Have you considered living in Grove Park? This leafy part of south Chiswick is one of the most sought-after areas in W4 and for good reason.
The large homes with generous gardens, top schools, independent shops and eateries, access to the river and of course, having Chiswick House and Gardens on the doorstep, all make it a very appealing place to live.
Here we take a closer look at the area and highlight why you might want to consider living in Grove Park.
A brief history
Grove Park was largely a rural area until the late 19th century, it was previously made up of orchards and open fields. Chiswick railway station was built in 1849 which spurred on the development of the area and homes began to be built.
The architecture of the area is varied. Ranging from houses built in a British Queen Anne Revival style to far more modern additions such as those on Fitzroy Crescent, home buyers have a choice of property styles given that homes have been built over a long stretch of time.
Historic buildings of note include the neo-gothic St Paul’s Church, built in 1872 and St Michael’s Church which was designed by W.D. Caroe and Herbert Passmore in 1908.
The area has also seen its fair share of notable residents such as actor John Thaw and poet Dylan Thomas. More recently though, Grove Park and in particular St Paul’s Vicarage is used as a film set; The Theory of Everything, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lewis, Granchester and Killing Eve have all been filmed here.
Where is Grove Park?
Grove Park is within the London borough of Hounslow and is the southern tip of the W4 area. It stretches from the A4 main road down to the River Thames near Chiswick Bridge, meeting Strand-on-the-Green to the west.
Thanks to underpasses, Grove Park residents can reach Chiswick High Road on foot or bike with relative ease. And whilst the area doesn’t have its own underground station, instead being serviced by the mainline, these routes make it possible for most to reach Gunnersbury Station within around a 15-minute walk.
Chiswick Mainline station offers fast direct services into London Waterloo.
By car Grove Park is exceptionally well connected. The A4 leading to the M4 motorway is immediately to the north and to the south, at Chiswick Bridge, Grove Park connects with the A316 that eventually joins the A3. Heading into central London is equally as easy by road given the multiple artery roads that are nearby. Heathrow Airport is conveniently just 15 minutes away by car.
Are there many green spaces in the area?
In the most eastern corner of the area is Chiswick House and Gardens, a sprawling estate that is free for all to enjoy. With beautifully maintained gardens, a children’s play area, café, lake, cricket field and regular events, it’s a wonderful place to live near.
On the southern peninsula of the area is Dukes Meadows, which is primarily made up of private sporting grounds and allotments, but the areas in between and land along the river are open to the public and there is a large open space together with children’s play park and splash park at Dukes Meadows Recreational Area.
Shops in Grove Park
There are several parades of shops in Grove Park. On Fauconberg Road there are independent stores including Grove Park Deli and Grove Park Wine together with a convenience store and several takeaway options.
On either side of Chiswick mainline station, there are further shops. On Burlington Lane, there is a convenience store and on Grove Park Road there is another convenience store, dry cleaners and hairdressing salon.
Places to eat and drink
Alongside the many shops, there are also many great places to eat and drink. From Little Bird on Burlington Lane, a small venue offing Asian-med infusion plates and cocktails and Café Grove on Grove Park Road.
On Fauconberg Road, along with several takeaway restaurants, there is The Copper Cow which is particularly popular with local residents, serving modern British Mediterranean food.
There are multiple sporting grounds and clubs in the area. As forementioned, at Chiswick House and Gardens there is a cricket lawn, just down the road on Riverside Drive there is Chiswick Cricket Club too.
At Dukes Meadows, there is Chiswick Rugby Football Club, Barnes Hockey Club and of course at Dukes Meadows club there is golf, tennis, and even indoor skiing. Richmond Hockey Club are based at the University of Westminster Sports Grounds on Hartington Road.
The Virgin Active Riverside Club is on Riverside Drive in Dukes Meadows and Roko Health Club Chiswick Bridge is on Hartington Lane, there’s also The Little Gym Chiswick at the same site.
Schools in Chiswick
Grove Park is one of the most popular places to live in W4 with families as it is the location of some of the top schools in Chiswick.
For primary-aged children, Grove Park Primary School, located on Nightingale Close, is a particularly popular and high-rated school.
Independent schools in Grove Park include the well-regarded Falcons Pre-Preparatory School for boys aged between 3 and 7 years old, located in Burnaby Gardens.
For senior school-age children, Chiswick School is on Burlington Lane and educates more than 1200 students between the ages of 11 and 18.
Property in Grove Park
The houses in Grove Park range widely in age and style from beautiful period properties such as those found in Grove Park Gardens and St Marys Grove to more modern properties including those on Fitzroy Crescent.
Grove Park offers a real mix and many of the leafy roads have houses from various eras – Park Road is an excellent example of this with houses of varying styles, shapes and sizes dotted along it. No house feels out of place though, perhaps due to the wide streets and multiple trees creating such a spacious, leafy setting.
Those seeking property in Grove Park can expect to find large detached houses with drives and generous gardens, to traditional terraced properties full of period features together with converted period properties that now are arranged as several apartments over the floors, and in between, there are apartment buildings, some art deco in style.
Why move here?
There are a great many reasons to consider living in Grove Park, it suits families with its beautiful homes and top schools, professionals are attracted by excellent connectivity and even retirees, with its village-like atmosphere and many sports clubs and groups, the strong sense of community appeals to those at all stages of their life.
If you’re thinking about living in Grove Park and would like to talk to us about moving to Chiswick, or if you’re planning to sell or rent your property in West London, our team would be delighted to speak with you, without obligation.