Council-built new flats in Maida Vale: handsome apartments in stone-façade block with a Parisian neighbourhood vibe
Maida Vale and its Little Venice enclave is a place where Parisians would feel at home.
Central, spacious, leafy and elegant, it is a wholly residential district, with wide boulevards, flats in well-kept mansion blocks and cream-coloured terraces, and villagey corners with florists, bakers, butchers et al.
The neighbourhood’s character was shaped by the long-time ownership of the Church Commissioners, who planned, built, maintained and laid down the rules.
Until the Eighties, this resulted in relatively little buying and selling — nearly all the homes were rented.
However, the steady progress of leasehold reform has encouraged more owner-occupation and has helped the area’s status.
Developers are hungry for opportunities, and the latest batch of private homes comes from a surprising source: Westminster City Council.
A former pupil referral unit in the Shirland Road conservation area has made way for The Masefield, a scheme of 31 apartments in a handsome stone-façade block with inset balconies.
The development includes an 84-bed care home for the elderly. But, controversially, there is no affordable housing for rent or shared ownership.
Prices start at £625,000 for a one-bedroom flat. Call JLL (020 7087 5111).
From £625,000: apartments at The Masefield in Maida Vale