Maida Vale's arresting new homes:former Harrow Road police station transformed into 25 new flats

Renamed Westbourne Place, Harrow Road's former police station has been split into new apartments with period features, while two new blocks have been built at the rear around a communal courtyard garden.

Maida Vale and its pretty canalside enclave, Little Venice, is a central London gem. This spacious, leafy and elegant residential district has wide avenues of apartments and well-kept mansion blocks, cream-coloured terraces, plus a village florist, baker and butchers.

The Church Commissioners, who owned, planned, built, maintained and laid down the rules of this neighbourhood, set the tone. Until the Eighties, nearly all the homes were rented, but the steady progress of leasehold reform has encouraged more owner-occupation.

When the Met Police put Harrow Road “nick” up for sale — where comedian Russell Brand was held for stripping naked at a Trafalgar Square demo in 2001; charges were later dropped — developers spotted a chance.

Renamed Westbourne Place, the listed Edwardian building has been split into 25 flats with period features, and two new blocks have been built at the rear around a communal courtyard garden. There are 49 homes priced from £560,000. Call Redrow on 020 3538 3791.


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