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Help with choosing house in West London please!

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ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 15:13:10

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

Nancy66 Sun 30-Dec-12 18:59:48

...ohh yes, Richmond !

VestaCurry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:01:10

Would love to have the money, am a little envious but have friends with similar budgets and learnt long ago that envy withers the soul grin.

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:02:55

i wonder how many mumsnetters can draw upon their experience of spending 4 million on a house in Kensington though really OP....

im sure there are agencies who provide those sort of services and can research the areas.

you can also just google the areas and get things like crime figures etc from the internet. There is no substitute for doing your own research really - as you know exactly what you are looking for.

ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 19:03:58

funnyperson why don't you like brook green or ealing? and they will both be going to boarding school at 11/13

Windowbasket Sun 30-Dec-12 19:04:13

I'd go for Hampstead or Wimbledon village - not Richmond - too much noise from aircraft! But as others have said, get in touch with estate agents in the chosen areas and speak to them.

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:06:35

Couldn't you hire Phil or Kirsty to help with a budget like that?

ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 19:06:40

those places are not central enough for us though - we were really focusing on central west london

VestaCurry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:09:30

Lived in Richmond for 3 years, didn't like it one bit. Even if I had the dosh for Richmond Hill, I really really don't like the place. I can't explain why, I know lots of people think it's lovely.

Holland Park (had to spend a lot of time walking around it for a few months, sadly not cos I lived there, and I did fall in love with it).

VestaCurry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:11:46

Yep, good point, if I had that budget, and buying in the £££ parts of West London I'd pay a Phil/Kirsty type person to sort it.

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 19:12:39

I am grinning from ear to ear at this thread. I must say you are all showing great resolve and patience. I expected it to go tits up after about 5 posts. grin

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:14:18

I think there is still time Fellatio grin

noelstudios Sun 30-Dec-12 19:15:30

Good god, why am I reading this crap?

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:15:42

Vesta, if I had that budget ONLY PHIL OR KIRSTY WOULD DO !

VestaCurry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:15:49

Awww no point being mean Fellatio! As long as you're not hairy-handed Amelia, we have had a few more naughty people than usual on here of late.

FromEsme Sun 30-Dec-12 19:16:55

Watching this thread with interest.

noddyholder Sun 30-Dec-12 19:16:56

Lived in wimbledon village for years not keen. Agree with nancy P Hill /Hampstead nicer.

ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 19:17:18

choosing not to reply to these posts. got any experience with boarding vs day because i've got another discussion on the go for that...

VestaCurry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:17:31

I'm with you happy, I've gradually fallen a little bit in love with Phil over the years. Not sure about Kirsty, she gone a bit too knitted necklaces grin.

Windowbasket Sun 30-Dec-12 19:18:12


Nancy66 Sun 30-Dec-12 19:18:26

Alternatively, you could buy 300 like this

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:18:45

It seems like you have a great deal of hard choices in your life just now amelia.

Northernlebkuchen Sun 30-Dec-12 19:19:25

You've got to watch the neighbours with Notting Hill. Sam and Dave will be moving back there in a couple of years. No doubt followed by George.

Windowbasket Sun 30-Dec-12 19:20:19

Sam & Dave live in North Ken, a very rough area.

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 19:20:36

I am SO in love with Phil Spencer. My love was not even gradual - it was instant. I quite love Kirsty too, in the name of fairness.

FromEsme Sun 30-Dec-12 19:21:29

Nancy66 are you kidding, Burnley is ROUGH, the OP would surely be mugged on sight.

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