Buy property in North Kensington
North Kensington boasts a diverse range of property for sale. Just two centuries ago the North Kensington area between Notting Hill and Harrow Road was open countryside made up of two large farms: Portobello Farm and Notting Barns. Development only began in the Victorian era when the first streets were developed on what is now known as the St Quintin Conservation area.
After the first wave of Victorian terraces, there was a lull in house building in North Kensington for around 15 years until 1905. From this date until the outbreak of WW1 several hundred red brick terraced and semi-detached Edwardian houses were built on Finstock Road, Balliol Road, Highlever Road, Kingsbridge Road, Kelfield Gardens and St Quintin Avenue. These houses look completely different to the first streets, built as they are with distinctive red bricks. Although shorter than their predecessors at only two storeys, these handsome houses extend back further and offer great sized gardens at the front and back for local families.
If you’re seeking a more modern property for sale, there are some impressive new property developments in the area offering modern apartment living, many of them bordering the Grand Union Canal, which runs through the area.
The St Quintin Estate offers Edwardian family houses for sale unmodernised for less than £2,000,000 and north of the Harrow Road in Kensal Rise a similar house for sale can be acquired for well under £1,000,000, whereas the double-fronted villas on streets off Ladbroke Grove such as Oxford Gardens sell for between £5-8,000,000. Flats for sale in North Kensington start at prices as low as £400,000.
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Rent property in North Kensington
Properties in North Kensington are popular with young professionals who enjoy hanging out around Portobello and Golborne Road in their free time. Families who can’t afford to be down in Notting Hill or Holland Park rent the houses on the St Quintin Estate as they get more for their money in North Kensington.
There is a great variety of flats to rent in North Kensington and rents start at around £300 per week for a studio, £400 per week for a 1 bedroom apartment and £500 per week for a 2 bedroom apartment. Families looking for one of the larger houses in the area can expect to pay from £3500 per week.
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Living in North Kensington
North Kensington should really be renamed North Notting Hill. It’s where the Notting Hill Carnival started and where most of the scenes in ‘the’ movie were shot. The area’s main transport hub, Ladbroke Grove Tube Station, was actually called Notting Hill from its opening in 1864 to 1880. Read our North Kensington area guide to find out more about this fascinating west London enclave with its gorgeous streets of Victorian and Edwardian houses.
Sales Director Shauna Walsh, who is based in our North Kensington Office, says:
“Residents love living in North Kensington. The areas around Ladbroke Grove and Golborne Road are so interesting and feel like Notting Hill twenty years ago. Kensington Memorial Park on St Marks Road is a gem, which is loved and well used by local families. There are great new spots popping up in the area all the time from Pilates studios to pooch parlours not to mention all the great new places to eat.”
Green Space in North Kensington
Another reason North Kensington is popular with families is its profusion of green space. On St Marks road you’ll find the wonderful Kensington Memorial Park which, as well as having beautiful formal areas and children’s playgrounds, also provides recreational activities including tennis, football and junior cricket.
Little Wormwood Scrubs with its large open grassland areas and woodland is classed as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance. It also has two children’s playgrounds and is just a short distance away from the 200 acres of Wormwood Scrubs , which boasts various leisure activities including horse riding at the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. There are many other smaller gardens and squares in North Kensington that are open to the public in the area, find your closest local park here.
Council Tax and permits
North Kensington is within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Details of council tax rates, parking permits and any other council related information can be found here.
Want to read more about North Kensington? Read our recent blogs about the area:
A history of houses in North Kensington
St Quintin Estate and its neighbourhood plan
Five great reasons to rent in North Kensington