Guide to Living in Wandsworth

Named after the river Wandle, London’s 9th biggest borough, Wandsworth, is home to Battersea, Putney, Tooting and Wandsworth town, and is one of the safest and liveliest areas in inner London. 

For those looking into properties to buy in London, Wandsworth is ideally situated for getting into and around the capital’s centre, and with great public transport links into the capital, commuting to the city couldn’t be easier. 

Over the last 10 or so years, the area has undergone development, with new properties being built on old industrial sites. From large detached properties with gardens and private parking to a small one bed new-build flats – almost all types of property can be found in the district.

Property prices in Wandsworth

There are some breathtaking properties in the Borough of Wandsworth, with house prices averaging at £796,466. 

Being so close to central London means that the property prices in the area are relatively high. However, the high cost of property is slightly offset by the fact that Wandsworth has consistently set the lowest council tax rates in the country. 

For this reason, it has become a widely popular area for young professionals working in London thanks to its low council tax rates. Wandsworth also now has a strong local market with many families trading up and down.

Over the last twenty years, riverside development in Wandsworth has been huge, introducing luxury 21st living and increase of new homes. One of the biggest changes the borough has seen is how fashion has switched away from Victorian architecture to also embracing homes built later, with an appreciation of the spacious ground-floor living spaces. 

Things to do in Wandsworth

Estate agents in London often get asked for a lot of detail about what there is to do in an area, and luckily there are plenty of things to explore in Wandsworth. 

If you are looking for somewhere that has lots of green spaces then Wandsworth should be top of your list. Wandsworth has lovely Wandsworth and Clapham Commons, along with King George’s Park in Buckhold Road and Wandsworth Park in Putney Bridge Road. 

For your shopping fix, be sure to head to Southside Wandsworth Shopping Centre, where you can also find a Cineworld multiplex cinema. Alternatively, visit the Ram Quarter, and there are ever more interesting shops, cafés and restaurants found in nearby smaller shopping streets.

There are also plenty of key spots for pubs, restaurants and bars across the borough, such as St John’s Hill, Old York Road and Wandsworth High Street – you will find most types of cuisine! 

Schools in Wandsworth

Wandsworth is home to an array of excellent state primary and secondary schools, many of which are rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, with many more producing above average results from the students. There are also a number of private schools in the district.

Notable primary schools include St Michael’s CofE, Sheringdale, and Bellville Wix Academy. Secondary schools include Ashcroft Technology, Chestnut Grove, and Harris Academy Battersea.

Private schools in the area include The Roche School, Wandsworth Preparatory and Hurlingham, and if you’re looking for further education, check out St Francis Xavier RC, and South Thames College.

Wandsworth transport links

Alongside excellent bus connections throughout the borough, Wandsworth has two train stations: Wandsworth Town with services to Waterloo taking 15 minutes and Wandsworth Common with trains to Victoria taking 12 minutes. Clapham Junction is a major railway in London, and an excellent transport interchange. 

It takes under an hour to get to Gatwick Airport by road and rail, and Heathrow Airport can be reached by road in 30 minutes.

The pier at Wandsworth Riverside allows commuters to make the journey by boat to Chelsea Harbour in 12 minutes, to Embankment in 39 minutes, to London Bridge in 45 minutes and Canary Wharf in just under an hour.

In Summary

Wandsworth is a popular place for young professionals and families, who come to live here for the abundance of attractive Wandsworth development including Victorian and Edwardian homes. 

Not only is Wandsworth the safest borough in inner London for recorded crime, the river, the open green spaces of Wandsworth and Clapham Commons and an almost unparalleled choice of schools, both state and private, make this an excellent choice of area to live.