Willesden Green combines the excitement of a Greater London location with easy access to all of the facilities and locations that you would expect from such a locale, allowing you to enjoy the perks of a quieter, increasingly more family orientated area.
The area falls firmly into the middle class bracket, with many pointing towards the increased price of property in the centre of the capital as heralding an exodus towards the outskirts of London by those on more modest incomes.
Those moving to the outer reaches of London have benefitted from the cash injection that the presence of more affluent residents has brought. In turn this has created a self-perpetuating cycle as more well-to-do people move in to take advantage of the improved facilities and prospects that the area provides.
Due to the increased gentrification of the area, property prices continue to rise. Home owners can currently expect to pay just under £540,000 for a property, which is around 15% lower than the London average. However there is also no shortage of residential homes selling in the million pound plus bracket.
The property prices in the area have been steadily increasing for years, and they are already over double the cost of those purchased in 2000, which means the quicker buyers get in, the more value they would have gained.
Rental prices in Willesden Green are also considerably higher than the London average, coming out between £320 and £435 per week for a two bedroom flat, with a four bedroom house expecting to fetch over £1395 per week. This is still almost £500 cheaper than the average per week rental price in the capital, which is one of the main reasons why this affluent area so highly sought after.
Many of Willesden’s streets are lined with period homes, ranging from tidy looking Victorian terraces to expansive Edwardian villas. As the area has become more modernised, period conversions have become the norm along with a number of purpose built blocks containing contemporary flats and apartments constructed within the last 30-40 years. Those venturing closer the borders of Willesden near to Queen’s Park will find the pricing more expensive but the quality of housing improving even further.
New developments are rare at the moment but a planned rejuvenation of Old Oak Common and Willesden Junction station could son change all of that. By modernising it into a Crossrail/HS2 interchange station there could be anywhere up to 10-20,000 new homes built within the region. The engineering plans for the new station were revealed in April 2018 and the station is due to open in its new state in 2026.
Developers will use this as an incentive to source available land and plan new housing developments in the area during the building phase. We expect to see a number of new housing projects announced over the next 12-24 months, many of which will include affordable options for first time buyers. There will also be plenty of rental options coming into view, helping to transform Willesden Green into one the best places to live in the London.
Willesden Green is optimally positioned far enough from the centre of London to be comparatively peaceful and idyllic, while also being close enough to have superb transport links.
Those needing to use the Jubilee Line head towards Willesden Green underground which is located in zone 2. This has close proximity to central London allowing you to get to Canada Water, London Bridge and Waterloo in only 30 minutes.
Willesden Green is bordered on all sides by underground and overground train lines, with access being especially easy to the following tube stations:
This is in addition to the following overground stations:
As you would expect from a location such as this in London, there is also plentiful access to bus routes and taxi services.
Willesden Green also offers a great deal in terms of education, with the area being particularly good at catering to young families. There are a great number of primary schools in the surrounding area, with over 40 of them including mixed aged group schools. There are approximately 15 secondary, sixth form and educational establishments in the area, giving families in Willesden Green a great selection to choose from when it comes to the education of their children.
Due to its growing affluence, Willesden Green is fast increasing its complement of quality bars and restaurants. Despite this rapid growth in quality, the pricing of such leisure services - pubs and restaurants in particular - remains at a reasonable level, especially when compared to traditionally more up-market areas around London, which have achieved notoriety for their exorbitant prices over the years.
The Willesden Crown and The Green are two standout drinking establishments worth visiting. In terms of restaurants, one of the area’s most acclaimed additions is Sushi-Say, a family-run Japanese restaurant of exceptional quality and reasonably priced. Other eateries around the area offer a range of exciting options, from gastropubs and Indian cuisine, to more exotic fayre like Lebanese and Mediterranean dining.
As an up and coming residential area, there is a fair amount available in terms of leisure facilities in Willesden Green, including three gyms and a number of parks and green spaces. Gladstone Park is of particular note, being the largest in the surrounding area and offering commanding views of London from its 65-metre-high hill. As it is still primarily a residential area, there is a great deal of retail options available within Willesden Green, short of a few local supermarkets and independent stores. If you are looking for some serious retail therapy travelling into central London still remains the best choice.
Alternatively, you can visit us at our Willesden office which is only a short walk from Dollis Hill tube station. For more information about this branch or any of the available properties in Willesden, get in touch with our estate and letting agent team today.