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.

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.

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Nightmare at Battersea

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The area is constantly changing, there are some real nice developments being built. Battersea Exchange is not one of them. The street pollution is a growing problem mostly rubbish left by non residents. The council does not seem to care.

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The prices at this development may be cheaper than other developments in the area but that is for a good reason. There are many construction related design issues, the building standards are lower here.

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No street parking permits offered by the council for the residents of this building, except social housing residents which make up 1/3 of the units. The football pitches near the buildings are always full, they make a lot of noise even later in the evening. The flats were not designed to allow central AC system to be put in place and they do not allow any changes to the outside of the flat, even for HVAC unit.

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The building management is a nightmare. The concierge is trying to cope with Amazon packages for 290 units as well as constantly faulty communal utilities. They get very little support from Savills or Taylor Wimpey. The development did not have central hot water for days this week and that is not the 4 times this year.. There is blame game between Taylor Wimpey and the building manager, Savills.

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Great flat, excellent location

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Love how close it is to west end. Only 4 stops from Oxford Circus. If you have a car, parking is a nightmare as you have to park on the streets. Since the development is still under construction, it is loud from all the drilling, hammering, etc

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Brand new, modern, spacious and great location.

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The development is still under construction and will be loud

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We really appreciate the 5* rating ! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide a review and hope that you continue to enjoy living with us at this development !

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It is a bit noisy because of the construction outside. We have a gym and a swimming pool which is currently under construction. The flat is not too bright and not too much luxury . It is fine for myself.

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It is close to Vauxhall station and this is what I like the most. It is close to Sainsbury ‘s where I love , under 10 minutes walk only.

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I like the design.

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I wish I had known about the rubbish collection facilities. It is well designed compartment.

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Great apartment in excellent area

Great pubs, and parks. Super central.

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Have lived here for the last 3 years. Have seen the area change a lot (for the better). Slade Gardens has become a fantastic park – outside gym is great and the swings etc used by the little one. The Crown & Anchor and the New Grosvenor pub have become firm favourites amongst friends. The walk to the tube is a breeze through the beautiful crescent. The building itself is well built (works to change the cladding are ongoing, but should be finished reasonably soon). The apartment is a great size, perfect for a small family, with 2 bathrooms and 2 large bedrooms. All the modcons (2 ovens, Siemens appliances). The balcony is a highlight – amazing uninterrupted views over the park and Londons landmarks confirms how central you are. Stockwell much maligned in the past but we continue to find it a wonderful place to live.

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