Despite a century since its opening, life at Waterlow Court, like that of Hampstead Garden Suburb, is still centred around community. Technology may have drastically shaped the world since 1909, horses and carts becoming cars with Sat-Nav, mail becoming email and now messaging, and the wireless still to be broadcast in 1909 becoming wi-fi, streaming on-demand, but life at the Court is very much the same because its ideal was based around community, being part of a community, living as a community – looking out for one another, sharing tea and coffee and cake on a bench in the courtyard, or a cool glass of wine at a table in an outer garden, sharing a greeting at the gate, or a kind gesture, or an apple from one of the many fruit trees in the grounds.
You have the best of everything at the Court, what Dame Henrietta Barnett campaigned so hard for, a green oasis, a moment of stillness, peace, calm in the boiling cauldron of London.
Teachers, architects, lawyers, doctors, lecturers, musicians, journalists, writers, librarians, consultants, artists, entrepreneurs, some of whom have been residents twenty, thirty, even forty years. For many it is home, for some a second home – a pied-à-terre for occasional work in the city, a few also renting, transitory before moving on.