With its leafy streets and detached Victorian and Edwardian houses, Ealing was already a property hotspot. Now this west London area is enjoying a popularity boost with London's high-speed railway opening in 2019.
Crossrail predicts there will be an extra 20 per cent rise in house prices near the station between 2012-2021 and investment is already pouring into the area...
The area attracts...
First-time buyers are drawn by the excellent transport links to central London and a vibrant entertainment scene. Parks, and the good standard of schooling in the area, also make Ealing a very appealing place for families.
Ealing has a wide choice of private schools and state schools (see below for full list), all of which are judged to be at least “good” by education watchdog Ofsted.
With such well-rated schools, people living in the catchment areas can expect a premium when selling.
Ealing Broadway shopping centre offers a range of budget and mid-market brands. There's also independent boutiques which are good for gift shopping.
Ealing's current stations are in Zone 3, where an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,508.
Ealing is serviced by the Central, District and Piccadily lines. The overground from Ealing Broadway to Paddington is only a 10-minute journey.
A wide selection of chain restaurants and popular independents, such as Charlotte's Place and W5, offer a variety of options.
Leisure and the arts
The Questors Theatre in Mattock Lane is London’s most successful amateur theatre. While the nearest council-owned swimming pool is Gurnell Leisure Centre in Ruislip Road East, there is also swimming at Virgin Active in The Broadway shopping centre.
Popular Warpole park, with Pitzhanger Manor behind it, hosts events throughout the Ealing Summer Festivals.
Average house prices in Ealing:
One bedroom flat: £428,000
Two bedroom flat: £527,000
Two bedroom house: £558,000
Three bedroom house: £719,000
Four bedroom house: £976,000
Average rental prices in Ealing:
One bedroom flat: £1,353 a month
Two bedroom flat: £1,868 a month
Two bedroom house: £1,715 a month
Three bedroom house: £2,468 a month
Four bedroom house: £2,814 a month
£499,950: recently refurbished, this two-bedroom house in Tawny Close, W13, is part of a modern development adjacent to a park. West Ealing station, for National Rail and Crossrail links, is only 0.3 miles away.
Windermere Road, W5
£875,000: this three-bedroom home is a short stroll from both Northfields Station and Lammas Park. Decorated to a high standard, this house has a south facing garden and is in a great location for the local schools.
Green Avenue, W13
£815,000: a well-presented four-bedroom terraced house in the Fielding Primary School catchment area, close to Northfields Piccadilly Line station. This home keeps its original character while embracing modern comforts such as under-floor heating and an entryphone system.
Mattock Lane, W5
£2,999,950: a stunning six-bedroom Edwardian property, over three floors, with generous living space and stylish interiors. Mattock Lane is close to the shops, bars and restaurants along Ealing Broadway while the open spaces of Walpole Park are just a stone's throw away.