Spotlight on Pimlico: Why it’s a fantastic place to live

Written on 5 March 2014 by Alistair Boscawen in London


Pimlico is known for its grand garden squares and impressive Regency architecture, but there is a lot more to this area than you think.

Ah, Pimlico. From white stucco villas, to vibrant markets to a well-heeled crowd: this area of prime London is just about as sought-after as you can get. Here’s a breakdown of the benefits of living in this cosy corner of SW1V and why YOU should buy or rent there…

Property

Famous for its stunning properties in beautiful well-kept squares, the five and six storey houses along the two main access roads are mainly divided into flats, although some remain intact as single homes. Flats can offer great value for money in terms of price per square foot, as they tend not to be as expensive as other surrounding areas, such as Belgravia and Chelsea. There are also new homes for sale – a development in the heart of Pimlico is currently under construction. Traditionally popular with civil servants, politicians and the military who work in Whitehall, it’s also a brilliant place to rent if you’re looking to be close to your office if based in Central London.

History

The Grosvenor family has a long history in the area.  In 1666, Mary Davies inherited large parts of prime London, including what is now Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Pimlico. Then she married Sir Thomas Grosvenor and it took another 150 years before the Grosvenor family began to develop the area. This was done by Richard Grosvenor in 1824, who hired Thomas Cubitt, originally a ship’s carpenter and started to invest in Belgravia and Pimlico. It’s from here the stucco terraced houses and squares that stand today emerged. Today, the international Grosvenor property company is part of the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate and Cubitt’s statue can be seen at the junction of St George’s Drive and Denbigh Street.

Local attractions

There’s always something to do in Pimlico. The main shopping streets are Wilton Road, where there’s Sainsbury’s, Warwick Way and Tachbrook Street; where you can get along to the main market in the week (it recently got a £1.7 million facelift). There are also many traders that have vintage stalls as well as hot food to takeaway. As well as this, there are restaurants in the area, such as Le Pain Quotidien, Nandos and Giraffe; as well as a range of independent cafes and restaurants.  Other attractions include the statue of Mozart, who lived in the area for a while as a child, as well as Royal Furniture maker Viscount Linley’s shop in Pimlico road.

Another positive thing about Pimlico is the community. There are also great schools, strong local networks and of course fantastic travel links, with Pimlico being found on the Victoria line, while Victoria is on the Victoria, District and Circle lines.

That’s Pimlico for you. What’s not to like! Contact our friendly team for information about property in Pimlico and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen

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