An Inside Guide to Living in Notting Hill
When talking about Notting Hill property, the old adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes to mind. Affluent Notting Hill may be home to some of the country’s top movers and shakers, but the area has much more to offer than ‘hip’ stereotypes and high price tags.
Douglas & Gordon’s Notting Hill estate agents manage an area stretching from Kensington High Street in the south to the Westway in W10, and from Paddington to Shepherd’s Bush. This allows us to offer a diverse range of properties to buyers and tenants. There is so much more to choose from beyond the streets of W11.
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Buying property in Notting Hill
Notting Hill’s tall stucco terraces and secluded garden squares make it a very desirable place to live. The local properties attract everyone from young city-slickers to growing families, with a smattering of film stars, actors, music industry insiders and BBC employees in the mix as well.
Notting Hill and the areas surrounding W11 are known for their cultural diversity, which is celebrated every year with the famous Notting Hill Carnival – Europe’s biggest carnival. It’s hardly surprising that so many people want to buy Notting Hill property, or that they tend to settle in the area for life.
Property developers have been converting hotels and bedsits in the Bayswater (W2) area, which are becoming popular with buyers. Others might favour a convenient property west of Edgware Road, with easy access to local nightspots and great transport into the West End.
Renting Property in Notting Hill
Notting Hill’s lively, bohemian reputation makes it popular among tenants, who love the quirks of the area with its boutiques and fashionable restaurants. Living in Notting Hill, renters can take advantage of the weekend market stalls on Portobello Road, or the seemingly endless options at the Westfield – Europe’s largest shopping centre, located in nearby Shepherd’s Bush.
Notting Hill rental properties attract a variety of tenants. Some are expats who favour property with easy access to the city, and others are families who enjoy being close to the parks and schools in W11 and surrounds.
Rental properties range from one-bedroom flats for young professionals, to spacious mansion apartments for lateral living, to large family homes with wide layouts and fewer floors. As such, Notting Hill property prices will also vary greatly.
Notable Areas in Notting Hill
Portobello Road is a mile-long, meandering street with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. This vibrant area is home to local landmarks like Electric Cinema and the Hummingbird Bakery. Portobello Road has a great café culture, and many of the coffee shops are child-friendly.
Notting Hill Gate is one of the area’s busiest thoroughfares. It was historically the site of the local toll gates, hence the area’s name. Attractions include restaurants, cafés and specialist shops, trading in rare vinyl records and quirky antiques. Most notably, it’s also the site of two iconic cinemas, the Coronet and the Gate, as well as Brian Abrams’ legendary Record and Tape Exchange (now known as Music and Video Exchange). All in all, it’s a great spot for lovers of culture and music.
The Westbourne Grove, Ledbury Road and Westbourne Park Road area offers a range of trendy, upmarket restaurants and bars. This is just the place to seek out a Michelin-starred dining experience, or a glamorous spot to enjoy a cocktail or two.
Notting Hill Transport Links
Notting Hill Gate Underground – District, Circle and Central Lines
Ladbroke Grove Underground – Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines
Holland Park Underground – Central Line
Bayswater Underground – District and Circle Lines
Queensway Underground – Central Line
Lancaster Gate Underground – Central Line
Westbourne Park Underground – Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines
Thinking of Moving to Notting Hill?
This neighbourhood is a shopper’s paradise, with designer boutiques, luxury flagship brands and an abundance of delis in and around Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road. Notting Hill property also gives you access to plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces, with Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park all within easy distance.
The area has no shortage of arts and culture, with its numerous historical cinemas and much-loved music shops, and of course, the famous annual carnival.
Contact a Douglas & Gordon estate agent for more information about the eclectic and enchanting Notting Hill neighbourhood. Our market-leading agents will happily discuss the best buying and rental opportunities with you.