Location Guide to Belsize Park
Belsize Park is three and a half miles from central London, south of Hampstead and north of Chalk Farm and Primrose Hill. Its name is reputed to derive from the French “bel assis” or “well-seated”. Development started in the mid-19th century when large stucco mansions around Belsize Square were built to rival Kensington and Bayswater. Later, small Arts & Crafts-influenced houses and mansion flats were built. It also has a small concentration of art deco and modern movement buildings, including Stanbury Court deco flats on Haverstock Hill, and houses on Garnett Road and Parkhill Road, while the Isokon building on Lawn Road, by architect Wells Coates, is one of this country’s finest London examples of modern-movement architecture.
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Ideal for: Buyers trading up, European renters, young professionals.
Public transport connections: Belsize Park and Chalk Farm (Northern), Swiss Cottage (Jubilee), Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak and Kentish Town West (Overground).
Typical rent amounts (per week):
Studio flat: £235
One-bed flat: £350-£550
Two-bed flat: £425-£850
Two-bed house: £500-£1,000
Three-bed house: £750-£1,500
Four-bed house: £1,000-£5,000
Five-bed house: £1,250-£10,000
More about the area:
Belsize Park puts residents within paparazzi shot distance of trendy, enviable Primrose Hill and the edgy melting pot of fashion and culture that is Camden Town. Rumoured to be named for the French ‘bel assis’ (‘well seated’), it gives residents convenient amenities and transport links.
You can spot Art Deco influences in many of the postcode’s buildings and the Isokon on Lawn Road is a genuine landmark in modern architecture. The whole area gives you the feeling of ‘going places’, especially when you see the ongoing regeneration of The Etons near Chalk Farm station.
The two main Northern line stations in the area are on Haverstock Hill, a main road brimming with shops and restaurants. Belsize Park claims several high-end and award-winning eateries, as well as a farmers’ market and an independent butcher.
There’s a ‘Park’ in the name but no official park in the postcode – charming little pockets of greenery are dotted around the area instead. One of them winds past the Royal Free Hospital, which itself is surrounded by schools and colleges.
We regularly have properties to let on and around:
- Belsize Park Gardens
- Belsize Square
- Eton Avenue
- The Etons
- Haverstock Hill
- Adelaide Road
- Prince of Wales Road
At a Glance
The area attracts: Belsize Park is popular with European buyers who are used to apartment living, but there is also a strong local market of people trading up from a one-bedroom flat to a two or three-bedroom flat.
Staying power: Families who want a house tend to move out because the jump from a flat to a house prices many people out of Belsize Park.
Postcode: Belsize Park falls into NW3, the desirable Hampstead postcode which also includes Chalk Farm and part of Primrose Hill.
Best roads: Belsize Park Gardens, Belsize Square and Eton Avenue
Up and coming: Our tip, The Etons NW3, Thirties blocks near Chalk Farm Tube, where one-bedroom flats let for about £360 per week and two-bedroom flats for about £525 per week. Ideally situated offering the best of the local area and nestled in between the bustling high street and market of Camden Town and charming atmosphere of Primrose Hill Village.
Lifestyle & Recreation
Shops and restaurants: There are shops, cafés and restaurants on Haverstock Hill near Belsize Park Tube and further down in the strip branded Steeles Village after the pub of the same name.There are more shops along England’s Lane, where there is a popular butchers, Barretts and in Belsize village on Belsize Lane. There is a farmers’ market every Wednesday at the Swiss Cottage end of Eton Avenue. XO in Belsize Lane is one of a small chain of restaurants serving pan-Asian food. Bradley’s on Winchester Road has a Michelin Bib Gourmand award.
Open space: There’s a “park” in the name but Belsize Park hasn’t got one — although Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath are all close by.
Transport & Lettings
Belsize Park, Chalk Farm and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee line) are on the Northern line. Finchley Road & Frognal station is on the Overground north London line. All stations are in Zone 2.
Council: Camden (Labour-controlled)
Average rental prices in Belsize Park NW3
- Studio flat £235 per week
- One-bedroom flat: £350 to £550 a week
- Two-bedroom flat: £425 to £850 a week
- Two-bedroom house: £500 to £1,000 a week
- Three-bedroom house: £750 to £1,500 a week
- Four-bedroom house: £1,000 to £5,000 a week
- Five-bedroom house: £1,250 to £10,000 a week