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Tuckerman Residential are Westminster's oldest established Estate Agents, RICS Regulated, and we pride ourselves on providing efficient, accurate and professional advice, to best enhance the value and returns from our client's property assets.

We are based in one of the few original houses remaining in Great Smith Street and the area that we cover encompasses some of the most historic buildings in London.

All our properties are promoted through a variety of websites and property portals which include www.rightmove.co.uk , www.zoopla.co.uk , www.primelocation.com , www.tuckermanresidential.co.uk , and www.lonres.com (a site for accredited estate agents and relocation companies with whom we work closely in the area).

We are advertisers in The House Magazine 'The magazine seen as an indispensable guide and integral part of Westminster life and independently identified as the most read weekly publication within the Palace of Westminster'.

To follow is an overview of the area which we cover:

Properties: much-prized are the lovely early Georgian houses around Smith Square and in Queen Anne's Gate , and the handsome, solid, red-brick mansion flats at the back of the Roman Catholic cathedral in Victoria Street. Good buys are the late-Victorian and early 20th-century council blocks, which now have a high proportion of owner-occupiers, and the modern flats in and around Vincent Square, Horseferry Road and Marsham Street.

The area attracts: mainly single professionals or couples without children because the property stock is a combination of period and modern flats. Staying power is good - many people, especially overseas owners, hold on to their flats, keeping them as their London base for many generations.

Postcodes: Westminster is in SW1, a postcode which also includes the very attractive streets of Pimlico and Belgravia.

Best streets: Smith Square is at the very heart of the political establishment. Vincent Square is home to the famous private Westminster School's playing field. The square contains a few Georgian houses and some fine later Victorian houses.

Up-and-coming areas: the Millbank estate behind the Tate Gallery is an early example of social housing. The architecture of these austere, red-brick blocks is Arts and Crafts-influenced. Most of the flats are now owner-occupied rather than rented.

Schools: Westminster School can trace its history back to 1179 when the Benedictine monks at Westminster Abbey set up a small charity school.  The school is still based in the precincts of the abbey, while the roll call of former pupils includes prime ministers, musicians, actors, architects and the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.  The school takes boys from age 13 and girls in the sixth form. There is a prep school in Vincent Square where boys start at age seven. Both the cathedrals have choir schools. Westminster Abbey has 30 boarding choristers, while Westminster Cathedral also has 30, plus 100 day boys who are educated up to Common Entrance at age 13.

Popular state primary schools are Burdett-Coutts in Rochester Street which is judged "good" by Ofsted and St Peter's Eaton Square which gets an "outstanding" rating. Greycoat Hospital, a successful state girls' comprehensive in Horseferry Road, occupies a historic building which has two little statues of pupils from times gone by in niches above the entrance.

Shops and restaurants: there is a good spread of activity, with the House Of Fraser department store - once known as the Army & Navy - and a large Sainsbury's in Victoria Street. The new Cardinal Walk development close to Victoria station has a Topshop, Zara, Hobbs and other popular chain stores.

Tucked away in the back streets there are oddities such as J Wippell & Co, an ecclesiastical supplier, and bookbinders Shepherds. When it comes to restaurants MPs seem to love a good curry.

The Cinnamon Club in Great Smith Street and Quilon in the St James's Court Hotel both serve top-notch Indian food. Other favourites with our political class are Shepherd's in Marsham Street, part of the Langan's chain, and the restaurant in the Goring Hotel in Beeston Place.

Leisure and the arts: St John's Smith Square, in a fine Baroque church known as Queen Anne's footstool, is a leading concert venue for classical music, while the theatres and cinemas of the West End and the Southbank are a short walk away for those seeking more modern culture.

Transport: Westminster is in Zone 1 and an annual travel card covering Zones 1 and 2 costs £1,032; St James's, Westminster and Victoria are all on the District and Circle lines; in addition Westminster is on the Jubilee line and Victoria is on the Victoria line.

Council: Westminster City Council is Tory and Band D council tax for the 2010/2011 year is £687.62, one of the lowest in the country.

Extracted from an article by Anthea Massey, published 9 June 2010, all details correct at time of publication.

 

 

As an RICS Regulated Firm we have a Complaints Handling Procedure. If a complaint cannot be resolved in-house it will be referred to The Property Ombudsman Scheme for Residential Sales and Lettings which is regulated by the Office of Fair Trading.

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