Ecoworld does vision with a capital V on their website and their glossy environmental hat is firmly in the ring. The weighty brochures they’re handing out for this row of town houses (Kings Holt Terrace) and block of flats (Prime Place) rival Mayfair’s best but Chamberlayne Road still has a bit of way to go before I think you can call it ‘highly coveted’ without being laughed at. In fairness, though, this development is handily located and it’s true that Kensal Rise is being filled out with escapees from the absurd prices of Notting Hill and Holland Park.
The flats on the upper floors of Prime Place have wonderful urban views and balconies. Don’t go low here – Chamberlayne Road is a bus route and a traffic-heavy run from proper north west London all the way down to Holland Park Avenue so pollution is ever present until we all go electric. Kings Holt Terrace houses, however, are on a short, pretty and quiet strip of Kilburn Lane opposite some lovely 19th century cottages. They’ve got an integral garage, good-sized rooms and the external architecture is perfectly attractive. They feel bedroom-heavy though and it’s no surprise buyers are asking if the garages can be turned into a useable room (this can be done). The big downside for these family houses unfortunately is the complete lack of outside space – apart from an easy access flat roof set up as a smart terrace. The views are glorious but would I let my children play up there on a sunny day while I was three floors down in the kitchen? Not in a million years.
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Still gritty area that is being dragged up by reluctant arrivals priced out of Notting Hill and Holland Park. The French have also played a role in the Rise and Rise of Kensal Rise due to the new Lycee in Wembley, only four stops on the Bakerloo. Nearby Salusbury Road in Queen’s Park is still the main hub of the swingy blonde ponytail brigade but there’s definitely hope.
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