Maida Vale takes its name from the ‘Hero of Maida Inn’ pub, itself named after General Sir John Stuart, Count of Maida; a Napoleonic war hero. There is a peaceful, almost village-like atmosphere to the Maida Vale area, which is entirely at odds with its close proximity to the bustle and noise of central London.
Maida Vale has been one of the more exclusive neighbourhoods in London for years, with a multitude of mansions and luxury residences dominating the area; many were built in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The Maida Vale area is valued for its tree lined wide streets; as well as large well maintained public spaces.
As you would expect from an area as prestigious as Maida Vale, there are a number of well-known landmarks and facilities in the area; including the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, Abbey Road with its famous eponymous musical recording facilities, and the area of picturesque London canals affectionately known as Little Venice.
Maida Vale is a premium area; offering plentiful amenities and transport links, as well as high quality properties. Therefore, a premium price should be expected; for a flat, a price of around £750,000 should be expected; while a semi-detached property would cost in the region £1,400,000.
Rental prices in Maida Vale are also similarly high compared to average London property prices, a 1 bedroom flat would set you back in the region of £1500 to £1800 per month; though prices can rise to as much as in excess of £5,000 a month, depending on the specifics of the property in question.
Being situated close to the centre of London, Maida Vale benefits from exceptional transport infrastructure; making local, national and even international travel incredibly easy.
In terms of train travel, the area is most ably served by the Maida Vale underground station, found on Randolph Avenue. On the Bakerloo line Maida Vale benefits from close proximity to Charing Cross, Elephant and Castle and Waterloo which are also on the northern line.
Sharing the Bakerloo line with Maida Vale station are the Kilburn Park and Warwick Avenue underground stations; both of which are also easily accessible from the Maida Vale area. St John’s Wood underground station, to the North-East of Maida Vale, also provides easy access to the Jubilee line.
Maida Vale is also bordered by a number of over ground train routes; Paddington Station is found to the South, Kilburn High Road and South Hampstead stations to the North, and London Marylebone to the South-East.
The plentiful transport options in Maida Vale extends beyond just underground and over ground trains; as with similar residential London areas, there are many regional taxi services and bus routes. Regardless of your preference or destination, Maida Vale has your transport needs covered.
As you would expect from any location towards the centre of London, there is a plentiful selection of schools both in around Maida Vale, catering to all age groups and requirements. Of particular note are L’école Bilingue; a French/English bilingual school, and The American School in London; a school which follows an American based curriculum.
Like many of the residential areas orbiting the centre of London, Maida Vale provides a veritable smorgasbord of bars and restaurants for residents to choose from. As you might well expect from being situated in one of the cultural centres of the world, Maida Vale not only hosts a large number of eating and drinking establishments, but a broad spectrum of different cuisines and themes.
There truly is something for everyone; from more traditional bars/restaurants like the delightful ‘The Waterfront’, situated by the side of a canal; to more exotic fare like the Lebanese cuisine offered by ‘Yasmeen Restaurant’ on Blenheim terrace, or the Korean delights offered by ‘Gogi’ on Edgware Road.
In terms of pubs and bars, there’s also a fine selection in the area; the ‘Truscott Arms’ on Shirland Road offers a fine range of both local and international beers and wines; while ‘The Elgin’ pub, just round the corner from Maida Vale station, offers a hip, airy environment for socialising.
A phenomenal shopping experience is never too far away when you’re in London; ‘Westfield London’ shopping centre is a few minutes away by taxi, bus, or on the underground, while the gamut of shops offered by the centre of London is similarly nearby. You can also find an expectedly large range of supermarkets and grocers in the region; residents will be spoilt for choice.
Maida Vale’s location ensures that there is a wide variety of ways to spend your down time; even if not in the bars and restaurants detailed above! For those who like the fresh air, Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are both very nearby, while sports centres, cinemas, and even Lords Cricket Ground can be found in the local area.
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 or any of the available properties in Willesden, get in touch with our estate and letting agent team today.