The ideal property in London is one that offers a small village atmosphere where one has any residential living arrangement from a small studio flat to a sprawling penthouse. The choice is entirely driven by affordability and preference. Shopping amenities for apparel, home decor, restaurants and pubs, quiet parks, and a feeling of belonging where everyone and everything of importance is within walking distance. It is a true, self-sustaining village. That ideal is a reality with property in Marylebone, a compact, upscale village.
Bordered by Marylebone Road and Oxford Street, north and south, and Edgware Road and Portland Place, east and west, the village of Marylebone is just about what anyone would imagine when trying to compose the perfect setting of the above ideal. As a brisk morning or evening walking exercise, the entire village of one by two kilometres could be circumvented.
Marylebone owes its existence and name to the now Anglican St. Marylebone Parish Church on Marylebone Road, although this is actually the fourth of four historic building sites for worship. The first, demolished long ago in 1400, was built in 1200 near what is now Oxford Street, near the Marble Arch. The second was virtually on the site of the existing St. Marylebone Parish, built after the demolition of the first. The third parish chapel was constructed in 1742; the existing parish in 1879.
Some famous residents of Marylebone include Francis Bacon, who was baptized in the second parish, Charles Wesley, Lord Byron, Admiral Horatio Nelson, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Charles Dickens. Let’s not forget Marylebone’s most famous fictitious resident, Sherlock Holmes in 221B Baker Street.
Marylebone represents the most Georgian-styled architecture of any district in London. Residents in Marylebone have a strong and proud sense of identity with and to the village, making it one of the most desired districts in greater London in which to live and work.
However, while living in Marylebone is highly sought, it is not without its resources of public transportation to commute for work to anywhere in and around London. Buses and cabbies are always at hand. The four corners of the village feature tube stations: Regent’s Park, northeast and going clockwise, Oxford Circus at Regent and Oxford Streets, Marble Arch at Oxford Street and Edgware Road, and Edgware Road at Edgware and Marylebone Roads, all reaching out to greater London. There are additional tube stations around the perimeter of the village.
There are numerous residences in the village, mostly above the shops. Every conceivable amenity is within walking distance of just a few blocks. No less than five squares with grass and trees populate the village, which is also bordered northeast and southwest by Regents Park and Hyde Park, respectively, and not to exclude the grounds of the University of Westminster.
If one is fortunate to both live and work in Marylebone, a more delightful existence cannot be considered. If one is at least fortunate to live in Marylebone while working elsewhere, every evening’s commute is rewarded with the most delightful village atmosphere one could imagine this side of Never-land. Yes, JM Barrie lived just south of Hyde Park near Marylebone.