Westminster Estate Agents Property Guide

Located on the north bank of the Thames, Westminster is home to central government and landmarks such as the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Recently, central London's "parliamentary quarter" in Westminster – which for so long remained a residential secret – has started moving on to the radar with homebuyers, searching for a good-value address in the exclusive and pricey SW1 postcode.

Westminster Property

For outstanding properties our Westminster estate agents advise you to consider Queen Anne's Gate in the conservation area of Birdcage Walk, many of which have recently been restored as residential homes. Smaller Georgian homes are available in Buckingham Place, Barton Street and Cowley Street. If you would rather have an apartment in a mansion building, these are found close to Westminster Cathedral.

For cheaper Westminster property, the Millbank Estate and Page Street Estate are a good bet. You will also find a residential mix of affordable housing and luxury apartment rentals.

Areas of Westminster seeing redevelopment include 144 apartments in the former Westminster magistrates' court, on Horseferry Road. The Courthouse, Abell house and Cleland House have developers pushing up values in line with the areas rising residential star. Westminster Estate Agents have tipped the affectionately named ‘Westrovia’ as a "buying opportunity”.

Just to the north is the areas most lively and down-to-earth patch – the hub around Wilton Road and Warwick Way. Apartments and houses have been built in the area, collectively known as Pimlico Place. It’s smartening up without losing its sense of community; there’s a regular street market and small independent shops are replacing chain stores.

Here, Westminster merges with Pimlico, which has lots of warm-white coloured stucco Regency terraces. "Pimlico Grid", a network of one-way streets and cul-de-sacs, is a draw for middle-class families priced out of Chelsea but determined to be close to the action of central London.

Westminster Buyers and Residents

Westminster property is popular with successful business owners, entrepreneurs and managers of hedge funds, with an increasing number of residents coming from overseas. However, its most famous residents include:

The Royal Family
The Prime Minister and many politicians
Visiting heads of state
A host of celebrities including Noel Fielding, Stephen Poliakoff and Kelly Osbourne

Until recently, Westminster was considered a quiet, dull neighbourhood. This is changing rapidly, as Creative companies move in, fashionable bars and restaurants open, - adding their own energy and verve, and chic apartment schemes replacing former ministry buildings.

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Westminster
  1. With access to numerous bus routes, four tube lines and Victoria Station, it is very easy to get around
  2. The district offers some of the finest Georgian housing and period terraced properties available
  3. You can buy good value former council run accommodation to get into this postcode area if your budget is limited
  4. Your children can benefit from either an excellent state or private education
  5. There are plenty of opportunities for leisure activities nearby
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Discover Westminster

  • Westminster Squares and Parks

    The presence of well-known garden squares and several Royal Parks ensure that Westminster properties remain high on the list of those property buyers looking to purchase a prestigious London property.

    The presence of well-known garden squares and several Royal Parks ensure that Westminster properties remain high on the list of those property buyers looking to purchase a prestigious London property.

    Parliament Square with its attractive lawn, trees, paved walkways and imposing statues is an ideal spot to unwind and watch the people go by before visiting the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.

    Stop by world-famous Trafalgar Square to admire Nelson’s column, beautiful sculptures and spectacular fountain, brightly lit in the evenings. For a tranquil oasis amid the hubbub, head to the 18th century Berkeley Square with its sculptural fountain, London Plane trees and old wooden benches.

    With three of London’s Royal Parks (St. James’s Park, Green Park and Hyde Park) a stone’s throw away, residents of smart Westminster properties enjoy the luxury of having plenty of green spaces to picnic, play sport or enjoy a leisurely stroll, away from the din of Westminster activity.

  • Westminster Attractions

    Among the notable attractions drawing tourists from around the globe are the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. For a full day’s entertainment, make a trip to Hyde Park or St. James’ Park.

    Among the notable attractions drawing tourists from around the globe are the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. For a full day’s entertainment, make a trip to Hyde Park or St. James’ Park.

    In the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster) admire the magnificent frescoes and bas-reliefs in the Robing room, fabulous portraits in the Prince’s chamber and lavish decor in the Lords chamber.

    When you’re back outside don’t forget to look up at the clock face and structure of Big Ben, one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

    Visit 10th century Westminster Abbey, with its magnificent vaulted ceiling, stunning stained glass windows. While walking the majestic aisle take a moment to recall the great and the good who have been celebrated here, in marriage and in death. Note the tomb of the unknown soldier and Chapter House (the fascinating medieval paintings and uniquely tiled floor)

    The National Gallery is a popular haunt for art enthusiasts who can while away many an hour appreciating an impressive collection of European paintings by Old Masters like Rubens, Van Gogh and Botticelli.

  • Westminster Local Events

    Nearby street markets, superb theatres, sports facilities at the neighbouring Royal Parks and renowned art institutions like the Royal Academy of Arts provide the residents of classic Westminster houses with a culturally rich lifestyle and various opportunities to mingle and keep fit.

    Nearby street markets, superb theatres, sports facilities at the neighbouring Royal Parks and renowned art institutions like the Royal Academy of Arts provide the residents of classic Westminster houses with a culturally rich lifestyle and various opportunities to mingle and keep fit.

    Sample the delightful Jordanian and Argentine treats in Tachbrook Street Market

    (Mondays to Saturdays) or pop by the Moroccan and Burrito stalls at the weekly Strutton Ground Market.

    Watch a hit musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre or Victoria Palace Theatre. If you are an art lover, make it a point of visiting the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art.

    Head to the Queen Mother Sports Centre near Vauxhall Bridge for a workout or game of squash. Alternatively, enjoy a spot of cycling or roller-blading in Hyde Park. For a scenic morning jog, St. James’s Park is a beautiful place to run.

     

  • Westminster Transport

    As our Westminster estate agents will remind you, you will have no difficulty getting about from here. While well served by buses, you are also near St James's Park, Victoria and Westminster tube stations.

    As our Westminster estate agents will remind you, you will have no difficulty getting about from here. While well served by buses, you are also near St James's Park, Victoria and Westminster tube stations.

    To get outside of London, the mainline station at Victoria is in easy reach for a day on the coast.

  • Westminster Historical Facts

    The name Westminster comes from the minster to the west of St Paul's Cathedral.

    The name Westminster comes from the minster to the west of St Paul's Cathedral.

    Westminster has been the location of government for around 1000 years.

    There has been a religious building on the site of Westminster Abbey since the 10th century and the construction of the current church began in 1245. The abbey was chosen for coronations and the Palace of Westminster was originally their chosen residence.

    The wealth divide among the people living in Westminster was first highlighted in the Victorian period and still today this is very clear, with grand developments found alongside housing trust accommodation.

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