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.