Located in west London, Chiswick is a highly desirable suburb with a real sense of community. It’s the perfect place to raise a family because there’s so much going on that you need never be isolated and your children will have plenty of friends to play with. It’s a place where many families settle and then stay for generations.
Why do families love Chiswick?
The schools are brilliant. All the state primaries are at least ‘Good’ and several are ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. There is a good choice of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ secondary schools both in the private and state sectors too. There are also plenty of private prep, primary and all-through schools that all have good reputations.
When your children aren’t at school, there are plenty of parks and green spaces to enjoy in Chiswick, such as Dukes Meadows Park and the Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve.
In terms of housing, there are plenty of genteel Georgian properties, period cottages and large Victorian terraces, and house prices average at around £900,000. In other areas are Edwardian and early-20th-century homes with large gardens that front onto the Thames.
Chiswick feels like a village — safe and friendly, ideal if you’re starting a family and want to get to know others in the same boat. The area even has its own online newspaper
to keep you up to date with local news and events so you won’t miss a thing.
A decent work-life balance is entirely possible
Chiswick has great transport links: you can get to Heathrow very easily and it’s only half an hour away from the West End. The District Line can be slow, but if you’re creative with where you embark or alight, you can get into central London within a reasonable timeframe. TFL’s Cycle Superhighway 9 is still in the consultation period but it’s hoped that it will enable cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy safer, quicker journeys without having to rely on public transport.
All that said, Chiswick is not just a commuter town — it’s got real heart, too, and it’s somewhere you’ll enjoy living, rather than simply being somewhere to stay when you’re not at work. Take a wander down the river to Richmond, or back up to Hammersmith on a warm day or meet friends at one of the rather good pubs like the George IV or The Swan.
There are several festivals dotted throughout the year, too: Tidefest; Chiswick Book Festival; Bedford Park Festival and the London Mela. For day-to-day entertainment, there is a good mixture of independent and high street shops and restaurants in the centre, ranging from large chains to small boutiques.
Thinking of moving?
If you’re thinking of setting up home with your family in Chiswick, remember that Safestore Chiswick
is located just off the M4 close to the centre. We’re open 7am to 11pm, and we can store your furniture and furnishings for you whilst you move — let us keep everything clean, safe and dry whilst you decorate or renovate your new home, or if you need to rent for a short period until you buy your property. Rent a self storage unit at our Chiswick store for just a week or for however long you need at a low, weekly cost.