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Spotlight on Chiswck

Chiswick is an affluent suburb, which nestles in a meander on Thames, about six miles to the West of Charing Cross. It’s bordered by Sheen, Kew, Mortlake and Barnes, all also prosperous suburbs. You can reach the uninhabited island in the river, Chiswick Eyot, at low tide.

This well-to-do area is home to big Victorian terraced houses, Arts and Crafts homes, the Thames Path, parks and great transport links, both into London and by road out to the west.

Chiswick hosts many festivals, including the annual Bedford Park Festival, hosting community and arts events, which begins on 8 June. There is also a Book Festival starting in September.

Also in September there is the Tidefest, a celebration of the Thames which highlights and celebrates the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. It includes a wide variety of river based events in Chiswick and neighbouring Kew, Brentford, Barnes, Isleworth and Kempton.

Transport for London has proposals for Cycle Superhighway 9, which it is planned will run all the way from Olympia to Brentford with a two-way segregated cycle lane along the south side of Chiswick High Road.

The fine houses in Chiswick Mall date from the Georgian era, when Chiswick itself was an elegant village retreat on the river. There are also period cottages at Strand on the Green, formerly a Thames fishing village.

Bedford Park is London’s first planned garden suburb and is home to fine Arts and Crafts houses, some designed by Richard Norman Shaw in the Queen Anne Revival style.

As you would anticipate, house prices are on the high side, with the average price of a 1-bedroom flat in the region of £455,000, rising to £597,000 for two bedrooms. If you are looking for a family home, a 3-bedroom house will start at over £1 million.

Renting is not a particularly cheap option either, and tenants can expect to pay over £1,500 for a 1-bedroom property, rising for £1,850 for two bedrooms.

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. The others are in Zone 3 and an annual travelcard costs £1,600.

Most of Chiswick is in Labour-controlled Hounslow, where Band D council tax for 2018/2019 is £1,461.99. Bedford Park itself is in Ealing, also Labour controlled, where Band D council tax for 2018/2019 is £1,440.12.

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