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Old June 30th, 2008, 11:04 PM   #61
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Chestnut Hill Philadelphia
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Like Hampstead Heath Chestnut Hill is situated on a bucolic hill northwest of downtown.

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Old July 1st, 2008, 12:06 AM   #62
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Nice

**edit - and I can see the Hampstead comparisons**

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Old July 1st, 2008, 07:22 PM   #63
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Wow, a genuine American Hampstead! Very nice.

Yes, the appeal of neighbourhoods such as Hampstead is not the size of the houses, it's the exclusivity of living there. To the untrained eye, Hampstead doesn't look that much different from any other quaint English village, where houses would sell for far less. So why do the super-rich choose to live there then? Probably because everyone else who lives there is also rich. Get in where you fit in, etc.

Hampstead's "beauty" and attraction can be put down to a few things:

1. Proximity to busy areas of the city (Camden Town, West End), while ALSO having Hampstead Heath and several golf pitches right on your doorstep. Londoner's love being able to access the countryside and the busy city at the same time. It's not cheap, you know.

2. The location and quality of life. Walk down the high street and you will pass deli after deli, wine bar after wine bar, upmarket restaurant after... you get the idea. All of them extremely expensive and specifically tailored for the wealthy.

3. It is old, charming, historic and feels slightly removed from the rest of London despite being cosily tucked away in the middle of it all. Much of it sits on a great big hill and has amazing views. The urban landscape can be stunningly beautiful at times.

Throughout history rich and famous people have always lived in Hamsptead and Highgate, and still continue to, a tradition which is unlikely to change anytime soon. It's not something which just gets built overnight by property developers, it has to grow organically to have that extra special attraction. Some parts of London have become good at accommodating the poor, some have a talent for creating a mix, places like Hampstead however, are just exceptionally good at making a rich person feel naturally at home.
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Old July 1st, 2008, 09:05 PM   #64
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"Wow, a genuine American Hampstead! Very nice."

Yes indeed. Chestnut Hill is very much a bucolic walking village for the rich in Philadelphia.

From Wikipedia

"Chestnut Hill is an affluent neighborhood in the Northwest Philadelphia section of the United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

The village of Chestnut Hill was part of the German Township laid out by Francis Daniel Pastorius and came to include the settlements originally known as Sommerhausen and Crefeld, as well as part of Cresheim. It served as a gateway between Philadelphia and the nearby farmlands. During the U.S. Revolutionary War era (late 18th century), the area was one of many summer vacation spots due to its higher elevation (400-500 feet above sea level) and cooler temperatures than the historic Center City. (Chestnut Hill is still known as one of the more affluent sections of Philadelphia.)

Chestnut Hill (along with many other towns and farmlands of Philadelphia County) became part of the City of Philadelphia in 1854 as part of the Act of Consolidation, when the County and the City became completely coterminous. In the same year, the Chestnut Hill Railroad opened, making an easy commute to and from Center City.

During the American Civil War, Chestnut Hill was home to Mower U.S. Army General Hospital, constructed to serve Union army soldiers.

From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th, the neighborhood served as the functional equivalent of both a "railroad suburb" and a "streetcar suburb" of Center City; although it was part of Philadelphia, and not a suburb, it was a leafy outlying part functioning much like a commuter town. (It still serves this function, although the streetcars are gone.) The neighborhood contains a wide variety of 19th- and early-20th-century residential buildings by many of the most prominent Philadelphia architects.


[edit] Architecture and housing stock
Housing in Chestnut Hill is very expensive for this region. In 2005, it had a median home sale price of $397,500—the highest of any Philadelphia neighborhood outside of Center City. This price was a decline of 2% from its 2004 median price.

Among the historic and notable properties located in this neighborhood are:

Esherick House, designed by Louis Kahn.
Vanna Venturi House, designed by Robert Venturi.
The former site of Boxly, the estate of Frederick Winslow Taylor, where Taylor often received the business-management pilgrims who came to meet the "Father of Scientific Management".

[edit] Public transportation
Public transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania, which includes Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, is provided by SEPTA, the region's mass transit authority.


[edit] Regional rail (a.k.a. commuter rail)
Two SEPTA regional rail lines serve Chestnut Hill: the R7 and R8.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #65
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I am so jealous..i wanna move to hamstead...but i am tld South Woodford isnt bad either
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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #66
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The neighbourhood looks very nice! Great shots.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:53 PM   #67
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nice Poshville pics :P
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:21 AM   #68
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Thanks for the fantastic pictures! Hampstead looks very nice.

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If you have'nt siad that your pictures are from Philidelphia i thought it was Great-Britan.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:36 AM   #69
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I've just noticed the title...I had always thought that London's wealthiest areas were pretty much in central London, Chelsea, Belgravia, Mayfair, Kensington.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:49 AM   #70
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Great pics. London for ever.

These pics remind me of the good old times I've never experienced..
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Old August 8th, 2009, 03:35 AM   #71
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Nice place!
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Old August 8th, 2009, 04:53 AM   #72
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good photos
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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:56 AM   #73
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Amazing thread and amazing, very nice photos of London neighborhoods
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Old August 10th, 2009, 07:18 PM   #74
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more of Chelsea and Mayfair and Kensington would do
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Old August 11th, 2009, 06:25 AM   #76
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Hampstead is beautiful and I love the Heath.....
As an Australian, what I will say is that Hampstead may be slightly like Toorak in Melbourne but to be honest most houses and suburbs in Melbourne are pretty much what you see in the series Kath and Kim (ie: not very inspiring)
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Nice set!
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Old August 11th, 2009, 06:41 AM   #78
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I always thought Knightsbridge/Mayfair was the wealthiest area. Nice pictures all the same though! The area is beginning to look a little featureless though with modern large houses there.
I would love to see these modern large houses...!
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Very posh.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 08:33 AM   #80
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I can't say that I'm especially impressed with the "wealth" shown - but never the less the area looks very nice and the pictures are great!

So thanks for sharing mate!
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