With the London property market picking up again, those who work in the city are carefully considering their next big move. With good transport links, green spaces and beautiful properties, West London is always an attractive prospect. But, of the seven main West London areas, which is the most affordable when it comes to buying a new home? We take a closer look at this dynamic slice of the London property market to find out.
Which of the West London areas is most affordable?
This list ranks the seven West London boroughs, running from most affordable to least. The rankings are determined by the most up-to-date price averages taken from Zoopla at the time of writing (October 2021).
Average property price: £402,652
Right now, Hounslow is the West London area offering the lowest average property price. Overall, prices have fallen by 2.27% during the past year.
Don’t let the falling prices fool you, as Hounslow has a lot to offer. While it used to be mostly known for being conveniently close to Heathrow, now it’s a draw in its own right. This particularly applies to young professionals and families who want good access to central London, but with plenty of green space, local amenities and, clearly, lower property prices.
Average property price: £444,545
The average price of Hillingdon property hasn’t moved much in the past 12 months, dropping only 0.33%. Still, this means that both flats and terraced houses remain reasonable, at around £250,000 and £386,000 respectively.
Much like Hounslow, Hillingdon enjoys excellent access to both Heathrow and main Underground lines. These include the Metropolitan, Piccadilly and Central line connections. Similarly, it has outstanding parks and green spaces, and a thriving food scene.
Average property price: £481,963
Now we’re creeping up towards the half a million pound mark, which isn’t surprising since Harrow has a wide range of property types on offer. From period homes to large 1930s-style detached family homes, semis, terraced houses and flats, there are good prospects for finding your ideal West London home here.
Harrow is mostly known for Harrow School. However, besides this big name, there are also plenty of excellent state primaries and secondaries across the borough. Harrow is a little more self-contained than other West London areas, but there’s still plenty to do, with a great high street and supporting independent boutique shops.
Average property price: £527,490
Prices in Brent have stayed relatively stable, falling about 1.5% in the past year. However, despite the overall area average, flats and terraced houses remain highly affordable here. Expect averages of around £295,000 and £296,000 respectively.
Brent may not boast the same level of green space and natural beauty as other West London areas, but it’s undergoing big changes. Regeneration projects continue to focus on providing high-quality new homes, expanding local amenities and creating attractive new commercial areas and green spaces. Brent is also the most culturally and ethnically diverse of all the West London areas. Its residents speak over 100 languages.
Average property price: £751,011
With a jump of over £220,000 in the average property price from Brent to Ealing, what kind of extra bang can you expect for your buck here?
Ealing’s popularity (and higher price tag) is largely due to its appeal as a refined, leafy London suburb. It’s also close to London hotspots like Chiswick and will feature several stops on the future Crossrail route. When you throw in lots of ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated schools, it’s easy to see why Ealing is attracting attention from new buyers.
6: Richmond Upon Thames
Average property price: £910,071
Richmond upon Thames was voted the happiest place to live in all of London for the last six years consecutively. That’s no shock since the riverside lifestyle is enviably relaxed, accessible and beautiful. The area is overflowing in exceptionally pretty river walks, pubs, period homes and more.
Obviously, all this comes at a price. Richmond upon Thames is the second most expensive of the West London areas to buy property. And, with the worst of the lockdown period hopefully behind us, prices are likely to rise higher still in this sought-after borough.
7: Hammersmith and Fulham
Average property price: £949,659
Edging dangerously close to a million-pound property price average, Hammersmith and Fulham is not a cheap place to settle. In fact, the past 12 months have seen prices shoot up by around 15%, or £100,000, across the borough.
This may be linked to the rising trend of London professionals going back to the office after the height of the remote working period. Hammersmith and Fulham is conveniently close to Zone 1, with outstanding transport links, but offers more affordable property prospects when compared to central London.
While prices may continue to rise in this borough, so will its appeal. The borough is building a new HS2 super station at Old Oak Common, while across the borough the arts, food and shopping scenes go from strength to strength.
Hopefully our list has given you a better idea of how the different West London areas compare in terms of property prices. If you want a closer look, explore the top 10 best places to live in West London. Additionally, our Guide to Living in West London offers more details:
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