It’s all about a tearoom
Everyone has their favourite little high street. Arabella Youens says Londoners see the value of homes in strong communities
premium products. Back then there were about 10 units boarded up, and Nunhead was pretty undiscovered.” Lauren Willis and her husband picked up on the change and opened a micropub, The Beer Shop, in late 2014. “It’s got that traditional village vibe but now other shops are opening it attracts a younger crowd, too,” says Lauren. Local demographic: a mix of firsttime buyers, young professionals and parents with small children through to long-term residents. Where to buy: Kirkwood Road, Barforth Road and Ivydale Road are among the most popular. Transport: Nunhead station is on the Thameslink and South Eastern lines
Where: Shepherd’s Bush, W12 Property types: set at the western end of Shepherd’s Bush, on the borders with Acton and Chiswick, the area’s big building push was in the late-Victorian and Edwardian era. Hence a mix of large family houses, period conversions, workers’ cottages and the odd spot of new build. High street: Askew Road, which runs from Uxbridge Road down to the top of Ravenscourt Park, has changed almost beyond recognition in 10 years. Gone are the all-day pubs with blackedout windows and in have come four independent cafés, a Ginger Pig organic butcher, two artisan bread shops and a couple of boutiques. “I opened a shop in Ledbury Road in 1996 but moved here in 2015 because it feels like Notting Hill used to be — a bit bohemian, and busy with young couples starting families,” says Debbie Potts of lifestyle store JW Beeton. She credits Hammersmith & Fulham with supporting the boost in the number of independent shops and cafés through a two-year, business-rate relief programme. Local demographic: families with children are the main market but downsizers from Notting Hill and Holland Park are also coming into the picture, as are those in the media and publishing — 350 ITV staff are due to move into White City Place next year. Where to buy: streets east of Askew Road are more mixed than the established family houses on the other side, which blend into the popular (and pricey) Bedford Park estate in Chiswick. The north end of Askew — further from the Tube — offers more value. Transport: Stamford Brook or Ravenscourt Park Tube stations
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Where: Barnes, SW15 Property types: mainly Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses and cottages, very little new build — the closest would be 16 newly refurbished flats in Boat Race House. Generally speaking, agents say you get more for your money here than in Barnes Village. Local demographic: young families and retirees. High street: Barnes’s alternative high street is a honeypot for young families due to the proximity of excellent schools, the Thames and its string of cafés and restaurants. When Marianna Hadjigeorgiou was looking for somewhere to open her specialist tearoom Orange Pekoe back in 2005, she didn’t want a busy and impersonal high street.
£675,000: a two-bedroom flat in Keith Grove, near Askew Road in Shepherd’s Bush
Sun trap: The Eagle pub, Askew Road