Since the early part of the nineteenth century, West London has been an extremely fashionable residential area. At that time, the Ladbroke family owned much of the land in this district and built a considerable number of large, attractive terraced houses. The developments would often include lush communal gardens hidden from public view. The famous crescents (including Blenheim and Elgin Crescents) were built around the hill following the shape of the Hippodrome Racecourse (opened in 1837, but closed only four years later).
These enormous white stucco houses have mostly been converted into large flats although some can still be purchased in their entirety.
Notting Hill is extremely well placed; close to Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Holland Park and Maida Vale, the area is highly desirable.
The film ‘Notting Hill’ put the area firmly on the map but ‘the blue door’ (originally at 280 Westbourne Park Road) has now been moved to another location.
The picturesque streets are packed with independent shops and specialist businesses, gourmet pubs and some of the top London restaurants. The area has a busy, cosmopolitan pace, with many delicatessens staying open very late to accommodate the creative 24/7 lifestyles of many of the residents.
Property for rent in Notting Hill has become highly sought after, but because of the vast selection of different styles of residential and commercial buildings, there are some extremely interesting properties available at surprisingly reasonable prices. As well as the Regency styled terraces there are also many high quality, contemporary, architectural designs. All types of residencies are on offer including one bedroom studio flats, artisan dwellings and large multi roomed houses. Accommodation is offered on short or long term rental lease and attracts clients from the creative, corporate and business sectors.
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