More than just Harley Street
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