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Hyde Park Property Guide

  1. 1. Hyde Park Property Key facts about living and buying property in Hyde Park, from Central London estate agents Sandfords
  2. 2. Hyde Park History Pass through Hyde Park during the summer months and you may hear a crowd chanting and the thud of a bass line. Although music concerts are a regular feature of Hyde Park today, the scene 900 years ago was altogether different. The landscape was one of meadows and trees with a stream running through, while deer, boar and wild bulls roamed free. The area's wildlife didn't go unnoticed and King Henry VIII bought the land from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1537. He cultivated the area as prime hunting ground - with riotous events and banqueting the order of the day. Henry VIII was also the monarch who put a fence up around the land and decided it was a private park. Subsequent monarchs also fell in love with Hyde Park and its Royal status continues today, with public access granted in 1637. Queen Caroline is the Royal most credited for shaping the Hyde Park of today, with her landscaper Charles Bridgeman responsible for creating The Serpentine lake. Later architect Decimus Burton brought his architectural hallmark to the park.
  3. 3. Hyde Park Life Hyde Park is as well connected as they come. Its Central London location places residents within walking distance of Oxford Street, Knightsbridge, Berkeley Square, Mayfair and Marylebone. That said, the area has five Tube stations on or near the edge of park itself. Set in the City of Westminster and enjoying a W2 postcode, Hyde Park is one of the world's most instantly recognisable London locations. It is possible to lead a fulfilled life without ever leaving Hyde Park. The 350 acres are home to Speakers' Corner and the Serpentine Gallery, while the concerts during the summer months and Winter Wonderland event draw crowds from across the country. There's boating and swimming, courtesy of the Serpentine, deck chairs for lazy days, tennis courts and a sports centre, numerous refreshment points, the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, and the Lido Bar & Café. Away from the park, the streets of Hyde Park are lined with plush hotels, high-end shops, glitzy restaurants and homes of the highest order.
  4. 4. Top Attractions in Hyde Park 1. The Serpentine scene - while the Serpentine itself offers open-water swimming and more leisurely boating opportunities, this corner of the park has sprung something of a social microclimate. The Serpentine Gallery is a leading exhibition space, while the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen regularly wins rave reviews for its food. 2. Restaurants from around the world - a melting pot of nationalities have made Hyde Park their home. As a result, you can dine in a restaurant representing every corner of the globe without leaving the neighbourhood. 3. London's West End on the doorstep - the whirl of the West End is just across the road. Oxford Street, and the capital’s best theatres, restaurants and music venues are just a stone's throw away. 4. Park life - Hyde Park is a destination and attraction in its own right. From historical monuments to horse riding, the park offers residents a chance to escape urban stresses without having to travel too far.
  5. 5. Hyde Park Property Profile Property for sale in Hyde Park grants a unique style of living that attracts an international clientele. There is a significant presence of Russian and Arab residents, attracted by the glamour and 24-hour lifestyle that West London offers. On the flipside, families often seek houses for sale in Hyde Park due to the expanse of open space, and well-respected independent and international schools. Properties with views over the park command exceptional asking prices, as do those nestled in the quieter, more discreet backstreets. White stucco-fronted buildings are often the most requested, report Hyde Park estate agents. Those in search of these majestic properties should put The Lancasters, Lancaster Gate, Lancaster Parkside and Hyde Park Square at the top of their 'most wanted' list. New build apartments have recently found favour with Hyde Park's jet set, being blessed with high levels of security, luxurious specifications and jaw-dropping views. Candy & Candy's One Hyde Park set the benchmark and has put the W2 postcode firmly on the global map.
  6. 6. What our Estate Agents love about Hyde Park •Privacy without a compromise on location secluded streets and tranquil squares lie just behind the busy roads that encircle Hyde Park. Sussex Square, Gloucester Square and Connaught Square are just some examples. •Apartments that are as big as houses - Many of Hyde Park's mansion houses have been converted into apartments that bear the same square footage as family homes. They offer space combined with security - porterage, video 'phone access and a concierge are the norm. •Perfect for frequent flyers - With good prevailing conditions all of the South East's major airports can be reached within one hour from Hyde Park, including Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted and Luton.
  7. 7. Buying or Renting Property in Hyde Park Buying a property for sale in Hyde Park can be a competitive exercise, with a global audience searching for homes in W2. Hyde Park estate agents advise registering with them personally as they often market homes 'under the radar' - without advertising or fuss. A discreet change of hands is a common way of conducting property business. "W2 is full of wealthy individuals, international royalty and public figures, so brash property marketing isn't always suitable. It is often the case that we can match a house for sale or flat to rent in Hyde Park with a client simply by consulting our waiting list," says Sandfords' Managing Director, Andrew Ellinas. Hyde Park's residential landscape is dominated by period buildings, new build apartments and conversion properties. Distinct 'quarters' can be found around the edge of the park and these include the Hyde Park Estate, Connaught Village, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate and Westbourne Grove.
  8. 8. Properties for Sale and to Rent in Hyde Park Some of our top featured properties for sale and to rent in Hyde Park: 4 bedroom flat to rent in Harley House, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 2 bedroom flat for sale in Hyde Park Square, Paddington, London, W2 For an updated and complete list of properties for sale or to rent around Hyde Park, please visit www.sandfords.com
  9. 9. Contact Us For more information on available properties for sale or to rent around Hyde Park, don’t hesitate to contact or visit our estate agents office, located in nearby Marylebone. Sandfords Marylebone 6 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QG +44 (0)20 7224 4994 mvsales@sandfords.com mvlettings@sandfords.com www.sandfords.com