Living in Queen's Park
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Queen's Park Area Guide
Bordering Maida Vale, Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Rise to the West and West Hampsted to the North, Queen's Park has firmly cemented itself as one of North West London's most fashionable areas.
Part of the wider Kilburn area, Queen's Park was once home to large Irish and Afro-Caribbean communities who cashed-in as property prices began to grow. By the late 90's and early 2000's the area saw families, professionals and first time buyers priced out Maida Vale and Notting Hill move in, inadvertently creating a 'boutique' village focused on and around the trendy Salusbury Road and Queen's Park open space.
Properties & architecture:
Queen's Park has characterful, handsome property stock. Fine Victorian villas have mostly been carved up into apartments but some remain as imposing family homes, especially on the streets surrounding Queen's Park including Milman, Kingswood and Chevening roads.
South of Queen's Park and north of Harrow Road, The Queen’s Park Estate is an area of small terrace houses protected by its conservation-area status. It was built between 1874 and 1882 by the Artisans, Labourers & General Dwellings Company. Many of these workers' cottages are now selling for in excess of £800,000 with some offering good extension potential (stpp).
Very large family houses (4+ bedrooms) can be found on The Avenue and Brondesbury Road, moving up into Willesden and the top end Kensal Rise.
Demand for property in Queen's Park is at an all-time high; to address the lack of stock, a number of new developments are ( at time of writing) being built including Kilburn Park, Queen's Park Place and gated community Opal Mews off Priory Park Road.
Queen’s Park is flanked by two buzzing high streets: Salusbury Road to the east and Chamberlayne Road to the west, both with a great choice of independent shops, gastropubs, cafes and bars. Ever popular are The Alice House, Jack's brasserie, The Salusbury dining rooms, Caldo and the newest addition, Italian restaurant Ostuni. Queen's Park gathers at the popular farmer's market on Sundays hosted in Salusbury school's playground.
Queen’s Park and Kensal Green (zone 2) are both served by the Bakerloo line and the overground with direct trains to Euston and central London (20 mins to Oxford Circus). The overland train from Brondesbury or Kilburn runs to Richmond to the west and Stratford the east. Numerous buses from Kilburn High Road serve central London and the City.
Who lives there?
Queen’s Park still remains popular with artists, musicians and media types but is largely now home to families and professionals who can afford to pay a premium. First-time buyers tend to be priced out of the area but good value properties can still be found in the streets south of Queen's Park and north of Maida Vale.
Parks & open spaces:
Queen's Park open space offers a range of activities and hosts the annual 'Queen's Park day' - a village-style fête complete with dog show and home-made produce. Queen's Park's facilities include six all-weather tennis courts, a pitch and putt course, a pétanque pitch, an ornamental garden, a children's playground with paddling pool, a small zoo and a café.
Ofsted-rated outstanding is Malorees in Christchurch Avenue, the area’s most popular state primary school. Also judged “good” are Islamia in Salusbury Road, a Muslim state school; St Luke’s CofE in Fernhead Raod; St Mary’s RC in Canterbury Road, Carlton Vale in Malvern Place and Salusbury School.
St Augustine’s CofE (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Oxford Road and Queen’s Park (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Aylestone Avenue. Both are rated 'good'.
Queen's Park is represented by Brent Council
Council tax rates in Queen's Park:
The council tax rate in Queen's Park is set by Brent Council. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands: