St John's Wood Property Guide

St John’s Wood is one of the most sought-after residential areas in London. Bordering one of the best-loved Royal Parks of London, Regent’s Park, it offers a peaceful village atmosphere minutes from London’s West End.

As one of the leading estate agents in St Johns Wood, Aston Chase has a wealth of experience and expertise working with clients in the area, both on sales and rental properties. Whether you’re looking for houses for sale in St Johns Wood, or your next rental flat, our local knowledge means that we can help you find exactly the right property, at the best price.

Home to Lord’s Cricket Ground and the famous Abbey Road Studios, St John’s Wood is eternally popular with house hunters due to its wide variety of architectural styles. Walking its leafy streets you will find grand Regency villas, large stucco-fronted Victorian terraced houses, spacious 1930s’ mansion blocks and 1960s’ apartment blocks, alongside a number of contemporary purpose-built developments.

With St John’s Wood High Street on the doorstep, residents are also attracted by the range of shopping available, with numerous high quality fashion and home wares boutiques, gift shops and delis making their base there. Foodies won’t be disappointed either with a wide choice of popular cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars spread around the neighbourhood.

There is no shortage of outdoor space in St John’s Wood, with Regents Park and Primrose Hill just a short stroll away. Even closer is the beautifully maintained St John’s Church Grounds, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of London life. Excellent schools in the vicinity mean that it is the perfect spot to raise a family.

St John’s Wood’s wealthy residents hail from all over the world and many famous celebrities and prominent business people also call it home. So if you’re looking for property for sale in St John’s Wood, you’re unlikely to be alone in your search.

Our agents will work with you to understand your needs then only show you the properties that most accurately fit what you are looking for. In such a competitive marketplace, we’ll also help negotiate to ensure achieve your ideal property within your budget.

History

Once a forest owned by the Knights of the Order of St. John Jerusalem, then the hunting grounds of Henry VIII, St. John’s Wood didn’t become a residential area until the early 19th century when development began. The area was one of the first London suburbs to benefit from the construction of a large number of low density “villas”, instead of the more usual terraced housing popular in London at the time. St John’s Wood became fashionable with the gentry who favoured its spacious architectural style and today it remains a highly desirable residential district and one of London’s most expensive.

Sir Paul McCartney has owned a property in the area since the 1960s when The Beatles recorded their album Abbey Road at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Philosopher A.J. Ayer was born and grew up in St John’s Wood, as did the Chef Clarissa Dickson Wright (her former residence was later home to supermodel Kate Moss). The British World War II flier Douglas Bader was also born here, as was the actor Damian Lewis. The Rolling Stones mention the area in their song "Play With Fire" and band member Keith Richards lived on Carlton Hill, at the northern edge of St John's Wood, in the 1960s.

The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery was formerly based at St John's Wood Barracks but the regiment moved to Woolwich on 6 February 2012 and the barracks is now being redeveloped as housing.


Property

area st johns wood 01St John’s Wood has a wide range of quality housing stock including grand Regency villas, large stucco-fronted Victorian terraced houses, spacious 1930s’ mansion blocks, 1960s’ apartment blocks and a number of contemporary purpose-built developments. Most of St John’s Wood is a designated Conservation Area and its houses are listed by English Heritage.

Favoured streets for those looking for properties for sale in St John’s Wood include Prince Albert Road with its elegant flats overlooking Regent’s Park, the grand mansions of Avenue Road, and peaceful Hamilton Terrace. The area is eternally popular with house hunters thanks to its wide variety of architectural styles, leafy setting close to Regent’s Park, and proximity to Central London.


Shopping

area st johns wood 02St John’s Wood High Street boasts a wide range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants which appeal to the area’s affluent international community.

Quality bakeries include artisan bakery Gail’s and The Bread Shop, whilst Panzer Deli sells fine food from across the world. Kent & Sons is the area’s very popular butchers, and Melissa Riva is the destination of choice for those in search of a stunning designer bouquet. 

Popular fashion boutiques include Zadig & Voltaire, James Lakeland, Bruno, Apostrophe, Whistles, and Gap. For children, Igloo and Tiddlywinks are both conveniently located close to Gelato Mio, the area’s very popular ice cream shop!


Eating & Drinking

area st johns wood 03From popular chains, including Café Rouge, Starbucks and Carluccio’s on St John’s Wood High Street, and The Ordnance Arms, a Samuel Smith pub in Ordnance Hill, to the traditional Duke of York pub, St John’s Wood has a wide range of establishments to suit all tastes.

Our pick of the area’s many popular restaurants include Sahara, for mouth-watering Lebanese food, the sublime gastronomic delights of One Blenheim Terrace, Oslo Court for modern European cuisine, Harry Morgan’s, the largest and most famous New York style deli restaurant in London, and The Rotisserie for delicious grilled meat and a lively atmosphere.


Parks

area st johns wood 04St John’s Wood borders Regent’s Park, one of The Royal Parks of London. A vast 410-acre green expanse, the 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, whilst the more intimate St John’s Church Grounds, an attractive former churchyard, contains various gravestones and memorials, along with mature trees, a playground, formal gardens and a wildlife area.


Transport

area st johns wood 05TUBE

St John’s Wood Underground Station is on the Jubilee Line (Zone 2) with direct links to Bond Street in the West End (just five minutes away) and east to Canary Wharf (20 minutes).

TRAIN

National rail services operate from nearby Paddington and Marylebone stations providing direct links to Heathrow, Birmingham and The West Country.

BUS

St John’s Wood is on numerous local bus routes, offering direct connections to many parts of London including No.13 to Aldwych, No.46 to Clerkenwell, No.82 to Victoria, No.139 to Waterloo and No.274 to Islington. There are also two night buses: the N13 and the N113.


Schools

People looking for property for sale or to let in St John’s Wood are often attracted to the area by its excellent range of private and state schools.

The area boasts three top prep schools: Abercorn School, a mixed school for 2 to 13 year-olds; the excellent Arnold House School for boys; and the Roman Catholic St Christina’s School, predominantly for girls up to 11.

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 or the French Lycée.

Popular state schools include Gateway Primary and George Eliot, both with an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, along with Barrow Hill and Robinsfield rated ‘Good’. For secondary education, Quintin Kyaston is rated ‘Outstanding’ and, unusually for London, the King Solomon Academy (also rated ‘Outstanding’) offers a continuous education for pupils age 3 to 18.


Council Tax

St John's Wood is 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