Chiswick Area Guide

Guide to Chiswick

Chiswick, is the quintessential village inside a city - big Victorian family terrace houses, fine Arts and Crafts homes, parkland, Thames walks and a quick motorway exit to the West, the prosperous west London suburb of Chiswick is a popular spot for settling down — and for partying, too.

The area is as well known for its celebrities as much as housing with many TV and sports personalities residing in the leafy West London area.

Helping Chiswick residents to keep abreast of all this activity are two brilliant community websites — Chiswick W4 and The Chiswick Calendar, which also runs the Chiswick Club Card offering discounts of up to 20 per cent in local shops.

The hot local topic is Transport for London’s nearly completed Cycle Superhighway 9, running all the way from Olympia to Brentford with a two-way segregated cycle lane along the south side of Chiswick High Road. It has divided the community with some local residents in favour but many local businesses along the route opposed.

The property scene in Chiswick ranges from grand Georgian homes to Edwardian and detached Twenties and Thirties houses (Daniel Lynch)

Fine houses in Chiswick Mall date from Georgian times, when the area was an elegant riverside retreat. There are period cottages at Strand on the Green, which was once a small Thames fishing village.

Bedford Park in the enclave north of Bath Road is London’s first planned garden suburb with fine Arts and Crafts houses, some designed by Richard Norman Shaw, one of the leading exponents of what became known as the Queen Anne Revival style.

Grove Park has a mix of large Edwardian and detached Twenties and Thirties houses, some with 100ft gardens with Thames frontages.

The Glebe Estate in the streets around Devonshire Road, off Chiswick High Road, has two- and three-storey Victorian cottages. Elsewhere, Chiswick has predominantly Victorian and Edwardian terrace homes and mansion flats.

The Berkeley Group planted their development flag at Chiswick Gate in Burlington Lane next to historic Chiswick House & Gardens, creating a scheme of 122 one- and two-bedroom flats and three-, four- and five-bedroom terrace houses including two blocks of shared-ownership homes, built in the Georgian style. Near Turnham Green Tube station, 500 Chiswick High Road is a Redrow scheme of 66 studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom flats and four-bedroom terrace houses.

Hideaway Mews off Thorney Hedge Road, by Heronsbrook Homes, has six four-bedroom Edwardian-style homes, almost ready to move into, with the development finishing by July. The nearest Tube station is Gunnersbury. Wedgwood Villas comprises six terrace houses in Horticultural Place off Turnham Green Common from developers Black Onyx and Martin’s Properties. Move-in ready and with roof terraces and underground parking.

Chiswick is six miles west of central London with Acton and Ealing to the north; Hammersmith to the east, the Thames to the south and Brentford to the west.

Chiswick Village is a private estate of 280 flats built in the Thirties. Tucked away between the Great West Road and Strand on the Green.

Chiswick is exceptionally well connected, being close to the South Circular and the North Circular roads, the M3, the M4 and the A40.

Spread out along the District line, Chiswick is served by Tube stations at Ravenscourt Park, Stamford Brook and Turnham Green on the Richmond and Ealing Broadway branches. Gunnersbury is also on the District line but only the Richmond branch.

Chiswick Park is also on the District line but the Ealing Broadway branch only. Additionally, Turnham Green is on the Piccadilly line.

There are trains from Chiswick station to Waterloo, which take 27 minutes, via Clapham Junction and Vauxhall.

All stations with the exception of Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury and Chiswick are in Zone 2 with an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costing £1,364.

Most of Chiswick is in Labour-controlled Hounslow, however, Bedford Park is in Ealing, also Labour controlled.

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