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Online House Hunter: Hooray for Hounslow

Alan Cleaver
argyle 300x223 Online House Hunter: Hooray for Hounslow

A three-bedroom detached house for sale in Argyle Avenue, Hounslow

LONDON and the south-east are leading the way in any revival in the housing market but there are some boroughs doing better than others. One of those is Hounslow which according to latest figures has seen a 12.6 per cent annual increase during the last three months.

The figures form part of the LSL Property Services/Acadametrics house price index for April 2011.

Dr Peter Williams, housing market specialist and Chairman of Acadametrics, says in the report: “Three of the top five London boroughs by annual house price growth – Camden, Hounslow and the City of Westminster –  are now experiencing an all time high in terms of their average property price levels.”

For many, Hounslow means only Heathrow airport and the noise of planes flying overhead but there’s much more to this borough than first meets the eye. Sure the airport is just one of the key transport factors that make this area attractive to the commuter. Good underground, bus and road links also ensure a high score on many house-hunters’ must-have charts. But for those looking for a more leisurely approach to life don’t forget the Thames flows close by and includes the river services. You’ll find details of all river transport services on the Transport for London website which also includes helpful information on bus, tube and other services.

The local council is Labour-controlled Hounslow whose website doesn’t have as much helpful information as many other councils do for those looking to move into the area. You’ll find the pages on council tax giving details of tax bands, exemptions and a council tax moving in form. It does however point out that council tax has not increased since 2006.

Hounslow has a number of major businesses based in the borough and the council website includes a microsite devoted to jobs available with the council.

Schoolsfinder will sort out the options available schools-wise and includes a map to show those closest to your new home. If you are after an independent school The Independent Schools Council also offers a postcode search.

You’ll find links that will help you search other community services below and there’s a specific site for the Hounslow leisure facilities.

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