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Is there such a thing as a perfect flat – we don’t mean one that’s merely well decorated, but ideal in its very fundamentals?
This first-floor Bayswater apartment on the broad tree-lined avenue of Westbourne Terrace would surely be a leading contender.
Spread across 1,555 sq ft, including three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a utility room, it has an enormous footprint. The sense of volume is only exacerbated by the 3.8m-high ceilings and the large rectangular spaces – no awkward angles or L shapes here. The layout really could not be better: the bedrooms face east and the living areas west, meaning that sunlight pours into the right places at the right moments throughout the day, and none of those bedrooms are next to each other. What’s more, that huge reception room leads onto a stunning kitchen dining room, creating a chic contemporary feel and pleasing sense of flow.
All that alone would make any apartment compelling, but this one goes a step further: every single room has its own outside space. No matter how long you spend refurbishing a place, such qualities are either there or they’re not, and this property has them in spades.
It is of course, as you would expect, impeccably decorated too. The best period features have been preserved, such as the attractive cornicing in the reception, kitchen-diner and bedrooms but the interiors have been updated to feel stylish, warm and unostentatiously beautiful. All the work has been done to the highest quality and care: take the bespoke wall cabinets in the kitchen-diner that employ wood marquetry to create a chic, eye-catching feature. Or look at the carefully sourced light fittings which provide those large rooms with cohesion and a modern edge.
The property’s final virtue is another that you can’t contrive: its location. With its majestic facade and private access road, the grand structure that houses this flat is one of those characteristically magnificent Westbourne Terrace buildings. Living in Bayswater is enviably central, putting you in walking distance of the West End, Hyde Park and Notting Hill. There are also a host of first-rate schools nearby and Crossrail is due to arrive at nearby Paddington station over the next few years.
Seriously, show us a better London apartment. We’ll wait.
Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, W2
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1555 sq ft
1 Kitchen with dining area
1 Living area
One large terrace,
Ceilings height 3.8 mt
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Bayswater is having a moment. More and more people are discovering how the area synthesises two competing versions of the very best that London has to offer. On the one hand, the place is incredibly grand. The stately houses of Westbourne Terrace are the very picture of upscale London living. With their white stucco facades and imposing proportions – thanks to the palatially high ceilings within – they not only face out majestically onto a broad tree-lined avenue but have their own private road access. Oh, and the nearest green space? The gorgeous Royal grounds of Hyde Park with its 350 acres of open nature and the picturesque Serpentine lake.
And yet Bayswater also manages to feel neighbourly and dynamic. Look beyond those august terraces and there are streets of little mews houses, where residents have picnic tables permanently outside their front doors and everyone knows everyone. Bathurst Mews is a case in point, and it’s where you’ll also find a small, functioning stable – for a moment you’d think you were in a village rather than a few minutes from Marble Arch.
The local scene is no less individual. You’ll encounter everything from Greek eateries (Halepi is know to be a Richard Branson favourite) to much-loved Italian boltholes (Bizzarro was founded in 1957) via tucked-away cafes (Sheila’s, on another mews street, is roundly popular) plus insider haunts such as the bar of the Frontline Club. There’s also a multitude of independent shops at nearby Connaught Village – florists, Argentine butchers, ceramic outlets – and, scattered throughout the area, a host of storied pubs. The Victoria, for instance, once welcomed Charles Dickens through its doors and is still going strong.
But it’s really Bayswater’s idiosyncrasies that make it so distinctive. Take Porchester Spa, the oldest in the capital, with its Roman-scale Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and plunge pool. Or look at the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal which extends boldly through the streets and now offers a floating park and barges with restaurants.
Of course, for when you want it, the main touchpoints of the capital are not far away. The area is walking distance from the buzz of Notting Hill, the newly regenerated Paddington Basin and the luxury of Mayfair; stroll east alongside Hyde Park and you’ll hit Selfridge’s within 30 minutes. It’s well equipped with transport connections, too. Bayswater and Queenway tube stations offer the Central, District and Circle lines between them, and the national hub of Paddington Station is a short walk away. What’s more, Crossrail is soon coming to Paddington, providing air-conditioned trains straight into the City, Canary Wharf and Heathrow. Throw in the array of schools in close proximity, including St. Stephen’s primary and Westminster Academy, and you have to wonder: how did it remain a hidden gem for so long?