Marylebone in the City of Westminster, is possibly the truest and best example of a curated London village. Formerly the poor relation to Mayfair, it still remains better value for money than Mayfair, on a blended £ per sq ft average.
The majority of Marylebone (93 acres) is owned by the Howard de Walden Estate. Approximately twenty-five years ago, the family ownership altered and a renewed focus was directed on improving the estate. Marylebone High Street has subsequently been designed to create a diverse and very successful every day high street. The redevelopment of pockets of the estate have led to new and refurbished hotels, The Chiltern Fire House and The Marylebone Hotel, as the two best examples. There is a farmers market on Sunday, coupled with the high street boutique shops presents a beguiling homely village.
There have also been numerous successful residential developments, Faraday House, The Chilterns and Chiltern Place to name but a few. The most recent being Marylebone Square.
Marylebone village has come along way from its reputation as the home for the medical fraternity, many of the consulting room buildings on Harley Street and Wimpole Street have been purchased by owner occupiers who have reverted them to grand family homes. (See case studies).
The housing stock is mixed, attractive garden squares, Bryanston and Montagu Square, blend with the trophy buildings in Harley Street and Wimpole Street. Marylebone boasts some of London’s most attractive Mews’s. As a result of this diversity it will come of no surprise that the architecture is equally diverse, ranging from early 1700’s to the very latest in 2018 design. This diversity creates a diverse community and as a result, the paradigm of a London village.
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