How Real Life in Notting Hill Compares to Film Expectations

“Love Actually” also makes it seem realistic that a young couple could afford to live in a Notting Hill mews that costs millions of dollars.

A straight shot of St. Lukes Mews with the famous pink house from Love Actually on the right and other colorful homes beside it.

St. Lukes Mews in Notting Hill.

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Keira Knightley may have been 18 when she starred in “Love Actually,” but I think it’s safe to assume her character was supposed in her mid-twenties.

Even back in 2003, when the film was released, the idea that a newly-married couple in their mid-twenties could afford to live alone in this part of Notting Hill was a bit of a stretch. The last time the house was on the market was 2007, when it sold for over £1 million, or $1.2 million, and its current valuation is more than double at £2.66 million, or $3.25 million, according to The Move Market. 

Like a lot of neighborhoods in London, Notting Hill has experienced its fair share of gentrification, which means living here is costly. Across the area, house prices are up 4% from the previous year, with a staggering overall average price of £1.95 million, or $2.38 million, online real estate company Rightmove reports. 

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