Why buy a house in West London

West London is known for being one of the more affluent and desirable parts of London. But while it is the home of some of the most expensive boroughs in London, there is something for everyone.

West London areas are well connected to the rest of the city by buses, trains and 7 of the 12 London Underground lines.

Besides being well linked to the rest of London, West London is also home to Heathrow Airport, the UK’s biggest airport.

  1. The beautiful parks and green spaces like Kew Gardens, Osterley Park, Hyde Park, and St James’ Park 

  2. It's top performing schools 

  3. The many places to eat and drink in areas like Mayfair, Chelsea, Notting Hill and White City 

  4. The shopping spots like White City Westfield, Oxford Street, Notting Hill and the King’s Road

  5. The world class museums and art galleries such as the Science Museum, the V&A, the Natural History Museum and Tate Britain

  6. The links to the rest of the city, other parts of England

  7. The excellent theatres and music venues

  8. The markets like Portobello Road market, Covent Garden market and Alfies's Antique Market

  9. The stunning riverside spots like Richmond, Hammersmith Bridge and Putney

  10. The close proximity to major airport, Heathrow

West London property

The West London property market is the most expensive in the capital. 

Properties here range from red brick mansions, converted Victorian builds, stucco-fronted Georgian homes and modern new builds.

Flats are the most popular type of home purchase in West London.

West London House Prices

Just in the past year, the average price of a home in West London has increased by about 46%.¹

The average house price in West London in 2020 was £795,480.²

Of course, it depends on where in West London you choose to look. Homes in Kensington and Chelsea will likely cost over £1 million, while an apartment in Hounslow could cost you less than £400,000.³

Here’s a breakdown of house prices in West London by property type from July 2020 to July 2021:⁴

  • Detached house: £2,909,675

  • Semi-detached: £1,837,932

  • Terraced house: £1,620,091

  • Flat: £764,549

The cost of living in West London

Living in West London is not the cheapest option, but it really depends on where you’re located. 

If you opt to live in areas like Kensington and Chelsea or Notting Hill, you’ll find that people prefer to shop more luxuriously. There is no shortage of fancy health food shops, designer fashion stores or upmarket bars and restaurants in these areas.

But if you go towards Hanwell, Acton or Hounslow, you’ll be much more likely to be able to shop, eat and drink on a more modest budget.

Here are some examples of what things cost in London:⁵   

  • combo meal in a fast food restaurant – £6

  • cappuccino – £3.56

  • pint of beer in the pub – £5.72

  • gym membership per month – £52

  • cinema ticket – £13

Where to live in West London

Lovers of luxury will find that Kensington and Chelsea is the place to be.

The residential streets here are leafy and lined with multi million pound properties. Many of which are period homes and inspired by Dutch and French design.

Given the area’s close proximity to central London, you will not struggle to find good transport links.

When it comes to things to do, shopping on the King’s Road or walking through Kensington Gardens are both good options.

Hammersmith is an area growing in popularity for young professionals who want to set themselves up away from, but within reach of, the city centre.

The growing number of new build developments in Hammersmith make it an attractive place for first time buyers in London.

Nightlife in the Hammersmith is lively and varied without the West End prices. The Hammersmith Apollo hosts music events to cater to all tastes, and there are various pubs and bars in the area as well.

Transport links in and out of Hammersmith are great, with underground and overground lines operating from Hammersmith station.

There is also a large bus station in Hammersmith, with buses heading to all corners of the city.

Twickenham is a little further out of the city, giving it a more suburban feel. 

But with trains getting you into London Waterloo in less than half an hour, Twickenham is a good location for anyone working in the city centre.

Twickenham’s green spaces, riverside location and the good schools in the area make it an appealing place for families.

Notting Hill is fashionable because of more than just the film named after it.

Portobello Market, the annual Notting Hill Carnival and the multicoloured houses that line Portobello Road make it a part of London that stands out from the rest.

Notting Hill is a hub for everyone from celebrities to city bankers. But the area is also home to families who want to be near the highly rated schools in the area like Notting Hill Prep, Pembridge Hall and Wetherby,

With several tube stations in and around Notting Hill, you won’t struggle to find your way to the rest of London.

For families looking to have easy access to outstanding schools, Acton is an ideal place to be.

Schools like The Ark Priory Primary Academy and Ark Byron have waiting lists, and secondary schools like Drayton Manor High School and The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls are popular.

Besides its appeal for families, Acton is well located to be within easy reach of central London while being more affordable than other parts of West London. 

A flat in Acton costs an average of £494,713, and a house is £729,983.⁶

First time buyers in West London

Although West London is the most expensive part of London to buy a house in, there is a lot of opportunity for first time buyers to invest in lower cost areas that are being redeveloped.

Schemes like Help to Buy or shared ownership can be a huge help for first time buyers who need the extra help to purchase their first home.

Buy to lets in West London

West London is a very desirable location, so it’s a good place for landlords to own property.

The average rental price in West London is £595 a week according to Foxtons. This is higher than the £561 average in all of London.¹

New builds in West London

Buyers on a budget may find that West London’s new builds are outside their price range.

According to Compare My Move, the borough of Kensington & Chelsea is the most expensive place in the country to buy a new build, with an average price of £1,167,805.⁷

Westminster, Camden and Hammersmith and Fulham are also in the top 5 most expensive boroughs to buy a new build.

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Sources

¹ Foxtons - West London

² Rightmove - House prices in West London

³ Rightmove - House prices in Hounslow

⁴ Zoopla - West London

⁵ Expatistan - London

⁶ Foxtons - Acton

⁷ Compare My Move - How do the prices of new build properties compare to existing properties?