One of London’s most sought after areas, Kensington & Chelsea has a high concentration of stately homes, including Kensington Palace and Camden House, as well as an abundance of period housing stock.
The borough is made up of communal gardens bordered by stucco-fronted Victorian houses and Edwardian red-brick mansion blocks - its architectural landscape serves as a blueprint for other affluent areas.
Kensington’s earliest garden square was built in 1692 and provided private communal gardens for the residents of Kensington Square.
The area remained largely surrounded by fields until the mid-19th century, when residential development accelerated alongside rapid industrialisation and the introduction of the capital’s transport network. Unlike other parts of London which saw the building of workers’ housing, Kensington & Chelsea preserved its status as an area for the well-heeled.
Major changes took place in the area following the development of Kensington High Street during the 20th century. Many Victorian detached villas were demolished to make way for the construction of more financially lucrative apartment blocks. This development is apparent in the large number of 1930s red-brick art deco style blocks in Kensington today; many of which can be found in Kensington Park Gardens.
If you are interested in finding out more about the history of Kensington & Chelsea, visit our office page for some first-hand information.
Kensington since the 1980s and beyond
Kensington’s grand housing stock and fashionable status has contributed to the area’s enduring popularity.
Current Kensington residents are a cosmopolitan mixture of wealthy UK and European families attracted to the area’s status, schools, housing stock and proximity to Central London. The mansion flats have historically attracted Europeans who are used to apartment living in cities such as Paris, Milan and Rome.
21st century property development
Kensington has seen a number of high quality new residential developments over the last few years, however these remain relatively rare. If this area is of interest to you, visit our property listing pages to discover more of Kensington & Chelsea’s beautiful homes and apartments.
Vicarage Gate House is one recent addition to Chelsea’s new home stock. Positioned between High Street Kensington, Notting Hill and adjacent to the mansions of Kensington Palace Gardens, these 13 apartments boast one of the most prestigious addresses in the capital.