Property: For life on the waterfront, look west

Hot Spot: Brentford

ACROSS THE Thames from Kew and sandwiched between quaint Old Isleworth and pricey Chiswick is a stretch of river bordered by derelict warehouses and surrounded by grotty estates. Here posh shopping isn't Hobbs, it's Budgens.

But through a developer's eyes, derelict spells opportunity, especially if the dereliction is of the riverside variety. Brentford, long overlooked, has been noticed.

Often forgotten within Brentford itself is Brentford Dock, a sprawling 600-unit low-rise residential estate, contained snugly within a triangular 26-acre site bordered by Syon Park to the west and the River Brent and Grand Union Canal to the east.

Built in 1978 by the Greater London Council for council tenants, 500 units were sold privately. For the time being, flats with terraces and riverside or canal views are generally available at well under pounds 100,000.

On the other end of Brentford, geographically and financially, is Regatta Point, a residential development with the looks and lush interiors of a premium Docklands dwelling. Developed by Frendcastle, Regatta Point has 58 units, including six penthouses and two mews houses. All have a balcony, terrace or patio providing river views, which also means that they are south-facing. Prices start at pounds 125,000, the large penthouses go for pounds 600,000; a half-dozen units remain, and occupancy begins in the autumn.

"We are seen as an extension of Strand on the Green," says Frendcastle's Greg Fry, referring to the popular riverside promenade on the opposite side of Kew Bridge.

"As soon as Regatta Point prices were announced 18 months ago, Brentford Dock prices shot up," says Tim Bridger, of Brentford Dock Estates Agency. And Regatta Point is just the start: "Several major projects have applied for planning permission, which has already been granted to Ferry Lane."

Ferry Lane is adjacent to Brentford Dock, bordering the River Brent and the Thames. This luxury development will have nearly 400 warehouse-style residential units and commercial properties, including a business hotel and restaurants.

A canalside British Waterways site has been approved for a mixed development of more than 100 residential units, hotels, shops and restaurants. Opposite, the redundant Grade II* St Lawrence church and Spanton Works have received planning permission for a theatre, restaurant and other community uses.

"People are moving into Brentford from Kew, Chiswick and Ealing," says Robert Pemberton, director of Winkworth, whose Putney office is handling Regatta Point. "The attraction is the river. Chiswick is cut in half by the motorway. The main part of Brentford being developed is by the river. The Butts has always been popular."

These newcomers, Mr Bridger believes, will push prices up further: "In the last 18 months, a one-bedroom flat in Brentford Dock went from pounds 65,000 to more than pounds 80,000 now. We will be competing with Chiswick in the next few years."

Mr Pemberton is also bullish: "Except for Kew Bridge Station, Brentford town suffers from poor communication, restaurants and other amenities, but plans for these are in the pipeline. I think Brentford will be virtually unrecognisable in five years." THE LOW-DOWN Brentford has parks, stately homes and good bus links to Underground stations (District or Piccadilly Line) at Gunnersbury, Boston Manor, Northfields and South Ealing; and Brentford and Kew rail stations. On the roads, there is easy access to the M4and A4 and, south of the Thames, the A316/M3. Convenient for Heathrow. HAS NO Underground, and no quiet sky. Planes land sometimes every two minutes. Most natives don't notice anymore but equally they don't welcome more landings. ISN'T BRENTFORD IN ESSEX, NOT MIDDLESEX? No, that's Brentwood. ISN'T THAT MICHELLE PFEIFFER? No, but it might be local resident Anna Ford. TOMORROW talks are under way to re-establish the ferry between Brentford and Kew Gardens. Virgin is trying out a riverbus link to and from Brentford, Westminster and Greenwich. BRAINS More than its share of museums and cultural venues, including the magical butterfly house in Syon Park, the Aquatic Experience, Kew Gardens, the Musical Museum, Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Watermans Art Centre, Boston Manor House, Gunnersbury Park Ho use and Museum, and Osterley Park House. BRAWN West London is rich in parks (Syon, Gunnersbury), greens and other venues for tennis, golf, swimming (Fountains Leisure swimming-pool has waves and flumes), bowls, fishing, jogging and bicycling. Spectators can spectate at Brentford FC. THE GOLDEN MILE Area employers include SmithKline Beecham, Virgin, Mercury, Agfa, Bull and Wang. ESTATE AGENTS Rolfe East 0181-995 2442; Winkworth 0181-788 9295; Brentford Estates 0181-400 2001. NEAREST GENERAL SHOPPING Hounslow. NEAREST CHIC SHOPPING Chiswick and Richmond. WHISTLE WETTING Riverside pubs upstream at Old Isleworth and down at Strand on the Green, and smack in the middle at Watermans Arts Centre, when it is open. The bar has a long balcony overlooking the Thames. RENT pounds 700-pounds 1,000 per month at Brentford Dock, the same or more per week at Regatta Point. ABCDEFG Join the waiting list for The Green School (girls) and Gumley House (Roman Catholic). Other primaries are St Paul's (Church of England), St John's (Roman Catholic) and Lionel Road; secondaries are Brentford School for Girls, and Isleworth and Syon for boys.

Arts and Entertainment
books
Voices
Caustic she may be, but Joan Rivers is a feminist hero, whether she likes it or not
voicesShe's an inspiration, whether she likes it or not, says Ellen E Jones
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Sport
Diego Costa
footballEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Diego Costa double has manager purring
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Life and Style
3D printed bump keys can access almost any lock
techSoftware needs photo of lock and not much more
Arts and Entertainment
The 'three chords and the truth gal' performing at the Cornbury Music Festival, Oxford, earlier this summer
music... so how did she become country music's hottest new star?
Life and Style
The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
fashionEurope's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln
News
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a
peopleAlice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
News
i100Steve Carell selling chicken, Tina Fey selling saving accounts and Steve Colbert selling, um...
Arts and Entertainment
Unsettling perspective: Iraq gave Turner a subject and a voice (stock photo)
booksBrian Turner's new book goes back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
News
The Digicub app, for young fans
advertisingNSPCC 'extremely concerned'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Some of the key words and phrases to remember
booksA user's guide to weasel words
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Senior Data Scientist (Data Mining, RSPSS, R, AI, CPLEX, SQL)

    £60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior Data Sc...

    Law Costs

    Highly Attractive Salary: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - This is a very unusual law c...

    Junior VB.NET Application Developer (ASP.NET, SQL, Graduate)

    £28000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Junior VB.NET ...

    C# .NET Web Developer (ASP.NET, JavaScript, jQuery, XML, XLST)

    £40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Web De...

    Day In a Page

    The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

    The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

    Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
    The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

    The model for a gadget launch

    Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
    Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

    She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

    Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
    Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

    Get well soon, Joan Rivers

    She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
    Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

    A fresh take on an old foe

    Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
    Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

    Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

    As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
    Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

    Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

    ... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
    Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

    Europe's biggest steampunk convention

    Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
    Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

    Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

    Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
    Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

    Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

    The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
    She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

    Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

    The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
    American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

    Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

    James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
    Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

    Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

    Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

    Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

    Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
    The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

    The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

    If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution