The regeneration that began a few decades ago continues to shape Kensal Rise. It’s fair to say that the area used to lack the buzz and café culture of neighbouring Queens Park but this has changed in recent years with the area attracting its fair share of A-listers and creative types, drawn by the plethora of independent shops, bars and cafes and even its own independent cinema, the Lexi. Also boasting good schools, stunning period flats and houses for sale, great transport links and a vibrant community, Kensal Rise truly is a gem of an area for those in the know!
Chamberlayne Road is the buzzy hub of Kensal Rise boasting many wonderful independent businesses. Highlights include Minkies Deli near the station, antiques shops Howie and Belle, Niche and Circus and florist to the stars Scarlet and Violet. The Chamberlayne Pub and Steakhouse, serving Smithfield Market sourced meat is a great place to dine out.
Gracelands on College Road is a lovely child-friendly café and gastropub Paradise by way of Kensal Green on Kilburn Lane opens until 2am at weekends. Parlour Kensal, on Regent Street is open from 10am serving superb quality food and the best Brazilian coffee before lunch.
Kensal Rise Property
Property in this area is varied with Edwardian terraced houses and flat conversions around Kensal Green station with larger Edwardian semi-detached houses near Queens Park and detached twenties houses around Brondesbury Park. There are also several new developments in the area featuring state of luxury one and two bedroom flats.
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Postcodes covered by Kensal Rise: NW10
Associate Director Susie Waterfall, who covers the Kensal Rise area says:
“It’s incredible how much this area has changed in the last few years with an influx of funky Londoners looking for better value and more space for their money. There is a real buzz here at the moment and that’s reflected in some of the great shops and bars that have opened up. This traditionally very Irish area is now very mixed with young professionals and families attracted by its buzzy culture, great transport links, green space, village feel and proximity to Notting Hill and Queens Park.”
Buy property in Kensal Rise
Property in Kensal Rise offers young professionals and families more value for money than neighbouring boroughs, without compromising too much on London lifestyle. Period houses and flats dominate the area and there are some substantial family houses to be found. Around 65% of properties available are flats with one-bedroom flats starting at around £400,000 and two-bedroom flats starting at around £550,000.
Popular roads for families include Ashburnham Road and Buchanan Gardens where you can expect to pay in the region of between £1,500,000 and £1,750,000 for a 4/5 bedroom family house.
Kensal Rise is a great place to invest – either as a first time buyer or a more seasoned investor; the phrase ‘up and coming’ really does apply here. Recent new developments include The Coachworks on Regent St and Rhapsody on Rainham Road.
Rent property in Kensal Rise
Kensal Rise offers a great deal to renters from wonderful one and two bedroom period conversion flats to 4/5-bedroom family homes. There are also plenty of new developments offering luxury living to young professionals needing great transport links.
You can expect to pay from £1,200 a month for a one-bedroom flat, from £1,600 for a two-bedroom flat up to £3,000 for a 4-bedroom family home.
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