Thu 12 Dec 2019
Hounslow is one of the areas in which we have seen the most activity in the property market in 2019, both in sales and lettings. Popular with first-time buyers and investors, singles and families, Hounslow is sought-after on account of its great transport links towards Heathrow and the city centre on the Piccadilly Line.
Like many of West London’s towns, its name has Anglo-Saxon origins. Old records refer to the town as “Hundeslow”, stemming from the original name “Hundes hlaw” which literally translates as “the dog’s mound”. Historians think that it is likely that the area was named after a person nicknamed “Hound” who either lived there or owned the land.
The early settlement was positioned on the Bath Road, a major transport route into London from the West Country whose name survives as the stretch of the A4 leading out of Hounslow to Colnbrook. As a result of its location, Hounslow grew from a small village into an important town, providing a market and inns for travellers going to and from London.
Hounslow remained a busy settlement for centuries, but began to decline after the construction of the Great Western Railway in 1838. The new train line reduced traffic along the road, and within four years the local paper reported that Hounslow had fallen into a depression.
The development of the Great West Road and the re-surfacing of sections of the Bath Road in the 1920s revived Hounslow’s fortunes, as large companies built their factories and headquarters along the route. This brought high levels of employment to Hounslow, attracting workers to the area and sparking a wave of housing development.
Although many of these factories have since closed their doors, Hounslow remains a busy commercial centre. The development of Heathrow Airport has provided the town with new opportunities, and many of the businesses located in Hounslow today provide goods and services to the airport.
The area has also developed a thriving retail district. The Treaty Centre is Hounslow’s largest shopping centre, with a food court alongside over 50 shops, while the Blenheim Centre hosts a large supermarket, gym and a few smaller shops. Both high-street chains and independent shops are found throughout Hounslow town centre.
A new development known as the High Street Quarter, set on the corner of Prince Regent Road and Alexandra Road, will add to Hounslow’s shopping scene. The first phase of the site is due to be completed in the middle of 2020, and a large cinema complex, square, cafes and restaurants will be located within the development.
In addition to these facilities, High Street Quarter will add more high-specification apartments to Hounslow’s housing market, alongside similar properties in new developments at Trinity Square, the Tryon Apartments and Charter Place, among others.
The 2011 census reported that around 65% of Hounslow’s homes were houses, and many of these were built duing the town’s expansion between 1920 and the 1970s, so the introduction of these modern flats has added greater variety to the available properties on the market.
Hounslow has been home to a number of celebrities over the years. Olympic champion Mo Farah and Dermot Morgan of Father Ted fame have both lived in here, while musicians Phil Collins and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were both born in Hounslow. The town’s most recent celebrity is Naomi Scott, who starred as Jasmine in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin which was released earlier this year.
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