Kensal Green Area Guide
Long thought of as a less than desirable area of London in which to reside; Kensal Green has undergone a dramatic reappraisal over the last few years. Rapid gentrification has sent house prices on a steep upward trajectory, with the quality of life and residences in the area seeing a corresponding spike. This rapid shift into a modern, desirable residential area has brought with it changes both practical and aesthetic.
A broad range of exciting new shops, restaurants and bars have sprung up in recent years; catering to all tastes. The local independent cinema, The Lexi Cinema, is an excellent entertainment venue in Kensal Green showing mainstream films and live opera’s (with all proceeds going to charity). Kensal Green is an up and coming area, making it a great investment with increasing house prices and strong rental yields. The area is also known as Kensal Rise and the two names are used largely interchangeably by locals. It is located conveniently close to Central London in Zone 2 and the area continues to grow in popularity with young professionals and families.
Property In Kensal Green
The gentrification and popularity of Kensal Green has seen house prices steadily increase by 18.55% from 2014-2019.
Buying Property in Kensal Green
The average house in Kensal Green is worth £714,732+ in 2019 compared to £432,316 ten years ago. The property market has dropped 4.63% in the last 12 months (May 2019) but we are already seeing a rebound with property prices rising 0.76% in the last three months. Overall the property market in Kensal Green has shown excellent long-term growth with a rise of housing prices by 65.33% in the past 10 years.
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Renting Property in Kensal Green
As you would expect from Kensal Green’s property prices, the cost of renting in the area is also considerably higher than the London average. The rental prices for a one bedroom home float average at £312 per week compared to a two bedroom home at £470 per week. The rental pricing is a reflection of the area’s up and coming status with excellent access to public transport, restaurants, bars and entertainment.
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In a similar way to other suburban London areas, like neighbouring Willesden Green, Kensal Green offers the benefits of a comparatively quiet suburban neighbourhood, along with close proximity and easy access to many of London’s most exciting attractions. Kensal Green is surrounded by several underground and over ground stations, providing a variety of choices to Kensal Green residents on their commute or leisure time.
In terms of underground lines, Kensal Green runs on the Bakerloo line with the Jubilee, Northern, Victoria, Central, and Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines easily accessible.
The following underground stations are easily accessible from Kensal Green:
- Kensal Green
- Willesden Junction
- Kilburn Park
- Westbourne Park
- Ladbroke Grove
- East Acton
- North Acton
As are the following over ground stations:
- Kensal Green
- Kensal Rise
- Queens Park
- Brondesbury Park
- Willesden Junction
As with many other London locations, Kensal Green also plays host to a number of regional taxi services and bus routes, making travel a breeze.
Schools in Kensal Green
There are a great many schools in the Kensal Green area; there are at least 16 schools within a mile of the centre of Kensal Green, from Nursery to College level. This isn’t massively surprising considering the suburban evolution of Kensal Green and the wider area; even the most discerning parents are likely to be able to find the ideal educational establishment for their kids.
Eating and Drinking
The number and variety of bars and restaurants in the Kensal Green area continue to rise with its affluence and international popularity. Indeed, specialist American and French expat schools in the region have ensured that influences from both nations are felt particularly strongly around Kensal Green.
The highly rated restaurants include Sacro Cuore Pizza; a relaxed pizzeria complete with a wood-fired oven, Parlour Kensal; a lovely restaurant famous for their Duck Liver profiteroles and brunch options and Comptoir Mezze; a Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant with authentic food and friendly service. Whatever your favoured cuisine, the Kensal Green area should cater to your tastes in a more than satisfactory manner.
The best pubs and bars include The Whippet Inn; a stylish pub with an innovative food menu, The Shop NW10; trendy and casual pub perfect for evening pints and The Royal Oak: a classic British boozer that is ideal for a Friday night or a Sunday roast.
Leisure and Shopping
Kensal Green has a lot to offer in regards to leisure and shopping, with many charming boutiques and practical stores to be found around the area. Chamberlayne Road, which acts as Kensal Green’s high street, is definitely worth a visit and has been featured by Timeout magazine. Chamberlayne Road is home to some of the most elite fashion and designer boutiques in London and is a hotspot for some of the city’s most affluent, famous residents. Kensal Green is also gifted with lovely local parks, sports grounds, and leisure centres including the Moberly Sports and Education Centre.
Alternatively, you can visit us at our Willesden office which is only a short walk from Dollis Hill tube station. For more information about this branch, our Property Management Services or any of the available properties in Kensal Green, get in touch with our estate and letting agent team today.