With 22 hectares, Holland Park is considered one of the most relaxing and romantic of the London parks
What to know about Holland Park
The Marsh & Parsons estate agency office in Holland Park is one of our biggest and demand for flats and houses for sale is at an all-time high. The beauty and benefits of living in Holland Park are obvious and it is no wonder that celebrities, including Simon Cowell, Sir Richard Branson and Michael Winner, have homes here. We also sell properties to high-flying City executives, captains of industry and foreign nationals lured by the high quality property for sale and the attractions of the area.
David Pittman, Manager of the sales team at Marsh & Parsons cites the park itself, excellent schools, the Central Line tube station, the shops and family friendly atmosphere of this quiet corner of the capital the reason why it is so attractive. There are fabulous restaurants too, including The Academy and the popular Julie's. Schools are a major attraction and the best include Norland Place Preparatory and The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial RC School.
The area takes its name from Lord Holland who owned much of the land here in the 19th Century. House prices have risen dramatically since then, with certain properties reaching in excess of £50 million.
Property types in Holland Park
Holland Park offers a diversity of different property types with numerous notable features. Holland Park’s Royal Crescent presents a Grade II listed street that, designed in 1839, offers two curved, facing crescents of terraced houses that are stucco fronted, with porticoed entrances arranged over four floors. There are numerous, similar, stucco fronted, period houses and Victorian terraces in Holland Park and, while some are still configured as complete houses, there are many, spacious period conversions in the Holland Park and W11 area.
So, what will you get for your money in Holland Park?
Studio flats for sale are rare and when they do come on the market they fetch upwards of £350,000. There are plenty of Victorian converted flats and mansion blocks for sale through Marsh & Parsons who are one of Holland Park's premier estate agents. On Holland Road W14, there are one-bedroom flats for sale from £425,000 and two bedroom flats sell from £600,000. In the mansion block of Oakwood Court W11, a one-bedroom flat covering 700 square feet will sell for almost £900,000. In Grove House on Addison Road W14, prices are marginally lower and an unmodernised one-bedroom property will sell for £650,000 or £750,000 in good condition.
Marsh & Parsons will also sell new-build properties and a one-bedroom apartment will achieve £410,000. Few flats come with their own parking space, but the price of a permit in the area is relatively low at £113 a year and entitles residents to park almost anywhere in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Two-bedroom flats on Holland Road W14 start at about £550,000, and on Elsham Road and Russell Road W14, which have excellent transport links, prices start at about £600,000 with two-bedroom flats on Clarendon Road W11 achieving approximately £950,000.
Houses start at £1 million in Holland Park where you can buy a two-bedroom 1970's house with garage on Walmer Road W11. A former worker's cottage on Avondale Park Gardens W11, covering 1,100 sq ft recently sold after sealed bids for £1,017,000 through estate agents Marsh & Parsons. In Queensdale Walk W11, a small two-bedroom mews house will sell for £1.25m and for something larger, period houses on Portland Road sell between £2.7 million and £10 million. For the very best addresses expect to pay a lot more. On Addison Crescent W14, where Simon Cowell has a home, prices start at about £8 million. Prices in Ilchester Place W14, which backs on to Holland Park, are even higher and estate agent Marsh & Parsons has sold a 4,000 square foot house on Clarendon Road for £12 million. On the garden squares such as Elgin Crescent W11, prices range between £9 million and £12 million for a 4,000 square foot house. In the heart of Holland Park, however, Sir Richard Branson paid £26 million for his home.
The area has not always been so grand. Pottery Lane, the site of an old brickworks, used to be known as Pigswill Lane and as a den of iniquity a home to cock-fighting. Today its two-bedroom cottages sell for £875,000.
What else can you expect from Holland Park?
Holland Park itself is not only a haven for families and dog walkers but it is renowned for its opera, running about 50 performances a year. Avondale Park has tennis courts and riding stables, and Kensington Leisure Centre has squash courts, five-a-side pitches and a gym. For a slightly more leisurely pursuit, the area is blessed with wonderful boutiques and delis, including Lidgates, a renowned local butcher which has been running for 150 years selling 30 different types of sausage.
Restaurants include Anthony Worrall Thompson's Notting Grill and The Belvedere, which was once the summer ballroom to the Jacobean mansion standing in the middle of Holland Park, but now sells superb cuisine in delightful surroundings. There are plenty of pubs and gastropubs in the area too, including The Mitre, which has an extensive menu and a wide variety of lagers on tap; The Ladbroke Arms which sells real ale and has a very long wine list and an impressive selection of single malts; and The Prince of Wales is an old-fashioned pub that often throws a barbecue. The Academy is a pub-cum-gallery and is popular, not just for the live music but also the regular art exhibitions.
Holland Park itself takes its name from Holland House which, built in 1605, was named after an early owner, Henry, Earl of Holland. Holland House and the surrounding grounds that we now know as Holland Park have had an eventful history. From heralding social and political intrigue, to a 19th century feature inHarper's New Monthly Magazine as a host for the contemporary social and literary glitterati, to a WWII bombing that left the original Holland House devastated, the property then underwent a Jacobean-style renovation that results in the Holland House that we know today. The legacy of Holland House now sees it operate as the London Holland Park youth hostel, with an exhibition space in The Orangery, a gallery space in the former Icehouse, while the summer really brings Holland House to life as it acts as the backdrop to the Opera Holland Park Season. The grounds further provide sporting facilities, including a cricket pitch/football oval and 6 tennis courts.
As one of the premier estate agents selling properties in the Holland Park area, Marsh & Parsons prides itself on its local know how. From the best schools in the area to the finest boutiques, bars and restaurants and the cost of a resident's parking permit, staff at Marsh & Parsons have their finger firmly on the local pulse.
Green spaces in Holland Park
The green areas of Holland Park itself form the most significant parkland in the area. With 22 hectares, Holland Park is considered one of the most relaxing and romantic of the London parks. The park is divided into three different areas with the central area focused around the ruins of Holland House, the northern part being largely woodland and the southern area used for sport. The Japanese Kyoto Garden forms one of the more unusual, but well loved and beautiful areas of Holland Park. Avondale Park also offers a moment of calm greenery in the area which, in addition to the beautiful and vast open spaces of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park complete the open spaces in this popular enclave around W11 and W14.
Transport in Holland Park
There are excellent transport links in Holland Park including London Underground services from the following stations:-
Holland Park (Central Line, Zone 2)
Notting Hill Gate (Circle and District Lines, Zone 1)
Ladbroke Grove (Central Line, Zone 2)
Westbourne Park (Central and Hammersmith & City Lines, Zone 2)
Click here for an Underground Map.
The road links are superb, with the A4 and M4 taking drivers west to Heathrow or east into central London and bus links are also first-class.
For more information about the bus routes in the Holland Park area click here.
Which London Borough is Holland Park in?
The Holland Park area is covered by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC). Please click here for more information about council tax bands, parking permits and healthcare services in Holland Park.
How can I find out about schools in the Holland Park area?
For a comprehensive list of schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea please click here.