NOTTING HILL REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS
Notting Hill is one the sought-after areas of London, especially after the movie starring Hugh Grant brought it to the stardom.
Notting Hill presents fine terraced houses, most of them now split into flats and maisonettes. There are also charming small houses, always with a very well-kept garden in front. Walking in the area during springtime, you will smell the sweet perfume of the flowers blooming in the gardens.
The borough is also an Instagram paradise, thanks to the stunning colours, elegant columns, and frontage of its houses.
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Notting Hill Through History
The first settlement in Notting Hill can be traced back 1000 years ago. It is likely that Vikings created the first establishments in the area.
Reminiscents of this first origins would echo in Knottynghullound, the name after which Notting Hill was called during the 13th century, in memory of the Viking king Cnut.
In the 18th century, Notting Hill became known for its brick making and pig farming industries. The soil in the area contained high levels of clay and was therefore perfect for brick manufacture. The extraction of the clay for the production of bricks and pottery left a number of large holes around the area. A number of firing kilns also appeared in the area to facilitate the making of bricks. One of these historic kilns can still be seen on Walmer Road.
Many of the local pig farmers were forced to live in squalor due to the rapid expansion of the area and the westward expansion on London. Sanitation in the area was poor and many of the clay extraction holes filled up with sewage, pig slurry and stagnant water.
In the early 19th century, wealthy landowner James Well Ladbroke began to develop his Notting Hill estate into a carefully planned suburb.
Ladbroke wanted to attract wealthy Londoners to move to the area. This led to the development of the many large terraced houses with communal garden areas or “pleasure grounds”. These houses were largely used by upper middle class families who had a small number of servants. The area also became popular with the artistic and cultural elites of London.
Some of these houses did not survive the WWII. Notting Hill suffered from the horrible Blitz and the necessity for housing urged to convert houses into flat and build more modern blocks.
The cultural heritage of Notting Hill also began to change in the post-war period as an Afro-Caribbean community began to develop in the area. Many of these residents had come to Britain following the 1948 British Nationality Act, which allowed all Commonwealth citizens to have the full right to settle in the UK. Many of the new residents in Notting Hill came from the West Indies area of the Caribbean.
We still see traces of the immigration in the colorful colors of some houses, festivals and street food markets.
In the late 20th Century, Notting Hill started to regain popularity amongst upper middle class Londoners. Many of the former HMOs have been converted back into large, single occupancy houses. The area has once again become a home to cultural elites and wealthy politicians. Notting Hill has some of the highest house prices in the country. The area is also home to a large number of independent shops, restaurants and cafés.
Notting Hill Lifestyle
Notting Hill is one of London’s most desirable and Instagrammable areas, with iconic pastel-coloured houses and a thriving market. You can find everything from world-famous events and restaurants, to cutting-edge theatres in Notting Hill. Perhaps you’ll even meet a film star in a travel book shop.
One of the most iconic events is the Notting Hill Carnival, every August Bank Holiday. The carnival has a Caribbean festival theme, bringing a welcome splash of colour to west London. A huge parade of floats and performers runs along the Notting Hill Carnival route, filling the streets with intricate costumes, steel bands, marching bands, Calypso music and a variety of mouth-watering food.
You should also pay a visit to the Portobello Market, so called because it runs along Portobello Road.
The main market days are Friday and Saturday, although a smaller market takes place from Monday to Thursday. On weekdays, locals buy fresh fruit and vegetables here. Second-hand goods are included on Friday but Saturday is the busiest market day when all the antiques market stalls are in position and the bargain hunters arrive. There are also some great clothing stalls to find along the way. Nearly a kilometre long, this bustling west London market offers an endless variety of merchandise – dive in and you’re sure to find a unique souvenir.
Find more than 12,000 items that chart the evolution of consumer culture at The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, one of London’s quirkier museums. Notting Hill is also a fantastic place to find small, independent art galleries such as Salon Contemporary and Graffik – a gallery dedicated to urban art.
The crowning jewel in Notting Hill’s entertainment scene is The Gate Theatre which, despite its tiny size, has gained a global reputation for fostering a wealth of new theatrical talent. You can also see a fantastic mix of theatre, dance and concerts at The Print Room, an arts venue that has won many awards. For a diverse mix of comedy, literary and musical performances, check out The Tabernacle, which is also a bar and kitchen.
To see the latest movie releases in luxurious surrounds, The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road is well known for providing a comfy movie-going experience due to the plush sofas, footstools, side tables, and bar service provided.
As well as the impressive Notting Hill market days along Portobello Road, there are many more Notting Hill shopping opportunities to enjoy. Spend time browsing in Daylesford Organic for wholesome goods, or in The Hummingbird Bakery for delicious cakes; find your next great read at the Notting Hill Bookshop; and stock up on top cosmetic products and treatments at Space NK Apothecary.
What’s happening in the Notting Hill Market
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Sales in Notting Hill
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Average Sales Price
|Property type||Avg. current value||Avg. £ per sq ft.||Avg. # beds||Avg. £ paid (last 12m)|
Lettings in Notting Hill
Average Asking Price
£4,983 per month
Average Rental Prices
|Property type||1 bed||2 beds||3 beds||4 beds||5 beds|
|Houses||£3,981 pcm||£4,662 pcm||£6,712 pcm||£14,193 pcm||£19,638 pcm|
|Flats||£2,713 pcm||£3,536 pcm||£6,242 pcm||£12,877 pcm||£14,213 pcm|
- Notting Hill Gate (Zone 1)
Circle | District | Central
- Holland Park (Zone 2)
- Ladbroke Grove (Zone 2)
Circle | Hammersmith & City
- Latimer Road (Zone 2)
Circle | Hammersmith & City
Anyone moving to the luxurious neighborhood of South Kensington knows that education is paramount to the success of their children, and a good education is a top priority. The area prides itself with exceptional schools, including also international ones.
Chepstow House School
St Stephen’s CofE Primary School
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Colville Primary School
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St Charles Catholic Primary School
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Thomas Jones Primary School
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La Petite Ecole Francaise
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. Notting Hill falls within the Kensington and Chelsea Borough.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
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How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.