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Neighbourhood Watch: Wandsworth

Setting the scene

A combination of convenience, excellent transport connections, plus good schools, open spaces, and low council tax mean that Wandsworth’s popularity never wanes. Redevelopment of the once-industrial riverside is well under way, and the town centre is getting a makeover. The shopping centre is finished, and the former Young’s Brewery, which closed in 2006, is being transformed into new homes, shops and restaurants, which are overlooked by historic buildings.

Open space: Wandsworth Common

Trains are so frequent and fast that the lack of a Tube station barely registers. There are also plans to improve traffic flow, though work is not expected to start until 2021.

What’s new

Brewed up: Ram Quarter

At Ram Quarter, in the grounds of the old brewery by the River Wandle, Greenland has 713 homes in heritage and brand new buildings alongside shops and leisure facilities. They range from studios to four-bed duplexes and start from £480,000 (theramquarter.com).

Bright and open: Osiers Point

Osiers Point, by Taylor Wimpey, is a collection of one, two and three-bed apartments over three blocks. Each has a balcony/terrace, with London Help to Buy on selected homes, from £549,950 (taylorwimpey.co.uk).

Boutique scheme: Simrose Court
High street living: Wandsworth Exchange

The one and two-bed flats in boutique scheme Simrose Court, on Wandsworth High Street, start from £550,000 and London Help to Buy’s available, via hamptons.co.uk. Staying on Wandsworth High Street, L&Q will launch 11 two-bed apartments at Wandsworth Exchange, part of a 172-home development. No prices yet (wandsworthexchange.co.uk).

Sought after: Pocket Living’s Mapleton Crescent is ideal for first-time buyers

Two and three-bed apartments remain at Pocket Living’s Mapleton Crescent, an eye-catching 27-storey tower clad in green tiles. With floor-to-ceiling windows, they’re designed to maximise storage space, from £599,999 with London Help to Buy, (mapletoncrescentsw18.com).

Renewed: Jessica House is a converted office block
Last chance: Battersea Reach is in its final phase

Ex-office block Jessica House is being converted into 61 studio, one and two-bed flats, available off plan and due to be completed next June, from £299,995, galliardhomes.com. Riverside scheme Battersea Reach is in its final phase, with 50 studio, one and two-bed shared ownership flats. One-beds start from £113,125 for a 25 per cent share of £452,500 (peabodysales.co.uk).

Snooping around

Good stock: Terrace houses

Fionnuala Earley, head of Market Insight at SellMyHome.co.uk and RentMyHome.co.uk, has calculated that flats make up nearly two thirds of Wandsworth’s housing stock, and terraces a quarter. Most are Victorian, Edwardian or brand new. ‘One-bed flats in Wandsworth start at about £375,00,’ says Chris Willmer of Chestertons. ‘The cluster of roads behind Old York Road known as The Tonsleys is in great demand, and its pretty period cottages give the area a village-like feeling. Prices typically vary from £900,000-£1.4m. Substantially bigger family houses south of East Hill are £1.1m-£1.6 million, with a handful going for £3m plus.’

In demand: Old York Road

Vital statistics

Council tax: (Band D) £716.51

Commuting time: 12 mins from Wandworth Common to Victoria; 15 mins from Wandsworth Town to Waterloo

Annual Travelcard cost: £1,364

Amenities: ★★★★☆ Southside shopping centre has a Waitrose and Debenhams; independent food stores and cafés; Saturday food market; Cineworld cinema; Virgin Active gym

Open space: ★★★★☆ King George’s Park; Wandsworth Park; Wandsworth Common; riverside walks along the Wandle and Thames

Schools: ★★★★☆ Above average GCSE results; nearly all primaries judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted Crime: hhhhi Below average

Local lad: Jack Dee PICTURE: REX

Who lives there? First-time buyers and families

Famous faces: Jack Dee lives locally

Rent report: ‘Wandsworth attracts young professionals and families due to outstanding schools and transport links. A two-bed period property ranges from £1,600-£2,100pcm, and a two-bed new-built apartment costs £1,900-£2,300pcm,’ says Leila Lebbeh of Dexters.

Schools and profile supplied by Zoopla.co.uk

Property ladder

First rung

£279,950, Dexters, dexters.co.uk

This bright studio looks out over St George’s Park in easy reach of Wandsworth Common station. It has an integrated king-size wall bed, a Juliet balcony and bags of storage.

Average for Wandsworth

£799,999, Savills, savills.co.uk

Located in The Tonsleys, this split-level, two-bed, two-bath flat is arranged over the first and second floors of an elegant period building and includes a contemporary eat-in kitchen and large living/dining room. The average property in Wandsworth is currently valued at £791,905 according to zoopla.co.uk

Luxury home

£2.25m, Knight Frank, knightfrank.co.uk

A large six-bed house in Wandsworth Common. The double reception room flows through to a light-filled Shaker-style kitchen with granite worktops.