Ealing

A Guide to Living in Ealing

Ealing, or ‘The Queen of the Suburbs’ as it’s fondly known, is a happy balance between city and countryside living. Train and tube stations offer fantastic connections to the heart of the capital, as well as this it has retained a rural, characterful look and feel. The borough has numerous parks (Gunnersbury, Brent Lodge Park and Walpole are three of the best), a 40-something acre common, and quiet, leafy avenues. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Ealing and to see reviews from residents who own or rent in Ealing.

Well-connected Ealing

Ealing is in the heart of West London. Ealing Broadway, Ealing Common, North Ealing and South Ealing are all underground stations giving residents access to Central, District and Piccadilly lines. And Overground trains from Ealing Broadway and West Ealing whisk commuters to Paddington in less than 15 minutes.

The road links are appealing, too. The M25 is a 40-minute drive away and Heathrow Airport is even closer. As for the bus network, it’s regular and reliable, with routes terminating at Kingston and Golders Green.

Living in Ealing

It may brag peaceful green spaces, but it also offers plenty in the way of hustle and bustle, as well. For starters, it’s got an impressive music scene, with an abundance of pubs regularly hosting live bands. Plus a good selection of wine bars and coffee shops that could give East London a run for its money. And when it comes to eating out, you’ve got the world on your plate here. Move away from the chain favourites in central Ealing, and you’ll find quirky independents dishing up everything from Iranian to Italian cuisine.

 A sense of community

Ealing’s most loveable attribute is its infectious community spirit. Newcomers have plenty to do, such as exhibitions, amateur theatre groups and an annual summer festival. There’s also a real ‘shop local’ mantra, so lots of long-established, family-run businesses remain, selling the likes of fresh flowers and fruit and veg. Alternatively, high street names like Boots and Argos are in good supply at the Broadway shopping centre.

Ealing Studios

Ealing Studios, the world’s oldest working film production site, can be found overlooking Ealing Green. The studios have set the tone for the area’s love of the arts since 1902, and provided a backdrop for cinematic and TV greats like Notting Hill, St Trinian’s and Downton Abbey.

The residents

Ealing’s occupants vary just like its homes do. The reputable schools and the spacious Victorian houses draw families, whereas young professionals relish the transport links and contemporary flats.

Developments to buy and rent in Ealing

Unsurprisingly, this is prime residential development territory, and thousands of new homes and the upcoming Crossrail service are cementing its status for investors. The Elizabeth line will stop at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Hanwell. Prices here are about to soar due to journey times to Central London in just 11 minutes.

Dickens Yard is a St George development close to Ealing Broadway, so it’s a top choice for those who are seeking a central spot. It is also rated as one of the best places to live in Ealing.

 

Great communication with the landlord, great transport links around the area great living community with convienience for dining and shopping, great schools around the area. Find the area relatively safe. Property is fine and great concierge facility, however quite expensive.” – Calvin, verified resident at Dickens Yard

 

Close by there’s Galliard’s The Apex, an ultra-modern set of towers with a landscaped terrace and a viewing gallery in the taller high-rise. Which is another great place to rent in Ealing.

 

Affords an excellent lifestyle good location, built with all the mod cons & roof garden. Stunning views of sunrise & sunset.” – Dr Rëē, verified resident at The Apex

 

The Jigsaw is a mixed-use Fabrica development nearby West Ealing station. Praised for its sleek look and feel, The Jigsaw is ideal for commuters…

 

Great neighbours, transport link. The appearance of the building is nice aswell. It’s peaceful and it has a lot shops nearby. The building is constantly cleaned and maintenance is dealt fairly quickly.” – Ayra, verified resident at The Jigsaw

 

For standout views, Folio London at Sterling Place is a W5 development close to Gunnersbury Park and the A4 – good news if you’re driving into town.

Want to find out more about living in Ealing? Check out residents’ reviews below to discover the best places to live in Ealing. Do you live in a property here that you can’t see on HomeViews? Click here to submit a new listing and tell the HomeViews community about your experience. 
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Good area to live in

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2020

The location is really good, very close to transport options and different lines, what facilitates when something goes wrong. The area is well maintained and clean, with a few exceptions coming from council houses. All buildingds around have a good design. There are not many shops in the development (apart from Sainbury’s that is really handy) but with a short walk either to Chiswick or Acton you can find more options. Parking is a big problem, if you are building a brand new building, make space for everyone that lives there to park, it is just silly to not do that. Also is a shame there is no space around for barbecuing.

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I actually don’t like to be able to share communal areas with other building, we had several problems with it already. Overall design of the buildings is good, although you could have added the top floors as terraces for use of some flats. The management is average in my opinion, there is nothing special.

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The re-sale fee is abusive (there is an obligation to sell via housing association for there first months). It was clear the % charged would be on the market value of the property and not on my share, btw I still have doubts if I am being fooled around.

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Great area and lovely flat, housing association management could be bit better

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Review Date Apr 2020

Area it’s quickly developing but still nice and calm with a nice residential feel. It’s very well connected with good transport links and easy access to the District and Piccadilly lines and very close to the overground. It would be better to have more options for shops and dog parks, although it is close enough to Chiswick High St which is lovely and has loads of options.

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My flat is quite spacious for a one bed-flat and very well divided, kitchen is good and its open plan. We have a nice balcony and lots of natural light. Energy efficiency is great! The landscaping outside could be better.
Cleaning of the communal areas is included but building management could improve. Housing association is not always clear and efficient, definitely could improve.

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Parking restrictions and the cladding situation (last one is very worrying)

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A lovely place to live.

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Review Date Apr 2020

Like: the interior space of the apartments is very generous. The nature reserve is lovely to look out onto.
Travel links are excellent and close by. The buildings are a really great design outside. People generally know each other and are friendly and respectful.
Dislike: tube noise.

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The development is literally a five minute walk from Chiswick Park tube station, is set back from the road and is a very nice design. It overlooks a nature reserve and has a secluded feel.
There is now a very stylish bridge leading from the development over the railway into the nearby Business Park., further enhancing transport links as this leads to Gunnersbury Station.
The tube lines going past are a bit noisy, but one gets used to this quite quickly.
Overall, it’s a great place to live with a nice community spirit.

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The apartments are very well insulated and cosy, there is no gas in the development and unlimited 24 hour hot water and heating is included in the service charge.

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Yes, some things have taken longer than others, but they are all dressed eventually. This is part of living in a manger block!

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A great modern development in a quiet area

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Review Date Apr 2020

The area is really quiet, but is close to main roads in Ealing. There are any type of shops close by, between 3 and 10 minutes walking to reach any supermarket. The transportation is great, train station at 10 min walking, bus stop 5 min walk from the residence linking to the tube after a 10 min ride on the bus.

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Great building to live in, really recent development with a really good isolation (temperature and sound wise). The apartments are efficiently designed to make the most of the space available. The doors are secure and the building management is always available to help on any issues. The issues in the development are dealt with in a timely manner as well.

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Nothing to add, the viewing let me see all the points I wanted to see.

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The building management responded swiftly to any of the problems I had raised, even if sometimes repairs took longer to do due to the repair provider handling of the situation.

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