The view along the Grand Union Canal in Maida Vale’s Little Venice is one of London’s idyllic scenes.
The creamy-coloured stucco mansions overlooking the waterway, lined with picturesque old canal boats, overflowing with window boxes and hanging baskets. A home in Maida Vale has been described as a ‘peaceful oasis in the middle of the city’.
Within the City of Westminster, Maida Vale takes in the northern area of Paddington, with St John's Wood lying to the east and Kilburn to the north. This is an affluent, residential area, famous for its tree-lined streets, communal gardens and large properties.
Maida Vale is almost entirely in W9, except for the little triangle south of the canal and west of Edgware Road, which is in W2, the Bayswater postcode.
Maida Vale Property
Typical properties in Maida Vale are big, red-brick mansions dating from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. At least 85 per cent of all Maida Vale’s properties are now flats, either spacious conversions or in mansion blocks. While these very sizable homes are the main feature in the area, Maida Vale estate agents will tell you that there are a limited number of mews properties available, which are more suited to families.
These mews houses are found in streets such as Warwick Place, Bristol Mews and Shirland Mews. There is, of course, a hefty price tag, pricing many families out of the desirable local property market. One way to enjoy a Maida Vale property without the price tag is by foregoing a private garden and, instead, make use of the communal spaces that the area has to offer. The magical, communal gardens not only provide a safe place for children to play but run a calendar of social events, often including summer and bonfire night parties.
The most beautiful secret communal gardens are between Randolph Road and Warwick Avenue and between Randolph Crescent and Warrington Crescent.
An up and coming area of Maida Vale is Maida Hill, the area between Shirland Road and Harrow Road. There are a few grand four- and five-storey houses there, but most are converted into flats. The three-bedroom ex-council maisonettes in Aldsworth Close, with wide balconies overlooking the canal get snapped up fast.
Maida Vale properties in nearby roads such as Warwick Avenue, Clifton Gardens, Clifton Villas and Bristol Gardens, can now command prices approaching the value of similar houses in Holland Park and Notting Hill.
Maida Vale Buyers and Residents
Little Venice has been a secret pocket. While close neighbour St John’s Wood has long been popular among international investors, and Notting Hill and Bayswater were highly regarded among wealthy city professionals, Little Venice slipped under the radar….until now. In the last few years, buyers have realised its huge investment potential and appreciate that it offers a near-identical place to live but with a lower price tag. According to Maida Vale estate agents, property is now predominantly owned by wealthy professionals, an arty, celebrity set or foreign investors looking for a London pied-à-terre.
Some of the area’s most famous residents from the past include: David Ben Gurion (Israel's first Prime Minister), Sir Alec Guinness (Oscar-winning actor), Alan Turing (code breaker), William Friese-Greene (developed the world's earliest movie film from his home in Maida Vale), John Masefield (poet, playwright and novelist).
Top 5 Reasons to Live in Maida Vale
- Maida Vale is a picturesque neighbourhood with a very desirable postcode
- The independent shops and eateries create a sense of community
- The tranquil canal towpath and the sporting facilities at the Paddington Recreation Ground are ideal if you want an active lifestyle
- Its small size means that everything, including transport links, are in easy reach
- Maida Hill is an up and coming area and offers a more affordable option for anyone wanting to take advantage of what Maida Vale has to offer