London SW19, SW20, TW20. Merton. London Property Area Guide.
40-LOVE. It’s not just a Game of Tennis.
Game, Set & Match
Area guides spend far too long telling you that Wimbledon is all about the great Tennis Tournament, held at the All England Lawn & Tennis Club. What they don’t tell you is that most residents hate the tournament as they are overrun with tourists for these 2 weeks every year! Most stay at home, keep out of town or let out their homes at high prices during the tournament.
Village Life, Open Space
As with most prime areas in London, the more villagey they feel, with independent shops, spas and soy-latte coffee shops, the more residents will pay for property. Wimbledon certainly offers all of this and those cute over priced boutiques at the heart of Wimbledon Village are what drive central property prices sky high in this neighbourhood, almost eliminating the usual South of London discount, versus north of the River.
Even better is a Village where residents can stroll into the countryside – and yes Wimbleon Common provides just that. You can exercise playing tennis on the courts, football on the pitches, sit back with a cup of Cha in the Tearoom, throw stones into the Lake or get going with some watersports. With huge green expanses for dog-walking, kite flying and the exercising of tireless children, Wimbledon is very good for bringing the outdoor lifestyle to a central London location.
Vast S p a c e
Wimbledon is a huge area, so finding a property becomes easier. Comprising the enclaves of Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon, West Wimbledon, South Wimbledon and finally the Chase. That list is in price order – the Village by far the most expensive with traditional housing and cute shops. South Wimbledon is ‘up and coming’ fuelled by those who can’t afford central Wimbledon, prices are on the up. The Chase is at the backend of Wimbledon, facing Morden.
Leave the West End Behind
Most central London dwellers grab their groceries and perhaps a movie or a pint of beer locally, but head into the West End for real shopping and nightlife. Not in Wimbledon. The town centres shops cover the variety of needs and the Village independent shops cover your wants! With four theatres, two cinemas (one very large multiscreen) and a host of differing eateries and bars, it’s only for hard core partying (and really… if you move here, you should have grown out of this) that the lights of the West End will attract a Wimbledon resident.
Advantages aboud – the variety of experience available in Wimbledon means weekends can be self-contained in the local area. A huge plus to reduce travel times and hence residents tend to maximise social and hobby time.
Wimbledon is most popular with families and couples looking to settle down. It feels close enough to central London (and is easily commutable) to feel Urban and connected, yet offers the charms and countryish feel of the lovelier parts of Surrey, to which it once belonged (the area is now classified as Greater London). It’s home-counties living 15minutes from London.
Families are the mainstay of residents in Wimbledon as it offers an almost perfect mix of good schools for the kids, theatres for parents and cinemas for all, a great mix of eateries and an easy commute for Mum and Dad into the City or Canary Wharf.
Renters mostly comprise ex-pat families with generous rent allowances, professional couples beginning a life together and singles (many from Australia or South Africa) renting rooms in subdivided houses.
Most lusted after, are the period houses of Victorian or Edwardian design. Village homes or those lining the common command Banker prices yet South Wimbledon on the more affordable scale has plenty of period houses. Here you will find a strong proportion of social housing including council estates and tower blocks.
Houses are often a hundred years old and more, flats are in buildings 50-60 years old, or high priced newbulids which popped up in the last 5 years, near the centre of the town. Price differential between new build flats and those in converted period houses or older apartment blocks are big! If you don’t need the very central location or modern fit-out of the newbuild flats, you’ll find alot more space for your money in the older stock and have plenty of budget left over for renovations.
West Wimbledon (the Raynes Park side) is a good midground – more affluent than the South, with more renovated housing stock and less social housing. South Wimbledon has its good parts too and is attracting the overspill from prime Wimbledon in families looking for both affordability or just more space.
Wimbledon is a melting pot of nationalities, as with most of London. You will feel at home here and find a higher proportion of people from the following nationalities, compared to other neighbourhoods:
South Africans, mostly single renters
Australians, mostly single renters
New Zealanders, mostly single renters
North African in South Wimbledon
Polish in South Wimbledon
+ The Countryish Home Counties vibe with a much shorter commute into town
+ Low crime rates
+ Quiet during the week
+ Comprehensive facilities: cinemas, theatres, wide array of Practical and Fancy shops
– Very high prices in Wimbledon Village
– Nightmare during Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
– Less convenient for Canary Wharf workers
Summer Drinks near the Common: Fox and Grapes. 9 Camp Road, London, SW19 4UN
Cocktails & Conversation at: Suburbun Bar & Lounge. 17 Hartfield Road, London, SW19 3SG
Posh Nosh: Chez Bruce, Wandsworth Common, SW18
A Good Pint on the High St: The Dog and Fox, Wimbledon High Street, SW19
Cultural fix: New Wimbledon Theatre
A game of Bat and Ball: All England Lawn & Tennis Club (famous for the annual Wimbledon tournament)
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Wimbledon (District line)
Wimbledon Park (District line)
Wimbledon South (Northern line)
Southfields (District line)
All Stations Zone 3
Wimbledon, Wimbledon Chase, Haydons Road & Raynes Park
· Egham (National Rail)
· Haydons Road
· Raynes Park
· South Merton
· Wimbledon Chase
· All Saints’ Cof E Primary School
· Bishop Gilpin Cof E Primary School
· Dundonald Primary School
· Garfield Primary School
· Hollymount School
· Joseph Hood Primary School
· Merton Abbey Primary School
· Merton Park Primary School
· Park House Middle School
· Pelham Primary School
· Poplar Primary School
· Singlegate Primary School
· St Catherine’s Catholic Middle School
· St John Fisher RC Primary School
· St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
· St Matthew’s CofE Primary School
· The Priory CofE School
· West Wimbledon Primary School
· Wimbledon Chase Primary School
· Wimbledon Park Primary School
· Raynes Park High School
· Ricards Lodge High School
· Rutlish School
· Ursuline High School Wimbledon
· Wimbledon College
James Hunt (former) – F1 World Champion
Vinnie Jones – footballer/ actor
Will Mellor – actor
Oliver Reed – actor
Jay Sean – R&B singer
Steve-O – Jackass performer
The Wombles (fictional characters!) – live on Wimbledon Common