Barons Court Area Guide

Brief history to Barons Court

Barons Court is a vibrant and attractive area in Central and West London. The thriving shopping arenas and great schools make the area a magnet for young professionals and families. It has a large percentage of first time buyers and attracts investors due to the buy to let potential. Red brick mansion flats are perfect first properties are in abundance in this area and are perfect for first time buyers and those renting.

Development in the area first commenced after the Hammersmith Cemetery was consecrated in 1869. Major William Palliser purchased the land and built the first residential development to the east of the site. It is somewhat of a mystery as to where Barons Court got its name, as there has been no evidence of a baronial court in the area. It is felt that Palliser as a playful jest towards neighbouring Earls Court probably thought of the name. However there is a Barons Court in Ireland, Historians have argued this could possibly be of significance.

Unlike other newly developed areas across the capital, Barons Court did not receive its link to the London Underground until 30 years after the development work had been completed. Sadly the area was badly bombed during WWII, which sparked a second housing boom in the area to replace lost stock. As a result the landscape changed somewhat and modern purpose built apartments replaced the older style houses making way for the contemporary living we associate in London today.

Barons Court is home to the prestigious Queen’s Club. The Queen’s club is the home of the pre-Wimbledon tennis championships held in June every year and is the national home for real tennis and rackets. The club boasts truly stunning and charming gardens that are well worth a visit even if you’re not so keen on tennis.

Types of Property in Barons Court

Victorian red brick mansion flats dominate this unique and pretty area, luxury converted period properties and pieds-a-terre apartments. There are a handful of arts & crafts houses and larger family homes can be found towards Brook Green.

In the Barons Court Conservation Area you will find some of the largest purpose built mansion flats in the capital. Cottage type properties can be found on Masbro Road. There are currently no new developments in the area but the redevelopment of neighbouring Earls Court will bring 8000 new homes.

Average rental prices

Renting in the area is highly popular among the young professional crowd the area attracts. For a studio type apartment you will expect to pay in the region of £213.00 per week. For a one bedroom property you would expect to pay in the region of £491.50 and for a two bedroom in the region of £700.25.

Council Tax Banding in the area ranges from A – £761.00 to H – £2,285. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Transport

The area is perfectly situated and has excellent public transport links to and from the area. Underground Stations can be found at Barons Court, West Kensington and Hammersmith.

There are a multitude of London Buses operating in the area.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Central and West London is home to some truly excellent schools and colleges. Notably in Baron’s Court at primary level education the Queens Mill School and the St John Lillie Primary School rate outstanding with Ofsted. At secondary level education again the Queensmill School and the Sacred Heart High School are both favourites with the locals and hold excellent Ofsted ratings.

For more information on schools and colleges in the area please see our student section here.