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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.
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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).
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).