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.
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.’
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.
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
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
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