What is Chiswick like?
Chiswick’s open spaces and charming riverside location make it perennially popular with families: Chiswick Common, Acton Green Common, Ravenscourt Park, and, most notably, the grounds of Chiswick House dot the area with green.
Chiswick High Road and its environs boast an excellent selection of shops and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred La Trompette. Turnham Green Terrace is noted for its sophisticated range of independent retailers and high-class food shops.
Property in Chiswick
Family homes are Chiswick’s major draw, with Bedford Park the prime location. London’s first garden suburb, Bedford Park is noted for its substantial Victorian houses in the Arts & Crafts and style, many designed by the leading architect Richard Norman Shaw.
Also popular is Grove Park, closer to the River Thames and offering more space and greenery. Property here mainly comprises four- to six-bedroom family houses in a mixture of period styles, principally Edwardian, 1930s and modern.
Chiswick Riverside is highly coveted for its fine array of Georgian, Regency and Victorian properties, all commanding breathtaking views of the Thames. A mixture of smaller, cottage-style properties and Victorian townhouses are to be found on the Glebe Estate (a grid of streets south of Chiswick High Road) and the streets between Acton Lane and Bollo Lane.
For prime property in the Bedford Park conservation area, try Woodstock Road, Marlborough Crescent and Priory Avenue.
For cottagey charm on the Glebe Estate, look in Duke Road and Devonshire Road.
For waterfront vistas, head to Chiswick Mall and Strand-on-the-Green.
For the space and leafiness of Grove Park, try Park Road, Devonshire Gardens and Burnaby Gardens.
For contemporary apartments and mansion flats, look at Bedford Park Mansions, Corney Reach and Chiswick Green Studios.
The local scene
Chiswick House, built by the Earl of Burlington in 1727 and a magnet for fashionable 18th-century society, is one of the most important classical buildings in the country and is now a popular venue for opera, open-air theatre, talks, film presentations and children’s events. Chiswick’s rich cultural scene also includes the Tabard Theatre, which presents a varied programme of concerts and shows; the Bedford Park Festival, a fortnight of music, comedy, exhibitions, literature and gastronomy; and the Chiswick Book Festival, which attracts many of the leading names in literature.
With five tube stations and two railway stations, Chiswick is ideal for commuting. Turnham Green, Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury, Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park Stations are all served by the District Line to Westminster and the City. Chiswick and Gunnersbury Stations provide trains to Waterloo with a journey time of about 25 minutes.
The A4, which runs through Chiswick, becomes the M4 immediately to the West of the town, providing fast access to Heathrow (15 minutes away) and the West Country.
Schools in Chiswick
Chiswick’s excellent state schools include Belmont Primary School and St Mary’s RC Primary School. The area’s leading independent schools are Godolphin & Latymer School for girls, Hammersmith; Orchard House Preparatory School, Chiswick; The Falcons Pre-Preparatory School for Boys, Grove Park; and Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School. The highly regarded International School is a draw for overseas buyers.