St James' is one of London's central districts and part of the West End. Originally developed for the aristocracy, St James' property also became the home of gentlemen's clubs during the 19th century. While much of the area is now devoted to commercial premises, there are still opportunities to buy homes in this stylish district.
Expensive tastes are catered for by the exclusive boutiques, delicatessens and tailors of Jermyn Street, and the grand theatres of Haymarket. To the south, St. James’ Park is one of the loveliest of the Royal parks, full of semi-tame wildlife and landscaped gardens. Walk across the bridge in the middle of the lake for a perfect London view, with Buckingham Palace on one side, and the palaces of Whitehall on the other.
St James' Property
According to our estate agents handling property in St James' whether you are looking for a studio flat or a family home, this elegant district can oblige. Singles and couples are well served by the smaller apartments located within converted mansion houses, while more spacious four and five bedroom apartments are also available.
There are also a smaller number of Grade II listed townhouses available on the edge of Green Park. Any address in this area is highly desirable, but St James' property around the square commands some of the highest prices.
The Crown Estates own nearly 50 per cent of the buildings in St James's; the area is part of the core fabric of The Crown Estate. The portfolio is currently the focus of a £500 million investment plan. In addition to 80 modern homes in Regent Street, increasing the provision of residential space in St James's is an important part of their investment programme.
They plan to reinforce St James's established position as a high quality residential location and are seeking over the next ten years to double the provision of residential space in the St James's portfolio.
St James’ Buyers and Residents
St James's still attracts prosperous residents today; some of its most famous inhabitants included:
● The 17th Earl of Derby, who was born at 31 St James' Square
● William Gladstone, the Liberal politician
● Dwight Eisenhower, who was Supreme Commander of European Allied Forces
● Nancy Astor, the first female MP
● William Pitt the Elder, who led government in the Seven Years' War
Top 5 Reasons to Live in St James
● St James remains a very exclusive address
● For families there is a choice of top performing schools nearby
● From a St James’ property you can access high quality shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and private galleries
● West End theatres are within easy reach
● You have St James' Park and Green Park on your doorstep
Things to do in St James'
With St James' property you can take advantage of the great mix of high-end shops - from exquisite clothing to luxury food and wines. If, however, you are more interested in fine dining, the high quality of food and service in its international eateries is hard to beat, alongside the trendy cocktail bars gaining popularity in the area. Enjoy a contemporary British lunch at Petrichor, a delicious pastry at the National Café or a futuristic dining experience at Inamo St James.
Not only will you find some fantastic shops in the West End, including Selfridges and Topshop's flagship Oxford Street store, but Piccadilly and St James’ contain a range of tempting, unique boutiques. Pick up delicious treats at Fortnum & Mason, buy traditional country clothes at Cordings or head to Jermyn Street for everything an elegant man requires.
If you have a passion for art, St James' estate agents will say this is the place to live; there is no shortage of small galleries and the Institute for Contemporary Art holds shows and events throughout the year. Walking through the St James’ neighbourhood is a pleasure, or extend the delight a little further into St James’ Park .
This huge royal park is just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. It’s a beautiful spot to take your lunch break during the working week, or enjoy a picnic and spot the wildlife (including a few pelicans living in the park.), or continue your walk up through Green Park and then straight across to Hyde Park.
St James' Transport
Excellent local transport connections include Underground connections from Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) and Green Park (Victoria, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines).
From Victoria and Charing Cross Station you can access Gatwick Airport and the Southeast, and reach the Southwest from Waterloo Station, all close to your property in St James.
St James' Schools
Whether you want to opt for state or private education for your family, St James' estate agents can guide you to a wealth of good schools locally. The Burdett-Coutts and Townshend Foundation and St Matthew's School, Westminster, are two Church of England primaries that scored well on their last Ofsted report, while the two choir schools in Westminster are also highly rated.
For secondary level, Westminster City School for boys and The Grey Coat Hospital School for girls are both popular choices in the state sector, and the independent Westminster School remains highly regarded for co-educational tuition.
St James' Historical Facts
● The land on which St James' stands was formerly royal hunting ground, but in 1660s permission was granted by Charles II to develop the space for aristocratic homes. These formed grids of homes with St James' Square at their centre.
● As recently as World War II, St James was one of London's premier residential areas. During the war years General Eisenhower based himself at 31 St James' Square.
● Some of the most famous homes in the area include St James' Palace, Marlborough House (a grade I listed mansion) and Spencer House (one of the most ambitious town houses in history). You'll now also find Christie's auction house, antique dealers and the headquarters of many global firms.
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