Even in a metropolis the size of London , you can still come across areas that are relatively undiscovered without being off the beaten track.
Greenford is a case in point and is located in the north of Ealing, one of the city's largest and greenest boroughs.
Transport links are excellent, as it's on the Central Line and a branch line to the forthcoming Crossrail station at West Ealing, and it straddles the A40.
Property is reasonably priced compared with shoutier central Ealing, former industrial land along the Grand Union canal is being regenerated, providing much-needed housing.
What's on offer?
All in all, there's a lot to like.
Greenford transitioned from a small village to a large suburb in the 1920/30s, after the arrival of the railway and several major factories including Lyons tea and Glaxo Laboratories.
Virtually all housing dates from the inter-war period onwards, starting from about £240,000 for a one-bed flat and £450,000 for a three-bed house.
'There's been a huge flight within London of people moving to areas with green open space, and Greenford is good value for money,' says Emma Fletcher-Brewer, a partner at Knight Frank.
How much is it to rent?
'Homes between Greenford station and the A40, in the small catchment of William Perkins C of E High, are popular with families, and two-beds are typically £1,250 -£1,350pcm,' says Daniel Jed of local estate agents Brian Cox .
What’s the average property price in Greenford?
The average property in Greenford is currently valued at £457,391, according to Zoopla.
What could I afford?
£330,000, Barnard Marcus
This bright one-bed flat is on the second floor of a low-rise block and has a large open-plan kitchen/living room and a terrace with plenty of space for sun loungers and an alfresco dining area.
£475,000, Brian Cox
A three-bed terraced house with a living/dining room, modern fitted kitchen, downstairs bathroom, off-street parking and a garage accessed via a service road. Greenford station is less than ten minutes' walk.
£1million, Robertson Smith & Kempson
Stretching to almost 2,000sq ft, this bay-windowed detached house is set over three storeys and includes four bedrooms, three reception rooms, a massive top floor master suite and a secluded garden.
Billed as London's biggest purpose-built rental community, Greystar's Greenford Quay consists of 2,118 studio, one, two and three-bed apartments on a 20-acre canal-side site previously occupied by GlaxoSmithKline and the Sunblest bakery.
Amenities include a cinema room, spinning studio, gym, bar, games room, a Co-op store, Starbucks and a day nursery, and the management team hosts a programme of community events.
Apartments start at £1,330 per calendar month with flexible leases ranging from 12 months to three years.
One, two and three-bed private sale apartments are available from Telford Homes at The Lock At Greenford Quay , part of the same regeneration site.
They feature floor-to-ceiling windows that let natural light flood in, underfloor heating, handleless kitchen units and fully-integrated Bosch appliances, from £395,500.
A number are offered with Help to Buy .
The Ravenor , close to Ravenor Park, is a mix of one and two-bed flats with open-plan layouts, private terraces and parking.
They start at £350,000 and Help to Buy's available on all, via Foxtons.
Greenford Gate is a collection of 36 studio and one-bed apartments with balconies and the option of Help to Buy, from £290,000, via Barnard Marcus.
One, two and three-bed shared ownership apartments are up for grabs at SO Resi Greenford , right by the station.
They start from £99,000 for a 30% share of £330,000, requiring a minimum deposit of just £9,900.
Fact file: Everything a potential homeowner should know about Mill Hill
Council tax (Band D): £1,664.65
Commuting time to Zone 1: 26 mins to Bond Street
Annual Travelcard: £2,128
Amenities: ★★★☆☆ Tesco superstore in Art Deco Hoover Building; supermarkets and smaller food shops on Greenford Road; high street names at Westway Cross Shopping Park; the Black Horse and The Wishing Well are popular pubs; cinema and sports screenings, live music and entertainments throughout the summer at Greenford Quay
Open space: ★★★★☆ Ravenor Park; Horsenden Hill; Perivale Park; Northala Fields; Greenford's on the Capital Ring Walk
Schools: ★★★★☆ Above average GCSE and A-level results; majority of state schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted
Crime: ★★★★☆ Slightly above average
Who lives there? Families and first-time buyers and young renters
Famous faces: Model Jourdan Dunn grew up in Greenford
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