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