London SW18. Wandsworth. London Property Area Guide.
Big Wandsworth. Little Wandsworth.
Wandsworth is both a Borough of London (comprising Battersea, Putney and Tooting) aswell as a residential area in its own right. Here we walk around the neighbourhood of Wandsworth, bounded by Wandsworth Common and the River Thames.
As we find with most of our favourite neighbourhoods in London, at the heart of Wandsworth is an upmarket strip of boutiques and independent shops (along the Bellevue Road) that builds an urban village atmosphere.
New river developments (mostly apartments) brought well paid professional singles and couples across the River from Chelsea and from neighbour Battersea, fuelling the demand for fancy clothes retailers like Jigsaw and fun gift shops such as The Inside Man.
Strolling along the Bellevue Road be aware for major traffic – not on the road, on the pavements! Yes, Wandsworths reputation as part of the ‘Nappy Valley’ belt (include Battersea and Clapham) means you’ll be swerving around Bugaboo strollers and McLaren pushchairs on your way to a skinny Cappuccino at Cafe-du-Village.
Big advantage of living here: plenty of shops to cater for your young baby or toddlers needs and a community of stay-at-home Mums (and Dads) to hang out with, sip coffee and discuss organic baby food recipes.
As with most of South West London, family housing stock is more plentiful and better value than north of the River. Families make a beeline for the Edwardian and Victorian houses in St Anns Hill and East Hill. Grand detached and semi-detached houses bwtween Earlsfield Road and East Hill should be first on your list if you need family space. Towards the bottom of East Hill social housing tower blocks mix up the landscape.
Our Favourite roads: Baskerville, Cicada, Rosehill, Routh, Quarry and Westover.
Terraced houses in “The Tonsleys” (behind Old York Road) and smaller cottages ring the bell for the most expensive homes in the area. Residents are paying up to be at the heart of the Village and within walking distance of the station. If your money stretches even further then have your propertyfinder secure you a house in “The Toast Rack” – some of the most expensive properties in London, near the common.
Hipsters, singletons, dinky’s (double income no kids) should take advantage of numerous Riverside apartment developments, where you can sip Sangria on your balcony overlooking riverlife, wander down to the cool restaurants with a view or jump in a cab for a 5minute journey into the Kings Road and Sloane Square.
Wandsworth town centre is the less attractive sibling. More practial shops, more noise and nuisance and far better value. If you wish you had moved to Clerkenwell in the nineties or discovered Battersea before Richard Rogers did with his Montevetro development which regenerated the area, then a “fixer upper” property in Wandsworth town centre could see great value growth in a few years when Footlocker has been cast aside for Farrow and Ball and Primark makes way for Prada. Redevelopment is already underway (but we can’t promise the retailers will follow suit) so move fast.
St Johns Hill provides non-water lovers with new apartments, recently developed to high specifications they attract similarly high prices and are desired by couples downsizing from houses, once children have left home as much as by younger professionals.
Community & Cars
Perhaps our favourite quality about Wandsworth – is not the lovely green space on the Common, or the delightful King Georges Park, its the people – residents stay put here and create a real community. This leads to a low property churn which will frustrate buyers, yet once you are in – you will likely stay and be happier for it.
Wandsworth is a place where Billy and Maisy can grow up with delightful classmates and neighbours and parents frequent each others houses for dinner parties with organic ingredients, backlit by Diptyque candles, where the women gossip about the new Spa on Bellevue Road and the men talk property prices, for celebrity property journalist Phil Spencer chooses to live in Wandsworth too!
Downsides are few, however should you want to leave your neighbourhood the traffic on the A3 is hellish and alot of this finds its way onto local streets, as frustrated drivers attempt fruitless shortcuts. Usually this isn’t worth a mention, yet in Wandsworth the traffic can add 30minutes to a short journey or an exit south to the countryside or coast in the summer.
+ Very good quality of schools
+ Long term residents
+ Welcoming community for new parents
– Traffic, especially from the A3 at evenings and weekends
Sip Ale brewed freshly only a few hundred metres away at The Ship – 41 Jews Row Wandsworth SW18 1TB
Posh Nosh – Chez Bruce – 2 Bellevue Road Wandsworth Common SW17 7EG
A taste of Shanghai – China Boulevard – 1 The Boulevard, Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1DE
Get greasy with Cod & Chips at The Fish Place – Vicentia Court, Bridges Court Road, London SW11 3GY
The houses in the movie Love Actually were mostly in Wandsworth
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close to Vauxhall Station (Victoria line)
Wandsworth Town railway station
Wandsworth Common railway station
Earlsfield Common railway station
Louis Theroux – presenter
Keira Knightley – actress
Mark Owen – singer
Kevin Pietersen – cricketer
Kevin Spacey – actor
Phil Spencer – tv property presenter
Ainsley harriot – tv chef
3 bed, £800k
4 bed, £950k – £1m
5 bed, £1.2-1.6m
flat 1bed 250pw – 350pw
· Albemarle Primary School
· All Saints CE Primary School
· Balham Nursery
· Belleville Primary School
· Broadwater Primary School
· Christchurch CE Primary School
· Earlsfield Primary School
· Falconbrook Primary School
· Franciscan Primary School
· Gatton Primary School
· Heathmere Primary School
· Hillbrook Primary School
· Honeywell Infants School
· Hotham Primary School
· Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School
· Penwortham Primary School
· Riversdale Primary School
· Ronald Ross Primary School
· Sacred Heart (Roehampton) RC Primary School
· Shaftesbury Park Primary School
· Sir James Barrie Primary School
· Somerset Nursery School
· St Anne’s CE Primary School
· St Boniface RC Primary School
· St George’s CE Primary School
· St Mary’s CE Primary School
· St Michael’s CE Primary School
· The Alton Primary School
· West Hill Primary School
· Wix Primary School
· Alderbrook Primary School
· Allfarthing Primary School
· Beatrix Potter Primary School
· Brandlehow Primary School
· Chesterton Primary School
· Eardley Primary School
· Eastwood Nursery School
· Fircroft Primary School
· Furzedown Primary School
· Granard Primary School
· High View Primary School
· Holy Ghost RC Primary School
· Honeywell Junior School
· John Burns Primary School
· Our Lady Queen of Heaven RC Primary School
· Ravenstone Primary School
· Roehampton CE Primary School
· Sacred Heart (Battersea) RC Primary School
· Sellincourt Primary School
· Sheringdale Primary School
· Smallwood Primary School
· Southmead Primary Schools
· St Anselm’s RC Primary School
· St Faith’s CE Primary School
· St Joseph’s RC Primary School
· St Mary’s RC Primary School
· Swaffield Primary School
· Trinity St Mary’s CE Primary School
· Westbridge Primary School
· Ashcroft Technology Academy
· Burntwood School
· Elliott School
· Graveney School
· Saint Cecilia’s, Wandsworth School
· Battersea Park School
· Chestnut Grove School
· Ernest Bevin College
· John Paul II RC School
· Southfields Community College
· Salesian College