Help with choosing house in West London please!

(202 Posts)
ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 15:13:10

Hello!
We (my DH, 3 year old DD and 6 year old DS) are currently living in Chelsea in a very small flat which we will soon grow out of. We still want to live relatively centrally as DS goes to a prep school in Kensington, and DH works in the city. Our budget is around £3 or 4 million, and we've been looking at the areas of Brook Green, Kensington, Holland Park, Notting Hill and Bayswater. We would like to get a 4 bedroom house with garden in any of these places - and if you have any ideas of other suitable areas please say!
We particularly liked Brook Green, very upper middle class, leafy and particularly quiet, however the houses aren't as big there as in Kensington or Holland Park (even though they are only 10 minutes walk from Brook Green!). We love the community feel of Chelsea, do any of these areas have this?
Thanks so much, and a happy new year! grin

funnyperson Tue 01-Jan-13 18:54:56

Had a friend who sold her house in Chelsea last yr for 2m because she inherited it and didn't want to do it up. T'was full of furniture. French. Needed work though and tis sold so no use to Amelia.

AllSoQuiet2433 Mon 31-Dec-12 18:14:37

due to the recession I think any area which has houses selling for millions of pounds will have a subdued market...I heard South Ken's market was struggling

1605 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:20:48

Is it worth paying millions of pounds to live in a tiny house just because of the W8/W14/SW3/W11

No, definitely not. But Londoners are highly sensitive to monetary and class nuances and suffer terribly from status anxiety. Many of my clients wouldn't dream of living in W12, or SW12, even if one street away from their beloved W14 or SW11.

1605 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:17:57

That said, the stuff about schools and what have you is strangely specific.

As is posting in a real name (even if not the OP's own). hmm

1605 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:16:32

I'm now fairly certain it's someone trying to drive Rightmove traffic to Brook Green.

There are a LOT of threads about Brook Green, Holland Park and the "affordable" areas off Ken High Street at the moment and I know from my practical experience that the market in the area is very subdued at the moment.

AllSoQuiet2433 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:06:53

I would laugh if this is a posh schoolgirl who is a little too confident about her background...

difficultpickle Mon 31-Dec-12 17:04:32

We need to remember that it is still the school holidays.... grin

AllSoQuiet2433 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:04:21

Perhaps she's schizophrenic?

bevelino Mon 31-Dec-12 16:58:03

Having just read OP other threads it's blatantly obvious that she is not real. Have a read, they are absolutely ridiculous to the point of funny ha, ha.

AllSoQuiet2433 Mon 31-Dec-12 16:39:43

Are these places really all that though? Is it worth paying millions of pounds to live in a tiny house just because of the W8/W14/SW3/W11 label?

AllSoQuiet2433 Mon 31-Dec-12 16:35:24

she's either completely naive of the ordinary family or she's just doing it as a joke

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 16:31:44

Is the op not real?

AllSoQuiet2433 Mon 31-Dec-12 16:30:36

eurgh this thread makes me feel ill...here I am living in a 2 bedroom house which is worth 500k in london, thinking of moving to the countryside because there I could get a bloody mansion!
I know some of you Brook Green Holland Park Kensington sloaney types, discussing Eton vs Harrow and which skiing resort you're going to take a holiday to next, or perhaps what breed of horse you're going to buy for your little Lucindas and Jemimas (apparently people ride horses in the morning in brook green). sitting in your million pound houses while your husbands go off and ruin our country's finances...

<goes off to look at some pretty thatched cottages that are a fifth of my place>

<goes off to look at house porn> grin

Pantofino Mon 31-Dec-12 14:58:06

Op is on the wind up with contradictory posts - small kids vs grown ones, asking for advice/giving the same detailed advice to others. If she is real, then she is just showing off.

Callycat Mon 31-Dec-12 14:56:00

Agree; that OP was a little insensitive. If you've spent more than a couple of weeks here, you'll get that most of us are really struggling. You seem genuinely nice, OP, but you could have used a more appropriate forum for your question.

Declaration of interest: nearly 40, have a fecking PhD, worked all my life, and still can't afford more than a room in a crappy shared house in Hammersmith, so a teeny bit jealous ;)

Northernlebkuchen Mon 31-Dec-12 14:55:58

The response to this OP is not actually about the budget involved. Anybody looking at spending over about 250 grand is spending above the average and most posters get a lot of helpful advice and support on this board. The responses on this thread are about the style of this post alone.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 31-Dec-12 14:48:14

Quite Nancy.

Nancy66 Mon 31-Dec-12 14:42:15

the post is fake so it's irrelevant. But some people have money and some don't.

Rich people aren't all arsesholes. poor people aren't all heroes.

bevelino Mon 31-Dec-12 14:34:22

OP please don't take this comment the wrong way but your post is insensitive as you well know.

1605 Mon 31-Dec-12 14:16:29

Try working with them daily. Some of the budgets my colleagues come across would buy the entire street where I grew up, Bumble grin.

Bumblequeen Mon 31-Dec-12 14:13:01

This post is making me feel very poorsad

We had to buy out of London due to the house prices and commute from Kent --1 hour 45 mins door to door--Bought 3 bedroom house for £190k. For this we would probably get a grotty two bed in an undesirable part of South East London.

How the other half live!

1605 Mon 31-Dec-12 13:58:38

Luxembourg Gardens is hardly house porn.

Try this www.adamarchitecture.com

Or this www.hollandhackett.com

Or this www.finchatton.com

Yes, collie. Sensitivity would be great - but it's a two way street! Your case in point, really.

It's so easy to assume pots of money = fucking awesome, what's your problem?! but ime the few extremely rich people I've known well were all desperately unhappy and screwed up.

Dunno. I guess what I've come to realise is that the grass isn't really greener on the other side. It's just grass.

EverythingInMjiniature Mon 31-Dec-12 13:52:17

Does it matter if she's a troll, can't we just look at house porn?

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