Wandsworth is six miles south-west of central London with Fulham across the river to the north, Battersea to the east, Earlsfield and Tooting to the south and Putney to the west. So you are pretty much in the episode-centre of the best South West London has to offer.
Families come to live in Wandsworth for the Victorian and Edwardian homes that ooze character, the riverside pubs, the open green spaces of Wandsworth and Clapham Commons and an almost unparalleled choice of schools, both state and private. “Seriously… you can’t get many better places to live in London than Wandsworth,” overheard at Chez Bruce!
Over the last 20 years Wandsworth’s industrial riverside has been almost entirely swept away with thousands of modern riverside flats going up in its place, the largest development being Battersea Reach where you will fine 1,350 sparkling new homes between the Thames, York Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road.
The last piece in the de-industrialisation jigsaw is The Ram Quarter, the redevelopment of the former Young’s brewery site in the town centre. With the first phase now built, a section of the Wandle river has been opened up for the first time.
The property scene
Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses, semis, detached houses and new riverside flats all feature in Wandsworth. Between Old York Road and East Hill in “The Tonsleys”, find two- and three-bedroom Victorian cottages, while the “Toast Rack”, the ladder of roads off Trinity Road at the side of Wandsworth Common, has big 1900 semis and detached houses. Spencer Park, around a communal garden off North Side, also has large detached houses.
South of Bellevue Road are streets of pretty Victorian cottages and local shops overlooking the common, giving a villagey feel.
“Between the Commons”— Wandsworth and Clapham Commons — Victorian terrace houses have roof extensions, side returns and dug-out basements. The Magdalen Estate west of Wandsworth Common offers Twenties houses, popular for their spacious ground floors.