Anyone who has bought a home near a Crossrail station in recent years will be feeling satisfied. Property prices along the east-west train route, due to open in 2018, have been given a 20 per cent boost.
West Ealing is a case in point. When the Crossrail station opens, trains to Bond Street will take just 13 minutes. Heathrow, in the opposite direction, will be 11 minutes away.
Former Green Man Lane housing estate, close to the new station, has been bulldozed to make way for a 770-home neighbourhood with a primary school, parks and an on-site energy centre to reduce fuel bills.
Jigsaw, the latest phase, is a 90-home development of houses and flats, pictured, designed by architect Conran and Partners. The name is inspired by the “puzzle pieces” that make up the site, a collection of individual buildings linked by open and landscaped spaces that also connect with local parks and transport. From £390,000 for one-bedroom flats. Call 020 8003 0701.