Cluttons’ Clapham & Battersea office in Northcote Road offers professional advice on all aspects of property sales and lettings. Areas covered include Wandsworth, Battersea, Clapham, Earlsfield and Southfields.
Clapham and Battersea are now renowned as two of South West London's more desirable and affluent areas with many families and young people looking to move into this fashionable area due to the local schools and superb transport links, as well as the abundance of open areas, that being Clapham and Wandsworth Commons and Battersea Park.
Once described as a quaint and old-fashioned village, Wandsworth has transformed into a vibrant, busy and bustling family area with an array of restaurant and shopping options including Bellevue Road, which features the Michelin Star restaurant Chez Bruce, and many shops and boutiques.
Wandsworth High Street features the recently rejuvenated Southside Shopping Centre, providing the area with even more choice of restaurants and shopping as well as a cinema complex.
Battersea is home to Clapham Junction, the UK's busiest railway station. It provides excellent access to Waterloo and Victoria (just seven minutes from each) and serves the commuter belts of Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and further west.
The 83 hectare Battersea Park is a hugely popular spot, featuring various sports facilities and other attractions, such as the subtropical gardens, are available.
The riverside around Wandsworth Bridge has seen many modern developments recently including Battersea Reach in 2007 and is host to a number of gastro pubs such as The Ship, Royal Standard and The Alma.
'Between the Commons' or 'Nappy Valley', as the area around Northcote Road is warmly known, has become a local mecca for young families, couples and professional individuals. With the gentrification of the traditional Victorian terraced houses in the local area, specialist boutiques and children’s shops, bars, restaurants and delicatessens have now opened.
Other popular areas nearby are the Nightingale Triangle, SW12, where typically large Victorian and Edwardian houses and villas were built and Clapham Common North Side and the roads running to it, which also provide typical Victorian terraced housing, in varying sizes and guises.
These areas have increasingly become the focus for families, as they not only provide excellent transport access to and out of London, but also because of the huge range of local schools, both private and state-owned. Being in a catchment area for one of three schools can make a significant difference to the value of a property.
Clapham began its rise to popularity in the late 17th century when grand houses began to appear for the original ‘yuppies’ to move into from the city. These properties, which are now either Grade I or Grade II listed Georgian and Queen Anne houses, can still be seen on Clapham Common North Side and Grafton Square.
In the 1900s, the extension of the Tube (Northern Line) to Clapham made it an even more desirable location, establishing fast transport links from Balham, Clapham South, Clapham Common and Clapham North to the mainline stations of Waterloo, Charing Cross, Euston London Bridge and Kings Cross as well as the City via Bank.
Clapham High Street continues to grow in worth with the Clapham Picture House and many revered restaurants and bars (Trinity, Gastro, El Rincon Latino and Rapscallion) in popular areas such as The Pavement, Venn Street and further up the High Street to Clapham Manor Street and Clapham North.