In today’s video we’re going to be discovering some of the best homes of st. John’s Wood and what makes this area so fabulous to live in.
In today’s blog we’re going to be highlighting St. John’s Wood which is a fabulous neighborhood in Northwest London. We’re going to show you some of the beautiful homes in this area and what your budget might be able to get you, and I will be giving you my bonus tip on finding your perfect home wherever you’re searching.
St. John’s Wood is an affluent community in northwest London in the borough of Westminster and its tube station, St John’s Wood tube station is in zone 2. Average home prices in this area are at £2.6 million, this graph shows the breakdown by Homes.co.uk of those different property types it shows you that the average 1-bedroom price is £617,000 and a two-bedroom is at £1.6m.
As an example, here is a fabulous one-bedroom flat at Langford Court on at £625,000 which includes concierge and Porter, the size is 517 square feet and it’s about 0.4 miles from St. John’s Wood tube station. Make sure to watch my recent video on “An area guide to St. John’s Wood” where we talk about the fact that St. John’s Wood is actually quite known for its stately gorgeous homes that have an Italianate design as opposed to the rowhouses that you might see in areas such as South Kensington and other parts of London. These beautiful properties are grand in nature and to get a detached home in this area you’re probably looking to spend well over £5m.
The most expensive home on the market today in St. John’s Wood is on at Hamilton Terrace which is one of London’s most exclusive and premium streets, it’s priced at £25m and it is over 12,000 square feet. This six-bedroom home was originally built in the 1800s and fully renovated recently including a heated indoor pool, state-of-the-art kitchen, home cinema, and landscaped gardens.
Based on what you’ve seen so far, if your budget’s a bit more modest, say around £1m you probably would be able to get a three-bedroom flat like the one here on Hall road, it has two baths and is just over 1,000 square feet and is a classic red brick building. It’s under a 12-minute walk to the main event tube stations in zone 2.
With Brexit looming properties over £1.5m have definitely been the hardest hit so your budget might actually get you more than you would have say four or five years ago, however, if you are still looking in the £2m range in St. John’s Wood you’re probably still restricted to a flat I’m sad to say. This lovely three-bedroom flat which is on the edge of Regents Park and it’s in a purpose built block about a half a mile from St. John’s Wood tube station.
As a note, people usually consider housing options relative to proximity to the tube station but in affluent areas like St. John’s Wood people might be willing to live a little bit further out because they might have the luxury of not having to walk to the tube station. St. John’s Wood does have other transport options such as regular buses that will get you more into central London and while it’s surprising that you might still be restricted to getting a flat for a £2m budget, some people when they are buying in London, especially foreign clients who want luxury but they want to know that if they’re not in a home year-round that it’s going to be looked after, their packages can be received, it’s safe and secure, they will be more interested in this type of property.
So, in St. John’s Wood, one of the most premium luxury buildings you could consider is Saint Edmunds Terrace which has views of Primrose Hill. It’s really a very beautiful, luxury, relatively new built building and really offers people the security, the high-end premium level of concierge service that they’re looking for, and actually has an indoor pool as well, so again, offering high-end amenities for those high-end clients.
This four-bedroom, three and a half bath, sub penthouse apartment is on the market for £10m and is over 3,200 square feet located on the second floor. It has generous high ceilings, hardwood floors, and luxury details throughout.
So I know that the St John’s Wood budget is not for everyone, but it does showcase one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods that is fairly attractive for professionals and families because it has accesses nearby to the American School for London, great transport options, and really, with Regents Park and Primrose Hill nearby, offers lots of access to green spaces as well as having a fabulous high street.
As my bonus tip, if you’re looking to buy a property, my biggest suggestion when I’m working with buyers, is to make sure that you only have three or four “must-haves” on your list. We all have a wish list of many things we might want, but make sure that you really can narrow it down to three or four key things that your ideal property must have, that way, when you are searching, if you find something that has those three or four amenities or features you can really consider it strongly.
London is all about compromise, as I’ve mentioned, even at £2m you might have to just accept that you’re going to be getting a flat if the location is really what is most important to you. So in order to not over frustrate yourself and make sure that you do actually find a home that you’re going to be comfortable with, consider those three or four features that are most important to you.
Well I hope this blog has been helpful in showing you what St. John’s Wood has to offer and giving you some real options. If you are considering this neighbourhood, please make sure to leave me a comment below what your thoughts are or maybe even leave me a comment to let me know what £1m might get you where you live.
If you want to know more about st. John’s Wood and other great areas of London, make sure to download my relocation guide to London which has got some great tips about London key areas to consider, what makes different areas very attractive, as well as talking about the top schools of London, as well as culture, transport options, and really everything you need to know if you’re going to start trying to figure out a fantastic place to live in this great city.