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Which of these areas?

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SpaceHair · 05/09/2018 14:27

Looking at houses in these areas but know nothing about London so some pros and cons about each area would be super helpful.

  • Ealing
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Battersea
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SpaceHair · 05/09/2018 16:24


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dinkystinky · 05/09/2018 16:27

Look at transport links - if reliant on train only or other options. Where do you need to travel to for work? How easy is that? What are the local amenities.

All are nice areas but with very different feels. Kingston upon Thames is alot further out than the other two and to me feels abit suburban. Battersea abit nappy valley but lots of shops and places to eat out. Ealing - depends on which area of Ealing you're looking at.

SpaceHair · 05/09/2018 16:49

Dh and I both drive and have cars of our own so we shouldn't need to rely on public transport.
They're all within a sensible traveling time of dh's work and most of the schools we're looking at for the LO

Don't know names of areas or anything but the house we like in Ealing is about half way between Ealing Broadway and North Ealing Underground if that helps.

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Davros · 05/09/2018 21:48


Davros · 05/09/2018 21:50

Just seen on your other thread that you mean Hanger Hill, nit my favourite part of Ealing. In that case I'd go for Battersea

RandomMess · 05/09/2018 21:51

There is very little point in driving, it's all very congested!

RandomMess · 05/09/2018 21:51

Where do you live at the moment?

Chalkybee · 05/09/2018 21:54

You'll find it's probably quicker and easier using public transport unless you're suburban. My choice would be battersea having lived both relatively central and also suburban. Suburban was really dull, there was much more going on close to London and more accessible which made the extortionate prices worth it. Plus shorter commute!

superram · 05/09/2018 21:56

Hanger Hill is a nice estate (if not a bit boring). Fantastic Italian restaurant and Boden. I love living in ealing but like being nearer the broadway.

SpaceHair · 05/09/2018 22:10

I live in the Western Isles so they're all a massive change for me.
I'll take a look at the commute on public transport

The house in Battersea is near Battersea square. It's my least favourite of the three though and we're getting less for our money there.

The one in Ealing is in Hanger Hill but is sort of on the edge of there and Broadway if that makes a difference.

The one in Kingston is in Coombe Estate.
It's probably the worst for communicating but the house is my favourite.

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B00dyM4ry · 05/09/2018 22:15

That will be a big change. Where does you/ your dh need to get to each day? If central London you will need to plan to be using public transport.

I would have a really good read through old threads too - this crops up frequently. Establishing where work is is key!

Smallinthesmoke · 05/09/2018 22:18

OK, if you are moving from somewhere rural, the first thing you need to know is that it will be madness to go everywhere by car in London. So do take a close look at PP's advice about travel, local tubes etc.
Personally I am not a fan of Ealing. I did 2 years there and was glad to leave!

OhTheRoses · 05/09/2018 22:24

I'd do Coombe. It's leafy, excellent schools and a good community. And easy into London and out of London. Driving won't be as congested as the other areas. It's nice. Bit suburban but meteopolitan suburban.

RandomMess · 05/09/2018 22:26

Seriously if you can - rent it will be a huge change!!!

SchnitzelVonKrumm · 05/09/2018 22:26

You won't be driving if you want to get anywhere. Check the public transport links.

SpaceHair · 05/09/2018 22:42

Thank you so much for all the advice Star
Dh will be working in Southwark.

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DrinkFeckArseGirls · 05/09/2018 22:45

then Ealing - although that’s not very convenient for Southwark at all?
Also are you sure your DH will be able to park at work?

DrinkFeckArseGirls · 05/09/2018 22:46

Kingston to Waterloo for Southwark

Davros · 06/09/2018 09:34

Kingston itself is quite nice but it's a long way out and the Coombe Estate is quite isolated. Parts of Ealing by, around the Broadway and Common, are very nice and good for public c transport. Battersea is obviously the most central, I'm not a fan but I can see why people like it. There was talk a few years ago if a Northern line extension to Battersea, don't know what happened to that.

SwearyG · 06/09/2018 09:38

Battersea is a pain for public transport. The Northern Line extension is going into the power station development (due to open in 2020) which isn’t actually that convenient for most of Battersea at all.

If your DH is working in Southwark have you looked more SE? You get a bit more for your money and his commute will be better than coming in from the west.

Davros · 06/09/2018 10:16

Or North, straight into London Bridge. West seems the worst option

RandomMess · 06/09/2018 10:18

I no longer live in London but you def want to be located for a "good" commute. If you are commuting an hour plus you may as well look at living further out altogether and benefitting from cheaper housing and hopefully more school places.

Waterlemon · 06/09/2018 10:27

I grew up in Ealing borough now live in Kingston borough. My extended family are from Battersea originally.

I would go for Kingston but probably not coombe as it's a bit of a trek to a train station. I would look at commuting to/from surbiton. Trains to Waterloo are much more frequent than from Kingston station and some are express trains thst take 15 mins but most take around 40mins.

I love living in the suburbs and would not want to go back into the city!

averythinline · 06/09/2018 10:27

Kingston is quite far out feeling from London - I'm in Ealing (bit further west though) and it has pros and cons - not quite as urban as Battersea or as green and 'spacious' as Kingston...
lots of people live here as a compromise..and the schools are in the main very good however unless going private the secondary schools are very lopsided location wise so you would want to really check out where the kids that live there are going .esp if you're not religious..
catchments dont apply in London especially, its all distance and theres been a big baby boom here....

Southwark not the most straightforward commute but not dreadful and will be easier if/when crossrail starts.... you would be mad to even consider driving as a commute...however having a car is useful in Ealing..
I always thought would move further into town but since DC have ended up staying and there is lots on and mainly safe -

Happy to advise more -but in any of those areas I would start with schools then look at house ..

Battersea 'cooler' but not sure about transport links for big parts of it...and driving horrendous in my opinion

averythinline · 06/09/2018 10:30

Although if I was going to work in Southwark I would look east/south rather than any of those places...if you want more space and rural feel etc you could look at Kent and sussex/essex rural as fast trains into town and easy to walk to/from a lot of the central stations to Southwark

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