Lettings manager Emma Eliot at the local branch of Douglas & Gordon says renters are predominantly couples and young families, with sharers preferring Shepherd’s Bush. Demand for properties in the catchment areas for John Betts and Brackenbury primary schools and the West London Free School is particularly keen, and with a number of major companies based in the area and along the Great West Road there is also strong demand from corporate tenants.
A two-bedroom cottage in Brackenbury Village starts at around £525 a week and a one-bedroom flat in a new central Hammersmith development is around £320 a week. One of the most expensive houses to let is a five-bedroom, unfurnished semi-detached house in Hammersmith Grove for £1,985 a week. Orchards (020 895 9797) is renting two cottages, each with two bedrooms, in Black Lion Lane in the St Peter’s Square conservation area for £485 and £495 a week.
Average prices: renting houses and flats in Hammersmith
One-bedroom flat: £1,390 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,867 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,773 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,634 a month
Four-bedroom house: £4,280 a month
Travel: Hammersmith Tube connections are great, with trains on the District, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines. Other stations are Ravenscourt Park on the District line, Barons Court on the District and Piccadilly lines and Goldhawk Road on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. All stations are in Zone 2 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,256.
Shops and restaurants: King Street is Hammersmith’s main shopping street. There is a Marks & Spencer, a new branch of H&M and a long-standing branch of Primark. Kings Mall has branches of Sainsbury’s, New Look and Clarks but there are also a number of empty shops, However, a branch of the Danish variety store, Tiger, is always busy. The highlight is the square in front of the Lyric theatre where there is a farmers’ market on Thursdays and world food stalls on Fridays.
In nearby Beadon Road two new restaurants, Bill’s and Byron with large outdoor terraces, have effectively extended the theatre square. The rest of King Street descends into a tatty collection of cheap restaurants and takeaways and pawn shops, an exception is The Sanboa Kitchen a simple Sichuan Chinese restaurant. The local council has recently approved a £150 million regeneration scheme for King Street that will bring nearly 200 new homes, a new public square outside the fine Art Deco council offices, a new Curzon cinema and the demolition of the much-hated “carbuncle” concrete council office block.
There are more interesting independent shops on Shepherd’s Bush Road close to Brook Green. A branch of Oliver Bonas is good for gifts, there’s upmarket fish and chip shop Kerbisher & Malt, and Holloways of Ludlow for lighting, radiators and door furniture and ironmongery with a vintage twist. Residents of Brackenbury Village make for the independent shops and cafés along Askew Road — technically Shepherd’s Bush but an easy walk away, where there is The Ginger Pig butcher, Brackenburys Café, Laveli café and bakery and Max Inc specialising in mid-century furniture and its own-designed giant desk lamp. W6 on the southern edge of Ravenscourt Park in Ravenscourt Avenue is a well-stocked garden centre.
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