Moving to St Johns Wood & Maida Vale
Are you moving to St Johns Wood & Maida Vale? Why did the Beatles cross the road? To get to Lord’s Cricket Ground! Known for these two iconic London landmarks, St John’s Wood and Maida Vale also boast some of the most expensive properties in the country.
North west of Regent’s Park and north of Paddington, this part of London is known for its quiet leafy residential avenues and gorgeous Victorian villas.
Little Venice gives a more bohemian flavour where two of London’s canals meet, while St John’s Wood is seared into the national consciousness courtesy of Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road.
Our free, in-depth Moving to St Johns Wood & Maida Vale report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting St Johns Wood and Maida Vale on the map
Just on the edge of what might count as central London, Maida Vale and St John’s Wood lie three miles from the centre of town and are part of the cluster of affluent suburbs that mark out north west London.
Once a part of the Great Middlesex Forest, St John’s Wood lies west of Regent’s Park. Further to the west, Maida Vale and Little Venice take in the Paddington Basin where the Regent’s Canal and the Paddington branch of the Grand Union Canal intersect.
St John’s Wood, with the postcode NW8, is the more affluent of the two districts but its neighbour Maida Vale, postcode W9, is no slouch either, and both areas are popular with City money and wealthy expats.
Part of this stems from their convenient locations: near enough to the centre to make commuting quick and easy, but not in the commercial areas that come with noise and rush-hour traffic. St John’s Wood underground station is on the Jubilee line, and it is also served by
- Swiss Cottage,
- Maida Vale,
- and Warwick Avenue.
Maida Vale residents use underground stations at
- Maida Vale,
- Warwick Avenue,
- Westbourne Park,
- Kilburn Park,
- Royal Oak
- and Paddington.
Furthermore, there’s a water bus between Little Venice, Regent’s Park and Camden Town – it might not be the fastest way to commute but it’s certainly the most picturesque.
Who lives here and why?
Between them, these two areas have an amazing roll call of famous residents, past and present.
The Maida Vale line-up includes:
- Alan Turing, the computer scientist and code breaker who was born here in 1912,
- David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel,
- actor Sir Alec Guinness,
- poet and playwright John Masefield
- and writer and socialite Nancy Mitford.
St John’s Wood can boast:
- the artist Lucien Freud,
- Lillie Langtry, mistress to Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales,
- painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema,
- civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazelgette
- and Guy Gibson,
- lead pilot of the famous Dambuster Raid.
More recent and current residents of the area include:
- Kate Moss,
- Sir Richard Branson,
- fashion designer Sarah Burton,
- former Prime Minister John Major,
- Paul McCartney,
- Ewan McGregor and
- Joan Collins.
Bringing the Kids
With regard to St John’s Wood and Maida Vale, the answer is a resounding ‘yes!’ It’s a great place for raising a family. If your budget runs to it you could rent one of the beautiful detached or semi-detached villas – with a garden thrown in! But even if you go for a spacious Edwardian mansion flat or in a sleek modern apartment, having Regent’s Park on your doorstep offers you acres more open space than a garden. Add to that a puppet theatre, London Zoo and a boating lake in the park, canal boats and barges in the Paddington basin, not to mention the delights of hot chocolate and cakes at Raymond Blanc’s café – what child wouldn’t want to live here?
But, of course, it’s not all fun in the park. The end of the holidays always comes round and it’s time to go back to school. And one big advantage for ex pats of living in either St John’s Wood or Maida Vale is the proximity of two international schools.
- The American School in London, located on Waverley Place, teaches a full American curriculum.
- Ex pats interested in the International Baccalaureate can send their children to the Skola International Community School on the south side of Regent’s Park.
- In addition to this, there are seven state and five fee-paying primary schools in the area, including Church of England and Roman Catholic denominational schools.
- For secondary school children, good tube links open up all of central London where there is a wide range of academically excellent schools to choose from.
Relocating to St Johns Wood and Maida Vale
There’s no denying that renting property in the St John’s Wood and Maida Vale area is expensive but this is simply a reflection of the enduring appeal of this quiet, elegant enclave that is just a stone’s throw from the centre of town. Add to that the fact that there are two excellent international schools in the area, as well as Regent’s Park, the canals of Little Venice and a number of iconic London landmarks, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
Families looking for spacious houses with gardens can find them, while young professionals will love the convenience of living in a smart mansion blocks.
However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with a knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is where one of Saunders 1865’s professional relocation agents will really help you.Get in touch!
For the VIP assignee seeking a quiet, elegant enclave, be it in a spacious house or a smart mansion block extremely close to town, St John’s Wood and Maida Vale with two excellent international schools, Regent’s Park, the canals of Little Venice and a number of iconic London landmarks, are perfect choices.
Average Monthly Rents: St John’s Wood
Average Monthly Rents: Maida Vale