More than just Har­ley Street

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - London -

Maryle­bone is awash with brand new lux­ury homes. Fiona Brand­horst takes a tour of the neigh­bour­hood

Lon­don’s Maryle­bone has a his­tory of at­tract­ing the rich and fa­mous. Back in the 18th cen­tury its plea­sure gar­dens were the place to be seen, where the wealthy paid six­pence to prom­e­nade to mu­sic per­formed by Han­del. For the fol­low­ing decades the med­i­cal prac­tices of Har­ley Street shaped its for­tunes.

Now Maryle­bone is back in fashion thanks to the fore­sight of the Howard de Walden Es­tate and the Port­man Es­tate, the two landown­ers that own most of the free­holds in more than 200 acres of prime land bor­dered by Ox­ford Street in the south and Edg­ware Road in the north. A strate­gic plan to cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive and well-bal­anced re­tail of­fer­ing with a high pro­por­tion of in­de­pen­dent shops, as well as a Waitrose and a weekly farm­ers’ mar­ket along­side new up­mar­ket homes, has paid off.

“De­vel­op­ers in the know saw the po­ten­tial and pur­chased many com­mer­cial build­ings, which have been turned into world-class lux­ury res­i­den­tial apart­ments,” says Chris­tian Lock-Ne­crews of Knight Frank.

One of the first of these de­vel­op­ments to come to fruition is W1 Lon­don. The for­mer BBC Ra­dio

Sky-high: the West­mark Tower, left, which forms part of Berke­ley’s West End Gate de­vel­op­ment

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