We live in West Lakes (meh!!) and really love it. We live next to the lake and have a kayak that we just walk from garage to water, when the kids want to go to the beach and we dont want to hit the real beach we just walk to the lake beach. We;ve recently been keeping a look out for house in fulham gardens area (as we want daughter to get a place at Fulham North School) but are struggling to leave the lakeside living!
I have several friends who live in Grange and that's a lovely area with a train line into the city and of course the great beach and foreshore there.