With its stunning Edwardian architecture, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and award-winning public park, Mapesbury has become a popular spot for young professionals and families alike.
The Mapesbury conservation area lies between Cricklewood Broadway (running into Shoot-Up Hill) and Willesden Lane. In the east it begins at Kilburn tube station and extends to the west beyond Willesden Green tube station, up to Melrose Avenue.
You won’t see apartment blocks squeezed into tiny garden plots or find ugly roof extensions in the roads protected by Mapesbury’s conservation order (particularly Anson, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Keyes, Hovenden, Lydford and Mapesbury roads). All you’ll find are leafy streets with rows of handsome, two/three storey, semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian villas.
The community is active here: against all odds residents came together to convert a desolate park known as Hoveden Road Play Area into Mapesbury Dell, an award-winning park and children’s play area that holds regular seasonal events throughout the year. There is also a residents’ association for the Mapesbury estate.
Although Cricklewood Broadway offers a good choice of local shops Mapesbury residents have followed the progress of recent plans to develop a new shopping complex, river park and open green spaces in neighbouring Cricklewood with great interest. This new development will provide high quality retail and leisure space for the local area.
Mapesbury Property profile
Houses in the Mapesbury area were built for professional people who needed easy access to the city. In the main you’ll find solidly built, red brick villas with lovely period details such as leaded lights and wooden porches. Most are built with two storeys and an attic space. Rooms are generously proportioned with high ceilings and many properties enjoy substantial rear gardens. These wonderful homes can be bought at prices substantially lower than similar properties in NW3.
Schools in Mapesbury
If you live in the Mapesbury estate you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of top-rated private schools in Hampstead as well as some excellent primary and secondary schools Mapesbury and the surrounding area.
Good local state schools include Malorees, Beckford Primary and North West London Jewish Day School.
The Hampstead School is a state run school that is rated as ‘good’. Fee paying schools in the wider area include Islamia Girls’ High School, Brondesbury College, Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra schools, South Hampstead High School for Girls, King Alfred Boys’ School, North Bridge House School, St Margaret’s School, University College School and French Elysee.
Why live in Mapesbury?
- Peaceful, quiet streets with attractive period properties.
- Active community with a residents’ association.
- Close to a good range of local shops on Cricklewood Broadway.
- Jubilee line tube stations for fast connection to Central London.
- Mapesbury Dell is a community sponsored park and play area that hosts seasonal events throughout the year.
- Reasonably priced, trendy restaurants and gastropubs in Walm Lane.
- Brent Cross Cricklewood development with shopping, open spaces and riverside park is planned.
Getting out and about in Mapesbury
Willesden Green tube station and Kilburn tube station are on the Jubilee line. You can also pick up a Thameslink mainline train at Cricklewood Broadway station. Buses 16 and 32 stop at Cricklewood Broadway.
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