Maida Vale is a luxurious neighbourhood famed for its tranquil canals decorated with beautiful houseboats, wide picturesque tree-lined streets, impressive mansion blocks, and Regency stucco terraced townhouses with spectacular communal gardens hidden behind the leafy avenues. The desirable area is renowned for making its residents fall so in love, that they never want to move away.
When local residents refer to Maida Vale, they talk of a sense of calm within the area that you don’t find anywhere else in the capital. It is widely believed that Lord Byron gave Little Venice its name as it reminded him of the canal network in Venice.
Creative minds love the proximity to the infamous BBC’s Maida Vale studios.
Within Maida Vale, residents can take advantage of Paddington Recreation Centre with its park, gym and outdoor sports facilities. Although, many residents are fortunate enough to have access to one of the secret communal gardens that many would argue rival those of Notting Hill.
The Canal provides a pleasant area for walking, head towards Regents Park and enjoy an atmosphere not dissimilar to the English countryside. Whilst, head towards Blomfield Road and the neighbourhood feels more town like, reflective of the streets in a Jane Austen novel.
A regular waterbus service operates from Little Venice eastwards around Regents Park, calling at London Zoo and Camden Town.
Although, Maida Vale is not well known as a shopping destination, there are a handful of high-end boutiques that keep the locals very happy. The Brimful Store, on Formosa Street, is an ideal destination for anyone purchasing gifts and just opposite you will find Formosa Flowers and Chocolaterie – I think the name says it all!
There is, of course, the infamous Clifton Nurseries, an oasis of tranquillity in Maida Vale, retailing an extensive range of outdoor and indoor plants, stylish garden accessories, cards and gifts.
Local residents travel a short journey to Marylebone, the closest and most convenient shopping area with an extensive selection of shops.
The Waterway has established itself as one of Maida Vale’s best local restaurants and sister restaurant, The Summerhouse is a seafood establishment sitting right on the Water.
Clifton Road offers an array of casual restaurants. At Raouls, people sit and relax in the sunlight enjoying an original selection of delights. Whilst, Tokyo Pizza, conveniently located at the end of Clifton Road, serves up spectacular pizzas topped with Japanese flavours. Cafe Laville, a restaurant set over the water is definitely the place to head if you are looking for an experience you cannot forget.
At the junction of Lauderdale Parade and Castellain Road, you will find a diverse culinary culture. There is Chelo serving authentic recipes from Iran, La Piccola piled-high with Italian antipasti, and Sushi Murasaki which is regarded by many residents as the freshest place to eat sushi in London.
Over recent years, Formosa Street, located within the heart of Little Venice has become a destination for restaurants. Its longest-standing member, Red Pepper, serves up pizza and Italian classics and has become many residents second Kitchen. New arrivals, such as; Paulette, The Teahouse London and Tao Tao Ju are incredibly popular with the locals too.
Last but not least, The Elgin decorated with subway tiles and shabby chic decor offers eclectic pub food and is a must-visit dining destination for couples, families and friends looking for an excellent time.
Be a Londoner reports that the median age in Maida Vale is around 33. The median annual household income is around £40,000. 45 percent of residents live alone, while the second-largest demographic of residents are households with dependant children, falling at just over 33 percent. Long term vacant dwellings and second homes located in the area make up just 4 percent.
The majority of residents live in the area between 3 to 10 years which is considerably higher than the average.
The majority of residents In Maida Vale are in full-time employment and are qualified to degree level.
The average property price in Maida Vale, reported by Zoopla, stood at £945,426 in February 2021; compared to the average property price of £644,631 throughout London. This is a fall of 3.34% in the last three months (since November 2020) and rise of 1.85% since 12 months ago. Nearly all homes in the area are apartment’s, and homeowners may pay over £2,000,000 for some apartments on prime streets in Little Venice, such as Blomfield Road, Clifton Gardens and Warrington Crescent.
West Maida Vale is still in its gentrification process and features homes that fall below the average listing price compared to neighbouring Little Venice and Queens Park. There is still a 20 percent price difference between the two areas, less than the 40 percent in 2013, but the gap is looking to close more as a result of the 6 phase South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.
The area has an extensive rental market featuring homes with an average price of £586 per week.
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