Grove Magazine: Is small smart or bigger better?
Thu 01 Nov 2012
One bedroom apartments and spacious homes on Grove's patch.
Marsh & Parsons is proud to support The Rugby Portobello Trust's Christmas Fair and Shopping Night. The local charity, based in Notting Hill and North Kensington, works with vulnerable and homeless young people in the area aged between 5 and 25, raising their self-esteem and independence.
The two events, held at the 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove, will raise valuable funds for the cause. On Tuesday 22nd November (6-9pm), the drinks and shopping night will be opened by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, while the Christmas Fair will take place on Wednesday 23rd November (9am-4pm). Marsh & Parsons helpers will be on hand to assist on the day.
Chief Executive, Peter Rollings, commented: "Our close partnership with the Rugby Portobello Trust is very dear to us. The Trust undertakes fantastic and very much appreciated work in the local community and we are proud to be able to support them for a sixth year in a row."
For more information, or to purchase a ticket, please visit rugbyportobello.org.uk
McGregor Road, Notting Hill W11, 4,500 per week
What: An elegant house finished in contemporary style whilst retaining period features.
Wow factor: Boasts a wealth of reception space, ideal for entertaining and a large master en suite with a luxurious bathroom.
Extras: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite), one shower room, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, study, balcony and garden. Well placed for the popular Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove.
Bective Leslie Marsh, 020 7221 5388
Although shoebox units are treated with some wariness by planners (specifically in the UK, the term 'shoebox apartment' has negative connotations) this contemporary phenomenon offers a solution to the problem of affordable city-centre living, according to Savills' research.
Though there is no direct equivalent in London to the Hong Kong or Singapore shoebox model, a developer called Pocket Living has carved a niche in the small-apartment market, with a view to providing affordable homes to first-time buyers wishing to own property in a central location.
Pocket Living offers one-bedroom apartments of between 380 sq ft and 480 sq ft, while their studio flats are nearer the 250-sq ft to 300-sq ft mark, advocating them as practical options for childless singles and couples and utilising the design and space efficiency principles learnt in the more mature Far East markets.
Having completed around 200 units across half a dozen schemes to date, and remaining the only player in its field, the scheme has proved popular. The 'shoebox' epithet has the potential to be reclaimed in London, providing the historic legacy of unhealthily cramped spaces produced for maximum profit continues to be counteracted by pioneer developers.
Savills, 020 7016 3879
Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill W2, 535,000
What: A well-located one bedroom apartment/
Wow factor: Beautifully presented throughout and full of light.
Extras: Bedroom, bathroom, open plan kitchen/reception room.
Knight Frank, 020 7229 0229