A Grainger development, 19-27 Young Street offer a selection of one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses. It’s located between the bustling Kensington High Street and the quietude of Hyde Park, the nearest transport link is the District line at High Street Kensington underground station.
I like the peace and quiet of Young Street – which doesn’t sacrifice a great location near buzzy shopping and eating areas. Good quality furnishings in the apartments but an extortionate price for parking. That’s probably my only quibble.
19-27 Young Street at the heart of Kensington is an elegant new development by Grainger PLC, designed by Assael Architecture with interior design by MMM. It bags a prime location between the buzzing shopping district of Kensington High Street and the tranquillity of Kensington Square, granting it the best of both worlds. The site was formerly an NCP car park and has made way for 53 new homes, ranging from studios to 4-bedroom apartments and penthouses over 10 floors. Each apartment overlooks the private internal courtyard which is landscaped with semi-mature trees. Approximately half of the units will be set aside for private rent, however the remainder will be available for around £2,490 per square foot, which is over the average for the area of £2,156. This development would be the ideal fit for young professionals looking to be close to the centre of London yet still crave the quiet sophistication of an area like Kensington.
The nearest Tube station to the development is Kensington High Street, less than a 5-minute walk away, where you can access the District and Circle Lines, just three stops from Paddington. There are also plenty of bus routes that run through Kensington if you prefer to take in the sights above ground. The village feel of Kensington appeals to many, with its history and culture woven into the landscape – there’s a juxtaposition between the bustling high street with its chain stores and huge choice of restaurants, and the quiet leafy side roads of old Kensington. Those with a love of shopping can either wander down to the high street or head to nearby Notting Hill, Bond Street or Knightsbridge for a line-up of world-class boutiques, including Harrods. There’s a wealth of culture on offer to fill evenings and weekends, including the V&A, the Science and Natural History museums, as well as the Royal Parks and palaces just a stone’s throw away. Book a table at Clarke’s or Launceston Place for a fine dining experience, or visit The Ivy Kensington Brasserie for a relaxed brunch with friends.
Within the Young Street development itself, residents can make use of the private gym, screening room and library, along with the private outdoor courtyard for relaxing al fresco. A 24-hour concierge will ensure day-to-day tasks such as booking travel and receiving deliveries are taken care of, and there’s secure underground parking – to certain units only, for £150,000 – and cycle storage available if needed. Interiors are soothing and supremely elegant, yet comfortable, and feature a warm neutral palette and natural materials. The fully fitted Poggenpohl kitchens include Corian worktops, timber splashbacks, undermounted stainless steel sinks and fitted Miele appliances – there’s also a breakfast bar finished in oak. In the bathrooms you can expect Bette showers, Dornbracht brassware, Domus tiles and Duravit WCs, with vanity units topped with Carrara marble and a heated mirror. Underfloor heating and comfort cooling keeps the apartment temperature regulated year-round, and there’s 100% wool carpet in the bedrooms for added comfort. Externally, the ‘Arbour’ design exclusively for the development by Shaun Leane lends the façade and balconies an attractive appearance, with Portland stone ensuring that the exterior blends into the historic Kensington streetscape.
Buyers should also consider Holland Park Villas and One Kensington Gardens in this neighbourhood.