Family living at its best
With so much talk of how family networks have weakened and become more scattered with today’s busy lifestyles, it’s refreshing to come across houses – and locations – that accommodate family life so well at every stage.
Such an example is The Glasshouse in Hampton, TW12. The property is a wonderful, modernist-styled home which has worked beautifully for our sellers throughout various stages of their family life: today they enjoy the space as a professional couple who love to entertain at home; in previous years it’s been a beautiful family home to raise their children, who attended highly-regarded local schools and became members of local sports clubs. Today, these same children have grown up and chosen to stay living locally, which now means plenty of family gatherings at the house - with the grandchildren in tow.
The Glasshouse is set on Ormond Crescent in Hampton, a leafy residential street lined with other substantial family-friendly houses; it’s considered by many to be one of Hampton’s finest roads, often requested by buyers registered with our Teddington  and Richmond branches, who fall in love with its aesthetic charms, as well as its proximity to the wide range of amenities nearby. And whilst The Glasshouse enjoys all the benefits of its location, it has the added quality of feeling slightly set apart from the hubbub of daily life happening on its doorstep; this has been achieved by cleverly constructed double-door security gates, which shut quietly behind as you enter the driveway; at this point visitors are greeted by the beauty of external glass walls which reveal far-reaching views through to the rear garden of the house and beyond.
Designed for family life
The property has been designed to maximise the feeling of space, with light-filled rooms offering flexible living areas that can be used for a variety of purposes. The current owners have regularly hosted up to 40 guests on Christmas morning. Whilst adults can relax and enjoy the view out to the garden, children find the temptation of being able to scoot around the entire perimeter of the property too much to resist. Family members of all ages appreciate the way in which the inside space interacts with the outside, seemingly drawing the outside in.
Happy in Hampton
Less crowded, less congested by traffic than its neighbours, Teddington and Richmond, Hampton has become a firm favourite with those looking to settle in a place which ticks all the boxes for great family living.
Efficient commuting links to London and a fantastic choice of state and independent schools are the main pulls for many families, who then discover all the other great things the area has to offer: an abundance of green space offered by beautiful Bushy Park and at Hampton Court with nearby towpath walks along the River Thames; an independent High Street with its cafes, restaurants and coffee shops; a butcher, a baker, and its own purpose-built theatre. An array of sports clubs and supermarkets close by, and a regular bus to Kingston which provides easy access to a wider, more comprehensive range of shops and restaurants.
And after a busy day enjoying life locally, it’s a truly fantastic family house to come home to, whatever stage of life you’re at.