Regent's Park Real Estate Guide

The grand stucco-fronted Nash terraces that surround Regent's Park, a 166-hectare park within strolling distance of London’s West End, make very impressive and elegant London bases. Peaceful and private, this exclusive enclave offers the very best of London on its doorstep.

Regent’s Park attracts residents for whom a prestigious London address is a must-have. Boasting some of London’s most expensive properties, house or flat hunting here is certainly not for the budget conscious. It helps to have experience and expertise on your side to secure the best Regent’s Park real estate.  

With 30 years’ experience working in the Regent’s Park property market, Aston Chase has unrivalled local knowledge and contacts, meaning that we hear about the best flats and houses on offer before anybody else. So if you’re looking for houses for sale in Regent’s Park, or to rent a property in the area, we can help you secure the best real estate for your needs.

Many of the elegant properties surrounding the park remain spacious houses to this day. Further afield, the area offers a mix of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties, many of which have been converted into flats, peppered with a few post-war estates.

The park itself, one of the Royal Parks of London, is a delight. With acres of open parkland, it is also home to London Zoo, a boating lake, a rose garden and a very popular Open Air Theatre, along with a number of leading academic institutions including London Business School. 

Winfield House, the official residence of the US Ambassador, stands in private grounds in the western section of the park, and nearby is the domed London Central Mosque, a highly visible landmark more commonly known as Regent's Park Mosque.

Regent’s Park property will always be in high demand so don’t delay in your search for the right house or flat. Aston Chase agents will work with you to understand your needs, before showing you only the most exclusive, high quality properties, then supporting you through negotiations to ensure you seal the deal.

History

area regents park 01In the Middle Ages, the land that is now Regent’s Park was part of the manor of Tyburn, the property of Barking Abbey. Henry VIII appropriated it when he dissolved the monasteries and it has been Crown property ever since, except for the period between 1649 and 1660. Until 1649, it was used as a hunting park, known as Marylebone Park, and it was then let out in small holdings for hay and dairy produce.

When the leases expired in 1811, the Prince Regent (later King George IV) commissioned architect John Nash to create a masterplan for the area. Nash originally envisaged a palace for the Prince and a number of grand detached villas for his friends, but when this was put into action from 1818 onwards, the palace and most of the villas were dropped. Most of the proposed terraces of houses around the fringes of the park were built and the Regent Park scheme was integrated with other schemes built for the Prince Regent by Nash, including Regent Street and Carlton House Terrace, in a grand sweep of town planning stretching from St. James's Park to Parliament Hill.

The park was first opened to the general public in 1835, initially for two days a week, and London Zoo became a popular visitor attraction when it opened its doors to visitors in 1847.

Queen Mary's Gardens in the Inner Circle were created in the 1930s, bringing this part of the park into use by the general public for the first time.


Property

area regents park 02In property terms, the area known as Regent’s Park extends from Primrose Hill in the north, Lisson Road in the west, Hampstead Road in the east and Marylebone Road in the south. The park itself is surrounded by elegant stucco-fronted properties along its southern, eastern and the majority of its western perimeter, designed by the famous royal architect, John Nash. Surprisingly, many of these remain spacious houses to this day. To the south, Park Square and Park Crescent, also designed by Nash, are also particularly sought-after.

Further afield, the area offers a mix of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties, many of which have been converted into flats, peppered with a few post-war estates.

If you’re looking for houses for rent in Regent’s Park, or to buy a property, you will need a sizeable budget. Given the stunning architecture and the area’s close proximity to Central London, there are few bargains to be had.


Shopping

Regent’s Park is close to Primrose Hill and Marylebone which both offer excellent shopping facilities.

In Primrose Hill, popular fashion boutiques include Anna, Pamela Shiffer, Studio 8 and Press, whilst vintage delights abound at Shikasuki. Lost In Beauty has a fabulous range of products for skin, hair and body, and Diva Blue Millinery is a treasure trove for hat lovers.

Interior designers populate this most fashionable part of town in their droves, and Boom! Interiors, Clifton Interiors and Blanchards all warrant further investigation. Art lovers should check out The Lisson Gallery for paintings by up and coming artists and The Mark Jason Gallery for affordable contemporary art.

Close by, Marylebone High Street, voted the best street in London by Radio 4 listeners, offers a perfect blend of upmarket high street retailers and independent boutiques, peppered with eateries to suit all tastes.


Eating & Drinking

For a memorable dining experience, head to The Winter Gardens at The Landmark Hotel in Marylebone Road and dine in its jaw-dropping eight-storey glass atrium. Alternatively, sample the delights of the Queen’s Head & Artichoke, a sublime gastropub on Albany Street, enjoy a true flavour of Spain at Iberico on Great Portland Street, or cosy up in The Windsor Castle, a traditional Georgian pub on Park Road.

In the summer months, the RIBA Café and Restaurant on Portland Place, has a wonderful rooftop patio where you can enjoy delicious lunchtime treats, and The Garden Café in the Inner Circle is a fabulous lunchtime or pre-theatre option in the very heart of Regent’s Park.


Parks

area regents park 05If you secure a houses for sale in Regent’s Park, the park itself won’t be far away. A vast 410-acre green expanse, this popular royal park is home to stunning rose gardens, open air theatre, a boating lake and London Zoo, as well as the largest outdoor sports area in Central London.

Nearby Primrose Hill, to the north of Regent’s Park, offers far-reaching views across London and is eternally popular with picnickers and kite flyers.


Transport

The Regent’s Park area is served by a choice of Underground stations including: Regent’s Park Station (Bakerloo Line, Zone 1); Baker Street Station (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines, Zone 1); Great Portland Street Station Street (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines, Zone 1); and Camden Town Station (Northern Line, Zone 2).

National rail services operate from a number of nearby stations including: Marylebone Station providing direct links to Birmingham and The West Country; Euston Station for trains heading north to destinations including Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland; and Camden Road Station for London Overground trains to all stations from Richmond to Stratford.

Regent’s Park is on numerous local bus routes offering direct connections to many parts of London. Buses serving the area include the No.18 (Euston - Sudbury), No.27 (Chalk Farm - Turnham Green), No.30 (Hackney Wick - Marble Arch), No.88 (Camden Town - Clapham Common), No.205 (Bow Church - Paddington), No.453 (Deptford Bridge - Marylebone) and the C2 (Parliament Hill Fields - Victoria). Regent’s Park is also served by the N18 night bus (Trafalgar Square - Harrow Weald).


Schools

People looking for property for sale or to let in Regent’s Park are often attracted to the area because of the excellent range of private and state schools close by.

North Bridge House prep school (girls age 7 to 11, boys age 7 to 13) in Gloucester Avenue is a popular choice, and Saint Christina’s in St Edmund’s Terrace (boys age 3 to 7, girls age 3 to 11) is a good private Catholic school.

Primrose Hill has two state primary schools: Primrose Hill in Princess Road, rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted; and St Paul’s C of E, which is rated “Good”.

For older girls from 11 to 18, top-performing Sir Francis Holland School is eternally popular, whilst those in search of an international education often opt for The American School in nearby St John’s Wood.


Council Tax

City of Westminster Council Tax charges:

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: £1,361.48

Camden Council Tax charges:

Band A: £882.99
Band B: £1,030.15
Band C: £1,177.31
Band D: £1,324.48
Band E: £1,618.81
Band F: 1,913.14
Band G: £2,207.47
Band H: £2,648.96