Online House Hunter: Spotlight on Kew
THE people of Kew are sitting pretty – in more ways than one. Not only do they live in one of the most picturesque parts of London, they have seen the value of their homes rise in the last 12 months.
The rise may only be 2.5 per cent (from May 2010 to May 2011 according to Land Registry figures) but that’s against a national drop according to Hometrack of 3.7 per cent. It puts the average price of a house for sale in Kew at £442,802 (national average is £161,823).
Part of the cause for the rise must be the London-effect – where property prices are rising due to foreign investment and a simple desire to buy near the capital. But it’s also due to the old maxim of location, location, location. Kew is a few tube or train stops from the centre of London, has good motorway and road links to outer London, but also has the delight of well-built houses or flats close to the River Thames, Kew Gardens and a number of other parks and open spaces.
Those looking to buy a house in Kew have a range of properties from luxury mansions to one or two-bedroom apartments. Let’s start with a look at one of the more luxurious properties, a seven-bedroom detached house for sale in Kew with a guide price of £4,350,000. It includes five reception rooms, five bath/shower rooms, gym, garage and gardens. Gardens are becoming a rarity in central London but this has a large and secluded garden in which to enjoy your evenings and weekends.
Even a four-bedroom town house in Kew can come in well under the £1m mark. This terraced house in Barker Close is on the market for £895,000 and includes a garage.
Anyone wanting to rent property in Kew can find a selection of lettings on our property search including this two-bedroom apartment in Kew with a rent of £519 per week. The Greater London Authority website has much useful information for tenants and landlords.
Kew has many good state and independent schools within easy reach. Schoolsfinder direct will help you with your search for state schools while the Independent Schools Council can help with finding public schools.
The Borough of Richmond covers Kew but sadly its website lacks a “Moving to this area?” section which many other councils kindly offer. However, the NHS website will help you sort doctors, dentists and the like. Sorting out the commute to school or work should be easy enough – websites such as Transport for London and Sustrans will enable you to work out methods of getting from A to B.
Council tax rates for Richmond are:-
- Independent online property search
- Homes & Property Spotlight on Kew
- Homes for sale in Kew
- Homes for rent in Kew
- Independent property section
- Independent House and Home section
- Borough of Richmond
- Greater London Authority
- The Kew Society
- Royal Botanic Gardens
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