London property guide: Westminster
Visit Westminster with an I-Spy book of London and you’ll be able to polish much of it off pretty swiftly – the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Tate Britain are all among the most popular spots in the capital.
Friday 02 May 2014
It’s certainly an intriguing place to live. You can hear Big Ben at breakfast and count the Queen as a neighbour, while the green spaces include more famous names such as Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and St James's Park.
And there are many excellent pubs in Westminster, popular with both tourists and residents. Naturally, many locals are popular with those working in parliament, including The Albert in Victoria Street (built in 1864) and The Red Lion in Whitehall which has its own division bell for MPs and claims to have served every prime minister up to Edward Heath. Slightly more off the beaten track is The Grenadier in Belgrave Square, once the Duke of Wellington’s Officers Mess where King George IV sometimes popped in for a drink.
Property in the borough is in a state of flux. There are concerns that foreign buyers are turning prime properties into vacant investments, although research shows that last year UK buyers accounted for nearly half of all sales in the area, up more than 10 per cent from 2011. And while London in general has seen a massive hike in prices, prices in the early part of 2014 fell in Westminster.
Residents in the densely populated borough also enjoy the lowest council tax ratings in the country as well as topping the table for the most planning applications in the UK along with Kensington & Chelsea at more than four times the national average.
There are certainly some expensive areas, such as Belgravia, but it is also becoming a popular place to rent, partly because it is so close to the city and the West End - specialist London rental site Rentonomy has analysed rent prices along the Circle line which runs through some of the city’s most expensive central London property areas and concludes that Westminster is the most expensive station to rent around, with an average weekly cost of £1,166.
A first-floor flat with two bedrooms, a spacious reception room and communal grounds in a leafy part of London
A three-bedroom flat with a spacious rootop terrace and balcony, accessed from a private gated courtyard
A Grade II-listed pile with six bedrooms, stables and 39 acres of grounds in Standlake
A two-bedroom flat with boutique hotel-style interiors, close to the foodie haunt of West End Lane
A two-bedroom flat in a beautiful old vicarage, with many original features, close to the city centre
A three-bedroom 16th-century home with an aga kitchen, private gardens and heated outdoor pool, in Hadleigh
A three-bedrom home in sought-after Queen's Gate Mews, with Italian marble-finished bathrooms
Surrounded by glorious countryside in the village of Udimore, sits this impressive four-kiln oast and barn conversion
A five-bedroom house in the picturesque village of Kettlewell, north Yorkshire
An 18th-century former coaching inn with original staircase, open fireplaces and beams throughout
A Grade II-listed Georgian town house with three bedrooms and a south-facing courtyard, near Arundel Castle
Feel on top of the world at this über chic penthouse on the 37th floor of one of Europe’s tallest blocks.
A Grade II-listed Victorian villa with six bedrooms and two further cottages, all with spectacular sea views
A grade II-listed, Georgian cottage with mature 50ft garden, perfect for summer entertaining
A magnificent Georgian pile with turrets, seven bedrooms, a heated pool and four acres of gardens
Fairoak Farm has five bedroom suites, gym, outdoor swimming pool and golf course
Chic two-bedroom river-fronted flat with a private lift that delivers you directly to your home
A spectacular seven-bedroom Tudor pile, once owned by Henry VIII, with 18 acres of land
A seven-bedroom Georgian property previously used as a picturesque wedding venue
A split-level flat in a church conversion with two en suite bedrooms and 1,200sq ft of living space
A three-bedroom bungalow situated behind an impressive stone wall, £645,000
Windsor Castle overlooks this three-bedroom Victorian cottage located on one of Windsor's smartest roads
Chapel House is a former vicarage with nine bedrooms in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley
A five-bedroom B&B and separate owner's accomodation with potential for conversion
Enjoy summer by the Thames in this two double-bedroom converted warehouse in Rotherhithe village
A one-bedroom, luxury apartment with private gym and concierge service in Moorgate
A four-bedroom house in Hermitage Gardens with three reception rooms and landscaped gardens
A seven-bedroom Grade II-listed property with a separate self-contained apartment
A five-bedroom Victorian house with three reception rooms and galleried landing, £695,000
A six-bedroom farmhouse with five acres of land in a former cloth-making village
A secluded seven-bedroom detached house with large private garden, £490,000
A three-bedroom cottage overlooking Sarratt village green with open fires and solid oak floors
A three-bedroom maisonette flat in a Grade I-listed, Georgian townhouse in a sought-after location
A one-bedroom apartment located within a private gated development, north of Turnham Green
Look forward to a brighter future at two-bedroom Sunny Cottages, ideal for Londoners looking to downsize
A three-bedroom red-brick cottage with outbuildings and pretty gardens, £200,000
This three-bedroom flat within a former textile factory spans the corner of the fourth floor and has a balcony
A charming four-bedroom Oxfordshire cottage with oak floors and chunky-beamed ceilings, £465,000
A beautiful one-bed flat in a sought-after portered block, with access to Norland Square communal gardens
A one-bedroom flat within a Sixties school conversion with high-spec design and open-plan kitchen, close to Lambeth North Tube, £435,000
A 17th century four-bedroom house, with open fireplaces, cellar and pool, £600,000
A three-bedroom, coach house with luxury open-plan living space and contemporary breakfast bar
A newly refurbished one-bedroom flat in the heart of Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square
A charming four-bedroom house overlooking Burleigh Square Park, close to Thorpe Bay
A three-bedroom farmhouse with a large inglenook fireplace and exposed beams
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