Moving is one of the most stressful events in life, they say – after all, nobody really likes packing. Hire an agent like JLL However, helping them and housing can be a pleasure. Its experts know London’s best neighborhoods like the back of their hand and have the luxury homes you need to know on hand so that finding your next dream home is fun. If you’re thinking of making your next move to or within the capital, read on for JLL’s guide to London’s most exclusive neighborhoods (and the properties you can buy before they’re gone).
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The atmosphere: Everything from opulence with matching houses
Local attractions: It’s impossible to talk about Knightsbridge without mentioning Harrods. The world famous department store is the linchpin that life in Knightsbridge revolves around. While the neighborhood is also home to Harvey Nichols, there is far more than just high-end shopping in the area (although it’s a good place to start). Architecture fans should pay a visit to the Grade II listed London Oratory on Brompton Road, while those with children will be happy to be within walking distance of some of the capital’s best schools and parks.
Typical properties: Property prices in Knightsbridge have risen over 110 percent in the past nine years and with the changes in the market over the past year, now is an excellent time to buy in the area as the main market in central London is up and coming. The types of property are diverse, from modern apartments in converted historic townhouses to elegant stables in quiet alleys away from the hustle and bustle of the district’s main thoroughfare.
The home to get to know: Located in the coveted Ennismore Gardens neighborhood of Knightsbridge, this two bedroom, two bath semi-detached house is perfect for small families or those looking for a chic, pied-à-terre in the city. Designed by John Pawson, huge windows flood the spacious entertainment areas with natural light, making it ideal for those looking to host memorable parties.
3 million pounds, jll.co.uk/primecollection; for inquiries please contact Richard Barber (+44 (0) 20 7493 6040)
The atmosphere: Quintessential British elegance with a village flair
Local attractions: Whether you spend your weekends strolling through farmers’ markets and dropping by independent boutiques or partying the night away at the hippest new nightclub, Chelsea has it all. Centered around the shopping and dining areas of Sloane Street and King’s Road, Chelsea is also home to a vibrant, high-end art and design district that is sure to come in handy when decorating your new home.
Typical properties: Chelsea real estate is typically offered in the form of spacious townhouses and large detached villas rather than high-rise apartments, making it a great option for those looking for family homes. The average price of a house in the area is now just over £ 3.8 million, so you’ll need a lot of cash, but Chelsea’s mix of laid-back village life and proximity to London’s most exciting attractions makes it more than worth it.
The home to get to know: Have you always seen yourself as the epitome of style and glamor? Once the home of Golden Age film star Diana Dors, this blue house at 10 Burnsall Street is now a modern single-family home with four large bedrooms and generous living spaces, including an eat-in kitchen, dining room, and spacious living room. There’s also a lovely terrace that’s perfect for al fresco cocktails when British weather permits.
Can be rented for £ 2,308 / week, jll.co.uk/primecollection; For inquiries, contact Kate Flynn (+44 (0) 20 7493 6040)
The atmosphere: Epoch splendor, complemented by world-class culture
Local attractions: With the V&A, the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum, Kensington is one of the most important cultural districts in London and therefore an ideal starting point for families and couples. Just a stone’s throw from Knightsbridge and Chelsea, it is also home to some of the capital’s best restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Launceston Place, as well as world-class shopping.
Typical properties: Just like the local attractions, Kensington homes tend to be full of charm and space, with Georgian and Victorian architecture common in the area. Many homes have their own outdoor space (or access to community gardens), while the average home price, averaging just over £ 2 million, is slightly lower than neighboring areas. Perfect for everyone who is looking for maximum performance for their money.
The home to get to know: You will hardly find a better example of a classic Kensington property than this Grade II listed townhouse on Neville Street South. With four bedrooms, three bathrooms and four stunning living rooms, it was completely renovated by the current owners two years ago and now offers a fantastic mix of antique elements and modern touches. Particularly noteworthy is the private, west-facing garden, which offers plenty of space to eat and linger outdoors, as well as a spacious basement that could be used as a separate apartment.
Can be rented for £ 12,000 / week jll.co.uk/primecollection; for inquiries contact Thomas Middleditch (+44 (0) 20 7493 6040)
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The atmosphere: Elegant living in the heart of the action
Local attractions: Bond Street, Savile Row, Mount Street – living in Mayfair means only one thing: the world’s best shopping on your doorstep. With you literally a stone’s throw from Soho and Fitzrovia, you are also privy to the hippest new restaurants and bars, five-star hotels like Claridges and Brown’s are neighbors and steps from clubs like Annabel’s and. removed The Art Association. Living in Mayfair is essentially about enjoying the good life.
Typical properties: Although there has been some new build in the Mayfair area recently, the historic nature of the neighborhood means space is very tight and properties that come on the market tend to be two- or three-bedroom apartments and maisonettes rather than townhouses are. What you sacrifice in square feet, however, Mayfair properties tend to make up for in style. If you like high ceilings and Regency style elements, this is the neighborhood.
The home to get to know: In a renovated historic building on Green Street, minutes from the independent boutiques and restaurants of South Audley Street, this beautifully designed triplex apartment offers a rare mix of spacious reception rooms, outdoor space and an enviable location. The two bedrooms are airy and well proportioned, while the open plan living space has been designed to make the most of the natural light and extraordinary architecture of the apartment.
Rent from £ 6000 / week, jll.co.uk/primecollection; for inquiries contact Hayley Peverley (+44 (0) 20 7493 6040)
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The atmosphere: Tranquility and elegance in central London
Local attractions: Like artisanal coffee, artfully prepared brunch, and independent boutiques full of unique and stylish finds? Marylebone could be your ideal neighborhood. Known to be home to Madame Tussauds and 221b Baker Street, residents wisely avoid the crowds and instead spend weekends strolling the halls of the Wallace Collection, browsing local art galleries, and enjoying a luxurious long lunch at Chiltern Firehouse or Orrery . This is the most relaxed life in central London.
Typical properties: Like nearby Mayfair, Marylebone is dominated by updated historic properties, many of which are townhouses that have been split into smaller flats and apartments. This, combined with its proximity to central London’s main business hubs, makes it a brilliant option for those looking for a home away from home in the city, with both rental and purchase prices typically being lower than in Mayfair, especially after the recent lockdown. However, the market is recovering quickly, so if you are interested in moving to Marylebone don’t hesitate.
The home to get to know: Tucked away on a quiet street off Marylebone High Street, this one bedroom, one bathroom apartment promises a tantalizing blend of antique features and modern convenience in a package that’s perfect for a couple or a single person. An open area offers rooms for living and dining as well as a fully equipped kitchen, while the large bedroom is flooded with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto a pretty Julia balcony.
Available to rent from £ 950 / week, jll.co.uk/primecollection; for inquiries contact Hayley Peverley (+44 (0) 20 7493 6040)