This four-bedroom apartment sits in a handsome mansion block built circa 1900 in a leafy enclave of West Hampstead. Spanning some 1,914 sq ft, the interiors have been painstakingly restored to reflect their original early Edwardian grandeur yet are modern and refined. The apartment has a long balcony flanking the South-easterly-facing main façade, which overlooks a pretty residents garden. Wonderfully located, Kings Gardens is a short walk from West Hampstead Underground and Overground stations and a host of independent shops, galleries and eateries.
Setting the Scene
The apartment is on the second floor of a purpose-built mansion block with a lift and on-site porter. Built on the cusp of the Edwardian era, the block was conceived as an elegant alternative to townhouse living. With a sensical layout defined by its separate entertaining and living quarters, the block was one of many built during the period for a fashionable and discerning clientele. It has a gated entryway and a residents’ garden. For more information, please see the History section below.
The Grand Tour
High ceilings and expansive glazing define this wonderful apartment, characterised by its palpable sense of volume and light. Solid oak parquet runs underfoot, and cornicing has been reinstated throughout, nodding to the apartment’s Edwardian origins.
At the front of the plan is the dual-aspect reception room. The space is exceptionally bright with three newly fitted sash windows, which frame leafy views of the tree canopies and communal gardens. The verdant views are enhanced by the wall colour, which has been finished in a warm green by Paper and Paints. An original fireplace surrounds an open fire, creating a focal point in the room.
At the far end of the plan is the large kitchen. Finished in a cool shade of blue by Paper and Paints and partially clad in tongue and groove panelling, the room is a graceful space with bespoke wooden cabinetry topped with hardy quartz worktops. A gas hob with oven sits in the original fireplace, and a butler’s sink is finished with Devol fittings. There is space to comfortably seat eight for dining. A separate utility-come-pantry lies next door.
Between the reception room and kitchen is the primary suite with a bedroom, a bathroom and a separate dressing room. The bedroom is illuminated by a pretty bay window with newly fitted cast-iron radiators beneath. The en suite is clad in handmade Moroccan tiles and has a shower, a vanity and a WC; the dressing room leads off from here.
Three further bedrooms lie along the hall, all overlooking the quiet communal garden. One has access by a door set into its large bay window to the balcony, which runs to the main reception room.
The apartment has two more bathrooms, one with a roll-top, claw-footed bath and the other with a walk-in shower. All are finished with exceptional Aston Matthews fittings and Pooky light fixtures.
Out and About
Kings Gardens is situated just off West End Lane with its incredible array of shops, bars and restaurants, including Gail’s Bakery, Planet Organic, Provenance Butchers, and the Salusbury Wine Shop and The Salusbury Deli. A weekly farmer’s market is located at the primary school on the same road, while the popular Alice House and Salusbury Pub are recommended for food and drinks. The quiet and car-free Lonsdale Road offers further provisions from the likes of Bread Ahead bakery, coffee roasters Milk Beach and brewery/bar Wolfpack.
The open spaces of Hampstead Heath and Queens Park are a short walk away, both with tennis courts and children’s playgrounds. Paddington Recreation Ground is also close by, with a running track where Roger Bannister trained (renowned for his 4-minute mile), tennis courts, a nature trail and a children’s play area.
Several renowned secondary schools, such as University College School, South Hampstead, Channing, St Margarets and Arnold House, are within reach of the apartment. The highly-rated Mulberry House School for younger children is also nearby. Also within walking distance are the excellent Malorees, Christchurch, North West London School, Emmanuel C of E Primary School and Beckford School.
The house is a short walk from West Hampstead Underground and Overground stations. The A5 is close by for easy routes to the north circular and out of London.
Tenure: Share of Freehold
Underlying Lease Length: approx. 993 years remaining
Service Charge: approx. £4,400 pa
Ground Rent: n/a
Council Tax Band: E
West 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 that Hampstead was declared a Parliamentary Borough in 1885 and officially part of London in 1888.
Despite the area’s varying architectural scale and styles, most houses and mansion blocks share a common stylistic thread – they reflect their verdant landscape. Homes are set back behind extensive front gardens, and greenery plays an instrumental role, unifying the streets and creating the leafy atmosphere that defines Hampstead to this day.
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