02 Oct Looking To Buy A Property In London? Go West
When it comes to searching for a home in any of London’s 32 boroughs, it pays to seek advice from estate agents with in-depth local knowledge
The problem with buying a property in London is often a question of knowing just where to start. With 32 boroughs to choose from, you might be spoilt for choice.
Typically, your choice of location is likely to be determined by
- Where you work.
- The facilities and amenities any one of the capital’s local communities has to offer, including schools and transport links.
- The appeal of a particular area in which to live. Do you want to live in an area with lots of nightlife on your doorstep, or maybe you prefer open green spaces and view over the many miles of countryside that surround London?
These are all factors you may want to take into account. But if you start by looking at properties for sale in Bloomsbury or consulting estate agents in Mayfair and find central London does not tick all your boxes, a new approach to searching for a home in the capital may be needed.
When it comes to balancing the relative attractions of one area over another, you might want the benefit of input from local professionals who know their area especially well.
If you find yourself weighing up the pros and cons of life in London on an area by area basis, you might want to start in west London, where the districts of Hammersmith, Fulham and the borough of Wandsworth offer plenty for young professionals and families to consider.
Estate agents in Hammersmith stress the importance of advice from experts who know their area well, have been running their business in the community for a number of years and who have a passion for everything to do with the purchase, sale and management of property in their patch.
A spokesman for local agent Lawsons & Daughters says: “Our own experience of working in the same area for the past 30 years or so, first from our offices in Hammersmith and more recently our new base in Fulham, has taught us a lot.
“The biggest lesson learned is the way in which even neighbouring communities in London can vary markedly from one to another. Defining those differences – knowing just what it is that makes a particular neighbourhood tick – is one of the essential skills for any estate agent.
“We employ this experience of the local market when advising clients about property investment in the area, the purchase of homes to live in or those to rent, and the amenities which any one location may have to offer”.
Living in Hammersmith
Hammersmith is located between Chiswick and Kensington High Street – addresses that suggest the sheer variety and diversity of neighbourhoods and communities in this part of west London.
From any part of Hammersmith access to central London is reliable and fast, with direct access to the western gateways of Richmond and Ealing. Heathrow Airport is also easily reached.
When it comes to relaxation, you have a pathway that stretches from the city to Richmond along the banks of the Thames. Across the river, you can see the 105 acres or so of open space that makes up the London Wetland Centre and is home to more than 180 species of birds.
Doing business in Hammersmith and Fulham
This part of west London has an especially active Chamber of Commerce. Its current calendar of forthcoming events suggests the diversity of business and employment opportunities available in this thriving economy and the way in which it fits into the overall energy of London itself.
The combination of local knowledge and the wider setting of the capital scene is characterised by the Chamber’s active membership of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In summary, choosing where to buy in London is not only influenced by cost, but personal preference.