Moving to London’s Southwest Side
The city’s southwest region includes central, cosmopolitan neighborhoods and those that are more suburban and affordable, conducive to people moving to London on a budget or desiring more indoor and outdoor space to accommodate a family. Indeed, areas like Clapham and Wandsworth south of the River Thames are very popular among the family-minded, being dubbed “Nappy Valley” as a result (“nappy” = “diaper”).
In addition to perhaps finding a little more for your money (there are more options for houses in London here as opposed to apartments, which dominate more central zones), districts like Wandworth have access to a lot of green space for outdoor recreation like Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, King George’s Park, and Battersea Park just to the northeast (it’s also not too far from the gigantic Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common to the west). Housing characteristically ranges from terraced to detached and semi-detached houses, with a patch of high-rise council buildings at the base of East Hill. There are also some newer-build Wandsworth apartments along the river walk to Battersea, a former wharf that also has a lot of restaurants and pubs. One of Wandsworth’s older residential areas, in contrast, can be found not far from the riverfront around Old York Road—known as the “Tonsleys,” it has a village atmosphere with quaint cafés, shops, and pubs; it’s also pricey but popular among professionals for its proximity to the rail station. And some of the most expensive houses in London can be found at the top of East Hill—known as the “Toast Rack,” these homes enjoy fine local boutiques and restaurants. Wandsworth apartments and houses also have access to more shopping and amenities along the High Street, which includes the refurbished Southside Shopping Centre.
There aren’t any Underground stations in Wandsworth (the closest are East Putney and Southfields on the District line in the west and Clapham South and Balham on the Northern line in the east), but Wandsworth Town is the central rail station servicing South West trains. There is also the Wandsworth Common and Earlsfield rail stations, both only one stop from nearby Clapham Junction, where you can transfer to the Overground or Network Rail trains to London Victoria or Waterloo stations. A dozen-and-a-half bus routes run through the area, but there are unfortunately no Barclays bikes available locally for rent.
Finding Wandsworth Apartments
Seeking out the best home for you is an important process that you’ll want to undertake cautiously and thoroughly. The main factors working against tenants in the London rentals market, however, is that 1) local estate agents’ listings are highly localized to their area, 2) they don’t use MLS, and 3) London apartments tend to fly off the shelves overnight (particularly in the summer months). What all this means for you is that 1) you’ll need to know exactly what neighborhood you want in order to know which agencies to target, 2) you’ll need to visit multiple different agencies to see all the available properties that meet your criteria, and 3) you’ll need to make a decision fairly rapidly in order to not waste your time viewing London flats that could be gone by the time you’ve had a chance to see enough of them.
All of the above is precisely why we at London Relocation, in turn: 1) assess your needs thoroughly from the get-go and discuss what neighborhoods are your best fit, like Wandsworth, in this instance, 2) serve as your personal MLS, exhausting the local market for applicable houses or flats for rent in London’s Wandsworth district based on our attentive understanding of your needs, and 3) chauffeur to 18 to 25 Wandsworth apartments or houses matching your requirements in only one day. Educating you along the way, we make sure your property search is in-depth and carefully thought out while still enabling you to sign a lease in time to not lose out on your dream home.
Moving to London can be fraught with stress and unpleasant surprises, but it doesn’t have to be—and it won’t with us on your team.