Wandsworth

A Guide to Living in Wandsworth

Welcome to Wandsworth, a leafy, south-west London borough overlooking the River Thames. It’s right opposite Fulham and, while the area has plenty in common with its affluent neighbour, living here is notably kinder on the bank balance. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Wandsworth. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Wandsworth.

Good transport links & Michelin stars

Young professionals regularly vote Wandsworth as one of the best places to live in London, pipping sought-after postcodes like Battersea and Wimbledon to the post. And it’s no wonder. The area brags contemporary waterside apartments and great connections – it’s just 12 minutes to Waterloo from Wandsworth Town station, and Wandsworth Common gets commuters to Victoria in even less. There’s also a fabulous drinking and foodie scene here, largely centred on the area’s many pubs. The star of the show is pared-back Chez Bruce, on Bellevue Road, which has bagged a Michelin star for its delectable French cuisine and wines.

For those who want to be within easy walking distance from the station, Mapleton Crescent is a great option. This striking building’s brought to the area by Pocket Living – a company on a mission to design smart spaces for first-time buyers in prime London locations. This 27-storey tower houses 57 one-bed apartments, along with a river-facing state-of-the-art workspace and a rooftop terrace.

“The location is fantastic – within walking distance of shops, parks, gyms, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, transport hubs – can’t complain at all!” Verified owner at Mapleton Crescent

More developments in Wandsworth…

Ram Quarter is another option. This one’s right in the heart of the borough, neighbouring the peaceful River Wandle. Developed by the Greenland Group, it’s a purpose-built neighbourhood with shops, restaurants and hundreds of one to four-bedroom flats. Ram Quarter, carefully converted from the former Young’s Brewery, and lots of its original features have been retained.

The Coopers Lofts are where the history of the site can really be felt – period features like high ceilings, exposed iron and brickwork, and restored industrial style windows are a throwback to the brewery’s 19th-century origins. Outside, the buildings facades preserve the heritage of the buildings.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Ram Quarter

Moved into the development in summer 2018 as a new build. Lovely spacious apartment with all modern fixtures and fittings. Great location with the south side shopping centre a 2min walk and lovely pubs and restaurants in the area. Easy access into Waterloo from Wandsworth town- 13min with trains every 10mins. Energy efficient apartments mean low bills, I think I’ve only had the heating on once since moving in.” – Amy, verified renter at Ram Quarter, in Wandsworth

Wandsworth’s greenery

Despite its plentiful hustle and bustle, Wandsworth is a peaceful, green borough – the perfect antidote to busy city life. Wandsworth Common is the area’s heart, an 175-acre stretch of picnic space and nature trails. There’s a wildlife centre and a lake made for strolling, as well. You’ll find more of the same at King George’s Park, plus sports pitches and a tennis club.

Nappy Valley

Naturally, all that green space – together with some excellent schools and good-size Victorian houses – has seen an increase in the family population here. So much so, Wandsworth’s been nicknamed ‘Nappy Valley’. It’s the mixture of ages in Wandsworth that make it the diverse, harmonious community it is. To see the local spirit at its best, head for the Wandsworth Fringe in May – a celebration of dance, theatre and art talent.

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 Wandsworth. 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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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

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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

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need to replace managing agent – Rendall & Rittner

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Great modern design but extreme noise levels, high prices

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Review Date Jun 2020

The development is close to Battersea park and the river. There’s also a few restaurants and cafes in the development.

BPS is very close to central London despite poor transport infrastructure.

Unfortunately, the area is also a massive construction site with an enormous amount of noise coming from the development site and the massive railroad line. There is very little public transport and the area feels a little isolated from all other neighborhoods.

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The main disadvantage of the development is the amount of noise coming from the railroad and from the development site.

The development has good facilities (gym, sauna, lounge, swimming pool) even though they aren’t often managed at the level of service that they could have.

The apartments have good modern design despite some specific units having very odd shapes. Energy and water infrastructure require a lot of maintenance and energy bills are very high. The windows don’t always have enough insulation to protect from the outside noise.

The massive winter gardens tend to overheat on sunny days to unbearable temperatures. Also, you’re not allowed to keep much in them despite their size.

Prices of apartments are much higher than other nearby luxury developments

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Winter garden overheating

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

Winter garden blinds and insulation from noise and overheating

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Living at Ram Quarter

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Review Date May 2020

It’s a stone’s throw away from everything you could need – great outdoor space as it’s situated slap bang between two of Wandsworth’s parks, it’s also opposite Southside Shopping Centre giving you access to useful stores like Boots, Poundland and Waitrose – not to mention the cinema and a number of restaurants.

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Well-maintained property with a really helpful Concierge team, and very diligent property management with regular communications sent out by email to residents. It has the potential to be a really great retail spot for Wandsworth to complement Southside but the market just hasn’t been right and nobody has chosen to open up shops yet.

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It can be a difficult place for delivery drivers to access due to lack of accessible parking

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

Better air flow / air cooling options, it can get very very hot in summer but is well insulated in winter

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