Moving to Chiswick
Are you moving to Chiswick? On a sweeping loop on the north side of the Thames, Chiswick lies some six miles west of the centre of London; Heathrow is just a few miles further to the west, making Chiswick the ideal location for people who combine frequent travel with work in the City or the West End. Transport links from the area are good with both District and Piccadilly line underground stations, a railway station and easy access to major roads such as the M4, the A4, the M3 and the North and South Circulars.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Chiswick report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Chiswick on the map
Within its boundaries Chiswick is more or less dissected by the A4 or Great West Road, to give it its historic name. To the north of this major artery lies Chiswick High Road, the hub of the area’s shopping and restaurant scene, along with Bedford Park, a residential area that features some of the most exclusive Edwardian and Victorian properties in West London. South of the A4 is a mainly residential area, with fabulous riverside property, a mix of Victorian, Edwardian and 30s housing and the beautiful architecture of Chiswick House, surrounded by its gorgeous park.
There are also pockets of commercial enterprise, including the Griffin Brewery on the river bank, where Fuller, Smith & Turner brew delicious London Pride beer – there has been brewing in this area for more than 350 years. At the western end of the High Street the glittering new Chiswick Park business development is home to a growing number of communications and media companies. Further west along the A4 there are a multitude of smart modern office buildings taking advantage of the area’s proximity to Heathrow, including the impressive glass headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline.
Chiswick has it all and that means there are plenty of people who want to live here. Property prices in the district reflect the fact that it is one of West London’s most popular spots and, of course, rents are correspondingly high. However, it’s a large area with a wealth of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and post-war properties. Families are well-catered for here – the houses have good-sized gardens compared with further into town and there are plenty of parks and green spaces. Generally the streets are wide and lined with trees, with a selection of detached, semi-detached and terraced housing. The spaces left by World War Two bombing have been filled with houses and apartment blocks and there is a good choice of ultra-modern flats, some with river views, to tempt the young urban professional a little further out. But most sought after, and least likely to come to the rental market, are the Georgian and Victorian beauties along the waterside at Strand on the Green, Chiswick’s most historic enclave.
Depending on the type of property you’re looking for, there’s something for everybody in Chiswick. South of the A4 in Grove Park, there are a number of classic Victorian red brick mansion blocks, while the area between the A4 and the High Road (including Dale Street, Devonshire Road, Dukes Avenue and west to Sutton Court Road) is the ideal place to look for spacious Victorian family houses. Bedford Park and Queen Anne’s Grove are more expensive – here you will find the most perfect period houses and elegant mansion blocks, with easy access to the High Road, the shops and the tube line.
If you’re looking for something really special, a good starting point is to check out the area’s most desirable streets and then see what’s on offer in the surrounding streets, which are often incredibly similar in style of property and, of course, local amenities. Chiswick’s most sought after addresses are on the following roads:
- Blenheim Road
- Addison Grove
- Chiswick Mall
- Fairfax Road
- Newton Grove
- Priory Avenue
- Queen Anne’s Gardens
- Church Street
- Priory Gardens
- Queen Anne’s Grove
- Rupert Road
- Woodstock Road
- Esmond Road
- Ramillies Road
- Chiswick Quay
- Hartington Road
- Thames Road
- Mayfield Avenue
- Roman Road
- Marlborough Crescent
- Airedale Avenue
- Abinger Road
Who lives here and why?
The district of Chiswick, or Ceswican as it was originally known, has been attracting residents steadily since 1,000AD when it first appears in the records as an area of riverside farms and meadows. Initially it was a fishing village and centre for dairy farming but as the Thames became more and more polluted in the 17th and 18th centuries these trades died out, leaving brewing as the area’s oldest industry. In the mid 19th century the Royal Horticultural Society planted a major fruit tree collection on 33 acres close to the river; although it is long since gone, there are still houses in Grove Park that have original RHS pear trees in their gardens.
Like many London suburbs, it was the expansion of the rail network that really brought the population to Chiswick. The Victorian and Edwardian building booms led to large swathes of middle class housing as the number of residents in the area grew tenfold. Bedford Park, north of Chiswick High Road, is celebrated for its preponderance of elegant houses by the architect Richard Norman Shaw, while other notable buildings in the area include the Palladian splendour of Chiswick House, built by the Third Earl of Burlington in the 1720s, Hogarth’s House, former home to the 18th century artist William Hogarth, and a new Russian Orthodox cathedral built in 1998 in traditional style. During the Second World War Chiswick took something of a beating, being subjected to more than 50 bombing raids as well as earning the dubious distinction of being the landing place of the first V2 rocket to hit London in September 1944.
Over the years the area has attracted a number of famous residents and is still well-loved by current celebrities, particularly BBC stars for its proximity to Television Centre in Shepherds Bush just a couple of miles away. Some famous names, past and present, that have called the area home include: E.M. Forster, Anthony Burgess, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Vanessa Redgrave, Colin Firth, Kate Beckinsale, Phil Collins, Mick Hucknall, Patrick Stewart and Jeremy Irons. But as well as the rich and famous, Chiswick also attracts City workers, well-heeled families and young professionals, who love the buzzing restaurant scene on the High Road and the easy access in and out of London.
The Best Bits
Along the river, the area has plenty to recommend it and naturally riverfront properties sell and rent out at premium prices. Strand-on-the-Green, a former fishing village, features a very pretty riverside path with a number of fine traditional pubs. Further along at Dukes Meadows, a wide open space features sports clubs, hockey pitches, football and rugby pitches, a rowing club and a small par-three, nine-hole golf course and driving range. Furthermore, the annual rowing race between Oxford and Cambridge universities finishes at Chiswick Bridge, a spectacle well-worth seeing, then to be discussed and celebrated in one of the riverside pubs nearby.
Bringing the Kids
Chiswick makes an ideal London base for families with children. There are plenty of good schools within reach and a multitude of ways to fill up the weekend. Whether your children are nursery age or teenagers, the facilities you’ll need for your family can be found right on the doorstep.
In terms of primary schools, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are 25 state primaries within a four mile radius of Chiswick, including four Roman Catholic junior schools and numerous Church of England, along with a number of well-respected private primary schools including Chiswick & Bedford Park, the Falcons, Ravenscourt Park and Orchard House. Also within easy reach are the junior schools for Westminster (Westminster Under), Latymer (Latymer Prep) and St Paul’s (Colet Court).
At secondary level, the most local school is the mixed-ability Chiswick Community School; nearby options include ten state secondary schools, five of which are Catholic and two Church of England. In terms of private education, local children attend St Paul’s Boys and Girls Schools, two of the country’s top schools, Latymer Upper School (mixed), Westminster (boys), the Harrodian (mixed), Godolphin and Latymer (girls), St Benedicts (mixed, Catholic), Notting Hill & Ealing High (girls), St Augustine’s (girls, Catholic), Hampton (boys), the Arts Educational School (mixed, theatre), Ibstock Place (mixed), Putney High School (girls) or Francis Holland (girls) – all of which are within a reasonable commute. Chiswick is also well placed for the Japanese School in Acton, the King Fahad Academy, also in Acton, and the International School of London.
At weekends, families will find plenty to do, from walks along the riverside to museum visits – there’s Hogarth’s House, the Kew Bridge Steam Museum and the Musical Museum, along with the period glories of Chiswick House and Syon House in nearby Brentford. Kew Gardens lies just west of Chiswick and a bit further out the rolling landscape and wild deer of Richmond Park make for glorious Sunday afternoons. Sports minded adults and children can join a number of fitness and sports clubs in the area, including rowing, tennis, rugby, cricket, golf, hockey and athletics. For those less sporty who prefer retail therapy, there are the upmarket shops of Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green Terrace, a local farmers market, one of London’s best boot fairs (every first Sunday of the month at Chiswick Community School), not to mention Europe’s largest shopping centre at Westfield, just a five minute drive away.
Relocating to Chiswick
If you’re arranging a relocation to London for someone who has little knowledge of the capital, Chiswick makes the perfect choice. Not as hard-edged and frenetic as the centre of town, but friendly, green and well positioned for both getting into and out of the city, Chiswick has so much to offer. Boutique shopping and sophisticated dining and drinking will appeal to young professionals, while good schools and amenities make it ideal for families. And while rental prices may be a little steep, we would say no more so than other equally desirable parts of London. However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a rental property, and a wide variation in the rents being asked. Not to mention the considerations of convenience for work, access to suitable schools, easy transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. We know London property inside out and we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Chiswick is one of the smartest suburbs in West London. If you’re arranging a relocation to London for someone who has little knowledge of the capital, Chiswick makes the perfect choice. Not as hard-edged and frenetic as the centre of town, but friendly, green and well positioned for both getting into and out of the city, Chiswick has so much to offer.
Average Monthly Rents in Chiswick