The lowdown: Chiswick
Families swapping Notting Hill flats for spacious houses, older couples trading down and workers in the A4 corridor all want to come to Chiswick, which is so lovely that once they arrive they never want to leave. We reveal why…
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Average property prices in Chiswick
One-bedroom flat: £464,566
Two-bedroom flat: £631,545
Two-bedroom house: £853,515
Three-bedroom house: £1,185,536
Four-bedroom house: £1,599,462
Average rental prices in Chiswick
One-bedroom flat: £1,523 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,080 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,190 a month
Three-bedroom house: £3,400 a month
Four-bedroom house: £4,012 a month
Take your pick. Ofsted "outstanding" schools are primaries Belmont in Belmont Road and Grove Park in Nightingale Close and secondary school Sacred Heart RC. There is also Arts Educational (co-ed, ages 11 to 18), a private performing arts school, and the International School of London. See a full list of schools here.
There is a day’s worth of window shopping to be had along Chiswick High Road, with highlights including women's boutique Iris
, The Old Cinema
, which is stuffed with interesting antiques, and Abode
, selling wonderful modern interior accessories. See our full list here
There are Tube stations at Stamford Brook, Turnham Green, Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury on the District line. The first two are in Zone 2, with an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costing £1,284; the last two are in Zone 3, at £1,508. Gunnersbury is on the Overground line, while Chiswick and Kew Bridge stations, in Zone 3, have trains to Waterloo.
Chiswick is a foodie destination, with Michelin stars at La Trompette and Hedone. Michael Nadra bears the name of its chef, locals are enjoying the newly opened Chiswick Smokehouse on Sutton Lane North and a branch of Hawksmoor’s Foxlow chain is coming soon. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
The Watermans Art Centre in Brentford has a cinema, theatre and exhibition space, while fringe shows can be seen at the Tabard Theatre. Swimming pools include the council-owned New Chiswick Pool in Edensor Road, the privately-run Hogarth Health Club and Virgin Active.
Picnic on Turnham Green and Chiswick Common, stroll in the grounds of Chiswick House or walk alongside the Thames.
£475,000: a one-bedroom terrace house in Gresham Mews, W4, with an open-plan kitchen/reception room on the ground floor and a bedroom upstairs.
Through KFH (020 8012 2745).
£750,000: this two-bedroom maisonette is close to Chiswick Park Tube station in Antrobus Road, W4, and has a 26ft rear garden. Through John D Wood (020 8012 3828)
£825,000: this three-bedroom terrace house with a garden in Somerset Road, W4, is half a mile from Chiswick Park Tube station and needs a complete renovation.
Through Savills (020 8012 3121).