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Roads of Richmond - Mount Ararat Road

Victorian semi-detached houses on Mount Ararat Road near St Mathias Church

There’s nothing “up & coming” about MOUNT ARARAT ROAD. For many years Mount Ararat has been one of the most desirable roads in Richmond. It is also unique in that it is the only street named Mount Ararat Road in the whole of Great Britain. Mount Ararat - the Biblical Mountain is the mystical resting place of Noah’s Ark as mentioned in the Book of Genesis.

In the 1820s new estates were developed all over Richmond in the grounds of large country houses like Mount Ararat Lodge and the roads were named after the houses. The house, home to Field Marshal Thomas Grosvenor and Admiral Robert Stopford was eventually demolished circa 1897.

The majority of properties are substantial semi-detached Victorian houses in varying sizes and styles with between four to six bedrooms. Many have raised ground floors and more than half have off-street parking. However, the plentiful number of trees, wisteria clad homes and well maintained window boxes and front gardens keep the road very pretty and green. In general the back gardens are larger than most houses in Richmond so a big draw for families.

At the lower end of the road there are five spacious detached Edwardian houses (The Ark being one of them!) with off-street parking and west-facing gardens. There’s also a private dentist and doctors surgery at the very bottom. On the opposite side of the road was The Richmond Registry office which hosted many celebrity weddings thou’ this has now been converted back to a large house. The middle of the road above The Vineyard has two rows of slightly smaller terrace Victorian houses which attract families and downsizes alike. At the very top, on either side of the road there are two large and very popular contemporary purpose built blocks of flats - St Mathias Court and Ridgway which complete the road. Both have well maintained communal gardens and off-street parking.

The road is one of the longest in Richmond but it is also bisected by some of the loveliest roads in Richmond - Dynevor, Chiselhurst and The Vineyard and this together with the bollards stops the road from being used as a cut-through and therefore traffic is kept to an absolute minimum.

Average House Price: £1,905,670.00 (April 2020)

Local Knowledge & Neighbourhood Haunts:

Its close proximity to the town centre and station at the lower end and Richmond Hill Village at the top make it very popular with Richmonders.

The road is great for Ofsted rated outstanding state secondary school catchments GreyCourt (co-ed in Ham) and Waldegrave School (girls senior and co-ed sixth form in Twickenham). Vineyard and Marshgate primary schools are also close by although many of the families chose to send their children to the fantastic local independent prep schools Kings House School for boys and Old Vicarage School for girls.

What The Neighbours Say:

“I love Mount Ararat Road because it is an anchor road, stretching majestically from St Matthias Church down Richmond Hill to town with views over West London. My favourite time of year is when the magnolia and blossom trees bloom and trees come into bud, a sure sign that spring is springing! Even though we’re a long road, the bollards mean that there isn’t a lot of traffic, so we can close the road and get together for street parties, plus there’s the annual Christmas drinks with Pat and Mairead at The Dukes Head!” Maia

“I love living on this pleasant road of beautiful Victorian houses, where the people provide the friendship and the atmosphere of a village. A very quiet location yet from the bottom of the road, the top and the middle they are each respectively only 5 minutes walk to the high street, the park and the river. Perfect!” Tony

I have been living on the upper stretch of Mount Ararat for the past 13 years and still, there isn’t a day where I am not stunned by the striking view from the terraces of our penthouse: West London on one side and the splendid St Matthias Church’s spire on the other side. Living at the top floor of a purpose built property has the advantage of being inundated by light and brightness all day long. The benefit of the top of the hill is the proximity to Richmond Village where you have all the amenities you need (bakery, pub, local supermarket, newsagent, dry cleaner, hair dresser etc) but moreover the world-famous Richmond Park just down the road from us. I love Richmond Hill for the unique sense of community and countryside feeling.” Cristina

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