What can I describe Chiswick? I think the first words that come to mind would be something along the lines of, leafy, fashionable, trendy, and expensive!
Chiswick is a fashionable suburb of West London, easily accessible from central london on the district tube line (green). It centres aroung Chiswick High Road, which is a beautiful tree lined road which is full of the hustle and bustle you'd expect being so close to London.
It has some great hotels, the Chiswick Moran is one of the newest and most up market right at the top of the high road. There's everything from mini supermarkets, to restaurants, to bars dotted all the way down the road.
Theres a great open green to sit and relax in the summer sunshine reading a book, and numerous coffee houses from all the expected names migled between the shops.
In terms of bars you have some of the big chains you'd expect, alongside more traditional public houses which the years old architecture to match.
Whatever type of food you're into can be found on the high road, from fast food outlets of Dominos, Mcdonalds etc, to restaurant chains such as Zizzis, Pizza Express, or Nandos, and some local restaurants who are equally as good, if not better due to the personal service. There's everything from Italian to Armenian on the high road. In fact, the high road also hosts one of the few Carluccio restaraunts, owned by the celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio...which is a must to try if you're in the area.
As you'd expect, given the great location to central London, and all the available amenities and bustling, typically young, population, property prices are high. An average propoerty in Chiswick at the end of 2009 would set you back aroun £601,000! Thats almost double the complete London average over the same period of £314,000. House sales ranged from 1.8million for a detached house to £327,000 for a flat in 2009.
All in all a great location, albeit very pricey. If you have the money this is somewhere i'd definately recommend living.