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Euston: change here for an area on the up
Euston: change here for an area on the up
Published The Times April 29 2011

Terraced housing and small apartment blocks are becoming propular - and you’re close to the buzz of the West End

In the regeneration stakes Euston has been losing out to its neighbouring London mainline stations — King’s Cross and St Pancras. Eurostar trains have been running into St Pancras since November 2007 and King’s Cross is in the middle of a huge makeover that is due for completion in 2013. But Network Rail’s previously announced British Land redevelopment of the station is on hold pending a decision on the high-speed rail link to the North. However, the neighbouring residential area, which includes some Georgian and Victorian terraced housing and small, modern apartment blocks, is becoming increasingly popular with those looking for a pied-à-terre close to central London.

Who lives there?

A diverse mixture typical of an area that hasn’t been colonised by the well heeled. There are a number of big council-house blocks around Euston Station, but to the west there is an attractive cluster of Georgian and Regency houses. There is also a sizeable student population renting.

What are the best streets?

The village atmosphere of this small oasis surrounded by traffic-heavy urban throughways is centred around the shops on North Gower Street and Drummond Street. Regent’s Place is the new, mixed-use development designed by Sir Terry Farrell. The final phase of the 13-acre development is now under way and will create 172 residential units among the shops and offices.

What are the transport links like?

With a London mainline station on the doorstep they could hardly be better. Add in Euston Square Tube and there are five different Tube lines to choose from. There’s plenty of buses on Euston Road, which is the congestion charge boundary to the north. The West End and its theatres are a 15 minute walk away.

Any green spaces?

Regent’s Park — all 410 acres of it — is a ten-minute walk away. On balmy summer evenings you can watch outdoor Shakespeare productions in the park’s open-air theatre. Plans for St James Gardens and Euston Square Gardens will be an important part of the Euston station redevelopment scheme.

Any architectural gems?

There were. The Euston Arch, described as the first great monument of the railway age, was demolished in the 1960s.

Much of the original stone was found dumped in a canal and has been given back to the Euston Arch Trust, which hopes that the rebuilding of the arch will be a centrepiece of any redevelopment of the station.

What are the schools like?

Secondary Maria Fidelis, one of London’s oldest Roman Catholic girls’ schools, was said by Ofsted to have “a lovely atmosphere”. Netley Primary School is a multicultural mixed-ability school with a “good” rating from Ofsted. The popular private girls’ school Francis Holland is in nearby Regent’s Park.

And the politics?

Frank Dobson has been the Labour MP for the area since 1979.

Are there any good restaurants or bars?

There’s cheap and cheerful cafés plus a number of curry houses, particularly in Drummond Street, and chain eateries in Regent’s Place, with some restaurants due to open in the summer. Camden, Bloomsbury and the West End are close.

What about shops?

Drummond Street has some small shops, while there’s a Sainsbury’s Local in Regent’s Place. Bloomsbury’s Brunswick Shopping Centre is not far away.

What I get for my money?

“Expect to pay about £300,000 to £350,000 for a modern one-bedroom flat,” Laurence Glynne, of agency LDG, says, “and £475,000 to £600,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, depending on size.” It’s considerably cheaper than nearby Fitzrovia.
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