If you’re considering a move to West London, you can’t do much better than living in Ravenscourt Park.
This small district with its popular leafy park, lovely Victorian homes, good schools and excellent transport links is a desirable enclave of the W6 postcode.
In terms of transport links, Ravenscourt Park has its own District Line station and is well-served by local buses and road access to Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Heathrow and central London.
Situated quite near the Thames, it makes a great base for accessing riverside pubs and walks, and all the shops and amenities of Chiswick High Road, Askew Village and Hammersmith are on your doorstep.
Those considering living in Ravenscourt Park might be interested to learn a little more about the area’s history.
As well as being a regular neighbourhood park, Ravenscourt Park is a remnant of the medieval Palingswick Manor of the 12th century, with the lake being a part of the moat fed by the Stamford Brook.
After being sold in 1747 to a Thomas Corbett, whose coat of arms included a raven, the park acquired its current name in the 18th century.
Some of the estate was gradually sold off for housing development in the early 19th century but the remainder was bought by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1887 and opened to the public in 1888.
The bombing in the Second World War saw Ravenscourt Park House badly damaged and it was eventually demolished.
A small stable block remains, which is now a cafe, along with some former estate cottages around the perimeter.
The residential Ravenscourt Park area is sandwiched in between Chiswick and Hammersmith with the park itself in the centre.
Whilst the exact borders of the area are sometimes disputed, broadly speaking the area expands to Cobbold Road at its northern tip and to the south by Great West Road. As with many areas in West London, Ravenscourt Park overlaps with neighbouring patches.
Residents have access to Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park Tube stations on the District Line. Hammersmith Tube is also nearby which connects the District Line with Hammersmith & City, Circle and Piccadilly Lines.
One of the top factors that make living in Ravenscourt Park such an appealing prospect is the access to green spaces.
Ravenscourt Park itself offers 32 acres of green space and plentiful recreational opportunities.
In addition to multiple children’s play areas, the park has many large mature trees, tennis and basketball courts, a bowling lawn and open spaces for sport.
The W6 Garden Centre is an excellent garden centre and has a cafe too, and there is a walled scented garden in the northeast corner which has been restored by gardening volunteers.
Horton and Garton has recently collaborated with The Friends of Ravenscourt Park to create the Ravenscourt Park Tree Trail which identifies 25 of the park’s rarest and oldest trees.
Several other smaller parks can be found in the area, such as Stamford Brook Common just to the west. Down by the river, secluded Furnivall Gardens is a popular riverside park frequented by locals.
The Ravenscourt Park area has a wide array of shops within walking distance or a short drive, including Askew Road, Turnham Green Terrace, King Street and Chiswick High Road.
The southern end of Ravenscourt Park has several grocery outlets, including Tesco Express
Sainsbury’s Local, M&S Simply Food, Bushwacker Wholefoods and Iceland.
If you’re after a mid-week drink, a Saturday get together with friends or Sunday lunch after a riverside walk, The Anglesea Arms, The Andover Arms and The Eagle, are all good local pubs. The Hampshire Hog is one of the local favourites and is just moments from the park.
The Duchess of Cambridge is also another local haunt known for its live music, stand-up comedy nights and beer garden. There is a great selection of pubs within walking distance of homes around Ravenscourt Park.
For international flavour try Potli – a modern Indian eatery with street food-influenced cuisine – or Kalamari for classic Mediterranean dishes and Greek wines.
The area is also spoiled for choice with cafes if you need a pick-me-up. Askew Road has Detour Cafe, Cafe Louche, Doreen’s Coffee House and Burnt. And you can’t walk more than a few minutes along Chiswick High Road without hitting a place to get a caffeine fix.
The neighbourhood favourites closest to the park are Cafe Cino, Coffeeology and Rafaello, all of which are popular with local residents.
If you’re in Ravenscourt Park itself with friends or family, The Tea House is a pleasant stop-off for lunch, a snack or a coffee.
For bars, pubs and clubs, Hammersmith and Chiswick are right on the doorstep; both have many options. The area is well connected for after-hours transport if you venture further afield in the evening.
Those moving to Ravenscourt Park with children will be in the vicinity of many excellent state and private schools.
West London and Earl’s Court Free Schools (primary), Brackenbury Primary and John Betts Primary are all Ofsted Outstanding schools.
Further primary schools include Flora Gardens, Ravenscourt Park Prep, Bute House Prep, Latymer Prep, Le Herisson and St Peter’s.
Other nearby secondary schools include West London Free School, Sacred Heart, Latymer Upper, Godolphin & Latymer, Hammersmith Academy and Westside School.
For pre-school age children, Vanessa Nursery School in Cathnor Road is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and Cathnor Park Children’s Centre in Melina Road is rated Good.
Property in Ravenscourt Park
Ravenscourt Park is one of the most desirable areas in W6 and properties are in high demand.
The residential roads that surround the park are especially appealing to families with school-age children.
Not only because of the open green space but because of the wealth of local amenities and the excellent schooling in the vicinity.
Property in this area consists mainly of Victorian homes and mansion blocks, which come in a range of sizes and price tags.
Hamlet Gardens is one such highly sought after Victorian mansion block containing restored luxury apartments of varying sizes, some with park views.
Grade II listed Ashlar Court is also popular for its access to Ravenscourt Park and the numerous amenities of both Chiswick High Road and King Street.
There are many great reasons why so many consider living in Ravenscourt Park.
Ravenscourt Park offers streets of well-restored Victorian properties and immediate access to 32 acres of well-landscaped parkland with numerous recreational opportunities.
There are numerous independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes in the area and Ravenscourt Park underground station offers easy access into central London on the District Line.
To talk to Horton and Garton about buying or selling property in Ravenscourt Park, or if you’re looking for a home to rent, get in touch for a no obligation discussion.