Thursday, 21 June 2012 3:09 PM
Baker Street is a place that needs no introduction to fans of Sherlock Holmes.
It is on Baker Street where Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character worked on his cases with his faithful assistant Dr Watson.
The association with Sherlock Holmes makes Baker Street one of the most famous in London and it will come as little surprise that the street remains largely unchanged from the description given in Doyle's stories.
That is not to say that you will be living in the past were you to rent in Baker Street.
It is, after all, in London and the capital is one of the most progressive places on earth.
Baker Street is located in Marylebone, which is a highly sought-after area. As a result, houses and flats can be expensive, although compared to many other parts of London, it does offer very good value for money.
The question is, why is Baker Street - and Marylebone in general - so popular?
Baker Street's popularity is based on more than its association with Sherlock Holmes.
Marylebone is one of the most affluent areas in the capital. Located in the City of Westminster, property here is in high demand, with prices to reflect it.
Much of the property in Marylebone is residential, although Baker Street boasts mainly commercial premises.
That is not to say that you cannot find residential properties on Baker Street. Above many of the shops, there are flats available to rent.
Given the fact that they are above commercial units, you stand a better chance of securing one of these flats at an affordable price than if you were to look for somewhere to live in other parts of Marylebone.
Transport links in and around Baker Street are what you would expect from such an upmarket area.
Baker Street underground station is served by the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines, so no matter where you need to go, you can do so relatively easily.
As previously stated, Baker Street is defined by its association with Sherlock Holmes and it will come as no surprise that the Sherlock Holmes Museum is to be found there.
Sherlock Holmes' address of 221B Baker Street never existed, however, the museum honouring the sleuth now has that address.
If you ultimately decide to live in Baker Street, you will not be far from the action.
For theatre lovers, the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park is a must, while the Auditorium promises a great day out for the whole family.
In addition, you could visit Madame Tussauds or take in a game of cricket at Lords Cricket Ground.
Baker Street is also home to the Screen on Baker Street cinema, which shows everything from Hollywood blockbusters to independent productions from around the world.
As you can see, there are many appealing features about Baker Street and the surrounding area and it is little surprise that its beautiful properties, wealth of attractions and strong transport links make it such a popular place for couples and families alike.
Even if you cannot find the right place on Baker Street, the Marylebone area in general is simply beautiful and it is unlikely that you will not be able to find somewhere nearby that ticks all of your boxes.