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Kensington and Chelsea Area Guide

Average 3 bedroom flat price

£2,238,633

London Underground Zone

1

Population

158,6492

Points of interest

Kensington Palace Natural History Museum Royal Albert Hall Holland Park

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Kensington and Chelsea Borough is one of the most desirable areas in London. Many wealthy individuals call Kensington their home, from celebrities and politicians, to CEOs and bankers.1 It is a place that attracts visitors from all over the world, with various popular attractions, parks and shopping centres. Approximately 158,649 people live in Kensington and Chelsea.2

Geography – What areas does Kensington and Chelsea cover?

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is based in west London, and covers around 12.132km2 in size.3

Well known areas of the borough include Notting Hill, Primrose Hill and Kensington.

Notting Hill

Not just the name of a film, Notting Hill is home to a great array of celebrities – including Simon Cowell, Elton John and Jamie Oliver. Here you’ll also find many fantastic restaurants, plenty of places to shop and a good number of decent bars.4

Primrose Hill

Another celeb-spotting area. Primrose Hill is a beautiful part of the borough, located just north of Regents Park. It has the atmosphere of a small village, despite its multi-million pound valued properties, and being located so close to the centre of London.5

Kensington

One of the most luxurious areas in all of London, Kensington can also claim to be the home of countless famous faces. The Circle and District Line provide a quick route into the centre of the city, while there is plenty to enjoy in Kensington itself – including boutique shopping and wonderful restaurants.4

Housing

The average cost of a home in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (as of April 2016) is £1,314,702.*

However, this includes each different type of property. Flats on average are a little cheaper at £1,145,103, while detached houses are more expensive at £3,478,905.

The below table shows a breakdown of property prices in Kensington and Chelsea, based on the type of home, compared to the England and Wales average:

Type of HouseAverage Cost – Kensington and Chelsea (April 2016)
Flat£1,124,867
Terraced£2,382,559
Semi-Detached£3,459,538
Detached£3,421,817

 

Type of HouseAverage Cost – England & Wales (April 2016)
Flat£207,940
Terraced£177,842
Semi-Detached£204,623
Detached£323,882

*The above statistics were found using the Land Registry app. To use, simply type a UK area into the search bar (in this case ‘Kensington and Chelsea’), select ‘House Price Indices’ and then the type of property you want to determine the average price of.

Scroll down and you will see how the average price has changed over the last few months.

The council tax rates for Kensington and Chelsea are as follows:6

ABCDEFGH
£695£811£926£1,042£1,274£1,506£1,738£2,085

*Rates shown are for 2016/17

As you can see, property prices in Kensington and Chelsea are amongst the highest in the UK. The average home will typically set a buyer back millions. However, as is the case in most of London, council tax rates are lower than the rest of the UK.

The people

Compared to other areas of London, the demographics of Kensington and Chelsea are a little older. The largest age group in the borough is 30-39 year olds. The largest group of non-UK born citizens are those who were born in the US, with sizeable portion of the population origination from France.

Schools

The are is home to a number of schools for children of all ages, and are generally of excellent standard. Starting from primary school level, parents have a range of options, which you can find here. At the other end of the spectrum, Kensington and Chelsea hosts the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music.

Things to do in Kensington and Chelsea

There are many fun and exciting things to do and places to visit in this area.

The most obvious one is Kensington Palace, a beautiful building that allows the public access to the “Enchanted Palace” exhibit. A unique and fascinating museum, primarily fashion-based.

Also in Kensington is the Natural History Museum – which has free entry for all.

The Royal Albert Hall is also close by, if you wish to take in a performance. You can check who is on at any time by clicking here.

If taking a lovely stroll in the park is more your thing, then Holland Park is a great spot. It has lots of wonderful gardens, children’s play areas and a large amount of wildlife.

Finally, you can visit the aforementioned Royal College of Art, to check out an extraordinary amount of intriguing and illuminating pieces.

Transport

Due to its location, there a wide range of travel services available to the public. Tube stations such as South Kensington, Hyde Park Corner and Earls Court are all based here, while there are ample amount of bus routes that will get you where you need to go.7

Sources

  1. http://blog.plentific.com/the-best-places-to-live-in-london-for-celebrity-spotting/
  2. https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/pdf/RBKC%20Population%20and%20HH%20Density.pdf
  3. http://www.esaleuk.com/kensington-and-chelsea/
  4. http://blog.plentific.com/the-best-places-to-live-in-london-for-celebrity-spotting/
  5. http://www.movebubble.com/2014/07/official-guide-primrose-hill/
  6. https://www.kfh.co.uk/west-london/kensington-and-chelsea-london-borough/council-tax
  7. https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/getting-around/public-transport
  8. http://www.foxtons.co.uk/living-in/kensington/house-prices/

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