Lead image: Westminster Fire Station
As the new school year looms, parents with kids of a certain age will likely be contemplating school places – and that could well mean a house move is on the horizon.
Since competition for places at the top schools is intense, demand for properties in the relevant catchment area for the school of your choice will be high. In fact, a Department for Education report revealed that buyers need to spend 8% more to buy a house near the best primary schools, and 7% more to score a home near a top secondary school.
A recent study conducted by Confused.com revealed the average house price in England where schools have Ofsted rating 1 is £331,605, costing almost £40,000 more than areas with Ofsted rating 2 – for London, that’s £635,949, and £41,000 more.
If you’re shopping near the top-end of the property market and contemplating private education, however, property prices and catchment areas will be less of an issue, but convenience is still a huge factor in achieving that work and family life balance.
So what’s on the market near some of prime central London’s best schools?
Westminster Fire Station
Westminster Fire Station on Greycoat Place SW1P, set to complete later this year, is a former Edwardian Grade II listed Fire Station that will comprise 17 boutique apartments arranged across two buildings linked by a private residential courtyard.
The original 1906 Fire Station building will house six of the apartments, while a new-build Station House will house a further 11 apartments and a 5,349 sq ft destination restaurant headed by Michelin star chef Atul Kochar.
Leading boys school and coeducational sixth form Westminster school, which has had an impressive 70-80 pupils each year offered places at Oxford and Cambridge in the last five years, is just a 5-minute walk from Westminster Fire Station, and Harris Westminster Sixth Form is just a short walk away, providing a Westminster education without the price tag – plus, it gives preference to those ‘within a reasonable commute of Westminster’ and assemblies are held in Westminster Abbey.
Prices will start from £850,000. See westminsterfirestation.com
Out of public reach for over 150 years, the 12.8-acre Chelsea Barracks site – formerly home to the British Army Barracks – is currently being transformed by Qatari Diar into one of the world’s most desirable addresses.
The development is located a short distance from a number of top independent prep schools, including Garden House School (under a 5-minute walk), Eaton Square school (a 15-minute walk) and Sussex House school (a 15-minute walk) – all of which were included in Tatler’s 2019 School Guide.
Nearby secondary schools include the likes of Francis Holland, a top-performing independent girl’s school that’s less than a 5-minute walk, where an impressive 62% of GCSE students achieved A* in eight to nine of their subjects in 2018.
Phases 1-3 will complete in autumn this year with prices for a two bed apartment starting at £5.25m. See chelseabarracks.com
The Mansion, Marylebone
Located in Marylebone W1U – one of central London’s last remaining villages – The Mansion is a collection of 23 high-end apartments comprising of studio to three-bed apartments and two spectacular penthouses.
The most notable nearby school is independent boy’s Wetherby Prep School – merely a 10-minute walk from The Mansion – which has an impressive number of royal alumni including Prince William, Prince Harry and Lord Frederick Windsor.
Popular state primary schools within a short walking distance include Hampden Gurney Church of England Primary School and St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, as well as SKOLA International Community School, an international school for both primary and secondary students.
Nearby secondary schools include Queens College – an independent girls day school with 42% of its students gaining A* in all eight to nine subjects at GSCE – within a 5-minute walk of The Mansion, as well as St Marylebone School, the alma mater of Lily Cole, which specialises in performing arts.
Prices will start from £5.2 million. See themansionw1.com
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