South West London

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

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.
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Review Date Aug 2020

11 minute walk to Vauxhall station, bus links close by and taxis available on the street.

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We moved into this property with such excitement, being told the sky pool would be complete in the summer. We since found out that this has been promised to residents every summer since opening, it is a marketing ploy. This development will be advertised as complete, however we were awoken and had to put up with drilling every single day. On top of this, we found out that the affordable housing development was located nearby Legacy F block which has a connecting communal roof top terrace, which during lockdown had a group of around 15 people having a bbq up there, and one day throwing rocks over the wall at the apartment windows and onto the balconies.

Unfortunately it correlated with the affordable housing residents that there was continually disruptive behaviours from those residents, as stated by the Shift manager when we raised the issue of the rock throwing that there has been persistently disruptive behaviour.

F block does not have secure lifts with a fob system like Legacy A block does. When we were showed around the development, the agent took us a different way through the main concierge and did not notify us that F block actually has no concierge or security on the lists (key fobs) so anyone can enter F block round the back entrance.

Noise: The train tracks are extremely loud all day throughout the day, the neighbours are extremely disruptive and it seems there are a lot of university / international students living in the complex who enjoy playing music extremely loudly until 2am which echos loudly around the courtyard of Legacy F block. We raised this issue on multiple occasions with no prevail.

The bin stores were replenished 2-3 times a day, we lived on the second floor which created a lot of noise disruption, I imagine if you’re in a unit higher up this wouldn’t be an issue, but it is something I should mention.

We moved out after 6 months because we hated our time here that much. If you’re a landlord thinking of listing with Johns and co … AVOID, if you’re a tenant looking to move in, I would only recommend you took a unit within Capital or Ambassador where I’m sure you’d have less interruption as these units are complete and are away from the social housing development.

There was continuously strong smells of sewage coming through the air conditioning unit. When we moved in we was not notified that we would be paying separate bills for hot and cold water, so be mindful of this when you receive two water bills.

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Embassy Gardens is not a bad development however Legacy F block is, and I would never recommend for anyone to live in the F or G block as I imagine a lot of the noise issues would affect G as well as F. I wish we had known about the lack of security at the back entrance of F block.

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

Our landlord was great, and when we moved out we found out even he wasn’t aware of the trouble we had been going through at EG. After we ended our tenancy he stopped listing this unit with Johns and Co.

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Untrustworthy landlord, inhabitable property

Review Date Jun 2020

The agency and landlord for this property is to be avoided. Not only did they lie and deceive me into believing this flat was in a good condition, they charged me a higher rental than what it\’s been put back on the market for after my complaints on the first move in date. I found over a dozen Marriott inhabitable issues from damp and mould, to broken fridge and freezer compartments, to broken furniture and wall damages. All of which were hidden from me and the landlord didn\’t even think to fix these issues until I complained that I would not move in until these got fixed. Despite some issues being fixed, the leaking water tap on the bathroom continued to be an issue, wall paint was patchy, white goods were still broken and I was lied to think a professional cleaning service had been here before I attempted to move in.

A property to be avoided at all cost. It is not worth over £1000pcm if that. The pictures I’ve added is how the landlord was demanding £1275.

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In the end I refused to sign the tenancy and did not move in as I found the property nothing like it\’s advertised, and this is entirely down to both the agent (Lia) and landlord being deceitful and untrustworthy.

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Great place just the noise is a nuisance

Review Date Jun 2020

Fabulous place to live! Architecturally beautiful.
Sound insulation is a bit rubbish, you can here neighbours above which is frustrating considering the high end specification. And the doors/ windows aren’t great for blocking noise.

Great shops near by And Story coffee is a blessing!
The concierge is just amazing! So polite and approachable.

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Development can be too warm it’s like living in a retirement home.

Beautiful design, smells nice, environmentally friendly,

The concierge is wonderfully polite and helpful

The balconies are a nice size

The security getting in and out of the building is like Fort Knox

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Moving in can be tough

What is the best feature of your home:

Self cleaning oven! Love it! And the light is beautiful

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a nice development – sadly ruined by Rendall and Rittner (managing agents)

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Review Date Jun 2020

battersea park nearby, tube not too far.

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This development has been totally devalued by the managing agent, Rendall &Rittner. Service charge has increased by 28% in 2 years – no meaningful explanation. Issues raised never dealt with, there are 2 x 1 hour meetings with residents a year.

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How terrible the managing agent is

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

need to replace managing agent – Rendall & Rittner

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