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.

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Best places to live in Wandsworth

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

View of the River Thames and tall building at night

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

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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

view of Wandsworth from above

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.

Reviews in Wandsworth

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Building is very well maintained

Review Date Sep 2021

Rams quarter is full of young professionals like myself who are keen to experience the social life of south west london

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Building is very well maintained and it is clear a lot of money is being spent adding facilities to ram quarter. Furthermore, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby so lots of opportunities for social events. The staff are also really friendly and helpful

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The cost of bills etc is much higher than expected

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They have been late to reply to any of our messages and all problems have only been temporary to fixes

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Good place to live, a touch expensive!

Review Date Aug 2021

Development is nice and set back from the road so there is minimal traffic noise, but that means it’s closer to the overground trains. Good transport links and well-run complex.

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Building well-maintained and the facilities are generally excellent. Sky Pool is obviously a landmark attraction but obviously weather-dependent. Gym in Legacy Building is good, but a shame that there isn’t an indoor pool without having to walk to the other end of the complex.

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Council tax is nice and low. Facilities great, staff extremely helpful.

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No issues, everything I have asked for has been no problem.

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Manager Response

Dear Rob,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Homeviews.

It is great to hear that you are happy living here as part of our Embassy Gardens community.

We appreciate your comments and feedback.

Best regards,

It’s not all gold that shines: be prepared to be ripped off

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Review Date Jul 2021

The Not in the congestion charging zone, still easy to access central London. The area is nice, it has nice shops without being too crowded (although I fear this may change) it’s currently nice and quiet (except for the building sites everywhere).

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Good points: not in congestion charge zone but still relatively easy to access central London, it has a nice feel when you walk in, a nice design, even though the build is very cheap and not durable in many places, the surrounding area is starting to become really nice (it was awful / nothing before). The facilities are as you would expect for a building of current age but many things sadly let it down: the bin store is a huge mess, stinks, people leave rubbish outside, it is really badly managed and I do not understand why they did not build a bin shoot instead. Every other modern of high standard has this. Why Ballymore decided not to do this is beyond me. The facilities are good but the charges are horrendous. They keep increasing yet the staff pay (so I found out) is not increasing and in fact staff cuts have taken place in my time here ie having a negative effect on the service provided to me. The worst point however is the management. It took several months for facilities to even get back to me about an issue in the apartment. Generally I never know who is responsible for what. The communication is non-existent or not very transparent. The bookings for the facilities has become totally onerous and complicated. If you have any sort of issue you get passed from one person to the next but nothing happens, no one feels responsible. This guy is supposed to manage things but he doesn’t. I don’t understand why he is still employed or what he even does. There are so many little things that make me uncomfortable and considering the amount of money I pay I really don’t feel welcome or treated very nicely. Last but not least: be prepared to be ripped off wherever possible. They lure you in with all the nice things, free coffee in the facilities etc. Suddenly the increase your annual fees, make you pay for the coffee, make you pay for the towels in the pool (no it is not legal to bring your own because then they cannot charge you), pay for your inductions, have a reduced service for the parcel service and so on and so on.

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Oh so many to list. I wish I had known about being ripped off, having to pay for every little bit which I was previously told was free. Also the booking system for all the facilities is very inefficient at the moment. You have some people that would like to use a certain facility more and others less but they cannot because the number of bookings is restricted and yet I witness exactly those facilities empty a lot of the time.

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Really poorly, see above. The building management is the weak point. Khalid and some of the other staff are nice but sadly there are too many which do not understand that their customers are paying a premium for their services and are providing below average service.

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Embassy Gardens – The Good & The Bad

Review Date Jul 2021

2 local supermarket Waitrose and Sainsbury’s local. A few bars, my favourite being the alchemist which has the best cocktails in London. Once the development is complete there will be a lot more open space, as of current, there isn’t much of it! As for transport, the nine elms station will soon be open this autumn, otherwise there are a few bus stops in the area and the nearest tube is 15 min walk

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The development is very modern, with all
The amenities you would expect. Though Legacy building in which I live, has a much smaller gym than capital building, though we do have the newly built sky pool (which we can only use 6 times per month and we get charged £25 to bring a guest). Towels also must be rented or to buy a towel from embassy gardens for use at the sky pool only.

The lifts are constantly not working, either it’s one lift for the whole of legacy building was or 0.. and taking the stairs up and down 13 floors is killer.

The concierge is very helpful with what ever we need, though complaints never seem to go anywhere when there is an issue within the building.

A major disappointing issue which recently arose was the water bill. Who ever installed our water services in the apartment had not installed correctly, and the reader was not providing the water company with the current usage. So 2 weeks ago we received a bill of £900 for over the past 2 years of non recorded water. The building management should check each apartment because this was ridiculous.

Also buildings service fee is £6000 per year.. which is very much extortion, especially after paying 1.7m for an apartment. This only covers gym, concierge and building maintenance.. with 1000s of residents I’m not sure how it comes to £6000

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The service fee – especially paying the same amount during covid when less amenities/staff were in use.

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After the 2 years aftercare they refuse to fix anything.

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