Is a Lon­don favourite

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Homes Near High Streets -

be­tween Mar­ble Arch and Port­man Square into an area lo­cals and vis­i­tors are get­ting to know and value.” Best home buys: this is prime cen­tral Lon­don — but there is value in west Maryle­bone com­pared with the high street, says Claire Reynolds of Sav­ills. “Con­sid­er­ing the trans­port is su­perb [and will get bet­ter with Cross­rail at Bond Street], it’s amaz­ing prices still have growth.”

There is a great va­ri­ety, from smaller town­houses to mews houses and flats. Sav­ills has a newly re­fur­bished three­bed­room house in Bryanston Mews West at £2.75 mil­lion (020 8012 9125). Marsh & Par­sons has a one-bed­room top-floor flat for £725,000 in Harcourt Street (020 7935 1735). Try walk­ing the patch in search of doer-up­per flats.

CON­NAUGHT STREET BAYSWA­TER

Run­ning into Edg­ware Road, this area re­mains quite un­der­stated. Charles Lloyd of Sav­ills May­fair says it’s the best place he has ever lived. “It’s a great lo­ca­tion, and ex­tremely con­ve­nient.” The Church Com­mis­sion­ers, who own the Hyde Park Es­tate, have made a huge ef­fort to bring in shops and restau­rants. An Ar­gen­tine deli thrives along­side spe­cial­ist cof­fee shop Markus and the Duke of Ken­dal pub. Best home buys: gar­den squares and pretty mews dom­i­nate. Bet­ter value is found in post-war blocks, but prices have been catch­ing up. Strutt & Parker has new-build Padding­ton Gar­dens flats from £825,000 (020 7318 4677).

CHAM­BER­LAYNE ROAD

above left, New Que­bec Street, W1; above, Lamb’s Con­duit Street, Blooms­bury

a three-bed­room mews house near New Que­bec Street in Port­man Vil­lage, W1. Through Sav­ills (020 8012 9125) con­vert­ing shabby Vic­to­rian ter­races into smart homes. The de­mar­ca­tion be­tween more es­tab­lished Queen’s Park and edgier Ken­sal Rise, Cham­ber­layne Road is now a desti­na­tion for quirky shops and good restau­rants.

It’s also home to Lon­don’s only so­cial en­ter­prise cinema, the Lexi, where 50 lo­cal vol­un­teers staff front of house and the box of­fice, and all prof­its go to char­ity. “We try to en­sure we sup­port lots of sec­tors of our com­mu­nity, from car­ers and ba­bies through to se­niors and the hard of hear­ing, with a mix of pop­corn movies and doc­u­men­taries,” says pro­gramme di­rec­tor Rosie Greatorex.

There’s a new Cham­ber­layne Road gift shop called Nooki; an Ital­ian deli; an es­tab­lished Neopoli­tan-style pizza shop, Sacro Cuore, and Turk­ish bar­be­cue shop Shish Man­gal. Best home buys: houses in the streets off Cham­ber­layne Road have hit the £1 mil­lion and above mark. Dou­glas & Gor­don has a five-bed­room house in Bolton Gar­dens, a stone’s throw from the high street, for £1.05 mil­lion (020 3131 5768). For bet­ter value, head west to­wards Har­les­den. Churchill has a three-bed­room house for £599,000 in Ruck­lidge Av­enue within an easy walk of Willes­den Junc­tion, plus flats un­der £500,000 (020 8012 5512).

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