Living in Marylebone
To live in a chic residential area with the feel of a European village is to live in the neighborhood of Marylebone, one of London’s finest.
The scene: The new aristocracy
Some say Marylebone is the new Mayfair, for its easy-going elegance, undeniable style, and rich historical heritage. We say it’s one of a kind.
Firstly, its name is unique, derived from St. Mary at the Bourne, one of the first residential developments in the area. Located in the West End of London, part of the City of Westminster, Marylebone is bound by one of the world’s most popular routes, Oxford Street, along with Harley Street, internationally renowned for its excellent medical facilities. And these aren’t even its most impressive address. In fact, located in the heart of the neighborhood, the commercial Marylebone High Street, the “hidden wonder of the West End”, was announced as the “Best Street in Britain” in 2002, by BBC Radio – and its reputation has been stellar ever since.
To buy property in Marylebone is to become part of a picturesque melange. Real estate in Marylebone consists of extraordinary Georgian mansions, Victorian residences, Edwardian homes, and traditional mews – all expertly organized in a grid system around Cavendish Square, the neighborhood’s ground zero. Interested buyers should also expand the scope of their search from period homes to high-end penthouses and modern residences of The Chilterns and Rathbone Square luxury developments; not to mention and stucco-fronted houses to terraced villas around the coveted floral squares of Bryanston Square, Manchester Square, Montagu Square, and Fitzroy Square.
Surrounded by two of London’s most beautiful green spaces, Hyde Park and Regent Park, this elegant mix of classic architecture goes well with its modern European residents, fashionable boutiques, lovely restaurants, and leafy streets.
The lifestyle: A touch of Paris in London
When living in Marylebone, or even visiting, you cannot deny the European influence, especially from Paris, and you won’t be mad. With its sharply-designed storefronts, charming cafes, terraced eateries, and international population, residents are invited to mingle in the fresh air on the street, terrace, or in one of the nearby parks.
Privileged residents will also find themselves at the fire department on Chiltern Street, cleverly renamed the Chiltern Firehouse Hotel and Restaurant by famed hotelier Andre Balazs, for an evening in a swanky atmosphere. Some head to Moxon Street, a paradise for foodies, with a wide range of delicatessens, fine-dining restaurants like Berners Tavern, and world-class cocktails at the famous Artesian Bar. It’s also not unusual to be a part of one of the exclusive private members clubs in the surrounding area, like Home House on Portman Square.
On the other side, Marylebone can be a bit touristy, with Madame Tussauds and Sherlock Holmes museums, the Royal Institute of British Architecture, and the Wallace Collection, a prestigious art collection on view at the Hertford House, formerly of the Marquesses of Herfort. Not only tourists but also locals like to surround themselves with beautiful fine and decorative art from more aristocratic times.
Children are welcomed and safe in Marylebone, a living environment conducive for a well-rounded development. There are prestigious schools in the area, such as Wetherby Prep, the alma mater of Princes William and Harry, as well as Francis Holland School and Eaton Square School.
To live in Marylebone is to give yourself a life of prestige. But first, you must contact BARNES London.
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