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Maida Vale Estate Agents Property Guide

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
  1. Maida Vale is a picturesque neighbourhood with a very desirable postcode
  2. The independent shops and eateries create a sense of community
  3. The tranquil canal towpath and the sporting facilities at the Paddington Recreation Ground are ideal if you want an active lifestyle
  4. Its small size means that everything, including transport links, are in easy reach
  5. 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
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Discover Maida Vale

  • Maida Vale Squares & Parks

    This scenic area with leafy avenues and private communal gardens like Crescent Garden makes Maida Vale a delightful place to live.

    Within walking distance is Regent’s Park, used by Maida Vale residents for walking, running, picnicking and unwinding.

    Crescent Garden, one of London’s best garden squares is surrounded by Victorian, white stucco Maida Vale properties and boasts a family friendly children’s play area, well kept island flowerbeds, manicured lawns, mature trees and unusual plants and shrubs. From the lovely herb patch, the residents of the surrounding Maida Vale properties can pick herbs for culinary use.

    At Regent’s Park, one of London’s Royal Parks, stop by the beautifully landscaped Queen Mary’s Gardens and Avenue Gardens. The park’s boating lake, spectacular fountains such as Triton fountain, and the famous London Zoo are definitely worth a visit. If you just want to relax, the rolling lawns provide ample space for a quiet read or picnic for two.

  • Maida Vale Going Out

    The availability of several restaurants, cafés, gastropubs and shops, nestled amidst the stylish Maida Vale properties, ensures that the residents have multiple culinary, drinking and shopping options to choose from. 

    Visit The Truscott Arms on Shirland Road for excellent cuisine, local beers and bar snacks. At the weekend, stop by Amoul’s on Formosa Street for a delicious Anglo-Lebanese breakfast.

    Daniela’s Lounge on Shirland Road serves homely Italian cuisine and The Baker and Spice on Clifton Road is well-known for gourmet breads, pastries and salads.

    The Elgin at Elgin Avenue has a range of international beers and wines and Union Tavern, a canalside pub on Woodfield Road serves great London-brewed craft beer.

    Tucked away between spacious Maida Vale properties are retail outlets ranging from vintage shops to supermarket chains like Tesco. If you are looking for high-end vintage clothing, visit Appleby’s at 95, Westbourne Park Villas.

  • Maida Vale Attractions

    Some of London’s most famous attractions which are located close to the elegant Maida Vale properties are Lord’s Cricket Ground, Abbey Road Studios and the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum.

    At Lord’s Cricket Ground, visit the dressing rooms (the famous Honour boards are here) and the Long Room lined with paintings of famous cricketers.

    Stop by the MCC museum, one of the oldest sporting museums in the world, to admire the original Ashes urn. If time permits, watch footage of past superb cricketing performances in the Brian Johnston Memorial Theatre.

    Pause outside the Abbey Road Studios at St. John’s Wood to take your photograph on the famous zebra crossing (where the Beatles crossed the road to enter the studios).

    At the nearby Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum on Praed Street, admire the collection of fascinating videos and displays which trace the history of Alexander Fleming’s Nobel prize-winning discovery of Penicillin.

  • Maida Vale Local Events

    With several theatres, sports and recreation centres and annual festivals, the residents of the expensively appointed Maida Vale residences, have plenty of opportunities to watch world-class performances, play a variety of sports and socialize with other locals.

    If you enjoy puppet shows, catch a marionette performance on the Puppet Theatre Barge, moored at Little Venice.

    For a good laugh, head to the Canal Cafe Theatre at Delamere Terrace, known for its excellent comedy performances.

    The Paddington Recreation Ground in Randolph Avenue has excellent sports facilities, an outdoor gym, track, fitness trail and café serving tasty hot and cold food. At the members-only Paddington Sports Club, you can play a game of squash or tennis and do some Yoga or Pilates.

    Don’t miss the annual Canalway Cavalcade, a waterway festival held in May where you can enjoy Morris dancing, live music and great food while sipping on fine ale.

    For more information on property to buy or rent in Maida Vale, please contact CWHR Maida Vale estate agents.

  • Maida Vale Transport

    The Maida Vale area is in Zone 2 making it easy to reach the centre of the city or travel out into Greater London.  Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue Tube stations are both on the Bakerloo line, while Royal Oak is on the Hammersmith and City line, as well as the Circle line spur to Hammersmith.

    There is a good bus service, with the Number 6 going to Aldwych, the Number 16 to Victoria,

    the Number 98 to Holborn, and the Number 414 to Knightsbridge.

  • Maida Vale Historical Facts

    Maida Vale property development began in the 1800s, taking its name from a public building dedicated to the Count of Maida, a Lieutenant-General in the Napoleonic Wars.

    The area was designated for middle-class housing and was popular with the Jewish community by the end of the century, though is now home to a more diverse ethnic mix.

    When Maida Vale tube station opened in 1915, it was unique in that it only employed female staff, as so many men were involved in the war effort.
    The BBC also has recording and broadcasting facilities in Maida Vale, which predates Broadcasting House.

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