Colourful, cosmopolitan and slightly scruffy, the northern stretch of Portobello Road beyond Westway flyover has been winning new fans since designer Stella McCartney set up her fashion atelier in a former chapel in Golborne Road, heralding the neighbourhood’s “arrival”.
Prices lag nearby Notting Hill by 40 per cent or more. A former council-run rehab centre, 321 Portobello Road now offers ultra-modern homes, pictured, by local developer Cubic Studios. Behind the refurbished traditional shopfront is a three-floor new build, with daring interiors of raw concrete and polished plaster, reclaimed planks, galvanised steel, industrial-style shutters and oversize copper pipes that act as radiators. An internal courtyard has a “living wall”, and furniture, art and accessories by local designers are for sale separately. Prices from £1.2 million. Call estate agent Domus Nova on 020 7727 1717.