Maida Vale Estate Agents
To the west of St John’s Wood is popular Maida Vale and its distinctive neighbour, Little Venice, which together are considered among London's prime residential areas. Well-known for stunning period houses and flats, if you’re on the hunt for Maida Vale properties then you certainly won’t be alone.
Aston Chase has been one of the leading Maida Vale estate agents for over 30 years and can advise on the best properties on the market. Our experienced agents have a wealth of knowledge of the local area, as well as extensive connections, ensuring that we are always first to hear about the highest quality houses and flats for sale in Maida Vale.
Maida Vale has a wide range of quality housing stock, with its leafy boulevards home to elegant period villas and spacious mansion blocks, which have long been popular with affluent middle class buyers. Residents are also attracted by the area’s lively café culture, its numerous high quality pubs, bars and restaurants, plus the interesting range of shopping available on its streets.
Right on the doorstep, sandwiched between Maida Vale and Paddington, Little Venice is a pocket of calm, with exclusive white stucco-fronted Victorian mansions lining its scenic waterways.
No wonder the area has historically been a popular spot for the rich and famous, with residents past and present including Sir Alec Guinness, John Inman, Nancy Mitford, Joan Collins, Paul Weller of The Jam, Jennifer Saunders, Kate Moss and many others.
Those looking for outdoor space will find Paddington Recreation Ground nearby, while the canals of Little Venice are always a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of London life. Transport links are also second to none, with a range of tube, train and bus services to choose from, providing extremely quick commuting times to central London and other areas.
As you will find when speaking to our estate agents, Maida Vale is a relatively small area compared to some of its larger neighbours, which means it can be a competitive marketplace. However, if you are looking for houses or flats for sale in Maida Vale, or indeed a rental property, you have come to the right place. We will work closely with you to find and secure the right property in the area for your needs, at the right price.
In the 1600s, the Maida Vale area belonged to the Bishop of London and consisted of a smattering of farmhouses surrounded by fields and woodland. However, in the early 19th century, house building began in earnest along the Edgware Road and Maida Avenue. From the 1860s onwards, red bricks started being used as a building material, with the majority of the area’s mansion blocks constructed between 1898 and 1902.
The area took its name from Sir John Stuart's victory over the French at Maida in Calabria, Italy in 1806. The public house, The Hero of Maida, named in Stuart’s honour, was licensed in 1810 and by the 1880s the area had become generally known as Maida Vale. This was officially recognised by the creation of Maida Vale Ward in the Paddington Metropolitan Borough.
Train services began operating from Maida Vale Underground Station in 1915, and by the 1920s and 1930s Maida Vale was one of London's most desirable suburbs with its detached mansions and grand terraces.
Little Venice, a nickname given to the area by Lord Byron and not Robert Browning, despite opinions to the contrary, wasn’t always the exclusive area it is today; in fact it was downright working class at one time. The arrival of the canal in 1801 at Paddington, then just a village on the outskirts of London, soon saw it become an important waterways hub, but it was then still just a dirty, rundown suburb of London. It wasn’t until new roads were laid down and building commenced that Little Venice started to flourish. The exclusive Nash houses built along the Regent’s Canal greatly elevated the status of the whole area and the Church Commissioners, who owned much of the property, saw to it that the clientele were either middle or upper class.
In the mid-20th Century, much of the Maida Vale area had deteriorated and plans were drawn up to demolish some of the slums and studios which were blocked by the government of the day. Instead a comprehensive repair programme was instigated. In 1981, the Church Commissioners decided to sell off the entire Maida Vale Estate which spanned 200 acres and more than 2,000 properties, offering tenants a 20 per cent discount on market prices, however many disagreements over prices ensued.
Today Maida Vale and Little Venice are acknowledged as being one of London's prime residential areas, well-known for stunning period properties and an excellent range of bars, shops and restaurants. Famous residents past and present include Sir Alec Guinness, John Inman, Nancy Mitford, Joan Collins, Paul Weller of The Jam, Jennifer Saunders, Kate Moss and many others too numerous to mention.
Whether you are looking for your next house or perhaps flats to rent, Maida Vale has a wide range of quality housing stock including grand stucco-fronted villas and Edwardian red brick mansion blocks with attractive communal gardens. The streets around Randolph Avenue down to Elgin Avenue have become a designated conservation area to protect the beautiful period buildings they contain. For a more romantic and unconventional choice of home, head to Little Venice and snap up one of the rarely available houseboats that line the Grand Union or Regent’s Canal, or simply gaze at them from the window of one of the fabulous period townhouses that overlook these peaceful waterways.
West London trendies can find supercool and rather expensive hand-picked vintage clothing at Appleby in Westbourne Park Villas, whilst guilty pleasures abound for wine buffs at The Winery in Clifton Road, a former Victorian pharmacy that has replaced its dusty potion bottles of old with gleaming bottles of Burgundy and Claret.
Clifton Nurseries, London’s oldest garden centre at Clifton Villas is the destination of choice for those seeking inspiration in the garden, whilst Absolute Flowers in Clifton Road has some stunning bouquets.
Foodies flock to Baker & Spice in Clifton Road for tempting but heinously expensive bakery treats, whilst Sheepdrove Organic Family Butchers along the road sells quality meat from its farm in Berkshire which extends to over 2,000 acres.
Eating & Drinking
If you’re looking for a property to rent or property for sale in Maida Vale, when it comes to food you’re in for a treat. The area has a wide choice of restaurants, bars and cafés to suit all tastes and budgets. Here are some of our favourites…
The Prince Alfred & Formosa Dining Rooms in Formosa Street combine a quirky pub with the more contemporary Formosa Dining Rooms serving up well-executed pub-style food.
Idlewild on Shirland Road is a popular Maida Vale watering hole, offering classy cocktails, designer fittings and a standalone dining area, with DJs and bands providing the weekend soundtrack in the bar upstairs. Along the road, Daniela's Lounge is a sweet family-run café with funky furnishings serving up hearty Italian dishes. The BYO policy makes this an excellent option for diners on a budget.
For tasty Thai food at very reasonable prices, head to Banana Tree on Randolph Avenue and, when the sun comes out, The Waterway on Formosa Street right on the banks of the canal in Little Venice, has got to be one of the most delightful alfresco spots in the whole of London.
Extensive sports facilities can be found at the popular Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale’s main park, including a football/hockey pitch, trim trail, nature trail, rounder’s pitch and more, whilst the peaceful waterways of Little Venice are perfect for an afternoon stroll.
The Maida Vale/Little Venice area is well-served by a choice of London Underground Stations including Warwick Avenue, Maida Vale and Kilburn Park, all on the Bakerloo Line (Zone 2). Commuting times are quick; for example the journey from Maida Vale to Oxford Circus takes just 12 minutes.
National rail services operate from nearby Paddington and Marylebone stations providing direct links to Heathrow, Birmingham and The West Country.
The area is served by numerous local buses which offer direct connections to many parts of London including the No.6 (Aldwych - Willesden), No.16 (Cricklewood - Victoria), No.46 (Farringdon - Lancaster Gate), No.98 (Holborn - Willesden), No.187 (Central Middlesex Hospital - Finchley Road), No.332 (Brent Park - Paddington) and No.414 (Maida Hill - Putney Bridge). There are also two night buses: the N16 (Edgware - Victoria) and the N98 (Holborn - Stanmore).
Families looking for property for sale or to let in Maida Vale or Little Venice have a good selection of private and state schools to choose from.
Two of the area’s top state primary schools are St Joseph’s RC in Lanark Road and St Saviour’s C o f E in Shirland Road, both judged outstanding by Ofsted.
King Solomon Academy in Penfold Street, on the eastern side of Edgware Road, is a recently opened City Academy for children age 3-18 that is also judged outstanding by Ofsted.
Nearby private schools include top-performing Francis Holland at Clarence Gate, Regent’s Park, and Queen’s College in Harley Street, both for girls.
Maida Vale and Little Venice are in the City of Westminster. The Council Tax charges shown below are for 2013-2014.
|Band A: £453.83|
|Band B: £529.47|
|Band C: £605.10|
|Band D: £680.74|
|Band E: £832.01|
|Band F: £983.29|
|Band G: £1,134.57|
|Band H: £1,1361.48|