The major areas in the London Borough of Wandsworth sit west of central London. Attracting working professionals and families, the primarily residential area of Wandsworth is now one of the most desirable places to buy a property and live. The area is also a hub for small businesses, mainly focusing on IT and the media. Wandsworth boasts excellent railway and bus transport links, especially into inner London, making the borough a perfect choice for commuters. Aside from that, expect a great range of leisure and shopping amenities and varied nightlife scenes to suit everyone. So, there are five main town centres but also two other areas worth looking at.
Areas in the London Borough of Wandsworth
1: Clapham Junction and Battersea
Everyone knows Battersea thanks to the cats and dogs’ home and famous power station, but these days, it also shines out for Battersea Park. Sitting near the River Thames, the Wandsworth council’s effort to rejuvenate the area from its 1990s reputation paid off, and it is now a highly desirable place to live in Wandsworth. Families love the quiet community set-up while tapping into a considerable range of nightlife and shopping facilities, as well as the above-mentioned Battersea Park. They also like the high-quality schools, with over ten receiving outstanding marks from Ofsted. With two stations and the planned northern line extension, transport links are also a bonus, and Northcote Road stands out for its famous antique market.
2: The Putney Area of Wandsworth
Known for beautiful Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian terraced streets, as well as Putney heath, life in this area is slower than across the river in Fulham. However, families and middle-aged professionals are attracted to the area because of its quiet neighbourhoods and convenient access to green spaces. Regular South Western Rail services provide great transportation options. This allows property owners to reach Clapham Junction and London Waterloo quickly. The District Line runs between East Putney and Putney Bridge Station, directly across the Fulham Bridge. In addition, steamboat services depart from the Pier on the embankment during the weekday rush hour. These stretch through to Millennium Pier at Blackfriars. This area’s top neighbourhoods include London Square, Putney Rise-square and Bridge, Langham Square, and Emerald Square.
3: Tooting Area of Wandsworth Borough Council
The Tooting area has numerous aspects that work in its favour, including being home to Tooting Bec Common with the Lido and Tooting Graveney Common and the exceptional food market. As another area that has turned around its reputation from the previous century, Tooting does an excellent job of attracting families and first-time buyers. Sitting just one stop from Balham, this area offers the usual excellent transport links and, for property buyers, more than enough houses that include oodles of quaint charm.
4: Wandsworth Town
Leisure comes to mind in Wandsworth town central, thanks to large common areas with lake and Tennis courts. A significant player in this area is the BID Wandsworth town Business Improvement District, which works closely with local businesses to ensure they thrive, which benefits the community. Aside from that, everything, including Wandsworth Common, is on your doorstep should you decide to buy property here. Expect excellent rated Ofsted schools and numerous shopping and eating out facilities. The local portfolio is also diverse for those purchasing property, ranging from new builds to timeless Edwardian semi-detached houses. With rail services direct to Waterloo, London Victoria and London bridge, this is another favourite for middle-aged professionals.
5: Balham Area
Previously winning awards as one of the best places to live in London, Balham town sits at the heart of Bedford Hill, Balham Station Road and Balham high road. Hildreth street is at the heart of the town, and locals enjoy the usual wide range of shopping and leisure amenities. This local tube station of Wandsworth taps into the Northern Line, and like its counterpart neighbours, schools do an excellent job of achieving outstanding Ofsted ratings. As well as families, Balham attracts young working professionals who tap into varied property portfolios of new flats and Victorian houses.
6: Earlsfields Area
With access to Battersea via the nearby Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield’s is another large residential area of Wandsworth, praising leisure facilities. Large green spaces are ideal for summer days, thanks to tennis courts, lakes and children’s playgrounds. If green spaces are your priority for living spaces, look at streets around King George’s park, Garret Green and Garrett Park. When living in this area of Wandsworth, you can tap into the fantastic Southside shopping centre, which is entertainment, dining and leisure all under one roof. Like its neighbours, Earlsfields has also excelled in excellent transport links throughout Wandsworth and into central London and high-performing schools.
7: Southfields Area
This mainly residential area sits between the SW18 and SW19 Wandsworth council postcodes. Thanks to numerous local investments, house prices have risen considerably over the last twenty years. The residential areas mainly focus on two areas. The Southfields triangle stems from Standen road to Granville Road and Merton Road. If you want to buy or rent Victorian and Edwardian houses in the London Borough of Wandsworth, this is the place to look. Meanwhile, the grid residential neighbourhood runs from Replingham street to Revelstoke Road, Elsenham street and Astonville street. Consisting of mainly Edwardian houses, conversions into flats of refurbished buildings are now barred by the local authority and Borough Council.
Note: Tube stations in Wandsworth are at Balham, Battersea Power Station, Clapham South tube station, East Putney, Southfields tube station, Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway tube station.
Living in Putney: Many house hunters in London think about living here. This once small riverside village, notably famed for being the 15th-century birthplace of Thomas Cromwell, and home to famous photographer Norman Parkinson, is now a prime spot in London. Other notable residents, past and present, include Victorian poet Algernon Swinburne, Historian Edward Gibbon, Prime Minister Clement Attlee, aircraft designer Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe and politician Nick Clegg. That should speak volumes about the status.
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