Moving to London’s West Side
Encompassing some of the more posh houses in London, west London is a popular region for expatriates with its calming parks, Victorian terraces, high street shopping, and abundant quality options for cocktails and dining. Yet there are also pockets of more casual and less gentrified character, and Notting Hill arguably straddles the two. It’s no joke that this neighborhood continues to draw Americans moving to London because of the movie of same name. Known well for the charms of its Portobello Road Market, the entire area is dotted with eclectic boutiques, cinemas, pubs, and other day- and night-life options amidst quiet residential streets that provide a nice escape from the city-center bustle; it’s also close to green space like Kensington Gardens and the many gated garden squares.
Despite its popularity, Notting Hill still manages to feel relatively unspoiled. A community including many artists and designers, it hosts a diverse mix of the young and trendy and established and affluent. Hard to imagine it was ever once a slum, Notting Hill has become a prime location for London flats that have attracted the upwardly mobile.
And with central London less than 15 minutes away by tube, it’s a great neighborhood for commuters—Notting Hill apartments have London Underground access most centrally at Notting Hill Gate tube station, which services the District line’s Edgware Road/Wimbledon branch as well as the Circle and Central lines. Also in proximity are Holland Park station (Central line) to the west, Ladbroke Grove station (Circle and Hammersmith lines) to the northwest, and Queensway (Central line) and Bayswater (District and Circle lines) to the east. Ten different bus routes stop at Notting Hill Gate, and there’s also an Oxford Tube coach bus route to Oxford or Victoria. Or, if you’d rather bike it, nine Barclays docking stations for cycle hire are available in several area locations.
Finding Notting Hill Apartments
The predicament with finding any London apartments for rent is that the given selection of available properties in a given area is divvied up between any number of independently operated estate agencies. Sure, that’s the case in any city, but the crux of the problem is that London estate agents don’t share their separate listings for London rentals through a multiple listing service (MLS). This means hoofing it from one Notting Hill agent’s office to the next to see a handful of Notting Hill apartments (at most) at each one—and in this popular location’s super-fast-moving property market, time is not on your side.
The alternative is consulting a relocation agent to compile this portfolio on your behalf, and unlike all the old-school relocation agents out there who like to take their sweet time because they’re compensated by the day, London Relocation serves as your personal MLS by compiling and showing you about 20 Notting Hill apartments in only ONE day.
More than that, we’re there for you every step of the way, from thoroughly assessing your specific property and lifestyle needs so we can pinpoint whether Notting Hill is the right location for you (and if not, where is), to negotiating lease terms for the best rent and in your best interests, to getting you set up with a UK bank account, utilities, and any other settling-in services you require after moving to London.