Chiswick draws families seeking good schools and safe, leafy streets. Kew Gardens and Richmond Park are on the doorstep, and even Chiswick High Road, from Hammersmith to Kew Bridge, is tree-lined.
This major thoroughfare mixes independent and chain shops, bars and brasseries to create an urban village feel. The western end, nearer Heathrow, used to be the commercial end, but apartment schemes are springing up on former office sites. Property is more expensive than in neighbouring Acton, but within the budget of media and City workers. Corner Haus is a High Road development of 14 flats being built above shops and an underground car park. Two-bedroom flats start at £870,000. Call Linden Homes on 0844 488 1041.