Schools In Chiswick: Where To Live Nearby

When looking for a property within the W4 postcode, families’ decisions are often driven by the proximity to Chiswick schools. In this blog, we highlight some of the most popular schools in Chiswick and where to live nearby. 

West London is known to be an exceptionally popular place for families to put down roots – attracted to the area for the many green spaces, convenient transport connections, beautiful family homes and not least for the educational establishments.

Belmont Primary School

Located on Belmont Road, just off of Chiswick High Road, Belmont Primary School is centrally located and one of the most popular state primaries in W4, catering to children aged 3 to 11 and most recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Due to its popularity, parents who wish to secure a place need to be only a short distance away. Being in central Chiswick means there are many areas of W4 which are within walking distance of Belmont Primary School including some roads in the southern part of Bedford Park and in the Borders area and the Gunnersbury area roads such as Arlington Gardens, Walpole Gardens and Burlington Road.

Centrally located homes off the high road are also within the Priority Admission Area for Belmont, roads such as Mayfield Avenue and Elliot Road near to Turnham Green Terrace.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Located on Duke Road, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is a well-regarded Catholic Voluntary Aided School, the catchment area is large and includes the entirety of W4. In the instance that the school is oversubscribed for admissions, as is often the case, the school takes the child’s faith into consideration.

With homes across all of Chiswick being within catchment it’s likely that distance from the school simply for ease of the daily drop off and collection is important to parents. Nearby roads on which you can find beautiful period homes include much of the Glebe Estate such as Dale Street and Quick Road. Large homes can be found nearby on Dukes Avenue and Barrowgate Road which often have off street parking and generous gardens.

Grove Park Primary School

Grove Park Primary School is located in the heart of Grove Park on Nightingale Close, just off of Grove Park Terrace which was most recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

The school is incredibly popular with local families. Grove Park is a particularly popular place for families to live due to the large family homes, access to green spaces, the river nearby and easy transport connections with Chiswick mainline and the A4 nearby.

Terraced period homes such as those on St Mary’s Grove are just a few minutes’ walk from the school.

Strand-on-the-Green School

Just moments from the River Thames, Strand-on-the-Green School is particularly well-regarded by local families and has been awarded high ratings by Ofsted over the years.

The school is split in two with the Infant and Nursery School taking children from 3 years and the Junior School from 7 years old. The Infant and Nursery School was most recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted with the report using the phrase “it is a very good school”.

Nearby there are several wonderful roads on which to put down roots with a family including Hearne Road which is very nearby. Houses on Magnolia Road and Riverview Road are also desirable places to live. The priority Admission Area for Strand-on-the-Green stretches as far as the Great Chertsey Road so it includes the large semi-detached and detached houses found on Hartington Road and the roads leading off Hartington such as Kinnaird Avenue.

Southfield Primary School

At the very top of Bedford Park is Southfield Primary School which has strong links with the local community and an attentive Parents Association which have seen the school grow in popularity and improvement in the progress the students make. For those who live in Bedford Park or the surrounding area Southfield is an ideal school for their primary aged children.

Located on Southfield Road the school is surrounded by a magnitude of beautiful homes within the Bedford Park conservation area such as the large detached homes on Woodstock Road. There are many examples of fine architecture in the area. Children who live on roads such as Rusthall Avenue and St Albans Avenue only have a short walk to reach Southfield Primary School. 

Independent Schools in Chiswick

The independent schools in Chiswick are extremely highly regarded and securing a place can sometimes be competitive.

Orchard House, located on Newton Grove in a leafy corner of Chiswick just off of South Parade, is an incredibly popular school. Parents wishing for their children to attend Orchard House are often encouraged to put their child’s name down at birth.

Nearby the Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School is also popular with local families, located at the southern end of Bedford Park it is ideally located for those who live in the area. Exquisite family homes nearby can be found on Addison Grove, Fairfax Road and Priory Avenue.

The Falcons Pre-Preparatory School is a popular school for boys aged 3-7 years and is located on Burnaby Gardens in Grove Park. Located near to the A4 means families from all of Chiswick can reach the school with relative ease. 

Secondary Schools in Chiswick

There are several schools for secondary age children in Chiswick such as Chiswick School which is a state run school in Grove Park and the ArtsEd Independent Day School & Sixth Form which is one of the top Drama Schools in the UK.

Latymer Upper School is a highly regarded private school in Hammersmith which caters to Secondary age children and those aged 16-18. The school is oversubscribed due to popularity and delivers outstanding results; 88% of leavers gain access to their first choice university.

Other top schools near Chiswick

Though you might live within the W4 postcode area it is often the case that you fall within catchment for areas outside of Chiswick, it’s always wise to check via the government website. Many homes in Chiswick for example fall within the catchment for St Peter’s CE Primary School in Hammersmith or the Ark Priory Primary Academy in Acton.

Houses for sale in Chiswick

If you’re looking for a house in Chiswick, and your search is being driven by proximity to schools, our multi award-winning team would be delighted to assist with your search for the perfect family home.

Take a look at the beautiful homes we have for sale here, or get in touch with a member of our Chiswick sales team.

Lavish performance from next generation’s principal dancers on Turnham Green

Masterminded by retired Lead Principal of the English National Ballet and W4 local, the exclusive event will feature live music, singing and jaw dropping dance

If you’re a lover of the arts, don’t miss this coming Saturday’s Masters of Ballet Academy event on Turnham Green from 2pm to 5pm.

Horton and Garton is proud to sponsor an event that delivers world class ballet, music and vocal performances directly to Chiswick residents who can expect a stunning stage, lush scenery, intricate, hand sewn costumes, live music, singing from mezzo soprano (and Chiswick local) Luci de Nordwall Cornish and two performances featuring a total of 70 young people - the next generation of principal dancers ranging from age 5 to 18 - will be held on Turnham Green.

Masterminded by long time W4 local Elena Glurjidze, recently retired Lead Principal of the English National Ballet, and English National Ballet teacher Olga Semenova, the green will be roped off for the event. Tickets include exclusive access with allocated seating as well as various catered food options and fully stocked bar (available to purchase).

Both performances cater to the young and young at heart with both adults and children, who will undoubtedly be inspired by the young dancers, welcome to join the audience. A local parent told us, “My son and daughter love to dance and my daughter has been studying ballet since she was 2 so I am hoping the performances will be both enthralling and encouraging!”

When three debut performances of Cipollino sold out last month in Sadler’s Wells, Elena was encouraged by the glowing reviews to hold a performance on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd June for west London locals right here in Chiswick. The story of Cipollino is an adaptation from Gianni Zadari’s 1951 book of the same name. All of the characters are either fruit or vegetables and the plot is one of a happy band of characters whose lives are disrupted by the villains, Prince Lemon and General Tomato. Cipollino manages to step on Prince Lemon’s foot and flees for his life… meanwhile his mother is taken hostage by Lemon and Tomato.

The rest of the plot is planning how to release her and defeat the villains which in the end is done by the beautiful Radish who persuades everyone to work together. The second performance will be a fusion of ballet and classical song. Faure, Poulenc, Handel, Cole Porter and Gershwin feature and the piece set to Handel’s “What Passions Cannot Music Quell or Raise” is choreographed by Chiswick resident Wayne Eagling.

Elena runs the Masters of Ballet Academy in a sparkling new facility at Club des Sports here in Chiswick and Acton. The majority of her students are west London locals but many travel from all over the UK, including Southampton and Wales, to study under Elena and Olga’s tutelage.

Masters of Ballet Academy welcomes new applications from students age 4 to 18; once the audition is passed, no child is turned away if they can demonstrate need which ensures children from every background can pursue a career in dance should they possess the natural talent. In just under 2 years, Elena’s students have received offers and scholarships from The Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Sydney Ballet Conservatoire, Amsterdam Dance Conservatoire and the Central School of Ballet. They travel the world competing and performing which makes the chance to see the company right here in W4 an unmissable and utterly unique opportunity.

Take One Wall...

A masterclass from Artists At Home

Art has the power to transform a space and create an entirely different atmosphere within your home. To prove the point, Artists at Home and Horton and Garton decorated the same white wall, courtesy of The Hogarth Club in Chiswick.

The results show how different colours, textures and mediums can change our interpretation of a room – to soothe, stimulate or challenge the viewer. “Art is personal of course, but it almost always enhances a room, revealing some of the character of the homeowner,” says Paul Cooney, Director of Chiswick Sales for Horton and Garton. “The addition of art is one of the simplest and most effective ways to add thousands to your home’s value when you come to sell.” John Horton, Director of Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush Sales and founder of Horton and Garton adds, “With decades of sales under my belt in West London I can attest that homes displaying key pieces of art well appeal to a wider audience, captivate buyers and make a home feel loved. A single piece of carefully selected art can completely transform a wall or a corner of a room, catapulting the house or apartment into another stratosphere beyond its competition.”

All of the art in the following pictures for ‘Take One Wall’ was created by artists taking part in this year’s Artists at Home event (this weekend, 14-16 June 2019) – where 77 artists will welcome the public into their houses, studios and flats to view painting, glass-making, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photographs, textiles and jewellery. Visit to curate your own open studios trail for this weekend across Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush. London’s most established open studios event presents the opportunity to view and purchase works from both world renowned and up and coming artists – without the gallery mark up. You can expect a warm welcome at every one of the 63 open studios in W4, W6 and W12. *Insider’s Tip: Visit your top open studios during the golden hours on Friday evening as many works are snapped up before Saturday and Sunday.

Per Gutdnitz

The bright colours of the digitally manipulated photographs by Per Gudnitz are cheerful and yet still retain a calming atmosphere, thanks to the white mounts and the warm tones. Putting two images together side by side, fills the space with golds, blues and reds, which are picked up by the items on the table. As the pictures have lots of detail, they look best in a minimal space, where their beauty shines out.

Do: Add flowers or other complementary accessories like these books nearby to pick out the colours

Avoid – putting busy images against a patterned wallpaper

Naila Hazell and Caroline Winn 

We love the way that the lines and colours of Naila’s painting of chefs working in a kitchen echo the shapes in Caroline’s sculpture. With both pieces, there is the feeling of the viewer peering into a frame or window to spy something within. The atmosphere created here is contemporary and a little urban. It is a sophisticated look to combine artworks and mediums in such a complementary way.

Do: Explore themes, colours and shapes when putting works together

Avoid – sticking to one style – mix it up with traditional and modern placed together

Sophia Broke

This wonderful reclining nude by Sophia contrasts rich skin tones with bold greys and blues to create an image which is modern, fresh and yet very classic. A painting like this would work well in almost any setting, but we can imagine it in a bedroom or living room. A darker painted wall would make the image stand out even more.

Do: prop up paintings as we have done here – they can look great on shelves

Avoid: nudes can be challenging – especially if they are explicit or of someone in the family! Keep it subtle like this for maximum effect

Caroline Winn and Sophie Ashdown Coady

This is another lovely pairing, with echoes of circles and ovals reoccurring in Caroline’s sculpture and Sophie’s abstract canvas. Classic shapes and modern painting techniques are inspiring when placed side by side. The overall effect is eclectic and the colour tones also work very well together.

Do: Place artworks in groups where the horizontal and vertical planes move the eye up and down

Avoid: too much white wall around one artwork can lessen the impact

Gold Award at The ESTAS for Horton and Garton

WIN two Diamond VIP Tickets to the Chiswick Proms

Horton and Garton’s Chiswick office brought home the Gold ESTAS Customer Service Award for West London Sales and Director Paul Cooney took home one of just five People Awards from a pool of over 4,000 estate agents nationwide. The ESTAS Awards, a national property industry awards sponsored by Zoopla, in its 16th year and hosted annually by Phil Spencer, are based purely on client feedback. Paul brought two back to Chiswick based on his consistently outstanding testimonials on his personal ‘gold standard’ of service and exceptional sales results. If you’ve never met an estate agent you liked, we’d love the opportunity to change your mind about our profession – and if you’re wondering about the value of your home, book in to meet Paul today.

We are giving away two Diamond VIP tickets to the Chiswick Proms Chiswick Does Comedy night featuring Jason Manford and Shappi Khorsandi on the evening of Friday 7th June which includes comfortable, covered seating and a table in the VIP tent, champagne on arrival and entry to an intimate after-show drinks reception with the evening’s stars. Book your conversation and property valuation with W4 Sales Director Paul Cooney for your opportunity to win the two tickets worth £260; we’ll be drawing our winners on Friday 31st of May. For an intelligent approach to your property, we’re at your service. Call our Chiswick office on 020 8996 5120 to arrange your valuation.

Horton and Garton call for estate agents to use Google reviews after widespread 'gaming' of Trustpilot

The Times investigation singled out Foxtons and Purple Bricks as manipulating reviews from consumers.

Estate agencies have been accused of gaming Britain’s biggest consumer feedback website by paying it to help gain better review scores.

An impartial analysis by The Times of almost 200,000 reviews on Trustpilot has uncovered that some estate agencies are jumping from a handful of bad responses one month to hundreds of positive reviews the next. The Times published the information in Friday’s paper stating: “The biggest (estate agencies) pay Trustpilot, which generated revenues of almost £40m in 2017, tens of thousands of pounds a year to access its marketing services. The agencies can use the company’s technology to filter the reviews they place on their own website or corporate Facebook pages, allowing customers to read only favourable posts.

"Trustpilot admits that its technology allows subscribing companies the chance to filter out bad reviews. Critics of the company say the findings show how corporate subscribers are able to use its marketing and reputation management tools to manipulate their ratings.”

Their corporate subscribers can send unlimited email invitations with Trustpilot’s logo and embedded technology to make it easy to post reviews; these can be sent before clients have had the full service experience – for example, sellers or landlords who have just listed their properties as opposed to those who have actually sold or let with the company. These invitations to review sometimes include incentives to post a review, such as the chance to win prizes.

The analysis found that in August 2016 Foxtons received just five reviews on Trustpilot, with an average score of 2.2 stars out of five, but the following month they received 467 reviews with almost 90 per cent generating five stars. The online agent Purplebricks, which cut revenue forecasts last month leading to plummeting shares, has over 60,000 Trustpilot reviews with an average score of 9.5 out of ten.

However, Countryside, one of Britain’s largest estate agent groups with brands including Hamptons and John D Wood, has only 123 reviews and a score of one out of ten. Countrywide is not a paying corporate subscriber to Trustpilot but Purplebricks is.

The article also highlights several small businesses which have been critical of Trustpilot’s seeming inability to remove malicious, fake reviews.

Paul Cooney, Horton and Garton’s Chiswick Sales Director, notes: “Unlike some of our competitors, we don’t offer incentives to our clients for positive testimonials.

"We encourage every seller, buyer, landlord and tenant to leave a Google review for us which has resulted in a combined total of just under 200 reviews across our two West London offices and an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. The goal is to completely change locals’ perceptions of our industry.”

While John Horton, Founder and Director of the Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush office, adds: “We’re extremely proud of our client feedback and want every person who encounters our team to have a seamless experience from the first email or phone call through to the day they hand over or receive their keys. We love what we do and our enthusiasm, professionalism and intelligent approach shines through in our client testimonials. The public, open platform that Google provides serves as the most honest portal available.”

Read our Chiswick and our Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush testimonials here. Our service will move you. Can we help? Get in touch with our W4 office or W6 and W12 office today.

Piazza Progress

Calling green fingered locals…

Having spearheaded the successful Chiswick Timeline under the arches near Turnham Green tube station, Abundance London has come up with another innovative idea to revitalise the area. After consulting local residents on their proposal to create a piazza style area at Chiswick Common corner, Abundance received an overwhelmingly positive response and preparation is now underway, with flower beds, bike racks and benches being installed in the coming months. The project is a collaboration between Friends of Chiswick Back Common and Abundance; funding has been secured to get things off the ground. The Chiswick Piazza project is now underway with the disused, unsightly double decker bike racks removed and attractive new Sheffield installed. The broken benches will be replaced with curved timber benches which will encourage locals to sit and take in views of both the Terrace and the common. Broken bins will be replaced and the pink granite fountain, originally installed in 1902, will be restored and returned to working order under the indomitable Councillor John Todd’s watchful eye. We can look forward to a glorious Abundance London flower bed full of perennials, annuals and bulbs which will be beautiful year round. The area will most likely be entirely unrecognisable! Karen Leibreich of Abundance says, 'We hope to try and reintroduce some beauty to the area; to reclaim it as a place for lingering, meeting, traversing, enjoying.'

Volunteers are needed to help care for the flower bed, under the guidance of the Abundance team, as the council cannot help with the bed’s maintenance. The planting will be low maintenance but weeding, trimming and general care is required. If you have green fingers or would simply like to keep the piazza looking its best, get in touch with Karen or click here to fill in a contact form. 

Julian Dobson, a research associate for improving well-being through urban nature at the University of Sheffield, wrote recently that urban green spaces — including parks, woodlands, riverbanks, and gardens — are ‘an essential part of a web of physical and mental well-being’. Dobson explains that they provide ‘spaces to socialise and opportunities to connect with the natural world, and are restorative enclaves in stressful cities’.

We look forward to enjoying spending time in the new piazza area!

Clowns to the left of us, jokers to the right…

The two most important questions to ask your estate agent

When you consider selling your home, you’ll begin the process of selecting your estate agent by checking their Google reviews and asking friends and neighbours for recommendations. You’ll pour over Rightmove and Zoopla. You’ll then make your shortlist and begin the interview process. You’ll have many questions but here are two you should always ask:

What percentage of the properties you listed in 2018 were reduced in price?


What was your average price reduction?

Chiswick sellers continue to be hammered with significant price reductions as a result of ill-advised overvaluing by our competitors. We valued a property this week which has been reduced by the seller’s current W4 agent by a staggering 25%. Chiswick Sales Director Paul Cooney notes, “We have access to invaluable statistics courtesy of Rightmove so we can see exactly what is happening with asking prices. In September, we sold a beautiful family home in a prime residential road just off of Chiswick High Road to a cash buyer after just three weeks of marketing. Another agent listed a similar house in the same street which has lingered on the market for 4 months and been reduced by over 17%. It is still for sale! Empirical research conducted by independent watchdog Which? categorically demonstrates the damaging effect the practice of overvaluing has on the final price achieved for your home. Poor advice on the price of your property can have a five or six figure impact on your bottom line.” Associate Director James Liggins adds, “The average high street agent in Chiswick reduced the asking prices of one in two properties they listed in 2018. The worst offender, who we won’t name, reduced the asking prices of 64% of their properties. Overvaluing has shambolic consequences for the seller: their homes end up selling for less than their true value.”

Paul advises, “When you are considering selling, always ask your agent about their record on price reductions. What percentage of their listings did they reduce in 2018 and by what an average of what percentage? In 2018 we reduced just over a quarter of the properties we listed by an average of just 6.8%. These small and sensible tweaks in price resulted in fresh interest and sales agreed; we’re incredibly proud of our record. Estate agency is full of dubious characters who will say just about anything to list your property only to hammer you for price reduction after price reduction until your home finally sells – for significantly less than its real value. For us, honesty, integrity and achieving the very best result for our clients are paramount. Overvaluing is a practice we will never employ here at Horton and Garton. The combination of keeping our clients’ requirements at the heart of each transaction with precision pricing means we’ve been able to achieve fantastic results across the board. For an experienced, professional and honest approach to your property, we’re at your service.”

“Paul is someone who I have and will continue to recommend to friends, something I rarely do. He is an extremely hard working individual and his passion for Chiswick property clearly comes through.” -Glebe Estate seller

“Paul did an amazing job helping me to sell my Chiswick flat in a tough market. He’s a fantastic agent!” -Bedford Park borders seller

“Paul is certainly the best agent in Chiswick and, very probably, in London. He offers a service that is both professional and personal and gets results. He’s streets ahead of the competition.” -Chiswick Park seller

Diary of an Estate Agent: Stars and Sundays

Diary of an Estate Agent

James Liggins, Associate Director, Chiswick Sales 

Diary of an Estate Agent: Stars and Sundays


Gym, coffee, feedback. Before the sun comes up Paul and I are halfway through our regular Monday morning workout at the Hogarth Health Club: weights and sauna followed by breakfast to forward plan the week that lies ahead. I firmly believe that if you have a great Monday you’re going to have a fantastic week so Monday always gets the attention it deserves. The coffee is hot and the phone is cold but that’s about to change. First thing’s first on a Monday morning – every buyer I’ve met over the weekend is called so I can gather, collate and communicate their feedback to our sellers. Every seller has already been contacted so I could relay my impression of how the viewings went, but the buyers’ feedback trumps my gut instinct. An offer comes in (these phone calls are always lengthy as there is a lot of due diligence on our part) and I discuss it at length with Paul before putting it forward to our client for their consideration. Then it’s swiftly on to the new enquiries that have filtered through over the weekend.


Diary day. Monday’s offer is still being mulled over both by our client and our team so I spend the day generating first and second viewings and then coordinating them with our clients and buyers. We are selective with our buyers, working only with the very best and – in our jargon – ‘proceed-able’ purchasers. Our monthly Negotiator Magazine landed on my desk and our Artists At Home sponsorship board has been featured! A brilliant surprise for the whole office! We’re gearing up for the 10th annual Negotiator Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday. Paul has been shortlisted for Rising Star of the Year but it’s a crowded shortlist with 19 other incredible agents so we’re tempering our excitement… for now…


Sales progression. Between us, Paul and I speak to every solicitor, mortgage broker, surveyor, client and buyer to ensure each of our 14 agreed sales are coming along swimmingly. Appointments are put in the diary and missing paperwork (not in our office as we are paper-free!) is sourced so all is running smoothly. Each bit of progress is then fed back in real time to our sellers. We often say a ‘sale agreed’ is not a ‘sale indeed’ and our work really begins when the public often believe it ends! Progression, which is an absolute minefield of a process, is such an important part of what we do. This is where we earn our fee and when most sellers begin to rue the day they instructed an online agent or the cheapest agent to manage their sale. This is where the value of Horton and Garton Chiswick is felt by our sellers. Our sellers have decided to reject the first offer from Monday morning so it’s back on the phone straight away to the buyer to guide them on where we go from here. It’s open mic night at the George IV, one of my favourite pubs in Chiswick, so I’m popping along for a cold pint and a warm welcome.


Final push. Today we push for an extra round of weekend viewings and focus on our strategy for managing Saturday and Sunday. Once every relevant buyer has been contacted we step into strategy, planning and marketing ideas for 2019. Our brainstorming session is interrupted by a call requesting a valuation. Eighty percent of our new listings come our way via word of mouth but this gentleman has read a commentary on the W4 property market by Paul and wants to meet him at lunchtime today which is, of course, perfect with us. If you can’t rearrange your diary to accommodate a first meeting with a potential client at their preferred time, that first point of contact won’t accurately tell the story of our service. After a brilliant valuation in the Glebe Estate, we’re back in the office for a flurry of creative thinking. We loved using humour in our Halloween campaign, which was well received by both Chiswick locals and property press, and are wondering if we could integrate some more fun into our plans for 2019.


Ready to launch. We have arranged five off-market viewings for a property that won’t officially come to market until January. I’m readying myself for a weekend packed with meeting brand new buyers and carefully gauging their responses. This is one of the best bits of my job. I love meeting our buyers so I can get to know their exact requirements and source their ideal home. For us, agency isn’t a numbers game. We look after our buyers and sellers for life, truly getting to know each of them. We change into our black tie and head to the Grosvenor House Hotel for the 10th annual Negotiator Awards. Paul brings home Silver in the Rising Star category – we couldn’t be prouder!


Best day of the week! I love Saturdays. Not because it’s a day off (it never is!) but because I’m meeting new people and making new friends. (I pray for sun to showcase our properties at their very best.) Two of the lovely buyers I met last weekend will be, I’m certain, my friends for life. We’ve already put a dinner in our diary and I couldn’t be happier to be handling their purchase. The day is always so packed that I’m rearranging viewings on the fly and working from either my bike or car… and there is never time for lunch! There is lots of mad scribbling in my diary which I then decipher after the fact and a flow of instantaneous feedback that is sent through to sellers as the viewings are taking place. Those client feedback conversations go on well into the evening…


Reserved. Sunday is – officially – my day off. However. I do reserve the occasional viewing for the most important and serious buyers. There is a very high chance of a very good offer if buyers are requesting a Sunday viewing. My second ever sale in Chiswick was agreed on a Sunday for well in excess of £2m. This taught me the value of a Sunday viewing… a lesson I won’t soon forget!

Horton and Garton's Chiswick Sales Director Wins Rising Star Award

From a national shortlist of 19 agents, Horton and Garton's Chiswick Sales Director Paul Cooney was awarded Silver in the Rising Star of the Year category at the prestigious Negotiator Awards, hosted in the Grosvenor House Hotel. The category identifies "a potential industry leader who demonstrates enthusiasm, innovation, implementation and leadership... an individual who has been exceptionally successful." Paul says, "It's a huge honour to be shortlisted, never mind take home an award.I'm thrilled to have the affirmation from the property industry's most successful figureheads, the judging panel, that I'm on the right track and serving the best interests of my clients here in Chiswick."

Associate Director James Liggins adds, "We have a winning formula in that there is no formula. We take a tailored approach to each home we bring to market which has ensured our properties are far and away the most viewed in Chiswick on Rightmove, achieving 25% more views than our closest competitor. We're honoured to be in the top three agencies in W4 for sales agreed in 2018 after less than two years of trading; the trajectory is definitely upwards!"

On what sets Horton and Garton apart from the average agency, Paul notes, “As our work is entirely client-led, we let our clients tell our story. We keep our sellers and buyers at the heart of what we do. Their feedback means the world to us. If you've never met an estate agent you've liked, come shake a hand at Horton and Garton. For a fresh approach from career property professionals that put your prerogative over our profit, we’re at your service.”

“Paul Cooney, who recently sold our family property, went above and beyond our expectations. His empathy, energy, knowledge and communication skills are second to none. A breath of fresh air!” – Veronica, Seller

“It has been an amazing process dealing with Paul and James at Horton and Garton. Communication has been excellent throughout, not a deadline missed. The guys were true to their word and I highly recommend them if you are looking to buy or sell in Chiswick.” – Michael, Buyer

“Paul Cooney has sold a couple of houses for me. He's a big character and personality whose level of Brexit-proof optimism is incredible to behold. Importantly, he's a nice chap, frank and honest. In this regard he is head and shoulders above the procession of crooks and chancers I've had the misfortune to encounter from a range of other Chiswick agents.” – Rob, Seller

Movers need Horton and Garton

Locals support independent agencies

As Foxtons closes six London branches, the signal has been sent that locals no longer want nameless, faceless corporate agencies to represent their properties. BBC property expert Henry Pryor said of Foxtons, “A branded Mini now looks so last year. Successful selling requires more than a driving license and a shiny suit.”

Foxtons announced the closure of its Barnes, Park Lane, Beckenham, Enfield, Loughton and Ruislip offices. At the time of its first-half results in July, Foxtons revealed it had swung to a loss of £2.5m compared with a £3.8m profit in the first half of 2017. The slowdown represents a sharp reversal in fortunes for Foxtons, which made its stock market debut in 2013. By 2014, a time of bumper profits and shareholder payouts, shares hit a high of 374p. The shares are now worth less than 50p.

Jeremy Leaf, former RICS residential chairman, said Foxtons closing down branches is “symptomatic of what is happening in the wider market” with corporate agencies. Three of the top five estate agencies in Chiswick for sales agreed are locally owned, independent businesses. Paul Cooney of Horton and Garton says, “At Horton and Garton, we’re honoured to be in the top five agencies in Chiswick and in such good company. Long live local businesses! Our two independent offices agreed more sales in 2017 across the W4, W6 and W12 postcodes than any other agency. Genuine local knowledge, experience and longevity in your area makes up a large part of what it takes to achieve such success for your clients.” Horton and Garton’s flagship Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush branch, based in King Street, has long retained the crown for most sales and lets agreed in W6 according to Rightmove statistics. Owner and Director John Horton says, “With over a century of combined experience in West London property and ten years serving local sellers and landlords, we’re proud to offer an unparalleled, award-winning service to our clients. Running a successful independent business in the current economic climate presents many challenges; we are endlessly appreciative of our clients’ ongoing support and their honest, unvarnished testimonials.”