Brentford is definitely one of London’s less well-known areas, due to its varied mix of architectural styles and mishmash development history. However, it has plenty to offer renters and buyers looking for a convenient and different kind of West London setup. We ask the residents who know the area where the best places to live in Brentford can be found.
What’s it like living in Brentford?
Firstly, where is Brentford, exactly? It sits just above Kew and below Ealing in West London, and the heart of the Brentford lifestyle is the snug suburban feel of cosy pubs, inviting shops and reassuring brickwork. Still, Brentford is growing fast – the quieter parts are quickly being surrounded by newly constructed smart apartment blocks and offices.
This means that there’s plenty of traffic and development to consider, as Brentford continues to adjust to its new shape. Still, it also means there’s a lot of choice for property hunters looking for the best places to live in Brentford. There’s a widening range of options, from reliably appealing apartments, to luxury, gated developments like The Island on Tallow Road.
As for the daily lifestyle, Brentford combines a comfortable range of local attractions with easy access to the rest of London. You can enjoy charming Thames walks, tranquil pubs such as the Griffin and Lord Nelson, and almost Putney-esque levels of green space. Syon Park is a regular favourite, and the famous Kew Botanical Gardens are conveniently close at hand.
What is Brentford known for?
Historically, Brentford is best known as a waterside hub, as the River Thames and River Brent flow into the Grand Union Canal. There’s still plenty of Brentford’s boating legacy to be seen today in its pretty houseboats and canalside decorative areas.
Along with its budding arts scene, Brentford enjoys a reputation for attracting big companies looking to headquarter here. Sega, JC Decaux, Sky and the massive pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline call Brentford home.
Brentford’s beloved football club have also recently put themselves on the map in a big way. In 2021, Brentford FC joined the Premier League for the first time since 1947.
Average property prices in Brentford
Property prices in Brentford run quite a wide range, from quite affordable to mega expensive. Average prices hovered around the £500,000 mark during 2020, with sale prices up 8% on the previous year. There are still plenty of appealing properties to be found in the £300,000-£400,000 bracket.
If you’re looking to rent property in Brentford, expect to find a respectable range of options. The average rental rate here is £442, 21.4% below the London average.
10 best places to live in Brentford
With the overview done, it’s time to dive into this historic West London suburb. The following list of the top 10 best places to live in Brentford is based purely on the views of our resident HomeViews reviewers.
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Brentford’s number one development, according to reviewers, is Academy Place by Crest Nicholson. It has 366 apartments, ranging from one to four-bedrooms and is surrounded by green spaces and a range of available sporting facilities. The development itself is situated just a 10-minute walk from Isleworth Station, which has regular trains to London Waterloo. Read reviews and details of Academy Place, TW7
In at a close second is Kew Bridge West, a residential development on Brentford’s leafier side, but still just a short drive from Heathrow Airport. It features one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and is flanked by the River Thames, Kew Gardens and Syon Park, making it convenient for all manner of outings. The nearest station, Kew Bridge, is a Zone 3 hub with convenient links to Waterloo. Read reviews and details of Kew Bridge West, TW8
With a tip of the hat to the area’s maritime history, Brentford Lock West offers a range of two-and-three-bedroom apartments and penthouses located right on the Grand Union Canal. Brentford Station is close by, as are the many highlights of Brentford itself. Read reviews and details of Brentford Lock West, TW8
Great West Quarter is a Barratt London development with 763 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. It’s conveniently situated between Kew Bridge station and Brentford station, and sits just a 10-minute walk from both. Residents here say they appreciate the peace and quiet, without having to sacrifice their easy access to Brentford’s retail areas and green spaces. Read reviews and details of Great West Quarter, TW8
At the midpoint of our list, we have London Square Isleworth, which features 203 units in a mix of one, two and three-bedrooms. The development is a four-minute walk away from Isleworth station, which has links to Southwestern Railway services into London Waterloo. Old Isleworthians Sports Club is also only a 6-minute walk away. Read reviews and details of London Square Isleworth, TW7
As the name suggests, this Brentford development is situated right next to Kew Bridge, putting the delights of Kew on residents’ doorstep. It offers a collection of modern and spacious riverside apartments, which benefit from good transport links in the form of Kew Bridge Station and the nearby underground stations of Gunnersbury and Kew Gardens. Read reviews and details of Kew Bridge, TW8
A St James development for Berkeley, Heritage Walk is a collection of 74 private suites comprising one, two and three bedrooms. The development itself is a short walk from Chiswick and Kew Green, putting Kew Gardens within easy reach. Residents cite the good value for money, high-quality design and facilities, and the convenience of the location. Read reviews and details of Heritage Walk, TW8
Another development within a stone’s throw of Kew Bridge, Kew Bridge Court is a gated residential complex managed by Grainger, just off Chiswick High Road in the area of Kew Bridge and Strand on the Green. It’s made up of one and two-bedroom apartments, which come with an allocated off-street parking space. Kew Bridge railway station is just over the road and residents can take a direct train from here to London Waterloo in just 30 minutes. Read reviews and details of Kew Bridge Court, W4
This is another Kew Bridge development where Folio London own 28 apartments for rent. Again, this gives residents easy access to Kew Gardens, as well as excellent views towards the River Thames. The modern, clean lines of the building and apartments get top marks from residents here. Read reviews and details of Folio London at Kew Bridge, TW8
To finish, we have Apt Parkview. This is a development by Apt Living, which features 292 residential units that are either one or two-bedroom apartments. The development backs on to Gunnersbury Park and is only a 7-minute walk away from Kew Bridge station with links to Southwestern Railway services. Read reviews and details of Apt Parkview , TW8
Fancy taking a closer look at Brentford? The link will take you to our dedicated area guide. There you’ll find out more regarding Brentford’s history, amenities and more developments to peruse.
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