It’s remarkable what can be squeezed under and around a busy overpass – just look at Westway. In time all the blocks of offices along the A4 will become blocks of flats. As a fan of brown field sites being re-purposed into housing this is, I think, good overall. Some will question the appeal of having one of London’s busiest flyovers a few metres from their windows but no doubt it looks dramatic at night and anyway they are not this development’s target market.
The flats have a distinctly flatpack feel and perhaps it’s just me that thinks internal bedrooms are highly questionable – in spite of the large glass pane between bedroom and sitting room. Compact living means a multi-purpose main room so the kitchen is stretched along one wall but the developers have taken advantage of impressively high ceilings to fit high level storage (have a stepladder handy!) The bathrooms seem oddly generous compared to the sitting area – a smaller shower would be a reasonable compromise to get space for a couple more supper guests to sit in comfort.
Bear in mind that you can’t open the windows in the flats on the road side, it’s air conditioning only here. If that’s a noxious particulate too far then buy on the north side for wonderful views of Gunnersbury Park and the fresh air option. Premium prices for these of course but frankly worth it if you plan to spend years in this development. For the young and lively who have time to wait for Chiswick Park to be completed this could be quite a fun place to live. It doesn’t score well on the pint of milk test though – having to cross four lanes of traffic to get to a shop is not convenient. If you drive out of London to head west on a regular basis then you’ll need a parking place – pricey at £15,000. No residents parking permits allowed though and the immediate area isn’t awash with easy parking. A relief, then, that the building was already on pillars to allow concourse parking so at least it’s easy in and easy out even if the only option is turning left.
Look carefully at public transport – Acton Town is best for the West End but it’s a 20+ minute walk and that includes crossing the North Circular. Kew Bridge rail station (trains to Waterloo) and Gunnersbury tube (District Line) might a better bet.
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There’s no avoiding the A4 flyover and the distinctly down at heel, semi-industrial, fading office block area that surrounds it. Chiswick Park will improve things so for anyone in for the long haul it’s worth considering. The green space close by is very appealing and Chiswick High Road, a brisk 20 minute walk, is family central – once residents have grown out of their compact flats the next step can be a spacious Victorian terrace.
Apt Living offers buyers the opportunity to purchase compact but beautifully designed apartments and their new location in Gunnersbury also offers additional benefits of an onsite gym and parking. The ceilings are high and the Habitat home furnishing has a weighty quality that feels far superior to other properties I have viewed in this price range – the furnishing feels built to last and not just for show.
The flats are compact and they have made clever use of storage space giving as many flats as possible windows looking out over the back towards Gunnersbury Park – really quite spectacular. This means the flat I viewed was long and thin with the bedroom in the middle of the flat with an internal window to benefit from the light. The development feels like one of two halves – those flats with views across the park and those which must have views onto the A4 flyover. There wasn’t an opportunity to view a flat on the busy roads and so I can’t comment on the noise or outlook.
The compact nature isn’t going to suit everyone but offers many who would otherwise not have been able to a step onto the property ladder. I can also see the huge appeal for those commuting into London from the M4 and wanting a base for during the week and the ability to park their car.
Please review the location of this development:
Gunnersbury Park is one of London’s lesser known gems and has recently become a firm favourite with amazing facilities (ponds/playgrounds/running tracks/ sports pitches) and beautiful scenery. To live on the edge of the park is an incredible opportunity to have all that it offers on your doorstep. Whilst this is a busy main road with little on your immediate doorstep a 15 minute walk takes you to the edge of Chiswick and the start of this leafy suburb packed full or restaurants, bars and shops. The real benefit of this location is the quick and easy access to the M4 and the ability to easily commute in and out of the west of London.