This is why families and first-time buyers are moving to Kilburn

The downside of gentrification is that it can erode an area’s character, but fortunately Kilburn is still as edgy, diverse and vibrant as ever.

One of its strengths is that there’s so much to do. Kilburn High Road, its hub, is busy around the clock, and estate agency Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward ranked it 16th out of 470 outer London neighbourhoods based on the number of amenities like parks, schools, shops, restaurants, gyms and co-working spaces within a 20-minute walk.

Commutability’s another forte as it has Overground, Jubilee and Bakerloo line stations, and buses run straight down to the West End.

Homes are typically Victorian or Edwardian, with the fanciest roads made up of white stucco-fronted villas, often converted into flats.

And 2,400 new-builds are being delivered in the regeneration of South Kilburn, now halfway through.

‘Kilburn has a good mix of houses and apartments, and there’s a boost in confidence from first-time buyers and upsizer families with a few buy-to-let UK and overseas investors,’ says Gloriah Amponsah of Chestertons.

Flats start at £400,000+ while the biggest houses go for more than £2m.

What’s new in Kilburn?

Alphabet, on the South Kilburn/Maida Vale border, has 30 one, two and three-bed private apartments with balconies and winter gardens set around a landscaped square.

Demand is so high that 50% were reserved during the preview weekend earlier this month. All one-beds have sold; two-bed, two-bath homes start at £710,000 and the final three-bedder is £825,000.

A number of spacious three-bed apartments are left at nearby Noma, featuring fully integrated kitchens with Siemens appliances and wine coolers, underfloor heating, oversized windows, terraces and balconies.

There’s a concierge, bespoke gym designed by Technogym and a landscaped communal garden. Prices are from £1.048million from Latimer by Clarion Housing.

The Arbor Collection is a mix of one, two and three-bed apartments overlooking Kilburn Grange Park.

Each has a large balcony or terrace, an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area with flat-fronted matt units and quartz worktops, hotel-style bathrooms and tonnes of storage and communal facilities include locked bike storage and smart boxes. Two-beds start at £700,000, Camrose London.

A private on-site gym and concierge are among the amenities at Parkside, a gated development mid-way between Kilburn High Road and West End Lane in West Hampstead, also close to Kilburn Grange Park.

The one, two and three-bed flats have private outside space, underfloor heating and Sonos sound systems, and start from £480,000, via Stone Real Estate, and Goldshmidt & Howland.

What potential buyers need to know about Kilburn

Average house price: £836,520

Average rent: £ 2,336 pcm

Council tax (Band D): £1,741.92

Commuting time to Zone 1: Nine mins by Tube from Kilburn station to Baker Street; 13 mins on the Overground from Kilburn High Road to Euston

Annual Travelcard: £1,480

Amenities: ★★★☆☆ Sainsbury’s, M&S Simply Food, Aldi; budget chains and daily market; great choice of restaurants and unpretentious pubs including the North London Tavern, the Priory Tavern and the Sir Colin Campbell; live music at The Fiddler; innovative plays and cinema at the Kiln Theatre; pottery classes and workshops at Ceramics Sculpture Studio; Charteris Sports Centre; several gyms

Open space: ★★★☆☆ Kilburn Grange Park; Maygrove Peace Park; Queens Park and Paddington Rec are in walking distance

Schools: ★★★★☆ GCSE and A level results are above average; state schools St Eugene de Mazenod RC Primary, Kingsgate Primary and secondaries St George’s Catholic and St Augustine’s C of E High are all judged as outstanding by Ofsted

Crime: About national average

Who lives there? First-time buyers and families; two thirds of the population are under 45

Famous faces: Seal and Tamsin Greig grew up in Kilburn

What can I afford on the property ladder?

£399,999

A one-bed, ground-floor, purpose-built flat with a bright kitchen/living/dining room, wooden flooring, a communal garden and gated off-road parking.

Check it out via Hamptons

£820,000

Part of a converted stucco-fronted house on one of the area’s best roads, this elegant flat has a sun-filled living room, separate kitchen and two double bedrooms.

Check it out via Dexters

£1.38million

Buy this four-bed house and you won’t have to do a thing to it as it’s been refurbished to a very high standard while retaining plenty of original features.

Check it out via Marsh & Parsons

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