Property&interiors 28 Wednesday, 9 September 2009 London Lite Isthis Londons coolest street? STYLE BIBLE VOGUE CALLS IT THE MOST FASHIONABLE ROADMarket moves...FANCY a weekend bolthole in the Oxfordshire countryside? Kiddington Hall, one of the Englands finest country estates, comes on to the market this week at a cool 42m, with the village of Nether Kiddington, including farm buildings, cottages and some fine Capability Brown- designed gardens thrown in. The owner is selling up to fund an expensive divorce settlement. THE usual summer dip in the property market was less severe this year, says the National Association Of Estate Agents. Figures show that the average agent sold eight properties, compared with five in the same month last year. The number of first-time buyers went up too -- they accounted for 36 per cent of sales in August, up from 22 per cent in July. THE 125,000-175,000 sectors stamp duty holiday ends on 31 December -- which means an end date of 30 September as it takes an average of three months for a deal to go through. Abbey will release two new mortgages in September targeting first-time buyers hoping to avoid the one per cent stamp duty. The products being launched are a 3.99 per cent 75 per cent LTV and a 5.75 per cent 85 per cent LTV, each fixed with a 495 fee. TRACEY EMIN, pictured below, naughtiest of all the YBAs, seems to have the magic touch when it comes to property. She has flogged her 1.35m flat in a converted art deco warehouse after less then a month on the market. She still owns a 2m townhouse in Spitalfields and a 4m warehouse studio. THE British IT Girls are taking over Brooklyn. First Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung decamped from Manhattan to the east side of the river, which is fast becoming New Yorks most fashionable neighbourhood. Now supermodel Agyness Deyn has bought a loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She has moved into the apartment with her two dogs and a new puppy. BY JESSIE HEWITSON train links it takes an easy 20 min- utes to get to Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo line Tube, and London Overground trains from the area go to Richmond to the west and Stratford to the east, in double-quick time. Prices are a carrot, too: for an area that Vogue has raved about, its still surprisingly affordable, with a typical decent one-bedroom period flat start- ing at 200,000 and going up to 250,000, according to local agent Kay Meshkin-Pour of Mile estate agency. T WO-BEDS range from 275,000 to 300,000, and those with outside space from 290,000 to 330,000. Three-bed houses fetch between 550,000 and 600,000. According to rental portal upad (, average rents in the area are 1,945 a month for a two- bed, and 3,494 for a four-bed. The main reason people are mov- ing to Kensal Rise is its a fantastic place to live and still relatively cheap, says Philip Seidl, who lives in the area and works for buying agency Black Brick Property Solutions. Its close to Maida Vale, St Johns Wood and Notting Hill and convenient to get to town. The area attracts lots of professionals from TV, music, film and fashion who spent their twenties hanging out in Notting Hill or Soho and now want a house and a garden. They often want to be within cycling distance of the BBC and Westfield shopping mall. Lots of people rent in N o t t i n g H i l l o r We s t Hampstead in their twenties and then they come to buy here. The people who live here have become much younger over the years. Lots of the buyers we get are now in their early thirties. People move here because of the vibe. It doesnt offer the biggest houses in London and its not as cheap as it once was -- but it has a great atmosphere. Everyone knows everyone else, there are lots of cool shops and places to eat here, and its a very friendly place to live. Locals rarely leave the area at weekends -- why would they? Cool bars and restaurants include Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, a legendary pub-cum-restaurant-cum-club where Mark Ronson, Lily Allen and Sophie Dahl are among the regulars, and swish gastropub The Chamberlayne, Thandie Newtons favourite boozer. Then theres family-friendly Gracelands caf, Miros tapas restau- rant, the William IV pub and The Diner, an American-themed affair serving cocktails and burgers. Theres also the stylish art house cinema Lexi, offering grown-up snacks and drinks. Foodies delight in the number of delis and trendy boutiques Supra and Eulabee ensure residents are clothed in the latest threads, with their homes decked out in vintage treasures from Howie & Bell and Niche. W HICH London neigh- bourhood contains the most fashionable street in the whole of Europe, accord- ing to Vogue? No, not swanky Knightsbridge, well-heeled Chelsea or even super-hip Dalston. The title belongs to Chamberlayne Road, the main thoroughfare running through Kensal Rise. Just north of Notting Hill and west of Queens Park, Kensal Rise is described by the style bible as a leafy, residential haven, bursting with local character, vintage stores and buzzing gastropubs -- and plenty of celebrities agree. Famous Kensal Rise residents include Jade Jagger, Sophie Dahl and her fianc Jamie Cullum, Daniel Craig, Thandie Newton, Eddie Izzard, Dermot OLeary, Louis Theroux and designer Phoebe Philo. As well as great restaurants and a surprisingly large number of delis and antique shops, Kensal Rises fashionable residents have been attracted to this part of north-west London during the past five years or so by its rows of good-looking Georgian and Victorian homes, and the fact that Queens Park and Brondesbury Park are close by. Portobello Road is a leisurely 15- minute stroll away, Paddington a half-hour walk or a 10-minute cycle along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal. There are also good Tube and COLLEGEROAD KILBURN LANE CHAMBERLAYNEROAD Kensal Green MORTIMER ROAD HARROW ROAD Kensal Rise THE COOL SHOPS AND NIGHTLIFE IN KENSAL RISE Bars and restaurants 1 Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green 2 The Chamberlayne 3 The William IV 4 Miros 5 The Diner 6 The Lexi Cinema Delis 7 Minkies 8 Mangia E Bevi 9 Kandana 10 LAngolo Shops 11 Supra 12 Howie & Bell 4 3 2 1 8 7 6 5 12 11 10 9 theirinnowaregetwebuyers becauseheremovePeople theofferdoesntItvibe.theof andLondoninhousesbiggest wasonceitascheapasnotits atmosphere.greatahasitbut-- else,everyoneknowsEveryone On the Rise: Zoe Guilford with flatmate Becky Jones outside her Kensal Rise apartment index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html