Within the lesser-known North West London village of Queen’s Park is the new development, Queen’s Park Place, developed by Londonnewcastle and Bouygues Development, and designed by the award-winning SimpsonHaugh Architects. It’s home to 144 new apartments and penthouses – 28 of which are affordable – which have been given a Manhattan-esque aesthetic that will appeal to young professionals looking to put down roots in a reasonably central London location. What’s more, each of the apartments has its own large balcony and/or roof terrace, which is always a plus for families in particular. Set on a 1.7-acre site within private courtyard gardens, Queen’s Park Place forms part of the £400million regeneration project taking place across the South Kilburn area aiming to enhance the local landscape. Buyers can expect to pay in the region of £863 per square foot for a unit, which is slightly above the average for NW6 of £660.
Situated right next to Queen’s Park Tube station on the Bakerloo and Overground lines, commuting into Central London and beyond couldn’t be easier. Travel times come in at around seven minutes to Paddington and the Heathrow Express, and 15 minutes to Oxford Circus – from 2019, Crossrail services mean that residents will be able to reach the City in nine minutes and Canary Wharf in 16, which will be hugely appealing to those looking to avoid lengthy journeys to work. Queen’s Park has historically been overlooked by the more popular nearby areas of Kilburn, Maida Vale and Hampstead, but has plenty of attributes of its own. The 30-acre Queen’s Park for one is a cherished part of the community, with its tennis courts, café, city farm and woodland walks to enjoy, and festivals like the annual Book Fair and Queen’s Park Day bring residents of the area together. There are also eclectic shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a weekly farmers’ market, that give the area a bustling and welcoming feel. Salisbury Road and Lonsdale Road in particular are where you’ll find independent retailers and contemporary eateries such as Ostuni serving rustic Puglian cuisine. And just a stone’s throw away you’ll find Maida Vale, Little Venice and Regent’s Canal, for those weekend strolls along the waterside, as well as Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove for their world-renowned market and high-end boutiques.
Within the apartment complex, there is a lobby with a uniformed 24-hour Concierge provided by James Andrew Residential, which covers a whole range of services, including private catering, dog walking, beauty treatments, sourcing entertainment tickets and restaurant reservations, car hire, and lots more besides. There’s also secure basement parking with 57 spaces (available through separate negotiation), cycle and motorcycle storage, electric car charging points, and a Marks & Spencer Simply Food store right underneath the housing that’s very convenient for essential groceries on the way home. The interior design reflects the diverse cultural tastes of designer, Tamzin Greenhill, and especially the influence from living and remodelling homes in New York for 10 years. There’s a sense of urban cool combined with practical technology, and every aspect has been carefully considered. The kitchens feature soft-closing floor and wall cabinets, a thin white Corian worktop, stainless steel splashback and LED lighting on the underside of wall units. There are also integrated Bosch appliances such as brushed steel oven and microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer. In the bathrooms there is contemporary sanitaryware, large format porcelain grey wall tiles, anthracite porcelain floor tiles, recessed marble shelf over bath or shower, and a bespoke vanity unit in wood veneer with steam-free mirror and internal shelves. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure the apartments are flooded with natural light, whilst underfloor heating ups the comfort levels in the colder months, along with wool mix carpets in the bedrooms. The rest of the living areas feature engineered timber flooring in grey-brown.
Other developments in the area to consider are The Avenue, The Octave and Argo House.
I have always been a fan of the developer. They have always been design conscious and other schemes I have seen of theirs have aged well and stood out from the crowd. Queens Park Place is no exemption. Ian Simpson the British architect has delivered an attractive building with brick, wood and zinc as the main exterior components. The main entrance to the building is very impressive but one of the biggest let downs is the quality of the common parts in the other parts of the building. Clearly all the money was spent on the main concierge and none left for the other entrances. The gardens are a bit of a missed opportunity. They are good spaces but badly planted and don’t make the most of the space. The building is really well managed by JAR residential and the concierge team are excellent as they should be for GBP4.50sqft service charge. Dependent on which side of the building you are on the train noise can be noticeable, and definitely something to consider if you are a light sleeper. Queens Park is a lovely place to live, the transport, high street, park and local community are fantastic, the farmers market is a treat every Sunday there are plenty of good places to get a drink or a bite. The wider area is about to embark on a huge regeneration, something worth considering if you are renting as the immediate area (Falcon Pub and car park opposite Mand) are about to be developed. However good news if you are buying as the local area is going to see a huge amount of investment in the next 5 years.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in: The trains are noisier than we thought and specification could have been higher for the price
There are quite a few residential blocks in this area but this is one of the newest and it has lots of space, light and beautiful big windows. It is promoted as hotel living and whilst I wouldnt go that far the development is lovely – good facilities and an M&S food downstairs. The back of the development does overlook a busy train line so avoid that side.
We viewed but decided not to rent there as went for somewhere closer to Kilburn High Road
QPP is a slick modern development that stands out as a particularly unique place to live in the heart of Queens Park. All apartments are contemporary in design and finished to high spec throughout ” despite a few frustrating teething problems to begin with. The flats are flooded with natural light thanks to generous-size windows and benefit from spacious balconies or roof terraces that look onto the communal private gardens ” which are well maintained by the gardening team.
Made up of three separate buildings, the main entrance foyer in Alderside (staffed by 24-hour concierge) is definitely the jewel in the crown, with impressive modern design and a cosy communal seating area. The other two smaller foyers in Cedarside and Birchside are clean and functional, yet lacking in ambience and style.
We are lucky to have a space in the underground car park, which is safe and secure (it also houses a bike shed), and comes with a spacious storage unit.
The Queens Park area is perfect for families and young professionals, with a great sense of community ” as is evident at the weekly Sunday farmers market. The park is only a few minutes walk from the development, and offers a lot for its size, with tennis courts, gym stations, playgrounds, a mini golf course and a cafe.
Another obvious bonus is Queens Park underground, with the Bakerloo line station directly opposite the development. You can be at Paddington in seven minutes and Oxford Circus in fifteen.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
Â Trains are a little noisier than we thought, but this is quickly something you get used to. There is an active Queens Park Place Facebook group that we only heard about recently.