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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

ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 19:21:45

Windowbasket's right, N Ken is cheaper than the rest of K&C, and Brook Green. People always talk about the Camerons as being Notting Hill types but they're not at all

ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 19:22:41

what is the average size of a property in the UK?

noelstudios Sun 30-Dec-12 19:25:35

Apparently Kirtsy is a bit racist - I went to a talk by Shappi Korshandi at the National Gallery, and she said that at a do on a boat on the Thames at the last general election Kirsty said something really weird to her about Shappi not 'really being brown' and being just like 'her with a tan'. All a bit '50's casual racism.

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:26:19

Well I live in a shoe by the side of the M1, not sure if that's average size or not?

I too love Phil. Please can we have a whip round for the OP to hire him to help with her search? Pretty please?

FromEsme Sun 30-Dec-12 19:26:23

Honestly, I don't even know what the Camerons are THINKING, the plebs.

That Dave one looks a right dodgy sort, I reckon he'd nick yer iphone as soon as look at you.

Windowbasket Sun 30-Dec-12 19:27:30

I think he'd be ok if you gave him a great big hug.

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:28:03

ive just popped for a look at the other thread. oh my. i am out of my league here....

Northernlebkuchen Sun 30-Dec-12 19:28:59

The Camerons will be wanting to upgrade when Dave goes on the lecture circuit - like the Blairs did. They used to live in Islington you know <<shudder>>.

blueraincoat Sun 30-Dec-12 19:29:26

Wow amelia your life really is hectic at the moment! Pregnant, moving house and changing dc schools at the same time. I think I could only cope with one at a time!

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Sun 30-Dec-12 19:30:04

is there an average size property in the uk?

i thought uk average house prices were usually based on a 3 bed semi....around the £250,000 mark.

so a bit different to what you are talking about then OP!

FromEsme Sun 30-Dec-12 19:30:41

Don't worry too much, blueraincoat . That 3 or 4 million pound house will cheer her up if she gets too stressed.

upinthehills Sun 30-Dec-12 19:33:43

Amelia - are you trying to play MN Poker grin maybe start a thread on whether Fruit shoots are a good drink in a packed lunch next....

ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 19:35:27

sorry I'm new to MN - am I not doing it correctly??

Viviennemary Sun 30-Dec-12 19:37:42

I like the sound of Primrose Hill. But not sure if that's west London or not.

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:38:27

Have you got a nanny who feeds your kids normal pasta?

Windowbasket Sun 30-Dec-12 19:39:03

Primrose Hill is lovely but wrong side of town, NW1.

rathlin Sun 30-Dec-12 19:39:24

I think Phil's business collapsed as part of the recession unless he's started up again.

yellowsubmarine53 Sun 30-Dec-12 19:39:45

A budget of 3 or 4 million is unusually wide in range.

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:40:21

Bet he would still help the poor OP out though if the fee was right.

ameliacampbell Sun 30-Dec-12 19:40:44

happygilmore I'm afraid I don't have a nanny, I decided to give up my job in order to be with DC at all times, so unfortunately you can't be rude to me about another aspect of my life! And primrose hill is NW london, it could work for us

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 30-Dec-12 19:40:50

It's interesting that on another property thread you gave a poster lots of really good info about these areas. You seem to have done a lot of research already. What more were you hoping to gain from this thread?

Northernlebkuchen Sun 30-Dec-12 19:41:14

How to mumsnet 'right' - well desist from talking bollocks contradicting yourself from thread to thread.

LittleBairn Sun 30-Dec-12 19:41:18

What exactly are you looking for in an area?
Is it good shopping opportunities?
Nice parks for the children?
Transport links?

Areas I like are Brook Green, Holland Park and Chiswick. All decent family areas IMO.

happygilmore Sun 30-Dec-12 19:41:33

I'm not being rude, it's a joke about mumsnetters past.

I thought I was being quite helpful - CALL PHIL.

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 19:44:01

I don't think 3 to 4 mill is an unusually wide range. It could just be the difference between needing to take out a mortgage and not take out a mortgage. And plenty of people have mortgages of a million or more.

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