Focus on... Hammersmith: It’s Hammersmith time in London

HOMES in Hammersmith are increasing in value as young professionals and families compete for properties in the area.

Bordered by Shepherd’s Bush in the north and Fulham in the south, the west London area has found its housing stock in short supply in recent years, leading to an average of six applicants per property and a marked rise in house prices.

The demand for Hammersmith homes is hardly surprising with its transport links on the Hammersmith and City, Piccadilly, and District Lines.

There’s no need to go into central London for entertainment with top class venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and the Lyric Theatre on your doorstep and the district is also home to a host of multinational companies such as Coca-Cola, Disney, L’Oreal, and the music app Shazam.

Laurie Kavanagh, sales manager at estate agents Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, says: “Hammersmith has seen an incredible rise in property values over the last six months, with property growth having risen in excess of 15 per cent year on year.

“The area is popular among professionals who favour its close proximity to central London and it also appeals to families with young children who enjoy the lovely green open spaces like Ravenscourt Park. Furthermore, Hammersmith has a wide selection of cafes, local delis and first class state and independent schools.”

Henriette Redgrave, manager at Douglas & Gordon’s Hammersmith office, adds:

“Victorian two and four bedroom homes are constantly in demand.

“Hammersmith does tend to be very family orientated because of the excellent selection of primary and secondary schools which helps to keep its ‘villagey’ community feel. “

10 THINGS TO DO IN ... HAMMERSMITH
By Emily Dicicco

1 Hammersmith Apollo is one of London’s largest venues. It has hosted music legends such as Bob Marley, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

2 Constructed in 1884, the Hammersmith Bridge, which crosses over to Barnes, is the first suspension bridge to be built over the River Thames. A stunning walk to the south of the river on a bright morning.

3 Located right on the river, the Dove is a favorite drinking spot in Hammersmith. Charles II is said to have wooed his mistress, Nell Gwynne by the fireside of this pub.

4 The Lyric Theatre hosts a variety of events from children’s plays to acting classes. This season, they’re putting on a series of performances called Secret Theatre, in which attendees simply buy tickets to anonymous shows.

5 A favourite green space in West London since the 19th century, Hammersmith Cemetery hosts a chapel, over 16 acres of land and a collection of historic gravestones.

6 Seven Hammersmith Terrace is the former home to Sir Emery Walker, printer and engraver, as well as friend and Mentor to William Morris. The house is preserved and decorated as it was when Walker lived there.

7 The Hammersmith and City Line runs from Hammersmith to Barking, providing excellent transport links to business hubs such us the City and Farringdon Road.

8 Found in the heart of Hammersmith, Broadway Shopping Centre has all your favourite chains along with a series of independent hairdressers, cobblers, and places to eat.

9 The London Wetland Centre, a 105-acre reserve, offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. With birdwatching and guided walks along the water, the centre is a slice of wildlife in the middle of London.

10 The Hammersmith Farmers’ Market every Thursday 10am to 3pm serves up a diverse mix of international cuisines and seasonal goodies.

PRIVATE VIEW: ON THE MARKET IN HAMMERSMITH THIS WEEK

LAMINGTON STREET, W6 £1.2M
This five bedroom corner house is perched on the edge of Brackenbury Village only minutes from Ravenscourt Park and Hammersmith Broadway. The property offers an entertaining area on the lower floors and a formal dining area. The upper two floors provide kids bedrooms with their own bathroom and reception/playroom. For more information contact KFH Hammersmith on 020 8563 9633 or visit www.kfh.co.uk

REDMORE ROAD, W6 £725,000
This two bed flat in Brackenbury Village is located on the top floor of a Victorian corner house. The layout features a mezzanine floor, providing an additional living space, and a study. The property boasts a well-designed modern kitchen with storage space. For more information contact Douglas & Gordon’s Hammersmith office on 020 8563 7100 or email hammsales@dng.co.uk

STAMFORD BROOK AVENUE, W6 £425,000
One bedroom first floor conversion with views over Stamford Brook Park and easy access to Stamford Brook tube station and Chiswick High Street. Ideal for a first time buyer, this bright and spacious property has oak flooring throughout and easy access to the River. For more information contact KFH Hammersmith on 020 8563 9633 or visit www.kfh.co.uk

GOOCH HOUSE, W6 £420,000
This modern one bedroom, one bathroom apartment is opening on the fourth floor of a new development. The apartment has a large open plan living room/kitchen and it also boasts a private balcony. Hammersmith station is a five minute walk away with links to the Piccadilly, District and, Hammersmith and City line. For more information contact Fraser & Co on 020 3324 7648 or visit www.fraser.uk.com

SOVEREIGN COURT, W6 FROM £499,950
This new build development from St George offers 418 apartments with one, two, or three bedrooms. Facilities exclusively for residents include a concierge at reception and a private gym. The development is also a five minute walk away from the cafes and bars of King Street. For more information contact St George West London on 0800 008 6977 or email sovereigncourt@stgeorgewl.com.

HAMMERSMITH GROVE, W6 £2.8M
This four-bedroom stucco-fronted family house is just off bustling Hammersmith Broadway. The property boasts a contemporary open plan kitchen and a landscaped garden. There is also a sitting room, a drawing room, and a study on the ground floor. For more information contact Savills Brook Green on 020 3618 3777 or email BrookGreen@savills.com.