There are many reasons why the leafy suburb of Hanwell is fast becoming a popular place to live: firstly, there’s the fact that the greater area of Ealing is London’s greenest borough, surrounded by 3,300 acres of parkland and close to Richmond Park. Then there are top primary and secondary schools nearby: 73 Ofsted-rated as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ in Ealing alone. Also, Hanwell is home to the famous Flight of 7 locks and the picturesque Grand Union Canal. But most of all, what makes this up-and-coming West London suburb such an exciting place to buy right now is its connectivity, which is about to dramatically improve with the imminent arrival of Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line (to be completed in the first half of 2022).Seriously well-connected:
Set to cover over 62 miles from Reading in the west to Canary Wharf in the east, this Crossrail route is served by the fast, high frequency Elizabeth Line. In fact, the borough of Ealing will have a total of five stations on the new Elizabeth Line (including Hanwell).Shorter commutes:
Hanwell station is set to benefit from the largest reduction in journey times of any station along the line. The new Elizabeth Line is great news for those commuting to central London: shorter commutes equal a higher quality of life. Many of Hanwell’s residents are young professionals who will hugely benefit from the reduced travel times. Getting to Bond Street from here will take just 17 minutes, down from 45 minutes, and it’s 12 minutes flat to Paddington. Journeys to Tottenham Court Road will take just 19 minutes down from 55 minutes, while the commute to Canary Wharf will take 31 minutes, reduced from just over an hour. Hanwell is also close to several underground Tube stops, including Northfields and Boston Manor (served by the Piccadilly Line) and Ealing Broadway to the east (served by the Central and District Lines).Make the most of London life:
It’s not all about work commutes. Living in London means taking advantage of all it has to offer, notably the West End theatres, the shops of Bond Street and the museums in Kensington. Thanks to the new Crossrail, Hanwell residents can spend more time visiting their favourite places in the capital – and less time travelling to get there. Plus, international travel has never been easier: Heathrow is now only 11 minutes away (reduced from 40 minutes), another huge advantage of choosing Hanwell.Major regeneration means better investment:
Aside from a reduction in travel times, the much-anticipated Crossrail brings positive change for the whole area. Ealing’s five Crossrail stations are attracting investment and regeneration projects that are in turn providing opportunities for jobs in the local area. Adding to Hanwell’s appeal – and investment opportunities – is the fact it’s surrounded by aspiring areas such as Ealing, Chiswick and Richmond. Hanwell is a 15-minute bus ride away from Ealing’s Dickens Yard, a new leisure spot with trendy bars, restaurants and shops. Brentford in Hounslow, located a mile and a half south of Hanwell, is also undergoing wide scale regeneration.
It’s safe to say that Hanwell really is Crrossrail’s biggest winner. It’s only a matter of time before this undiscovered gem becomes the hotspot of West London.