Absolutely Battersea & Clapham: London's Most Popular
Sun 01 Feb 2015
Flats in London: 10, St Stephen's Gardens, Notting Hill.
This one bedroom apartment is not unique in London even if (for anyone outside the capital), its asking price of 850,000 might be. Selling agent Gareth Kelly of Marsh & Parsons is consequently puzzled that it's been viewed 5,000 times on Zoopla since he was instructed to sell it two months ago.
Gareth, who is sales manager at his company's Notting Hill office, has shown 40 people around the property and says its location, large floor-to-ground windows and high quality interior finish make it popular. Also he says one unusual feature is that it's a raised-floor apartment, which helps give it the feel of a first floor flat when it isn't one. "The road is also a cul-de-sac, so it's quieter than the surrounding streets," he says. "And this is a really massive flat for a one bed in this area." But when Gareth says 'location' is a factor, what he really means is 'Notting Hill'. It's one of the iconic London areas that has effortlessly become uber fashionable over the past three decades, a rise that's been helped of course by Richard Curtis's eponymous 1999 film starring Hugh Grant. And St Stephen's Gardens has a film connection of its own. A property a few doors down from No.10 was a film location for Michael Caine's 1966 film Alfie. Also, talking of celebrities, until a few years ago Stella McCartney owned a house in an adjacent street and Ruby Wax lives nearby too. People like this are drawn to the neighbourhood of Notting Hill because it's the best of many worlds - near Portobello Road but far away enough not to be too mobbed during the annual carnival but not far from Bayswater and also walking distance of three tube stations on two different lines.
St Stephen's Gardens is also well placed for Notting Hill's best eateries and places to hang out including Ton Conran's champagne and oyster bars, The Cow and The Westbourne, both of which are just around the corner. On the Chepstow Road there's The Napoleon Bonaparte - famous for being pop band Blur's favoured pub during the 1990s.
Another reason for the property's popularity on Zoopla is its price. Those outside London might baulk at 850,000 for a one bedroom apartment but in Notting Hill it represents reasonable value and one-bedders closer to Bayswater and Notting Nill Gate can fetch up to 1.2 million.
"The market around here, like the rest of prime central London, cooled off rapidly this summer but recently it's picked up again and we've been really busy - so i'm confident that we will find a buyer for this apartment fairly soon," he says.
For more information about this property call Gareth on: 02073132592.