The crabtree estate

Living in the Crabtree Estate

Those thinking of living in the Crabtree Estate might be interested to learn more about the area. 

From top London restaurants and good schools to convenient transport connections and beautiful period homes; there’s a lot to love about this unassuming, leafy residential area in the most southern part of the W6 postcode area. 

As long time West London estate agents, we can share useful insight for those thinking of moving to the Crabtree Estate.  

A brief history

As its name suggests, the Crabtree Estate was originally known for the large crab tree that was growing near to the public house of the same name. The crab tree used to be quite prolific in Fulham many hundreds of years ago.  

In ancient times, Crabtree was just a small village with just half a dozen houses; in 1966 the Parish Clerk listed just 9 names as residents of Crabtree but over the years it has grown considerably. 

The Crabtree pub, a picturesque inn, is incredibly old and plays a large part in the area’s history. Though it was not always called The Crabtree, in the 1760’s it had been known as ‘The Pot House’ after a pottery business operating in the area and later it was known as The Three Jolly Gardeners’ before its name that remains today – The Crabtree – and it continues to be very popular with locals. 

Today, the historic architecture of the area is protected under the Crabtree Conservation Area, meaning streets offer a sense of uniformity with well-preserved properties making it all the more a desirable place to live. 

The Crabtree pub

Where is the Crabtree Estate?

The Crabtree Estate sits in the southern tip of the W6 postcode area, on the border with SW6 and the Fulham area.

Its position, connecting West and South West London, on the river, near key A-roads, on multiple bus routes, top schools and a vast selection of amenities make it a very convenient place to live in West London. 

Are there any parks nearby?

One of the wonderful things about living in the Crabtree Estate is that you have the River Thames and the river path, with its various small greens and viewing points, right on the doorstep. Residents can easily walk to Bishops Park or in the opposite direction around to Hammersmith Bridge.

Bishop’s Park is a wonderful riverside green space with children’s playgrounds and of course the beautiful Fulham Palace which is a historic event space. There’s also Lillie Road Recreation Ground to the east of Fulham Palace Road.  

Hammersmith Bridge

Shops nearby

With Fulham Palace Road at the eastern tip of many of the residential streets in the Crabtree Estate, residents enjoy the many shops dotted along this arterial road. 

From Little Waitrose and Pret A Manger to the North and the multiple cafes located around Bishops Park including Glasshouse Coffee, there are many places to shop and eat in the locality. 

Of course, the many shops of Hammersmith are just a short distance away, and due to its position in close proximity to Fulham, the boutique stores on Munster Road and in Parson’s Green are also within just a short distance. 

Furthermore, a short distance down Fulham Palace Road and over Putney Bridge brings you to Putney High Street, which is again filled with shops. 

As a place to live, the Crabtree Estate really is very well connected to multiple shops, both chain and independent. 

Restaurants, cafes, and pubs near the Crabtree Estate

This tucked away residential area is home to one of the finest restaurants in London; The River Café. Tables at the River Café are often booked months in advance, such is the popularity of this one MICHELIN star eatery. The menu offers inventive seasonal Italian food, paired with good wine, in a beautiful riverside setting. 

As aforementioned, The Crabtree is an iconic riverside pub, on one of the quietest and most picturesque stretches of the River Thames, between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge. The beer garden boasts a covered terrace with outdoor heaters and a BBQ too, making it a place you can enjoy outside all year. 

The Palace Gardener on Bishop’s Avenue is a local highlight. A garden centre and café, some locals have said it’s the perfect place for brunch. 

Schools in the area

There are many schools in the area, from those within the Crabtree Estate itself to those within walking distance. 

On Lysia Street, in the very heart of the Crabtree Estate is Queen’s Manor School. There is also Melcombe Primary School, Fulham Cross Girls’ School and Language College, Fulham Cross Academy and Sir John Lillie Primary School all within half a mile. 

Parents also have a choice of independent options nearby, within a mile of the area there is The Fulham Prep School Ltd, Burlington House School and Parsons Green Prep School. 

Queens Manor Primary School

Property in the Crabtree Estate

Many parts of the Crabtree Estate, including Queen’s Manor School, are within the Crabtree Conservation Area. This protection ensures the area retains much of its original charm and period features. There is a dedicated Crabtree Estate Residents Association which represents households within the conservation area and promotes the interests of residents by lobbying on local matters. 

Houses for sale and property to let in the Crabtree Estate is predominantly period, of the Victorian or Edwardian era. From well-proportioned family homes on tree-lined streets to period conversion properties and maisonettes, there are a variety of property sizes. 

The area appeals to both families and professionals seeking a peaceful yet well-connected place to live in West London. 

Why consider living in the Crabtree Estate? 

Those seeking a place to live in West London that offers excellent access to both West and South West, remains well connected with convenient transport connections, useful local amenities and good schools, and access to green spaces should consider living in the Crabtree Estate. 

Not only does the area have all these qualities but it also has the River Thames right on the doorstep, meaning residents can readily enjoy tranquil riverside walks and access the many riverside pubs and cafes dotted along the riverside in West London. 

If you’d like to discuss your plans to buy, sell, let or rent property in West London our team of professional estate agents would be delighted to discuss your plans further, without obligation.