Sophisticated yet family-friendly, charming yet professional, West London postcodes connote a certain stylishness. That said, this corner of the capital is also diverse, home to a patchwork of influences and backgrounds. More centrally, you have the West End, with all of the attractions of Theatreland. Then there’s the neighbouring Marylebone which, although geographically close, seems like worlds away, with its stately period homes and village feel.
In West London proper – think Bayswater, Maida Vale and Notting Hill – the quality of life is high. Locals enjoy opera at Holland Park’s open-air theatre and peruse the market stalls of Portobello Road. Keep venturing out and you’ll find yourself wandering the leafy streets, riverside paths, and Victorian terraces of places like Hammersmith and Chiswick.
Whether you’re strolling the canals of Little Venice or dancing the day away at Notting Hill Carnival, there’s plenty to recommend West London. If you’re convinced, read on for some of its most beautiful on-the-market properties.
West End Gate, W2
This development is situated right on the interchange between Marylebone and the charming Little Venice. West End Gate comprises three buildings: The Westmark, a new 29-storey tower, Asquith House, and The Residences on Paddington Green, a conservation area just off Edgware Road. This is an area of London that has always been on the fringes of ‘prime’, but has now truly arrived, as proven by projects like this. Residents of West End Gate enjoy luxury amenities such as a 24-hour concierge, a gym, a pool and spa, and a cinema room.
Prices start from £800,000, westendgate.co.uk
Devonshire Place, W1G
Set right in the heart of Marylebone, with its gorgeous, stucco-fronted mansions – and a stone’s throw from Regent’s Park – this architect-designed home is rather unique. Boasting a volume of 3,570 square feet and natural light throughout, as well as an unusually large amount of outside space, the contemporary duplex is built around a central courtyard. On the ground floor are two reception rooms with traditional high ceilings, as well as a kitchen and dining room. The stairs are encased in glass to maximise sunlight and lead up to four double bedrooms.
Archery Close, W2
Finding a modestly-sized home around Hyde Park can be tough, with not much residential stock in this area. Thus, this eminently livable mews house is a gem. It is situated on a pretty, cobbled street in the heart of Connaught Village – home to luxury boutiques, artisan cafés and contemporary art galleries – and boasts a dual aspect, which is rare among mews houses. The Archery Close property also enjoys plenty of light, views over St George’s Fields, and generous sizes for both bedrooms.
Shirland Mews, W9
Another cobbled mews and dainty home to match – this time tucked away among the stunning, sprawling boulevards of Maida Vale. Designed by architect and interior firm Conran & Partners, this light, airy property is laid out over four floors. The ground floor provides the perfect office/workspace, while the reception boasts double-height ceilings and access to a balcony and courtyard patio. There are three bedrooms in all, all with en suites, and a kitchen with a separate dining area, as well as a guest cloakroom.
Guide price £1,525,000, arlingtonresidential.com
St. Quintin Avenue, W1
Housed within a distinctive red-brick terrace, this North Kensington property boasts a number of unique features. Take, for example, the log-burning fireplace with a reclaimed limestone surrounding – an architectural redesign has brought immense character to the property. It also means that space is optimised: the property has a large lateral reception room with open plan kitchen and dining area, and the top floor benefits from a family bathroom with a shower, free-standing bath, and separate sauna.
Dawson Place, W2
Any discussion of prime property in west London would not be complete without mention of Notting Hill, the vibey, upscale hub of bohemian cafes, antique markets, and high-end boutiques. This 6,530 square foot home is set on one of the postcode’s most coveted streets, a stone’s throw from Westbourne Grove. The five-storey property blends period features with modern interventions. Take, for example, the hallway’s floor-to-ceiling windows and numerous living areas, as well as double-folding doors in the kitchen, which lead to the private garden, and a basement level with amenities like a gym and climate-controlled wine room.
Craven Hill Gardens, W2
This townhouse sits on the garden square of Craven Hill Gardens – and is part of residential Victorian estate, the Kempel Collection. Unfolding across three floors and spanning 1,785 square feet, you enter the property to an expansive hallway, off which lies generous living and dining rooms and an open-plan kitchen. The first floor houses the principal suite, complete with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, while the second floor is home to a terrace. There are also three bedrooms, a powder room, and a patio at entry level.
The Brentford Project, TW8
As we travel further west, we discover The Brentford Project, a new development situated where the River Thames meets the River Brent. A major regeneration scheme is transforming 11.8 acres in this area, establishing 876 new homes and a mix of dining, entertainment and shopping amenities. Green spaces are also a central part of the proposition: the gardens of the deconsecrated Grade II* listed St Lawrence’s Church will be reimagined and landscaped. Residents of The Brentford Project will enjoy contemporary, open-plan apartments with floor-to-ceiling glazing, an outdoor pool, and views of Syon Park.
Prices start at £467,500, thebrentfordproject.com
Chiswick Green, W4
Chiswick Green offers residents urban living in a green setting – the collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments spill onto Turnham Green. Each of the homes, which stretch across four buildings, possesses well-thought-out living areas and multiple outdoor spaces. The townhouses, in particular, are perfectly family-sized and come complete with private terraces and roof gardens. The collection is moments away from both a bustling high street and riverside walks along the Thames.
Prices start at £580,000, chiswickgreen.co.uk