Top 10 streets that hold their value
Eaton Square, Belgravia SW1W
Chelsea Square, Chelsea SW3
Victoria Road, South Kensington W8
Kinnerton Street, Belgravia SW1X
Chester Square, Belgravia SW1W
Holland Park W11
Wilton Crescent, Belgravia SW1X
Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea SW3
Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge SW7
Lowndes Place, Belgravia SW1X
The property market is like snakes and ladders, one minute you are up, then the next you are down. But over our 65 year history, we have found that some streets strangely hold their value better than others. It might be the location, a famous address or perhaps they offer something special. Architecture and a sense of history play a big part, but beautiful buildings are an important factor, too. Here are just 10 streets you can rely on.
Eaton Square is at the heart of the Grosvenor Belgravia Estate and the external appearance of the elegant houses has changed little in 200 years. They have always attracted the wealthy buyers and that’s not likely to change. The list of notable residents reads like a Who’s Who, but if you are content to live nearby, this mews house is just around the corner, on sale for £3.95m.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5551A83C558CE. Henry and James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 www.henryandjames.co.uk
Chelsea Square was originally laid out by the Cadogan Estate in 1812 and known as Trafalgar Square, but was never completed. The south and east sides were entirely rebuilt in the 1930s, as red brick, three-storey houses in early Georgian style, apart from the garages. This red-brick look continues in neighbouring streets, including Britten Street, where there is a studio flat for sale for £575,000.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54D8EFBB24A9C. Henry and James Chelsea office 020 7581 5011 www.henryandjames.co.uk
Victoria Road was part of an estate owned by the Valotton family in the early 19th century. The site had been a brick field and the first houses to be built were six semi-detached villas. Development continued piecemeal throughout the century, so this road has a huge variety of architecture, which adds to its charm. In De Vere Gardens, the next road along, there is a modern three-bed house, available for a short let at £5,500 a week.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=52286857789A0. Henry and James Chelsea office 020 7581 5011 www.henryandjames.co.uk
With an average asking price of nearly £5m, this street of low-rise mews houses is a calm backwater amid the bustle of Knightsbridge. No wonder it’s popular. This two-bedroom ground floor flat, on sale for £2.25m, has its own entrance and is perfectly situated in a quiet cu-de-sac off Kinnerton Street.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5412E5FD5877A. Henry and James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 www.henryandjames.co.uk
Chester Square is one of Belgravia’s main garden squares, along with Belgrave Square and Eaton Square. These mid-19th century houses are highly sought after and usually go for anything up to £20m. Number 73, however, was the home of Maggie Thatcher and that is expected to fetch anything up to £35m when it goes on the market this year following renovation. A three-bedroom house in nearby Burton Mews is for sale for £6.75m
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=52CFD4BF3C952. Henry and James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 www.henryandjames.co.uk
Holland Park is the fashionable choice, a street of matching, ornate, sugar-coated villas with attractive porches and little front gardens. The area is enhanced by its high-performing state school. Desired by arty and media types, the large period homes and attractive green space means this road commands high prices and demand never lets up. They rarely come up for sale.
An address that includes the word ‘crescent’ can command 40 per cent more than other addresses in London, and Wilton Crescent tops the lot. It’s a gentle curve of grand stucco-fronted town houses overlooking a half-moon shaped communal garden exclusive to residents. If you want to sample life here before you buy, try this renovated four-bedroom property with a roof terrace for £4,250 a week.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5294898F949ED. Henry and James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 www.henryandjames.co.uk
Known as the village of palaces, this select location is just moments from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge. It has had its share of famous residents. Arnold Bennett lived in Cadogan Square and William Wilberforce in Cadogan Place. For £2.75m, you can own this two-bedroom apartment. It’s more hip hotel than palace, but it’s certainly the right address.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=53D104E73B613. Henry and James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 www.henryandjames.co.uk
Ennismore Gardens is considered one of Knightsbridge’s finest garden squares, between Hyde Park to the north and Brompton Road, with its shops, to the south. Ava Gardner, who lived at No 34, has an urn to her memory in the square. You can try out the high life here, in an apartment block that has a lift and porter, for £1.650 a week.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=53FCA6AA93413. Henry and James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 www.henryandjames.co.uk
The Lowndes family started building on their estate in the early 19th century, spurred on by the developments of their neighbours, the Grosvenors. Lowndes Place is a small side-street off Eaton Place with low-rise stucco villas. The extra feeling of space around each property is very appealing, ensuring plenty of interest when any come up for sale. Nearby Lowndes Square has a one-bedroom to rent for £1,100 a week.
http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=555EF7CC8246C. Henry and James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 www.henryandjames.co.uk.