Best places to live in London – Belsize Park
Published Aug 27th 2015
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It is no surprise that Belsize Park attracts interest due to its traditional Victorian terraces, large red-brick properties and cosy mews houses, as it combines the charm of village living on the borders of the Heath with excellent links to central London. Charming stucco-fronted houses, café culture and high concentration of some of London’s top schools are a key influence in the steadily growing property market of one of the most popular northern districts of London.
The postcodes of Belsize Lane and Eton Avenue are undergoing transformation through expanding family homes and a host of high-end conversions which are sporadically springing up throughout the area. There is still a chance for discerning buyers to find two-bedroom apartments in converted terraces for under a million pounds, as substantial family homes come with premium price tags on some of the area’s private streets.
Behind the parades near Belsize Park station and rows of red-brick Victorian villas, a unique collection of Arts and Crafts houses with a big variety of jewel-coloured glasswork adorning the houses.
The name Belsize is derived from the French ‘bel assis’ meaning ‘well situated’ and dates back to 1317, thus this area is benefiting with excellent connections to central London either by London Underground, or bus service. Located in zone two of the London Underground Belsize Park station provides access to central London only twenty minutes away on the Northern line; where bus services offer connections to North and Central London within half an hour.
Large developments were undertaken in 19th and 20th centuries and created a pleasing architectural harmony, which attracted Sigmund Freud to live in Belsize Park at that time Belsize Park also has plenty of fine examples of Queen Anne architecture in Lyndhurst Gardens, while the rows of imposing mid Victorian stucco fronted houses found on Belsize Grove, Belsize Park Gardens and beyond rival anything Kensington has to offer. There is also a small concentration of sought after Art Deco buildings on Haverstock Hill, Garnett Road and Parkhill Road. Most houses in this area have been converted into spacious two and three bedroom flats.
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