12/11/2019 • Development update
A tale of two storeys: the Hampstead Manor duplexes
Duplexes – two-storey apartments – used to be a rarity in London, but these versatile, spacious homes are proving more popular than ever across some of the Capital’s best new developments – including Hampstead Manor.
Arranged across two floors, duplexes look and feel more like a house than an apartment. With properly separated living and sleeping spaces, they often feel bigger and more practical for families, too.
Hampstead Manor, set on a leafy avenue just minutes from Hampstead Village, is home to 156 conversion and new-build homes – including a number of duplex apartments.
One of those duplexes was the right choice for Lisa Li, a director of a Hong Kong-based financial management company. She says she “fell in love” with her Hampstead Manor home, telling us “I wanted the property to be somewhere that my family and I would want to spend time in when we live in London over the summer months. Hampstead Manor was simply the right scheme for me, and I purchased a period two-bedroom duplex apartment, which is like a traditional home.”
The Hampstead Manor duplexes all offer open-plan living spaces flooded with natural light. Across four buildings, the development offers ideal duplex homes for downsizers, growing families, and those looking to buy in London’s favourite garden suburb:
The three-bedroom duplex utilises a Scandinavian-style inverted layout, with the master suite and two other bedrooms on the ground floor, and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space on the lower ground floor.
It’s a home full of natural light – the living space has double-height ceilings, the second and third bedrooms boast mezzanine balconies, and there are huge windows throughout. A media room and dedicated study offer private retreats away from the open entertaining space.
The duplex in this sensitively restored early 20th century building is a big, airy one-bedroom apartment.
It’s a home with original features and a spacious hallway, with steps leading down from the front door – reminiscent of period properties in the area. It balances its historic charm and traditional workmanship with modern facilities and finishings, like in its main bedroom with dressing room, en suite and private terrace, plus masses of storage, and indoor and outdoor entertaining space.
Set amidst the lush greenery of Hampstead Manor’s gardens, the three-bedroom Sumray Row duplex is designed with families in mind.
The living area is on the ground-floor, with the bedrooms on a subterranean level below, ensuring privacy for parents and children alike.
An open-plan living, dining and kitchen space allows parents clear lines of sight so they can keep an eye on younger kids while cooking or entertaining, and the apartments also benefit from an expansive lower ground-floor terrace, as well as a secluded outlook over Hampstead Manor’s wildlife pond.
Maynard is a restored historic building that houses sixteen one, two and three-bedroom period conversion homes.
The living and dining area of the three-bedroom duplex is particularly interesting, as it was once a centre for scientific discovery during the site’s former life as Westfield College, founded in 1882.
Duplexes offer a contemporary take on traditional London living. Want to get a feel for life in one of Hampstead Manor’s duplexes? To book your viewing of the Chapman and Maynard show apartments, request a call back now, or call the Hampstead Manor team on 020 7776 5730.