As far as capital cities go, London is as diverse as it is densely populated. North West London estate agents stake their claim to working in the best corner of the capital.
Despite being collectively known as the United Kingdom, areas in the UK are fiercely independent and nowhere more so than in London. Call them neighbourhoods, enclaves, quarters or even villages, the UK's capital city is loosely divided into distinct areas according to its postal district.
These divisions are most evident when it comes to buying a property and having residential status in one of these areas. North West London estate agents would agree that the NW postcode is one of London's most coveted. Andrew Ellinas, the Managing Director at Sandfords estate and letting agents in North West London, says many home movers have his catchment at the top of their must-live list: "While SW London has always held some sway and the emerging districts of East London are attracting a younger, transient crowd, NW London has always been esteemed among the most discerning house hunters."
Who buys the property for sale in North West London?
"Property for sale in NW London is our specialty," adds Andrew, "and over the years we have seen three distinct sets of buyers come to the fore: loyal residents already living in the NW postcode who wish to remain; house buyers from other parts of London looking for a more mature, sophisticated market and international buyers whose first choice has always been North West London".
Types of property for sale in NW London
Flats for sale in North West London have a unique market of their own. Smaller post-war and purpose-built examples are ideal for tenants making the transition to owner-occupier and newcomers to the area buying into North West London life. The more lavish and spacious flats for sale in NW London - especially those in converted period dwellings and penthouses in new build developments - are favoured among elite purchasers looking for a London base of note, with low-maintenance, high-security aspects.
Houses for sale in North West London often make the news headlines and command asking prices in their multiple millions. The Bishop's Avenue in Hampstead is one of the world's most expensive stretches of real estate, with oligarchs, international royalty and business leaders listed on the property deeds. Many of the most coveted properties for sale in North West London are from the Georgian, Edwardian, Victorian and Regency periods, with white stucco-fronted façades very characteristic of the area. Property examples by architects John Nash and Decimus Burton are often the most prized among homeowners.
The appeal of North West London
Although London conjures up images of soaring skyscrapers, frenetic city slickers and a shroud of smog, you can be in tranquil, village-like neighbourhoods just moments from the capital's centre. North West London boasts wide, leafy streets, houses for sale with gardens of more than one acre, and the open green spaces of Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Regent's Park. There's also a profusion of independent and boutique-style shops that serve the well-informed and well-heeled residents, making for a chic atmosphere day and night.
Where does North West London cover?
North West London covers, in part, the London Boroughs of Camden, Islington, Westminster, Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Harrow. Postcodes of note include NW1 for Marylebone, Regent's Park and Camden Town; NW3 for Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage; NW6 for South and West Hampstead; NW8 for St John's Wood and Primrose Hill, and NW11 for Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Sandfords are Central and North West London Estate Agents, specialising for over 25 years in residential property sales, lettings and property management in the area between Oxford Street and Primrose Hill, most notably in Regents Park, St. John's Wood, Hyde Park, Dorset Square, Marylebone, Swiss Cottage, Primrose Hill, Belsize Park, Hampstead and Camden Town.