Thu 07 Feb 2019
Thank you to all those who took the time to respond to last month’s survey about local amenities – as ever, your opinions were varied and make for interesting reading.
The largest proportion of respondents stated that transport links are the most important amenities to have nearby. There have been numerous studies into the effects of commuting on happiness and wellbeing [link https://the-happiness-index.com/how-commuting-affects-wellbeing-happiness/], so it is no surprise that so many people consider travel when looking for a new home.
West London residents are lucky in this regard, as 77.1% of homes are within 200 metres of a train station or bus stop – no wonder the area is so popular with professionals working either in Central London or in one of West London’s business centres.
Schooling was also regarded as important by our survey’s respondents. Families and young couples will naturally seek to live within easy reach of a school, particularly those rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. As competition for places in these schools is usually very high, it is to be expected that families would place high value on living as close to one as possible.
Again, West Londoners are fortunate when it comes to the educational institutions in their area, as 31.4% of homes in the area have an Outstanding school as their nearest primary school – far higher than the regional average of 24.7%.
Some of our respondents valued shops and restaurants as the most important local amenities when choosing a place to live. West London is blessed with an excellent selection of shopping centres, including the landmark Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush.
Every patch we cover also hosts a number of popular high streets – including Turnham Green Terrace, Northfield Avenue, King Street, Ealing Broadway and the award-winning Pitshanger Lane to name but a few – all of which provide West Londoners with independent and high-street shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Although local parks were considered least important by participants in January’s survey, West London residents benefit greatly from them. 18.1% of the West London area is made up of public green spaces, so perhaps we simply take them for granted when moving, as we are always close to one wherever we go in our patch.Whether you’re looking to move near to a station, school, high street or park, Thorgills may have the perfect property for you – you can view our properties for sale here and to let here.