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Neighbourhood Watch: Marylebone

Setting the scene

JUST when it seemed that Marylebone couldn’t get any better, the Chiltern Firehouse opened its doors in 2013, attracting A-listers like moths around a flame. The bulk of this London village is owned and managed by the Howard de Walden and the Portman estates and over the past couple of decades has become a leading shopping and eating destination, thanks to its mix of boutiques, top-end chains, restaurants and coffee shops. In addition, it has fantastic architecture, a strong community spirit — rare for central London — and half a dozen Tube stations within walking distance.

What’s new

Lease of life: Marylebone Square is built on Moxon Street car park

Marylebone Square, due for completion is 2021, is a collection of 54 new one, two and three-bed apartments on the former Moxon Street car park site. Set round a five-storey, glass-canopied courtyard, it will also incorporate boutiques, restaurants and a community hall that will host the weekly farmers’ market. Homes start from £2.55million, through druce.com and savills.co.uk.

Plush: The W1 London is fitted to an ultra-high spec

The W1 London is a development of 18 apartments, three of them penthouses, and five contemporary townhouses on Marylebone High Street. Fitted to an ultra-high spec, they feature bespoke Italian kitchens, Gaggenau appliances, marble and stone bathrooms, integrated Crestron lighting and underground parking accessed via a car lift. From £5.59million for a massive two-bed, knightfrank.co.uk

Only a single two-bed, two bath apartment remains at award-winning Chiltern Place on Chiltern Street, where residents have use of a gym, club lounge, concierge service and valet parking. Priced £4.25million, also from knightfrank.co.uk.

New purpose: Enford Street breathes life into an office block

And at 25-26 Enford Street, architectural practice Tasou Associates (tasou.co.uk) has recently completed the transformation of an office block into four contemporary apartments for client Noble House Properties. Sitting behind a traditional Georgian façade, they include open-plan living areas and glazed extensions at the rear, from £1.2million, nhelondon.co.uk

Snooping around

‘Architecturally, Marylebone is on a par with the likes of Mayfair and Knightsbridge for its grand buildings,’ says Alessandra de Paiva Raposo of DPR Property. ‘Many of its large townhouses have been converted into generous, highly desirable lateral flats, though the area is also home to a number of smaller apartments and beautiful mews houses, as well as new-build developments.’ ‘The most popular streets are Montagu Mansions, Chiltern Street and the Wimpole Street area,’ adds Paul Christian of Marsh & Parsons. ‘A purchaser can acquire a two-bedroom apartment in an Edwardian mansion building for £1.5-£2million and a three-bedroom apartment for £2-£3million.’

Vital statistics

Council tax: (Band D) £710.50

Commuting time: In Zone 1

Annual Travelcard: £1,404

Amenities: ★★★★★ Marylebone High Street has a Waitrose, Conran Shop, Daunt Books, independents and top brands; Sophie Hulme, Dashing Tweeds and Casely-Hayford have opened on Chiltern Street; Marylebone summer street party; Chiltern Firehouse, Locando Locateilli, Orrery and Fancy Crab; Sunday farmers’ market

Open space: ★★★☆☆ Regent’s Park; Hyde Park

Schools: ★★★★☆ State schools good or outstanding; independents include Queen’s College, Wetherby and Portland Place schools

Crime: ★★☆☆☆ Above average

Fine diner: Tom Cruise has visited Chiltern Firehouse PICTURE: GETTY

Who lives there? Wealthy UK and international buyers; Harley Street doctors buying pieds-à-terre.

Famous faces: The Beckhams, Tom Cruise and Princess Eugenie have been spotted at Chiltern Firehouse

Rent report: ‘There’s high demand but a real shortage of rental properties. We see renters, from across the world, looking for lateral or high-end, spacious one-bed apartments. The average price of a two-bed, two-bath is £850 a week,’ says Kristina Bailey of Druce.

Figures supplied by Zoopla.co.uk

Property ladder

First rung

£415,000 Marsh & Parsons, marshandparsons.co.uk

On the second floor of a Chiltern Street mansion block, this triple aspect studio flat is filled with light. The short lease, 37 years, is the reason why it’s a bargain.

Average for Marylebone

£1.405m Sandfords, sandfords.com

This fifth-floor flat, in a converted building with a lift on Marylebone High Street, has two double bedrooms, a bright bathroom, a semi open-plan kitchen/living room and a private roof terrace. The average property in Marylebone is currently
valued at £1,423,351 according to Zoopla.co.uk

Luxury home


£5m, Carter Jonas, carterjonas.co.uk

A huge, lateral two-bed, two-bath flat in a Grade II-listed building. It’s been meticulously refurbished and features ten foot-high ceilings and original parquet flooring which was lifted out, restored and relaid.