South West London

There’s been a huge resurgence in South West London’s property scene of late, namely because this is an area of the capital with so much potential. The term ‘something for everyone’ is thrown around wildly, but in South West London’s case it’s actually justified. This is an area that comes in all forms and guises, shapes and sizes. And that’s exactly why property developers have made it something of a playground. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in South West London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in South West London.

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Top Rated Developments in South West London

River Thames at dusk

The Nine Elms regeneration project

The award for ‘most dramatic transformation’ goes to Nine Elms, a long slither of Thames riverfront between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. Here, glossy new-build apartment blocks are ten-a-penny, but it’s not just the residential scene that’s getting a facelift.  New offices, infrastructure, transport and entertainment hubs – among many other initiatives – are part of this £15 billion renovation scheme.

Brixton

Just south of the sparkling skyscrapers of SW8, urban cool can be found in edgy Brixton and Clapham. The lively pubs, bars and music venues (don’t miss Hootananny) in these parts promise a night out to remember; and there’s plenty in the way of kitsch brunch spots to help with that sore head the next day. Area newcomers should head to Brixton Village and Brixton Market, where the community spirit is infectious, and the round-ups include taste-tingling street food and local performers. Next door Stockwell is quieter but not without its charms. Dubbed ‘Little Portugal’, it’s home to a large Portuguese population, and its cafés and eateries serve up all kinds of national delicacies.

Old Mansion in South London

Affluent South West London

Northern postcodes like SW1, SW3 and SW7 appeal to those who like to live la dolce vita. Ticking off upmarket neighbourhoods such as Westminster, Belgravia, Chelsea and South Kensington, it’s where house prices are in the millions and the residential scenery is quintessential London. Think timeless Victorian townhouses, black wrought-iron gates and immaculate garden squares.

Nappy Valley

Further south, you’ll find greener boroughs like Wandsworth and Wimbledon; both of which regularly top polls of London’s best places to live. Wandsworth is well-known as ‘Nappy Valley’, such is the draw for families here. Wandsworth Common and King George’s park are prime picnic and playing territory, and the local schools have a decent reputation. That said, the area’s younger population is also rising steadily; a result of the brand-new luxury waterfront apartments, an easy commute to Victoria and Waterloo, and a fabulous wining and dining scene. This savvy lot also knows it’s a lot cheaper to live in Wandsworth than it is to live in Fulham; just across the river.

New development overlooking south west London

Putney

East of Wandsworth lies pretty Putney, a delightful mix of riverside restaurants and cafés, swathes of green and period properties. The area’s many sporting clubs (tennis, golf, rowing – it’s all present and correct) will suit outdoorsy types, while nearby Roehampton University pulls in the students. As such, the waterfront bars come alive after dark.

You can find out more about living in the area by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in South West London. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews, you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in South West London

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Anything but straight forward

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2020

The bars and restaurants are great – we are missing a decent mainstream grocery store but Waitrose is not too far if you’re able to walk and carry groceries. Transport is obviously in development with TFL still to open the Northern Line extension otherwise buses are frequent.

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The design and facilities are high-spec but overall the space usage is poorly thought out. The gym is too small for the number of residents, there is too much dead ‘lounge’ space in areas where there’s no need for it whereas there’s not enough ‘garden’ space for the amount of people/dogs. Overall what lets the development down is the terrible comms and approach from management. Whilst the rest of the BPSE Phases are in development we’re completely in the dark as to what our fees are paying for – the heating and cooling charges in particular are akin to daylight robbery and are fixed by management. Tenants are unable to distinguish ‘maintenance’ from other charges and so end up paying for costs that landlords should be liable for. Regardless, the charges are sky high. If you’re looking at a property, disregard the space in the ‘winter garden’ – management do not permit you to use it for any meaningful purpose, it has no power supply and is either far too hot in the summer (no blinds!) or far too cold in the winter (no heat/power in there).

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How useless the ‘winter garden’ space is – it’s a considerable square footage of the smaller apartments and totally useless due to management rules on no furniture (or anything but a plant, on a table) and no heating/shade in there.

What is the best feature of your home:

High-spec fittings, close access to good bars and restaurants

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4
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4
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Review Date Oct 2020

The area is quite beautiful as it is right by the Thames river and Battersea Park. However, crossing Chelsea bridge during rush hour is difficult,

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The development is very new, modern, and you can find almost everything you need close by. The gym and poll are top class (hotel level), and the community is lively. The hallway is cleaned regularly, and the only downside is that we are close to a construction site.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I had known that the Chelsea bridge was crowded during rush hour.

What is the best feature of your home:

Modern, sophisticated and has everything you need.

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Hugely Impressive Development, let down by poor Management

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Review Date Oct 2020

This iconic developement has 6 phases in the pipeline, 1 already complete, boasting over half a dozen restaurants, bars, theatre, cinema and other amenities. There’s already a good community spirit and residents can make use of private restaurant, gym, pool, spa, conference room, concierge service, parking, etc. Transport links are good – Victoria is 10 minutes walk away, Sloane Square 15 minutes, and this will be improved when the new underground station is built here. So there are plenty of things to enjoy, although sometimes it is noisy with the construction work and such a large community of people living here.

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The building that currently stands is Phase 1, with impressive views of the river and the power station, which along with the other phases are currently under construction. Apartments are modern and well designed, and there are some good facilities on offer for residents, however, there have been snagging issues. This along with an Estate Management who serve the investors not the residents means that when things go wrong it is very difficult to get someone to take responsiblity to fix it.

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The heating and cooling system is its own energy centre, sadly it has been unreliable and is expensive for residents

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Savills took over the Estate Managment circa a year ago and made a poor situation much worse – they are incredibly difficult to communicate with and show no accountability to the people they should be looking after. Which is a real shame as the place has massive potential. When you do raise issues they often ignore them or try to suggest its not their problem, when clearly they are building or design defects on a new hi tech property which shouldn’t occur.

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Happy to live here

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Review Date Oct 2020

I found out cleanliness – frequently cleaning, good visible security.When The tube opens it will be easier for accessing everywhere. Walking in neighborhood is also good. Next to park and beside the river.

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At the moment, there are still lot of construction around the area. Actually that’s not good as you can see it from the apartment. The apartment public area is clean and tidy. Management is done well too. It’s easy to contact them using app or email.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

How they clean the space properly. And I wanted to know the Inside of cupboard as there is so much wasted space.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Now the living and kitchen area is small, so make the space bigger.

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Design
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Location
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