Hammersmith is about the furthest out you can go in west London and find relatively affordable flats and family houses. Transport links are excellent, especially to Heathrow, and it has a lively arts scene led by the Lyric and Apollo theatres.
There are quiet conservation areas with Victorian villas, terraces and handsome garden squares. Kings Row, above, moments from well-kept Ravenscourt Park, is a rare scheme of new apartments and townhouses. Prices from £485,000. Call 020 381 17419.
Bentley Place, close to coveted Brackenbury Village, is a scheme of new-build apartments that blends in with the classic Victorian terraces. Prices from £589,995. Call Bellway Homes on 0845 676 0259.