Why Maida Vale – (W9)
A North West London hotspot, picturesque Maida Vale is sandwiched between Kilburn to the north, Paddington to the south, Kensal Rise to the west and beautiful Regent’s Park to the east.
The district is known for its villagey vibes thanks to tree-lined streets, independent cafes, boutique shops and, of course, the stunning canals in Little Venice which flow right through the heart of it.
This community feel is demonstrated by arty locals who prefer Sunday dog walks culminating in pub roasts to flashy cocktail bars seen in other parts of the capital.
Maida Vale is, however, perfectly situated to provide residents with access to everything London has to offer while allowing them to lead a quieter and unassuming existence.
The area has a rich musical heritage, playing host to the BBC's Maida Vale studios, best-known as the home of the Live Lounge, and is just a short walk from the world-famous Abbey Road Studios.
Housing here generally tends to attract city professionals, creative types, families and the odd celebrity (Noel Gallagher being one of Maida Vale's most famous residents).
You'll find a range of period homes and large flat conversions, as well as canal-facing, stucco-fronted homes which are considered to be the pick of the bunch.
There are newer 20th century flats, which are generally more affordable, as well as some new developments on the outskirts of the area.
Homes here are pricey as one might expect, but in comparison to nearby St John's Wood and Marylebone, the Maida Vale market does offer some value.
You could pick up a property – most likely a flat or apartment - for less than £1 million, while a more traditional house is likely to cost upwards of £1.5 million. Meanwhile, monthly rental prices range from around £1,500 for a one-bed property to £4,500+ for a three-bedroom home.
“A more alternative area with plenty of natural beauty, Maida Vale provides the perfect respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city while remaining right in the heart of the capital.”
Maida Vale station is on the Bakerloo Line. Nearby St John’s Wood provides access to the Jubilee Line, while Kilburn Park and Warwick Avenue are also situated on the Bakerloo Line.
For National Rail services, well-connected Paddington is not far away and Maida Vale is another area set to benefit from reduced travel times when Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line launches.
On top of this, there is no shortage of buses here to connect you to all other parts of the capital.
Enjoy a slice of La Dolce Vita at Da Daniela, a family-run Italian, boasting some of the finest pizzas, pastas and melanzane around.
Indulge in Jason's Trip, known as the original London canal trip, which has been operating since 1951 and offers a leisurely scenic journey between Little Venice and Camden Lock.
Take a summer’s evening to sit out at The Waterwaypub’s canal-side terrace, enjoying cocktails, beers and wines until the sun goes down, followed by a lazy dusk stroll home.