You’re just a few minutes from the Heath for bracing walks and views over London. The sitting room faces the quiet street and has all the gadgets for rainy days but you’ll also find plenty of good books. From the kitchen you look over the rather wild and pretty garden with its potting shed and the overground railway running along the bottom.
It’s the sort of house which makes you feel instantly at home and it’s filled with paintings, photographs, lovely old rugs, an art studio if you want to draw. Cooking can be a family affair with masses of space, a big fancy oven, proper champagne flutes and a smart dinner service; you’ll find essentials in the cupboards.
Walk to South End Green in five minutes or Upper Hampstead in 15–20 for restaurants, bars, grocery shops and a bit of people-watching (it’s still quite bohemian here) or hop on the tube to town in just over half an hour. There are good pubs in walking distance – The Garden Gate does good roasts and has a lively, homegrown crowd.