Why first-time buyers should consider a move to Hayes

Hayes would never claim to be West London’s most glamorous place to live, but in terms of value and convenience, it’s hard to beat.

Crossrail was the catalyst for regeneration, which includes improvements to the town centre and infrastructure, new facilities and housing.

Transport links are already excellent as it’s close to the M4 and M25, ten minutes from Heathrow and has fast trains into Paddington, and the new line will run directly to the West End and the City, making the commute even easier.

There’s plenty of green space, and the Grand Union Canal snakes through the centre.

Side streets are full of interwar semis with off-road parking and decent-sized gardens, which can be bagged from about £420,000 — a similar price to a nice one-bed flat in Ealing or Chiswick.

The older housing stock is being boosted by several large developments, which are attracting first-time buyers.

‘Over the ten years since Crossrail was announced, we’ve seen just short of a 50% increase in house prices, and a 22% increase over the last five years,’ says Craig Anderson, director of sales at Hunters, Hayes.

‘I expect prices to continue to rise at between 2-4% a year, especially as young professionals seek out areas with fantastic transport links.’

What’s on offer in Hayes?

A new neighbourhood is well underway at The Old Vinyl Factory, the 18-acre site of the former EMI record plant. More than 600 homes are being delivered, alongside new offices, shops, restaurants and other amenities.

Weston Homes has launched The Venue, the final residential phase of 181 one, two and three-bed apartments with balconies or terraces, spread across three buildings.

They start from £349,995, and Discount Market Sale Homes are available with a 20% saving to eligible local residents or workers from £291,000.

At nearby Bluenote Apartments, two minutes’ walk from the station, more than half the 77 private apartments are now sold. Residents have use of a concierge, podium garden, roof terrace and cycle storage, and one and two-beds are from £335,000.

Some 232 of the 331 apartments at New Hayes, within walking distance of the station, are for private sale. Each boasts a balcony or terrace and a sleek modern kitchen and bathroom. London Help to Buy is on offer and prices start at £299,000.

Barratt London is delivering 1,500 homes at Hayes Village, which previously housed the Nestlé chocolate factory.

The one, two and three-bed apartments in the latest phase, The Dufour Apartments, were inspired by the original factory building and feature large Crittall-style windows, high ceilings, and a mix of large terraces and balconies. They’re from £308,000.

And L&Q at Hayes Village, which is the very same complex, is now offering one, two and three-bedroom shared ownership homes, with studios to follow later this year. Prices start from £75,938 for a 25% share of £303,750.

Everything potential buyers need to know about Hayes

Average house price: £374,993

Average rent: £1,259pcm

Council tax (Band D): £1,603.38

Commuting time to Zone 1: From 22 mins from Hayes & Harlington to Paddington

Annual Travelcard: £2,532

Amenities: ★★★☆☆ Asda Superstore, Sainsbury’s and several smaller supermarkets; no-frills chains around the station; 600-seat Beck theatre reopens on August 14; The Nest in the Old Vinyl Factory is an indoor climbing centre with a gym, fitness studio, co-working space and café; the Gramophone, a cultural hub with a cinema and live music venue, opens in summer 2022 at The Old Vinyl Factory; Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre

Open space: ★★★★☆ Minet Country Park; Barra Hall Park; Lake Farm Country Park; Pinkwell Park; Grand Union Canal towpath

Schools: ★★★★☆ GCSE results above national average; most state schools rated good by Ofsted; Cranford Community College is an outstanding academy for 11-19s

Crime: Below average

Who lives there?: Young professionals and families with school-age children

What can I afford on the property ladder in Hayes?

£250,000

Ideal for co-buyers, this second-floor flat consists of two double bedrooms, a living room, kitchen/diner and bathroom, plus a garage and communal garden.

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£450,000

This bright three-bed semi includes a Shaker-style kitchen, living/dining room, off-street parking and a low-maintenance garden.

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£744,950

A fully refurbished and extended semi-detached house with five/six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen/diner, through lounge and garden building.

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