Those considering moving to central Chiswick will have likely considered living in the Glebe Estate. This wonderful web of residential roads lined with pretty Victorian cottages is exceptionally well positioned right in the very heart of W4.
In this blog, we take a closer look at this micro-area of central Chiswick and consider the reasons why buyers and renters might want to consider living in the Glebe Estate.
A brief history
The Glebe Estate was given its name due to its origins; the field on which the properties were built was ‘glebe land’, land which was previously assigned to the local church. The glebe field was made available for building in 1869 and the lease was assigned to several civil engineers: Alexander Frazer, Joseph Quick and George Reckitt. Those who live in the area will recognise that Fraser Street, Reckitt Road and Quick Road are named after these individuals who played important roles in the area’s development.
The sense of community in the Glebe Estate is widely recorded, and older residents recall it being a very peaceful place where children would play hopscotch on the street; cars only appeared on the streets around 1950. The mews in Glebe Street was often rented out as stables, other residents would keep horses in their gardens.
WWII saw the area suffer damage, with fires and parachute mines affecting local property, though the majority of the homes retained their charming cottage frontage. In the early 1970’s freehold houses in The Glebe Estate were increasingly offered to the open market and the area experienced gentrification.
Where is the Glebe Estate?
You’ll find The Glebe Estate in the very centre of Chiswick, just off Chiswick High Road, within walking distance of Turnham Green Underground Station and just a short walk from Chiswick House and Grounds too.
This desirable residential area is bordered by Duke Road and Devonshire Road, Glebe Street and Fraser Street, positioned just south of Chiswick High Road and to the north of the A4 and Hogarth roundabout.
Are there any parks nearby?
Being in the heart of W4 means there are multiple green spaces and parks near The Glebe Estate. Residents will be within walking distance of Turnham Green, Chiswick Common, Homefield Recreation Ground and Chiswick House and Gardens.
One of Chiswick’s finest gems, Chiswick House and Gardens is easily accessible via Devonshire Passage at the bottom of Duke Road, which leads you to an underpass beneath the A4 and you pop out at the gates to Chiswick House. Set within 65 acres of wonderfully maintained grounds, Chiswick House and Gardens is free to enter and open from 7am to dusk year-round. It’s a favourite with families, with dog walkers and is a popular place to meet friends and family. Many events are held throughout the year including the regular Duck Pond Markets.
Being so centrally located The Glebe Estate enjoys immediate access to the many shops found along Chiswick High Road with high street names including Waterstones and Oliver Bonas, and independent stores such as The Old Cinema, West London’s only antique and vintage department store.
On Devonshire Road there are several wonderful boutiques including Lark and Wild Swans, and independent stores such as Chiswick Pets that have been a feature on the road for many years.
Cross over Chiswick High Road to Turnham Green Terrace and you will find even more independent shops including Macken Brothers Butchers. Many of the independent boutiques in West London are in fact located in Chiswick, most are within walking distance of homes in The Glebe Estate.
Restaurants, cafes, and pubs
Chiswick is a foodie destination in West London, with Michelin star restaurant La Trompette on Devonshire Road and other Michelin eateries such as Silver Birch on Chiswick High Road. There are a great number of restaurants, cafes and pubs in Chiswick, most of which are within walking distance of The Glebe Estate.
There’s an almost endless list of places to eat and drink in Chiswick; popular jaunts include The Fire Station and High Road House, both of which are within minutes walk of houses on The Glebe Estate.
There are several pubs nearby, The George IV is perhaps one of the most frequented pubs in Chiswick with regular live music and events, it’s one of the liveliest pubs in W4. The Crown is opposite, on Chiswick High Road, and is popular for its good food and the enclosed courtyard which is perfect for al fresco dining year round.
Schools in Chiswick
There are some excellent schools in Chiswick, many of which are within walking distance of homes in this corner of W4. The William Hogarth Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School are both very nearby.
For secondary aged children, Chiswick School is just over half a mile away, a walkable distance but the E3 bus route also takes children from Chiswick High Road to Chiswick School.
Property in The Glebe Estate
Property in the Glebe Estate largely consists of Victorian cottages, the area is easily one of the prettiest places to live in Chiswick with a rich heritage. The Glebe Estate was Chiswick’s first Victorian working-class housing estate.
The rows of terraces are incredibly aesthetically pleasing and are further added to by the wide roads and low rooves, meaning the area has a sense of space and room to breathe, whilst still being incredibly well positioned, close to all the action in W4.
Why consider living in The Glebe Estate?
There are a multitude of reasons why buyers and renters might consider living in the Glebe Estate. As West London estate agents, Horton and Garton can offer local market insight and expertise relevant to those who are thinking of moving to this desirable enclave in central Chiswick.
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.