-blue bathroom with a separate WC. This room has a vanity sink, a large bath and an overhead shower.

The Great Outdoors

Externally, the communal garden is a private oasis in a central location. The grounds have been landscaped with several well-established beds, rolling lawns and mature trees around the perimeter, and there is plenty of space for garden furniture. There is also access to outdoor sheds.

Out and About

Fitzjohns Avenue is in a fantastic position, just a short walk from the shops, delis, restaurants and pubs of both Hampstead and Belsize Village. The Hampstead Theatre, an Everyman, a gym and a spa are all within walking distance, as is Waitrose on Finchley Road. To the north, Hampstead Village and the vast open spaces of Hampstead Heath are easily accessible.

Many of London’s best schools are within walking distance of the house, including The Hall, St Antony’s, South Hampstead High School, St Christopher’s, Trevor Roberts and Sarum Hall – University College London is also within reaching distance.

The Underground is available minutes from the house at Finchley Road (Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines), Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line) and Hampstead (Northern Line) are also within walking distance.

Tenure: Share of Freehold
Lease Length: Approx. 999 remaining
Service Charge: Approx. £3,500 PA
Ground Rent: Approx. N/A
Council Tax Band: G

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. Inigo has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

History

Hampstead was largely farmland until the arrival of the North London railway line in the 1860s. The building of the line meant more people could access the beautiful, leafy green area and a wave of development ensued.

New townhouses, churches, schools, cemeteries, water supplies, and sewage systems sprung up in the area. The growth meant Hampstead was declared a Parliamentary Borough in 1885 and later officially part of London in 1888.

Despite the area’s varying architectural scale and styles, most houses share a common stylistic thread – they reflect their verdant landscape. Houses are set back behind big front gardens, and greenery plays an instrumental role, unifying the streets and creating the leafy atompshere that defines Hampstead to this day.

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