Selling your property in Hampstead? Here’s what you could buy elsewhere

Cairness in Aberdeenshire is one of the great houses of Scotland, renowned for its impeccable Georgi

Cairness in Aberdeenshire is one of the great houses of Scotland, renowned for its impeccable Georgian architecture - Credit: Archant

If you decide to trade in your property in Hampstead and move out of the village, you may be surprised by what you can get for your money elsewhere.

The driveway at Cairness House

The driveway at Cairness House - Credit: Archant

Living in prime London has obvious advantages: a prestigious postcode; convenient access to all the art, culture and bustle the city has to offer – at a suitable remove from the grubbier aspects of urban life; and a seemingly watertight financial investment. But, if you’re starting to tire of picturesque streets clogged with Chelsea tractors, or are hankering after more green space than is offered by the Heath alone (as unimaginable as that might seem), then here is a taste of what you could get for your money elsewhere.

Trade in your two-bedroom flat (average price £937,078) for a French chateau

A classic French chateau in the Aquitaine region

A classic French chateau in the Aquitaine region - Credit: Archant

This property in the Aquitaine region of France has 13 bedrooms spread across the main house and three gites.

Full of period charm, the manor house is the quintessential French dream, updated for modern buyers.

The spacious interior retains period charm without sacrificing comfort

The spacious interior retains period charm without sacrificing comfort - Credit: Archant


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Long, lazy lunches can be taken on the terrace in the shade of the vines and you can cool off in one of the property’s three swimming pools.

And you can spread out through the outbuildings, which have a bar, a games room, a laundry room and barns (plural) for storage.

The period property is fully updated inside

The period property is fully updated inside - Credit: Archant

£1,004,880 through Prestige Properties

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Or a Florida mansion

The three-bedroom property in Florida comes with a heated outdoor pool

The three-bedroom property in Florida comes with a heated outdoor pool - Credit: Archant

Sure, this property will stretch your budget slightly, but for only a fraction more than a two-bedroom apartment in Hampstead, you could buy this three-bedroom, bay front house in Florida.

Don’t think you’re only getting an extra bedroom for your money though; the property boasts water views an updated kitchen and bathroom and deeded beach rights.

The three-bedroom property in Florida comes with a heated outdoor pool

The three-bedroom property in Florida comes with a heated outdoor pool - Credit: Archant

It also comes with a heated pool and dual boat docks.

And don’t forget that Florida is also known as the Sunshine state, one luxury that Hampstead doesn’t offer.

The three-bedroom property in Florida comes with a heated outdoor pool

The three-bedroom property in Florida comes with a heated outdoor pool - Credit: Archant

£1,103,872 through Hamptons International

Terraced house (average price £2,069,848) or Scottish country pile?

Back view of Cairness House

Back view of Cairness House - Credit: Archant

It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for more bang for their property buck should look to Scotland and that is certainly true of this exchange.

For the price of an unexceptional family home in Hampstead, you could trade for this award-winning eight-bedroom neo-classical gem.

The Georgian kitchen at Cairness House

The Georgian kitchen at Cairness House - Credit: Archant

Originally a smaller mansion built by Robert Burn in 1781 the design was inspired by ancient symbolism and it is said that it may have been created to serve as a grand Masonic temple.

Set in 16 acres of land with outbuildings, the house was used as a farmhouse after World War II but then fell into decline until 2001 since when it has undergone major restoration.

The view through the interior of Cairness House

The view through the interior of Cairness House - Credit: Archant

£2,000,000 through Knight Frank

Switch your detached house (average price £4,805,900) for wide open space within commuting distance

Goldingtons is a Grade II listed Georgian manor house, set in 51 acres of land just outside London

Goldingtons is a Grade II listed Georgian manor house, set in 51 acres of land just outside London - Credit: Archant

You may have been known to turn up your nose at the idea of living in the commuter belt but this could be the property to change your mind.

Only 29 miles outside central London and two miles from Chorleywood tube station, this eight-bedroom listed Georgian house is set in 51.76 acres of land (Highgate cemetery is 37 acres).

Goldingtons in Hertfordshire is only 29 miles outside central London

Goldingtons in Hertfordshire is only 29 miles outside central London - Credit: Archant

There is space here for eight reception rooms, seven bathrooms and eight bedrooms, including a master suite with en suite bathroom, 2 dressing rooms and a small study.

Outside, the land slopes down to the River Chess and comprises a walled kitchen garden with ponds, and an indoor pool with changing rooms, sauna, gym room, hot tub and a tennis court.

One of the eight bedrooms at Goldingtons, Herts

One of the eight bedrooms at Goldingtons, Herts - Credit: Archant

There is a Victorian coach house and stables and a lodge cottage at the foot of the drive.

£4,950,000 through Savills

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