May 02, 2017
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South of the Thames, south west London balances the best of city living with the serenity and small-town feeling that comes with buying a house slightly outside of the centre of it all. Here are our favourite areas to live in SW London.
Clapham is a sprawling area that can be divided into four distinct parts: Clapham North, Clapham Old Town, Clapham South and Clapham Junction. The area has a diverse crowd living there, with families attracted to the large Georgian and Victorian houses with gardens, and the vast expanse of Clapham Common. Young professionals and couples, on the other hand, move to Clapham for its buzzing atmosphere and good transport links to central London.
In general, the Old Town and Clapham South are more expensive areas, which is where families tend to gravitate towards, whilst Clapham North and Clapham Junction are popular with young couples, students and professionals, often looking to buy their first home.
Once a pretty village in Surrey, Battersea is now part of London proper, and is undergoing regeneration which is driving new home buyers into the area. Victorian terraced houses are the main property type around these parts, but there are also modern apartment developments available, most notably in the Art Deco Battersea Power Station building, which is being converted into luxury flats.
There aren’t currently any tube stations in Battersea, although there are plans for the Northern Line to be extended here in 2020. Despite the lack of the Underground, transport options are still pretty good in Battersea, with train stations in Battersea Park, Queenstown Road and Clapham Junction, which is Europe’s busiest station.
Wimbledon is known worldwide thanks to its annual tennis tournament. However, tennis isn’t the only thing that this pretty area of SW London has to offer. Wimbledon can be split into two areas. There’s the affluent Wimbledon Village, which is focused on the high street and emerged from the original medieval village. The town is part of the modern development, being built up when the railway arrived in Wimbledon in 1838.
The village is more expensive to buy property in, but has a selection of lovely, large Victorian houses. In the town, you can find more affordable houses and flats to buy. Wimbledon is popular with families, and first-time buyers who want a more relaxed pace of life whilst still having easy access to central London.
Richmond has it all: a short commute to central London, a thriving community feel, and one of the most beautiful parks in the city. You can see why it’s one of the most popular areas for those looking to buy south of the river. Richmond Park is the largest of London’s Royal Parks, and a huge draw for those who are seeking more nature in their lives, without moving to the countryside.
There’s a good choice of homes in Richmond, including period cottages, large Victorian townhouses and modern apartments. Although Richmond is in zone 4, it’s well-connected. It’s served by the District Line on the Underground, which will take you to Oxford Circus in roughly 45 minutes, and it also has Overground services which offer slightly faster travel into London.
Lonely Planet rated Tooting as one of the coolest places to live in 2017, thanks to its multicultural cuisine, eclectic shopping in Tooting Market, and the sprawling green space of the Tooting Commons, which includes Tooting Bec Lido (which just happens to be the largest freshwater swimming pool in the UK!).
Tooting is rising in popularity with young professionals, who love the buzz and community spirit of the area, as well as with families, who are drawn to the housing market, where you can get a larger property for less money than you’d be able to afford closer to the city centre.
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