By John Alcorn
Despite being a world-leading metropolis, London is actually full of quiet residential neighbourhoods and St John’s Wood is one of them. Although centrally located, it sits on the fringes of Regent’s Park and is blessed with wide, tree-lined streets, borrowing many attributes from England’s lush countryside.
Architecturally stunning on every street
The architectural style and ambience in St John’s Wood has been firmly set by royalty, especially Prince Regent who commissioned architect John Nash to implement a residential development master plan. Together with Decimus Burton, a renowned architect from the 19th century, Nash ensured that dwellings in the area would last the test of time, and some of their finest works have become the hottest properties for sale in this place. You can easily add Chester Terrace and Cumberland Terrace to any list of ‘architectural gems’.
Other much-requested houses and flats for sale in this place include apartments and flats in superbly-converted mansion houses, waterside cottage-style properties in the Little Venice area, terraced houses in The Marlowes, and imposing character properties – including Italianate villas, neo-Gothic houses and ultra-contemporary new build residences throughout NW8.
Interiors created with flair
Past and present residents in NW8 are known for their interior design flair, respect for period detailing and love of grand proportions. Most of the houses for sale have already been refurbished to exacting standards but unmodernised dwellings do occasionally come onto the market, and they spark a deluge of interest from buyers around the world.
Preserving St John’s Wood’s character
Fiercely protective of its conservation status, the St John’s Society actively works to protect NW8’s character. Perhaps this desire to preserve the area’s charm and historical provenance goes some way to explaining why there’s such a strong American contingency in the area. As well as lapping up the Regency backdrop, the nearby American school attracts buyers from across the pond. Throw in its own underground station and walking distance credentials to Regent’s Park, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Abbey Road Studios and London Zoo, and St John’s Wood has the perfect blend of style and substance.
Property for sale in St John’s Wood
If you decide to consider this place when buying a new home or finding a property to rent closer to the City, remember there are local estate agents specialising in St John’s Wood and the surrounding areas of North West and West London. They can advise on the best addresses to look for and help you find the right property for your requirements.
John Alcorn is a Central London property consultant, writing about property in areas such as St. John’s Wood, Marylebone and Regent’s Park. He speaks with Central London estate agents to regularly to find the best opportunities for property for sale in St. John’s Wood and surrounding areas, and to uncover property market trends and price evolution in Central London.
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