Hampstead is an upscale, residential, small suburb of Montreal that is approximately 1.80 sq kilometres and twenty minutes from downtown. The town was founded in 1914 and was originally designed to be an exclusive garden city modeled after a place called Hampstead Village in the UK. The town is both to the right and left of Fleet Road. As one heads towards Cote St Luc along Fleet Road, the newer section of Hampstead lies to the right and the older segment to the left. There are no commercial properties and one public school in the town itself. There are many public and private schools to choose from in the adjacent neighborhoods. This is a quiet, predominantly English speaking, family neighborhood with an active community centre which features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and recreational activities. Contributing to this neighborhood’s safety factor is it’s dedicated public security patrol.
Hampstead real estate features a variety of architectural styles, with a fair blend of older, charming homes which preserve the character of a classic elegance that lay juxtaposed amidst the new modern, urban large constructions. Most of the homes are detached, with a smaller percentage of semi detached. Hampstead does not have any apartment buildings and offers a very small selection of duplexes.
On a historical note, interestingly enough, the town of Hampstead was at one time the Hampstead Golf Club which was located in an exclusive, affluent, predominantly English-speaking suburb of Montreal. The course survived until the late 1960s, when the municipality elected to appropriate the 112½-acres of land for residential development.