Focus On Ealing: Crossrail's coming to Ealing and new homes are moving in, as well as a revived cinema complex

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Ealing Common

A few years ago, the only images that were conjured when you said the word ‘Ealing’ to a non-Londoner were of all the films that were shot at its famous studio. Its post-war run – chief among them The Ladykillers in 1955 – was a classic period of British film-making.

And the legacy lives on; in recent years, Shaun of the Dead, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything have all been shot there, undoubtedly lending the area an unusual glamour for a west London suburb in Zone 3.

“It’s not uncommon to see stars of the big screen enjoying a day out on the common or a brunch in one of the many local cafes,” says Matt Gilbert from estate agent Savills. “There are certainly a number of locals who work in the film and entertainment industry who love all that the area has to offer.”


Ealing Studios

As soon as 2019, that will include a stop on the Crossrail line, which will provide another option into central London and Heathrow. Right now, the area’s served by four Tube stations, two National Rail stations and Heathrow Connect.

Yet it’s the anticipation of a new Crossrail station that’s led to reinvestment in the area and new business on the high street. According to data collected by estate agent Hamptons International using Land Registry figures, you won’t be short of places to eat; 20 new restaurants have opened up in Ealing in the last four years, making 144 in total.

“So far this year, 40 per cent of our buyers came from other London boroughs... while around 45 per cent have been local movers upsizing,” says Gilbert from Savills.

Foxtons Ealing’s lettings manager, Alexi Earl, says he’s also noticed a new breed of frequently travelling professional moving into the area. “Looking for a ‘lock up and leave’ property equidistant from Heathrow and central London, they take an interest in luxury apartments... Investor presence has also grown locally in the last five years or so.”

In fact, one in five sales in Ealing last year were new builds, and 80 per cent of those were at Dickens Yard, where prices start from £960,000. The developer behind it, Berkeley Group’s St George, is also behind Ealing Filmworks, which will see another 209 homes and a new cinema complex opening in 2019.

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Broadway Shopping Centre is also being revamped and the area has shown good house price growth of 2.7 per cent year-on-year, according to Hamptons. As it’s on the outskirts of town, it hasn’t been affected by the London slow down, picking up a steady stream of local renters turned first time buyers.

“So far this year, 40 per cent of our buyers came from other London boroughs... while around 45 per cent have been local movers upsizing,” says Gilbert from Savills.

Ealing’s a popular place to start a family, after all, with its green spaces and good local schools, particularly around South Ealing and Northfields. “Both Little Ealing and Fielding schools have attracted families from Fulham, Islington and even from outside London,” says Zain Bozai, Ealing sales manager for KFH.

If you’re lucky, you’ll snap up a Victorian or Edwardian family home from £800,000, while a one bedroom flat on Ealing Broadway will start from £400,000.

Big buyers should look at the large double-fronted houses around the Montpelier area, which can go for between £2.5m to £4.5m.


Measure for Measure performed at Questors Theatre

Area highlights

In London, we have plenty of gift shops for tourists, but few decent places to pop into on the way to the pub for a friend’s birthday. All Original on Ealing Green is fabulous for this, not least because it sells works by local artists that you won’t find anywhere else. Walpole Park was once part of a private housing estate, but is now the home of Ealing Summer Festival. It’s currently being restored to its former Regency glory. For an artisan coffee in rustic, exposed-brickworky environs, look no further than the Electric Coffee Company on Haven Green. You can also sign up for its monthly coffee subscriptions and get the dark stuff delivered to your door. The Questors Theatre on Mattock Lane is a leading amateur theatre venue, putting on 15-20 productions a year in its 350 seat playhouse and 90 seat studio. For a bite to eat, head to Charlotte’s W5 on Longfield Avenue, for sharing plates with a local provenance in a converted warehouse setting.

Area guide

House prices: Source: Zoopla

DETACHED
£1.687m

SEMI
£1.03m

TERRACED
£764,574

FLATS
£483,568

Transport Source: TfL

Time to King’s Cross: 33 mins

Time to Liverpool Street: 36 mins

Nearest train station: Ealing Broadway

Best roads Source: Hamptons International

Most Expensive: Mount Park Crescent: £2.158m

Best Value: Connell Crescent: £291,328