The S-Tog from Norreport station to Hellerup takes 10 minutes and stops only once before you arrive. Copenhagen’s trains are large, as though they were designed for people larger than average. They feel extremely well looked after and show no real signs of age or wear. Pulling into the suburb of Hellerup gives a similar impression with the houses large, set apart, and extremely well groomed.
Hellerup is located just four miles north of central Copenhagen and is surrounded by parks, woodland, and pristine beaches. Where the suburb meets the coast there are private apartments and exclusive shopping areas that have given the area the moniker ‘Beverly Hills of Copenhagen’. Slightly inland from the flashy coastal apartments and expensive shops, there are wide, quiet roads with large detached houses lining each side. Many are obscured by shrubbery or fences, some have CCTV cameras surrounded their land, but all of them are different.
Apart from a recently defaced electricity exchange, few signs of life can be found among the neatly cut lawns and recently swept pavements of the neighbourhood. The bright spring bloom of cherry trees and high wooden fences obscure the view into any windows, the strategic planting of bushes masking all but the shape of the house. This heightened seclusion perhaps stands to reason as many of the residences here are in fact the embassies of countries including Israel, Ghana, Iraq, South Korea, Italy, and China.
The houses themselves are set back from the road and away from each other. Each have a distinct colour, shape and size, and some are built more recently than others but they all fit within this neighbourhood. There are cars in some of the driveways but also some on the street parked neatly in line with the recycling bins that appear on every corner.
Of Region Hovedstaden