St. John’s Wood Property
The complete Guide to Buying or Renting in St. John’s Wood
- Sandfords Estate Agents
St John’s Wood History
St John's Wood is in the City of Westminster, to the northwest side of Regent's Park. It was once part of the Great
Middlesex Forest and was later owned by the Knights of St
John of Jerusalem, which gave the neighbourhood its
name. St John's Wood's leafy backdrop paved the way for
hunting in the area, spearheaded by Henry VIII.
Today the postcode of NW8 is one of the most coveted in
London. Development of the area started back in the 19th
century and the master plan was to create a more
upmarket neighbourhood. Low-density villa-style housing
characterised the streets, as opposed to row upon row of
terraced properties, which was the norm at that time in the
capital. This more refined approach to house building
quickly found favour with gentry and it has remained that
way ever since.
It is reputed that Forbes magazine once ranked St John's Wood as the fifth most expensive postcode in London,
and it is not unusual for property for sale in St John's Wood to sell for in excess of £20 million.
Living in St. John’s Wood
Many of London's most famous locations are accessible
on foot from St John's Wood, although the
neighbourhood does have its own Underground station
on the Jubilee line, should residents wish to travel by
public transport. The tube line gives direct access to
Westminster, London Bridge, Canary Wharf and
Stratford International. There is also good road access
via the A40, for Heathrow and major motorway
However, St John's Wood residents don't have to leave
NW8 to live the high life. St John's Wood High Street is a
hive of retail and social activity, powered by independent
shops, one-off boutiques and family businesses. Café,
restaurants and bars jostle for space with clothes
emporiums, florists and interiors specialists - there's
even a local loyalty card encouraging support of NW8's
Top Attractions in St. John’s Wood
1. Fantastic attractions on your doorstep - Regent's Park - with
its open-air theatre - London Zoo, Lord's Cricket Ground and the
Abbey Road Studios are all in or on the fringes of St John's Wood.
2. Fine examples of architecture - property for sale in St John's
Wood gives people the chance to own a piece of architectural
heritage. Look out for beautiful dwellings designed by architects
John Nash and Decimus Burton.
3. Space and style - as well as the wide, tree-lined streets, many
properties in St John's Wood boast larger-than-average gardens
for London. This heady mix of space and style in a central location
has proved a popular combination since the 19th century
Green and pleasant land - St John's Wood still retains an
element of woodland charm, with some of London's most leafy
and wide thoroughfares. The tree-lined streets are an unusual find
in one of the world's most densely populated and over-developed
5. Active preservation - the historical charm and leafy nature of St
John's Wood are protected by the St John's Society. In addition,
NW8 is a designated Conservation Area.
St. John’s Wood Property Profile
Property for sale in St John's Wood is centred on the villastyle houses, with some of the world's most influential
individuals clamouring to own one of the Regency
dwellings in Chester Terrace and Cumberland Terrace.
Properties designed by architects John Nash and Decimus
Burton are traditionally the most sought-after.
Flats for sale in St John's Wood are often carved from
some of the larger mansion houses in the area, with period
detailing, high ceilings and large windows giving them a
luxury edge. Expect to find many properties listed by
English Heritage as Grade I or II.
Property in St John's Wood is bought by an eclectic mix of
people, many from overseas who are brought to London on
business, or those who seek out the area's of excellent
fee-paying and international schools. Therefore family
houses for sale in St John's Wood are always popular.
There is also a strong rental demand in NW8, with flats to
rent in St John's Wood snapped up in double-quick time.
What our Estate Agents love about St. John’s Wood
•The choice of property - there is everything
from riverside properties in the Little Venice area,
sprawling mansions and cute mews addresses, to
compact terraced properties, elegant townhouses
and ultra-modern new build apartments.
•The support for local businesses - St John's
Wood High Street is flourishing and is wellsupported by the local community. The high-end
chains and independent stores are very in tune
with residents, and they seek to preserve the
•An oasis in the capital - St John's Wood
continues to live up to its name, with an abundance
of trees, large private gardens and close proximity
to Regent's Park and Primrose Hill.
Buying or Renting Property in St. John’s Wood
The historical character St John's Wood has been
maintained since the 19th century, and the residents'
passion to retain its period charm adds to NW8's
Roads that command the highest prices include Avenue
Road, Prince Albert Road, Park Road, Wellington Road,
while houses to rent in Avenue Road, Hamilton Terrace,
Queen's Grove, Hanover Terrace, Norfolk Road and
Marlborough Place are always popular with high-calibre
Sandfords St John's Wood estate agents are skilled at
matching buyers and tenants with suitable properties, as
they have an intimate working knowledge of the
historical properties and of the housing microclimate in
Properties for Sale in St. John’s Wood
Some of our top featured properties for Sale in St. John’s Wood:
6 bedroom flat for sale in Abbey Lodge, Park
Road, St Johns Wood, London, NW8
2 bedroom flat for sale in Hamilton Terrace, St
John's Wood, London, NW8
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Properties to Rent in St. John’s Wood
Some of our top featured properties to Rent in St. John’s Wood:
3 bedroom flat to rent in Boydell Court, St.
Johns Wood Park, London, NW8
2 bedroom flat to rent in Scott Ellis Gardens, St
Johns Wood, London, NW8
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For more information on properties available for sale or to rent in St. John’s Wood, don’t hesitate to
contact or visit our Regent’s Park Estate Agents office.
Sandfords Regent’s Park
6213-215 Gloucester Place
London NW1 6BU
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