With leafy streets, premium restaurants, independent boutiques, and up-market Victorian and Edwardian housing, there’s no doubt that Wandsworth Common is a much sought-after area. It became popular with people who wanted to be close to the city, but couldn’t afford the prices of Central London. As a result, house prices are high, and competition is fierce as city workers continue to flock here. Situated in the London Borough of Wandsworth, locals often refer to the area as ‘Nappy Valley’, with its excellent schools and village-feel making it very popular with families.
What makes Wandsworth Common a great place to live
Close to Central London
One of the many things that makes Wandsworth Common so desirable is its proximity to Central London. With trains running every few minutes from Wandsworth Common station, and taking only 12 minutes to London Victoria, you can have the best of both worlds – a village-feel but close to the city. Balham and. Tooting Bec tube stations are also nearby.
With many notable restaurants, including the Michelin Starred Chez Bruce, as well as lively bars and a fantastic array of independent shops and high street chain stores, Bellevue Road is the up-market ‘centre’ of Wandsworth Common.
Between Wandsworth Common and Clapham lies the Northcote Road where you will find numerous trendy restaurants and bars, and lots of coffee and gift shops. The famous Northcote Road Market regularly hosts a French food and drink market on several occasions throughout the year as well as the more traditional fruit and veg stalls.
Wandsworth Common is a substantial recreational area of 175 acres. The common has numerous sports pitches, tennis and bowling. There are a number of ponds, and a lake which can be used for fishing (with a permit). The lake is partially fenced off for the benefit of bird life, while other areas feature wooden pedestrian board walks, or open water's edge access. You also benefit from the proximity to Clapham Common.
Wandsworth Common is extremely popular with families due to a plethora of excellent state and public schools. With such high demand, a number of new schools have opened in the area.
Average property prices in Wandsworth Common are on the up:
• 1 bedroom - £475,000
• 2 bedroom - £545,000
• 3 bedroom – £672,000
• 4 bedroom – £1,250,000
The average rental in Wandsworth Common is £352 p.w. for a two-bedroom property.
Why invest in Wandsworth Common
There’s no getting away from the fact that Wandsworth Common is an expensive place to invest but, being only 12 minutes from London Victoria, it still offers better value than most of Central London. The announcement that the new U.S. Embassy is being built nearby, and due for completion in 2017, also makes this a sure investment bet, not to mention the future development of near-by Battersea Power Station.
If you are looking to buy, sell, rent or let a property in Wandsworth Common, make sure you get in contact with our team on 020 8767 7001.
School Ofsted reports – www.Ofsted.gov.uk (search ‘tooting’)
For more information on the common and facilities - www.wandsworth.gov.uk
Wandsworth common recreation - www.OpenPlay.co.uk
Every year, Wandsworth hosts a beer festival - www.legothique.co.uk/Beer_Festival
Places of interest
Brinkley’s kitchen is on the corner of the renowned Bellevue Road and Trinity Road overlooking Wandsworth Common. It is a large contemporary style restaurant on one floor with an open kitchen and a bar with seating area. There are also tables outside.
Food - We offer a well-priced modern international style menu with Brunch at weekends and a Kids Menu.
Wine - We have an exceptional value wine list (as all Brinkley’s restaurants) starting at £16.00 for Macon Villages and £16.00 for Cotes du Rhone.
Broomwood Hall School
Broomwood Hall is a co-educational pre-preparatory and preparatory school located in Wandsworth, London SW, catering for children from the age of 4 until they are ready to go to their next schools at 8 years of age (boys) or 11 or 13 years (girls). There are two pre-preparatory departments which are run in parallel based at The Old Vicarage and 50 Nightingale Lane, SW12 and 3 Garrad's Road in SW16.
The School is run on traditional lines, with a Christian philosophy and ethos. It seeks to provide an unrivalled excellence of education, both inside and outside the classroom, with particular emphasis on
self-discipline and confidence
a sense of duty and responsibility
good manners, courtesy and tolerance of others
The school was originally set up specifically to prepare children for entry to the well known boys' preparatory and (via Common Entrance) girls public schools. Nowadays the majority of our boys go on to our preparatory school Northcote Lodge when thery leave at 8, although we still send a good number to other (mainly London) prep schools, whilst more and more girls opt for the well-known public schools (e.g. Marlborough, Wellington, Bradfield) at 13+, or London Day Schools at either 11+ or 13+.
Broomwood Hall boys have priority of entry to Northcote Lodge, allowing parents and boys to enjoy all the atmosphere and advantages of a country prep school, but here in Wandsworth.
Girls transfer automatically at 8 to the Upper School, which is a girls' preparatory school that mirrors Northcote Lodge in most respects, and follows the same Common Entrance curriculum.
We offer a wide range of subjects that enables every child to shine at something. We encourage the involvement of parents, believing that this benefits both the School and the children's education. There is a representative Parents Association and we work in partnership with parents so that there is a close liaison and parents are aware of their children's marks and progress.
Children vary widely in their abilities and, whilst we set a high academic standard for able children, we also encourage the less able without applying undue pressure. We have a record of success at Common Entrance and scholarship examinations to senior schools that is second to none, and we achieve this without any of the 'pushiness' that is sometimes associated with day schools in London.
We take particular pains to advise and help parents with an appropriate choice of next school. We have close relationships with many schools and have gained a well-deserved reputation for sending them confident, happy, well rounded children.
A Local School . . .
Broomwood Hall was established to serve the needs of parents living locally and we have always maintained a strict catchment area policy for children under the age of 8. Other than in unusual circumstances, we will not accept a child who lives outside this area, which is (roughly) a one mile circle centred on the school, the idea being that it should be possible for children to walk to school if necessary..
For girls in the Upper School the catchment area policy is relaxed. Nevertheless we feel it is undesirable for girls to be faced with long drives to and from school.
. . . and a Family School
We guarantee that a place will be available to younger brothers and sisters of children already within the school subject only to interview (and with the proviso that, in the case of a Lower School entrant, the family must live within our catchment area).
This policy also extends to siblings (older or younger) of boys at Northcote Lodge, which has the same sibling policy as Broomwood Hall.
Our catchment area and sibling polices have been instrumental in preserving the family atmosphere that is so much a part of the school, making it much easier for children to maintain friendships and to attend one another's tea and birthday parties and other social activities.
“My business partner Nigel Platts-Martin and I opened Chez Bruce in 1995.
From the outset, it was our intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed, informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment. Over the years we have been lucky enough to collect many prestigious awards and industry gongs, but it has never been our inclination to rest on our laurels.
Restaurants are not about celebrity chefs, managers, owners or design; they are about customers. In kitchen, wine and dining room departments, we therefore only strive to improve. If one’s passion is truly rooted in the business, there is no other option.”
Finton House School
Holy Ghost Primary School
At Holy Ghost, we strive to develop the intellectual potential of children, according to their abilities. We want pupils to learn the meaning of being a Catholic Christian, so that they grow to welcome the challenges presented to them, and mature into balanced, fun individuals.
Whilst personal growth is of utmost importance, we want each child to have an ever increasing awareness of the needs of others; to take responsibility for serving others; to uphold their own rights, and those of every other child, in order to develop spiritually, creatively, physically and academically.
Our school motto: “A child helped by another child is like a strong city”, reminds us of the importance of working well together – as parents and school, with our parish of Holy Ghost, within our local community in Balham, and more globally.
We hope, that as parents, you will find all the information you require on our website, and welcome any feedback for improvements we can make.
Oak Lodge School
Our vision is for our pupils to progress and achieve and to lead healthy and happy lives.
We have a highly qualified staff which include Teachers of the Deaf, Speech and Language Therapists an Occupational Therapist and Teaching Assistants, all of whom are experienced in working with deaf and hearing –impaired children including those with additional needs.
Oak Lodge School follows a child-centred multi-modal language and communication approach which incorporates British Sign Language, English and Signed Supported English based on the child’s identified strengths and preferred learning style.
Our curriculum incorporates personalised learning and thinking skills, functional skills and an enrichment programme. The curriculum is underpinned by the Emotions/PSHE curriculum to promote the emotional and physical well-being of all.
Our pupils follow individualised pathways covering a wide-range of accreditations including: GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level and Life Skills within the ASDAN framework.
Our Sixth Form supports our students at local colleges to access academic, vocational and practical courses. Providing further curriculum and life-long learning support.
Deaf First is our adult education department. It supports deaf adults of any age. Some are studying at local colleges and need communication support for their lectures. Other students attend Basic Skills courses at Deaf First and train for employment.
Rainbow School is an independent special-needs school for children and young people aged 4-19 with autism.
Based on two sites (primary and secondary) in Wandsworth, South West London, the school was founded in 2000 by parents of children with autism, and was only the third ABA school of its kind to be opened in the UK. There are now 52 members of teaching staff employed across both sites, and at present 10 Local Education Authorities across London place pupils with us.
Rainbow Schools offer a structured programme of intensive intervention, applying the scientific principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behaviour (VB) to deliver the National Curriculum, teach functional communication and life skills, to enable our pupils to lead rewarding lives and to fulfil their potential.
Students benefit from individual learning programmes and one-to-one teaching, as well as paired and group work, this enables each child to progress at his or her own pace and work towards achieving their maximum potential.
To be eligible for admission to the Rainbow School pupils must have:
A diagnosis of autism or a related communication disorder
A statement of special educational needs (or be in the process of gaining one)
An agreement (in writing) from the Local Authority (LA) to fund the placement. Children and young people who come to Rainbow School must be funded by the LA where they live
The appropriate age, skills and behaviour for the vacancy that exists
Live within feasible commuting distance to the school
Visiting the school - To experience the excellent provision at Rainbow School first hand, feel free to attend one of our open days or arrange an individual visit.
The Althorp is a relaxed and family-friendly pub restaurant of great taste and charm, boasting a highly desirable location that over looks the grassy green meadows of Wandsworth Common.
Commanding the corner of picturesque Althorp Road and enjoying the quaint everyday bustle of Bellevue Road, with its enchanting collection of eclectic shops, galleries and restaurants, it is the perfect place for coffee, brunch, lunch, supper with family, friends or an intimate dinner for two.
Open seven days a week & specialising in quality British food, real ales and fine wines.
The Good Earth
FOR OVER 30 YEARS WE HAVE STRIVED TO SET THE STANDARD FOR CHINESE FOOD IN LONDON
The Good Earth reflects the journey that Chinese food has taken in London. From traditional aromatic duck and dry shredded beef to contemporary dishes unique to us, like Wasabi Prawns and Golden Sands Dover Sole. Our family business prides itself on building a reputation for exceptional food and service.
The Hope Pub
The home of Britain's biggest beer garden
Some hope, you're thinking. "No, some Hope!" we'd reply. Because the famous The Hope pub borders the rolling acres of Wandsworth Common, which we cheekily like to regard as an extension to our beer garden. We even provide drinks to those who like to ferry frothing pints of cask ale deep into the park. Though the aroma of our handmade burgers soon has them hurrying back. So park yourself at The Hope and enjoy.