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.
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, 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.
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.
“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 RÃ«Ä“, verified resident at The Apex
“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.