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Colourful London: Scenes from a Quiet Notting Hill - Little Observationist
Just 48 years ago, back in 1968, George Andrews moved out of number 157 Portland Road in London’s Notting Hill. The four-bedroom house (then standing opposite a brothel) was sold to Tim and Penny Hicks for £11,750. Today, Zoopla values properties on this street at an average of £3.3 million. Not a bad investment. (Here’s a BBC documentary called The Secret History of our Streets about the rise in Notting Hill property prices – Portland Road as a feature – from a few years ago.) (Print in the Etsy shop!) Walking the streets today, you’d never think it was once a derelict neighbourhood of slums and riots. The idyllic rows of pastel townhouses peeking cheerfully from behind the springtime cherry blossoms and magnolia trees with the resident vintage cars parked in the streets make it an area of immense #houseenvy on Instagram. The homes feature regularly on popular accounts like Pretty City London and Alex on the Road. Like everyone else, I’m smitten by their charming colours, brightening the city’s grey skies, tucked away from the bustle of Portobello Road, just behind the small Saturday farmer’s market. A year ago, I shared some photos here on Little Observationist, but I thought I’d re-visit since it’s …