375 High Street Kensington is a popular address and played a large part in the reshaping of the high street’s identity. Proximity to Kensington Olympia is useful but the development is a bus ride/good walk away from High St Kensington tube station. A real selling point is the location close to the wide open spaces of Holland Park which hosts many events each year and the extremely popular Core Collective Gym and Waitrose are less than half a mile away. Westfield shopping centre is close by too.
The developer has really thought about the specification and there are elements such as the practical utility cupboards which make it stand out from the crowd. In addition, the volume of the reception areas for the buildings and natural light are impressive as is the overall architectural look of the scheme. Although the specification is impressive the penthouses are positioned very close together so those looking to purchase should carefully do their research. Overall, the apartments would make a good rental investment as young professionals in particular are extremely attracted to the area and the amenities such as the 24 hour Harrods concierge.
The communal courtyard gives the buildings a spacious and private feel but it’s difficult to get away from the buzz/hum/beeps of the busy high street and the closeness of the other buildings.
The access to amenities is fantastic but sadly with that comes the noise and traffic. The facilities are good but have a very adult/professional feel so not ideal for children.
Most rooms have floor to ceiling windows but some have views going directly into the other apartments which makes privacy difficult. The bathrooms are very well designed but the bedrooms feel a bit boxy and unimaginative- it’s hard to imagine making them homely and comfortable.
As a mother of a young children, my husband & I were looking for somewhere in West London with easy access to the M4 without having to worry about commuting into town for business. We have recently viewed and are considering renting one of the stunning ground floor townhouse which looks perfect for kids, with an extra 500 sq ft compared to the 2 bed flats, at a comparative price, is such a good find in a new development, as most of the other alternatives we viewed only had bigger flats at a much larger price.
We are slightly concerned about the unknown development in the middle of the whole site, owned by another developer, but we have been assured by St Edward of Berkeley Homes that our lifestyle would be unaffected – this is the reason we are looking to rent as opposed to buy, so we could up-sticks if things changed!. The facilities are first class, the fixtures fittings truly are great the location is just perfect.
375 Kensington High Street is St Edwards flagship development and has already claimed the title of Best London Home in the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2014, with its extensive facilities, refined architecture and transport links providing a winning formula. Situated at the junction of Kensington High Street and Warwick Road, the development of 530 apartments within seven mansion blocks was designed by leading firm Squire and Partners. The buildings sit around a landscaped garden square, providing a real feel of traditional London.
The central location will appeal to many buyers perhaps most of all, shoppers. Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street are easily reached, not to mention the plethora of stores on Kensington High Street itself. Residents can also get their cultural fix at the likes of Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. And the area isnt short on green space, either, giving it an ideal mix of relaxation and bustle. When it comes to the tube, High Street Kensington sits on the Circle and District lines, which isnt always the most convenient, but its easy enough to reach Londons main airports and St Pancras International all in under an hour.
Within the development, residents have a lot of facilities on their doorstep. A leisure suite includes a swimming pool, vitality pool, spa facilities and fitness studio, with a private cinema room, state of the art business suite and secure underground parking (subject to separate negotiation) also part of the package. Families will benefit from an on site primary school and landscaped courtyard, and the restaurant and retail units at pavement level will provide further handy amenities for residents. Last, but by no means least, a highly professional 24 hour concierge trained by Harrods Estates is on hand to carry out tasks like dry cleaning, taking deliveries, and booking tickets and transport.
The apartment interiors are swathed in the classic west London palette of grey and taupe opulence on a very predictable level. Kitchens flaunt high gloss lacquer or timber veneer with granite worktops, with integrated and stainless steel Miele appliances. Meanwhile, bathrooms include Villeroy and Boch sanitaryware, double ended baths and polished chrome Hansgrohe fittings, with Swarovski crystal lighting and LCD televisions in the master en suite ensuring a luxurious feel is maintained throughout the whole apartment. Attention to detail is high, with special features such as leather and chrome door handles, engineered timber flooring, dark veneered doors and bespoke fireplaces in selected apartments. On the exterior, the linear uniformity of the development gives a slight appearance of an office building rather than an apartment block, but the limestone faÃ§ade and anodised bronze panels blend in sympathetically to the local streetscape.
In terms of value, some of the apartments are in the region of GBP2,358 per square foot, whereas the average for W14 is GBP1,040, but with the prestige of the Harrods name attached to the development and the breadth of facilities available, its not a huge surprise, and this complex certainly wont be short of buyers or admirers. Buyers might also want to consider Kensington Row, the second part of the Warwick Road masterplan.
375 Kensington High Street is a great development in many ways; the facilities and services which St Edward is including are fantastic, and will create a very unusual living experience and lifestyle. I think these developments make a great option, particularly for the pied-a-tierre style buyer. For us though, this was about finding a place to live, with young children.
My concerns about this development are these:
1. The development is basically bordered by a train track, and two very busy roads. This makes for quite an unattractive surrounding on all sides. Walk out of the development, and you are basically facing a traffic jam. This may sound obvious, and the design of the apartments goes a long way to insulate this, but at the end of the day it’s undeniably a busy spot to live. The name is 375 Kensington High St but you feel closer to the tube at Earls Court and Olympia – so this name is true, but perhaps misleading. It’s really Kensington Olympia, not Ken High St as anyone knows it in terms of shops etc.
2. Better alternatives. None of the above would matter at the right price, but here they are achieving prices which are commensurate with prime Kensington, and so you have to consider other options. Two that I would point to are Kensington Green, W8 and Fulham Reach, W6. Kensington Green is old – maybe 20 years or older – but it is a fantastic location just off Ken High St, and is a genuinely gated development with lovely green spaces. The flats and houses are older, and so they vary more depending on how they’ve been refurbished. You don’t have air con or the more modern facilities (no pool, no cinema, etc) but good parking, a quiet spot, a residents gym, and a lot on your door step. I would recommend this over 375 every time.
Kensington Green is not on PrimeAdvisor yet, and is obviously not new, but look up Jo Webster, who is a specialist agent who usually has some good flats available. The other alternative is Fulham Reach, that is really just further down the same road, and is cheaper, but is a far superior development as it is on the river, more spacious, and better connected with transport a short walk at Hammersmith station. Fulham Reach is a much better option, in my view. Overall, I can see appeal in 375 as it is new and shiny with great facilities, and it sounds good, but I think there are better options and that over time its location will make it a fringe choice.
The design and build of this development is extremely up to date and hosts a modern and contemporary feel. The location of this development is well-centred, close to several stores, transport links & in a very safe neighbourhood. I have no complaints regarding the noise level surrounding this development, it is very quiet and peaceful. I strongly recommend this development to all considering living here, it is worth every penny!
What a fantastic development! 375 Kensington High Street combines modern, slick looking architecture with well-considered facilities and the resident in mind. The completed phases, whilst nearly fully sold, still have some availability, but the next phases have lots available. There is a very strange arrangement with another developer who owns a big plot in the middle of this site and no one seems to know when it will actually be developed… this is stopping me from buying immediately as I do not want to be faced with more construction. However, what I really like about 375 Kensington High Street is that it does not have too many residents – each phase has about 500 units, spread out over a good amount of real estate meaning everyone will not be living on top of each other which is what I have seen in Central London. An absolute must see if looking for a great alternative/even upgrade from flats in Central.
Right next to Kensington Olympia and within a 15 minute walk from Earls Court, Hammersmith OR Shepherds Bush stations- you cant beat this location for transport. The amenities of Kensington High Street are right on the door stop. The road is busy but you’ll struggle to find a place in london not on a busy street. Events at Olympia could cause congestion on a regular basis but if you’re working in London looking for a space with great access to public transport this is ideal. The 375 Kensington High Street apartments have an American feel to them with lots of natural light and modern minimalistic features. The communal facilities are fantastic, especially the pool and business suite and the communal courtyard gives the buildings a spacious and private feel. The city views are limited due to the height of the buildings but overall a great development.