Notting Hill’s Secret Gardens

After a hundred years of gentrification, Notting Hill has come to the forefront for those looking for somewhere to bring up their family in London

London’s Notting Hill is famed for its annual carnival, now more than fifty years old, and thirty-three years later a film of the same name about the life of a bookshop owner played by Hugh Grant, and starring Julia Roberts, which still brings curious tourists to the area today. Of course, there is much more to this part of London than these two elements of popular culture. After decades of gentrification, Notting Hill is now once again a homebuyer’s destination of desirability, with some of the most historic properties finding their wings and taking flight in popularity. Pricewise, the entry point for small apartments is £1m – £1.5m. Larger apartments which are also suitable for families are heading in the direction of £2m – £2.5m. Upwards from that picturesque mews houses can start from £3m, and then the sky is almost the limit with houses overlooking garden squares selling for up to five times those amounts.

Christopher Shaw, Head of Savills Notting Hill, explains what makes the area such an attractive place to live, especially for families: “Notting Hill still retains a huge sense of community, many people will move in as young professionals and stay for the next 20-30 years, while bringing up children and moving up the property ladder. They’re able to do that because of the excellent schooling in the area as well as the phenomenal green space on your doorstep coming from Hyde Park and Holland Park, and you’re also close to amazing transport links.” 

Miles Meacock, Head of Office and Senior Director at Strutt & Parker’s Notting Hill Office, says that it is the communal garden squares which make the area particularly family friendly: “Unique in prime central London, there are 16 private communal gardens in Notting Hill which form the layout of the streets in its 19th century development. The Ladbroke family was Notting Hill’s main landowner and from the 1820’s, James Weller Ladbroke began to develop the Ladbroke Estate which is at the heart of Notting Hill. These communal gardens are such an asset.” To view the full article click here.

Family Townhouse

Set on a 19th century terrace which offers a rainbow of colourful façades, this picturesque end of terrace house is one of only eight corner properties on Elgin Crescent. This is the latest project by renowned developer Thornsett, working in tandem with interior designer Staffan Tollgard Design Group and Capital Architecture to create this elegant, artistic property. As well as an end of terrace position, the property, with its five bedrooms, six bathrooms and three reception rooms, features exquisite interiors, abundant living space, bespoke appliances, and a private garden with direct access to the communal outdoor grounds. From the grand proportions of the entrance hall to the modern luxury of the basement, which contains a cinema room and wine room, situated near some of London’s
best schools this would make for an ideal family home.

£12.5m / €13.8m / $16.7m
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