New year, new you, new neighbourhood?

So here we are again: “New Year, New You”. This year you’ll lose those extra pounds, set out to do ‘Dry January’, get that promotion at work, or find The One  – you might even strive to do all three.

At least 43% of adults will break their resolution within a month, so why set yourself up to fail? Setting yourself a new year’s resolution should be something that enhances your life; not something that you beat yourself up about after a month of restrictions.

You may be thinking, what does this have to do with New London Homes and property? Well, a new neighbourhood might be just what you need in order to satisfy the ‘New Year, New You’ craving.

A new neighbourhood can provide you and or your family with new opportunities, new friendships, new transport links and connection times. A change of neighbourhood gives you the opportunity to create a fresh start, a new environment and potentially a new country.

Ealing’s neighbourhood development plan (which incorporates areas such as Acton, Hanwell and Chiswick is easily accessible too ), introduced via the Localism Act of 2011 has enhanced the relationship the residents have with one another, whilst also allowing for that community feel. Ealing’s neighbourhood could be just what you need this year, and  here’s why:

 

City Connections and Transport

Ealing’s average journey time into London Victoria is approximately 40 minutes, Heathrow Airport (Terminals 2&3) are an average of 24 minutes away from the heart of Ealing.

Once crossrail comes to Ealing in 2018, journey times in and out of London will be cut as follows:

Educational Institutes

Ealing provides over 91 primary and secondary schools, with over 80% achieving GCSE grades of A*-C

The fantastic schools provided by both the council and independently are a key driving force of Ealing’s community feel

 

Investment opportunities

Property prices in Ealing jumped 25.5% during the previous 12 months since July 2016, a key influence of this if the introduction of crossrail

Overall sold prices in Acton over the last year were 7% up on the previous year and 33% up on the 2013.

The introduction of crossrail is encouraging major players within the development sector such, St George, St James & Galliard to invest in Ealing and its surrounding suburbs. This investment in itself is beginning to put Ealing as one of the most up and coming areas surrounding London’s centre.

 

Crime

The average crime rate currently falls at 1.66/100 residents within Ealing, compared with that of The City of London at 8.34/100 residents.

With the U.K’s average crime rate currently sitting at 6.57/100 residents, the areas surrounding Ealing, building up the inner neighbourhoods can be consider considerably safer than the rest of the UK, making it a perfect location for family life.

 

Lifestyle

As of April 2016, the borough introduced EHLP (Ealing Healthy Living Programme), offering a free service for residents aged between 16-74 which encourages a healthy lifestyle, thus benefiting the community further.

Paperback Coffee shop was announced as one of the ‘top ten coffee and tea rooms in West London in 2016’.

Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre offers over 80 high street retail outlets.

The borough retains 10 key parks, whilst a percentage of Ealing and nearby areas are listed as conservation areas. This key feature enhances the lifestyle of the borough’s residents greatly.

 

Cultural Mix

The borough of Ealing is ethnically diverse. In 2011, 49% gave their ethnicity as white, 30% as Asian, 15% as Black and 4.5% as of mixed or multiple ethnicity, the remainder identifying as Arab or other ethnicity.

 

Young Professionals or Family?

Young professionals make up a significant proportion of the capital’s workforce and where they’re living is shaping London’s housing market and neighbourhoods.

43.1% of Ealing residents aged between 20 and 44 (Census 2011)

The area attracts middle-class professionals who want quick links in and out of town without being too central; families who like the schools; Japanese parents who want to be close to the Japanese school in West Acton; and people from Chiswick or Hammersmith wanting more space for their money.