Neighbourhood Watch: West Drayton

As Crossrail’s progress gathers pace, demand in this up-and-coming area can only go one way, says Andrea Dean

Setting the scene

THIS west London suburb has traditionally kept a low profile, but is now getting used to the attention that its location — on the new Crossrail route — is bringing. It’s not the highest scorer in the looks department, but still has plenty going for it, as it’s minutes from the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport and Brunel University is down the road. In December 2019, when the Elizabeth Line opens, travelling times into central London and the City will be almost halved. Huge sums of money have been poured into improving the town centre, with new shops and offices opening and hundreds of homes being built.

Snooping around

THE oldest homes are late Victorian cottages in The Green, a conservation area, while 1930s, modern and new-build homes account for the rest. Research from Property Wire shows that house prices are over 42 per cent higher than five years ago and Nicholas Jordan of Cameron Group believes there’s potential for further capital growth. ‘West Drayton used to be perceived as down at heel, but Crossrail was the catalyst for change,’ he says. ‘Significant numbers of first-time buyers are moving in. One-bed resale flats start from £250,000 and new ones from about £300,000.’

What’s new

PADCROFT, from Redrow, is a collection of studios, one, two and three-bed flats in a prime position opposite West Drayton station. There will be 262 private homes in total, many with views over the Grand Union Canal and featuring kitchens kitted out with Smeg appliances. Only two-bedders are left in the current phase, starting from £395,000.

Aqua House is the first phase at Union Park, a canalside development from London Green, within walking distance of Brunel University. Most of the 118 flats — which range from studios to three-bedders — have balconies, from £219,995.

Luxurious: Interiors at Padcroft

One studio penthouse, with direct access to the communal roof garden (pictured above), remains at Howarth Homes’ waterside scheme Drayton Wharf, priced £274,995.

Inland Homes recently released Strata, eight studios at Drayton Garden Village. They start from £249,950 and feature separate kitchens and allocated parking, London Help to Buy is on offer.

Padcroft, Union Park and Strata are available through newhomeswestdrayton.com

RENT REPORT: ‘More and more young professionals are coming into the area and renting new flats. Two-beds completed a few years ago start from £1,200 pcm and new builds are from £1,350,’ says Grant Nicholls of Coopers Residential

West Drayton’s vital statistics

Council tax (Band D): £1,388.93

Commuting time: From 20 mins to Paddington

Annual Travelcard: £2,408

Born and bred: Ronnie Wood PICTURE: VIBRANT PICTURES/ALAMY

Amenities: ★★★☆☆ Tesco superstore; supermarkets and local shops in and around Station Road — Uxbridge is ten minutes away for greater choice; the WatersEdge bar and restaurant, overlooking the canal and adjacent to Packet Boat marina, is very highly regarded; art exhibitions, classes and other cultural activities at Southlands Arts Centre, a creative hub based in a listed Queen Anne building

Open space: ★★★★☆ Little Britain lake — so called because it’s shaped like the British Isles; Colne Valley Regional Park; waterside walks along the Grand Union towpath

Schools: ★★☆☆☆ Results about average; majority of state primaries ranked as good by Ofsted

Crime rate: ★★★☆☆ About average

Who lives there? Many residents work at Heathrow or Stockley Park business park; growing numbers of young professionals

Famous faces: Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones was born in West Drayton

Schools and profile supplied by Zoopla

Property ladder

First rung

£265,000, Coopers, coopers residential.co.uk

A one-bed apartment on the second floor. There’s a bright living room, a balcony, a parking space and a communal roof terrace.

Average for West Drayton

The average property in West Drayton is currently valued at £353,752 according to Zoopla.co.uk

£350,000, Cameron Group, cameron-group.co.uk

This ex-local authority terrace house has a dual-aspect living room, a downstairs bathroom, one single and two double bedrooms and an enclosed back garden.

Luxury living

£850,000, Gibbs Gillespie, gibbs-gillespie.co.uk

This detached house incorporates a 20ft kitchen/breakfast room, two reception rooms, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage.