Nestled on the banks of the Thames in leafy southwest London, Twickenham is a popular suburb famed across the world as the home of English rugby.
Located just 10 miles southwest of central London and offering fantastic transport links into the heart of the city, the town boasts a plethora of green open spaces, excellent schools and a bustling high street filled with a wide range of independent shops, cafes and pubs.
With so much to offer, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Twickenham is hugely popular with everyone from young professionals attracted by those fast links into London, through to families looking for a pleasant urban lifestyle and, of course, those renowned schools.
Buying and renting in Twickenham
Those moving to Twickenham will find a fantastic selection of properties, including everything from cosy studio apartments to large detached family homes with generous gardens. Take a stroll around Twickenham’s pleasant tree-lined streets and you’ll find a plethora of Edwardian and Victorian properties mixed with modern apartment blocks and housing developments.
Of course, Twickenham is a highly desirable place to live and house prices reflect this, with an average property setting you back around £720,000. Apartments are generally more affordable than houses, with a typical 2-bedroom flat costing in the region of £450,000. Meanwhile, a typical 3 or 4-bedroom semi-detached home is likely to sell for between £500,000 and £800,000.
For those looking for a property to rent, expect to pay upwards of £700 per month for a modest studio apartment, or between £1,200 and £1,800 for a typical 2-bedroom home. For larger families, a luxury 4-bedroom house can rent for as much as £4,000 a month.
Location and Transport Links
Despite its leafy feel and quaint setting on the banks of the Thames, Twickenham is exceptionally well connected. Hop on a train and you can reach London Waterloo in as little as 23 minutes, which is one of the things that makes the area popular with commuters. Locally, there are good bus services and road links into central London and out towards the M25, while Heathrow Airport is also within easy reach.
In terms of nearby areas, you’ll find Richmond to the north east of Twickenham, while Teddington and the larger town of Kingston-upon-Thames lie to the south, with the latter offering an excellent range of shops, pubs, bars and restaurants. North west of Twickenham is the large suburb of Hounslow.
Amenities and things to do
Twickenham boasts a huge range of amenities and a plethora of cultural and social venues, with a great selection of independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as a weekly market.
Of course, there’s also the world-famous Twickenham stadium, which has a capacity of 82,000 people and hosts England’s home rugby matches, along with a variety of music concerts and events throughout the year.
When it’s time to enjoy some peace and quiet, you’ll find that Twickenham is home to a fantastic array of green open spaces, from Twickenham Green to Marble Hill Gardens
, where you can also take in the fantastic views of the river. Looking for great walks and some of London’s best wildlife? You’ll find all that and more in beautiful Richmond Park.
Nearby, you’ll also find Twickenham nestled close to the historic Hampton Court Palace
and Gardens, along with the intriguingly named Strawberry Hill and Orleans House. All in all, you’ll never be short of something to do if you choose to live in Twickenham.
Schools in Twickenham
Ever popular amongst families, Twickenham is home to many outstanding schools, with some considered amongst the best in the country. For young children, there’s the St James RC Primary School, Orleans Primary School and Bishop Perrin C of E Primary School, which are all rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Local secondary schools include Orleans Park School and Newline House School, along with the independent Hampton School and Kingston Grammar School in nearby Kingston-upon-Thames.
Why should I consider living in Twickenham?
Keeping in mind everything the area has to offer, it’s little surprise that Twickenham is one of southwest London’s most desirable locations. In many ways, Twickenham boasts the 'best of both worlds', with a great range of amenities and fantastic links into the city, along with many picturesque open spaces and a diverse range of housing stock. For couples and families alike, it’s a great place to live.
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