Time between office and Camden:
As we are a specialist London Block Management Company, we wanted to provide insight into one of our main geographical areas of property management, Camden.
The History of the London Borough of Camden
The London Borough of Camden stretches from Holborn and Chancery Lane in Central London, all the way north to Hampstead amounting to 8.4 square miles.
Camden, named after the Charles Pratt the first Earl of Camden who was an English lawyer and judge who died in 1794.
Prior to the late 1700’s, the area we know today as Camden was mainly fields and farms with most of the dense population located towards Holborn with the area loosely being London’s legal quarter from the 14th Century onwards.
The first terminal was built at Euston in 1837 which meant that the borough of Camden expanded rapidly with a large number of Irish settlers arriving. By 1850 Camden was officially a hub for shopping and entertainment with a number of buildings still in operation to this day.
The London Borough of Camden has always held an attraction for the talented and creative with significant residents such as George Orwell, Charles Dickens and of course the late Amy Winehouse.
Camden, as well as its eclectic community known for its edgy undertones, has a wide variety of property from converted Georgian terraces to impressive Victorian houses. As mentioned above, a number of buildings have survived throughout the years and are still in use to this day for example, The Worlds End Pub (formerly the Mother Red Cap) which dates back to 1690.
The Borough of Camden is famous for its markets. With Camden Lock being one of the larger locks allowing produce to be moved from the midlands down towards the London docks. By the 1950’s the road traffic dissolved the use of the canals for commercial use and therefore the buildings along the canal fell into abandonment. By 1972 the markets had been sub-let to workshops and craft stores leading to the modern day stalls ranging from traditional crafts, antiques, clothing and food stalls.
Camden Property Values
According to Zoopla statistics, the current sale values in Camden are:
|Property Type||Average current value||Average £ per sq ft||Average number of beds|
With the current rental values:
|Property Type||1 Bed||2 Bed||3 Bed|
|House||£2,069 pcm||£3,191 pcm||£4,987 pcm|
|Flat||£1,829 pcm||£2,866 pcm||£3,931 pcm|
New Developments in Camden
Here we take a look at the new developments being built within the Borough of Camden:
‘Camden Courtyard’ is a new development by Barratt Homes on Camden Road containing 164 apartments wrapped around two private courtyards. The building has a 12-hour concierge, a residents only roof terrace and is located only minutes from the heart of Camden. The buildings website is here
‘Heath Drive’ is a new development by Zen Developments. Heath Drive is a collection of 21 apartments in the sought after area of Hampstead. To find out more, check out their website.
We asked our Managing Director, Michael Paul, why he likes Camden:
“The Borough of Camden stretches a large area which means it brings a variety of communities and opportunities for things to do. In the south you have the central areas such as Holborn with its museums, nightlife and shops. As you move north through Camden Town with its edgy feel and popular markets, ending up in Hampstead with a slower pace of life, tree lined streets and large park.
The borough of Camden, although large, seems to be a hub for the creative still to this day with design agencies in the south, start-up fashionistas across Camden Town and the boutique shops in Hampstead Village.
Home to a wide variety of Londoners with differing budgets and tastes from the traditional stucco fronted terraces and family homes to the converted warehouse and exposed brickwork designer apartments. You really will encounter many different people from all walks of life when venturing through the Borough of Camden.
Being a boutique Managing Agent based in the City of London, we specialise in the management of buildings throughout the Borough of Camden providing our clients with an unrivalled, personal service.”
Camden Coffee Shops
We, like most of you, enjoy our coffee and Camden has some of the finest coffee shops in London. Here is our Top 3 coffee shops in the Camden:
Freestate Coffee: Located near Holborn station, this independent coffee shop has a very relaxed vibe and provides all your coffee and nibble needs.
Leyas: With its unique style of furnishings to match their exquisite food and coffee, Leyas is a great option in Camden, slightly out of the main hustle and bustle.
Ginger & White: Arguably the best coffee shop in Hampstead. With an amazing range of cakes and pastries, your gluttonous side will be catered well for here.
Restaurants in Camden
Now that you have had your caffeine fix, let us show you our top 3 favourite restaurants in the Borough of Camden. We have tried to give you a wide range of cuisines so there is something for everyone from our favourites list:
Abeno: this simple yet delicious Japanese restaurant near Holborn, serving up authentic ‘comfort food’ in what we feel is a unique dining experience in central London.
The Mango Room: The Mango Room is an amazing Caribbean restaurant in Camden Town. It has a great atmosphere, great cocktails and great food….it’s essentially great!
Rossella: You know we all love our Italian food and Rossella is a family run restaurant that can compare with the best of them.
Top 3 Block Management Companies in Camden:
- Strangford Management Ltd – specialising in the management of high value blocks of residential and mixed buildings, based locally in the City of London. We are the specialists in block management in Camden.
- Kernahan’s – Residential and Commercial property managers based in NW3.
- Wiseman Estates – An independent property company based on Caledonian Road in N1.
Strangford Management is a specialist London Block Management company. We cover all areas of London from our office in the City including Camden and surrounding areas.
We micromanage buildings within our portfolio using technical data analysis providing a personal, experienced and reliable level of customer service to our clients.
Contact Strangford Management today to become part of our portfolio and enjoy the levels of management only available to our clients.
Telephone: 0207 686 6490
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