Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Right Royal Suburb; HOMES & PROPERTY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Right Royal Suburb; HOMES & PROPERTY

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Byline: ANTHEA MASEY

Ealing is huge, green and full of family homes and flats to rent, says Anthea Masey

KNOWN as the Queen of the Suburbs, Ealing covers a vast area of west London.

Roughly defined by the A40 in the north, the M4 in the south, Hanger Lane in the east and Boston Road in the west, it takes in Pitshanger, Ealing Common, Ealing Broadway, West and South Ealing, Hanwell and Northfields, all of which have their own character.

With interesting streets of mainly Victorian and Edwardian houses, and terraces with well-kept gardens, Ealing is a good place to look for family houses to rent. But it is also popular with young professionals looking for flats close to one of Ealing's many Tube or train stations.

Ealing gave its name to the Ealing Comedies, filmed at Ealing Studios from the late 1940s. The studios, on Ealing Green and overlooking Walpole Park, were bought in 2000 by a consortium that included the Manhattan Loft Corporation. They are now awaiting a [pounds sterling]50 million redevelopment, which is expected to bring new vibrancy to the area.

Thanks to the studios, and the proximity of the BBC's headquarters in White City, the area has long attracted filmmakers, giving it an arty atmosphere.

Ealing Broadway is the main shopping street, and it has many high-street stores and a good supply of restaurants and pubs. Northfield Avenue, the road that runs from Northfields to West Ealing, has an interesting range of independent shops, including gift shop Darch & Duff and The Owl and the Pussycat Bookshop. The best places to look for period family houses are near Ealing Common and also Castlebar and Montpelier, north of Ealing Broadway.

Smaller cottage-style houses are found in Brentham, a garden suburb with a strong sense of community close to Pitshanger Park, also in North Ealing.

Good primary schools are also a big draw in Brentham. …

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