Mews houses are becoming increasingly popular. Located on quiet, cobbled streets, their outlook with rows of pretty period cottages are a big selling point and for local buyers especially, their history and character set them apart from other terraced homes in the Capital. Dating from the 17th Century, many were previously stables and are therefore often located in sought after parts of London, backing onto grand period homes which originally served as the main residences. Mews houses were previously considered to be less valuable homes because they were perceived to be smaller and darker, but over the last few years we’ve seen their popularity soar as investors realise the potential which they offer.
Good community spirit
Because they are often located on dead end roads with no traffic passing through, the community spirit in these small enclaves is high, and neighbours invariably know each other well.
Scope for adding value
Although traditionally spanning just two floors, today Mews houses can encompass up to four, with basement and loft conversions commonplace. Their boxy, square layout is in fact a key selling point allowing a host of internal configurations, and the fact that they are not listed despite having an interesting history, means that renovations are fairly easy to undertake. In fact, it is this aspect which makes the properties very appealing among the developer market. When undertaking renovations to Mews houses, the most common focus point is on flooding the interiors with light. Because they were originally built as stables, windows were not important, so many were quite dark inside. Today, the majority of updated Mews houses incorporate skylights and clever lighting solutions to overcome this aspect.
In an area predominantly made up of converted and purpose built apartments which often carry hefty service charges, Mews houses are desirable for having no service charges or managing agent fees. There is often a shortage of these homes available, and as a result they can achieve a premium, especially in areas such as Bayswater where it is rare to find a freehold house for sale.
The average price per square foot for a converted Mews house can vary, however in an area such as Bayswater you can expect to pay upwards of £2 million for a three bedroom property.
Three Mews houses on the market:
- Leinster Mews, W2
A beautiful three bedroom mews house for sale in Lancaster Gate, moments from Kensington Gardens and a short walk to Queensway and Oxford Street.
- Brook Mews North, W2
Perfectly located along this peaceful cobbled mews, moments from Kensington Gardens, is this rare to find and beautifully presented three bedroom flat for sale with secure car parking space.
- Celbridge Mews, W2
A recently refurbished and delightfully bright two bedroom house for sale within this peaceful cobbled mews, located a few moments to Royal Oak Station and a short walk to Hyde Park.