Streatham Area Guide
Streatham is an exciting hunting ground for home buyers and renters in South London.. located just 5 miles south of Charing Cross. The area offers a winning combination of excellent amenities, good transport links and affordability, especially compared to nearby Wandsworth and Clapham.
There are also plenty of open spaces, and a broad range of housing optoins, from characterful apartments to substantial Victorian and Edwardian houses. The bustling High Road is famous for its huge range of cafes, bars and restaurants - just one more reason why Streatham appeals so much to buyers and renters in their 20s and 30s.
Why should you move to Streatham?Where do you look for value in the London property market? It's well worth getting to know what's on offer in Streatham. The average property price here is around £550,000. For neighbouring Tooting the figure is comfortably over £700,000, Earlsfield it's over £800,000 and Clapham tops £900,000. For affordability, Streatham leads the way in South London. It's no surprise that rents follow exactly the same pattern.
Streatham has a wealth of history, and you can trace its origins back to the Roman Period. Streatham means 'hamlet of the street', as it was a stop on the way to Brighton, but Streatham is no sleepy stop-over anymore. You can escape the bustle of busy central London to the greenery of Streatham Common or The Rookery or catch up with a friend at the Railway pub.
Back in the 18th century, Streatham had started growing in popularity as a resort town with healing waters found in local wells. But by the 20th century, a theatre, a ballroom, an ice rink, and three cinemas had made their home here, making Streatham the West End of South London.
Today, Streatham is one of London's most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods, offering plenty to see and do on your doorstep. Plus, three railway stations provide access to Central London and the Southeast. You can find a range of properties in Streatham, from modern, purpose-built flats perfect for first-time buyers, to Period multi-bedroom houses ideal for young and growing families.
What are the most popular roads to live on in Streatham?Depending on the property type that you're looking for, you'll feel drawn to different areas. Stretching from Streatham High Road towards Streatham Park, you'll find red-brick Edwardian and Victorian villas, with family homes varying in size. The Leigham Court Estate Conservation Area includes the popular 'ABCD avenues': Amesbury, Barcombe, Cricklade, and Downton Avenues. Here you'll find a variety of terraced houses and maisonettes.
Streatham Park and Garrads Road are popular with those looking for semi-detached and three-storey Edwardian houses.
The most sought-after roads can be found in the Telford Park Estate, offering Victorian Arts and Crafts houses – both semi-detached and detached. Plus, those looking to downsize or first-time buyers can find one- and two-bedroom flats in Pullman Court, designed by modernist architect Frederik Gibberd.
What's Streatham like for families?South London in general is a great place for bringing up families and Streatham is no exception. The choice of family homes is very good, access to nurseries, schools and amenities is excellent, and if breadwinners need easy access to central London, the area’s transport connections make commuting easy.
The open reaches of Streatham Common and nearby Tooting Bec Common and Norbury Park give Streatham residents plenty of opportunity to play, exercise and enjoy the benefits of living away from the centre of London. The Common hosts Streatham’s annual kite day, when there are plenty of colourful kites to see in action, as well as food, drink and community stalls. You can also enjoy nature walks organised by the very active Friends of Streatham Common. To catch up with the latest blockbusters and family favourites, take a trip down the High Road to Streatham Odeon.
The new Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre has excellent facilities, with two 25m pools, a lane pool and a teaching pool. The ice rink is Olympic-sized and a perfect place to learn, to slip and slide in public sessions, or to hone your skating skills to the highest levels. A comprehensive range of gym and exercise facilities covers all types of fitness and yoga work-outs, with a sports hall for organised team events. For younger children, the soft play area is a super-safe place to burn off energy and have hours of fun.
Shopping for all family needs is made easy by the presence of three supermarkets – Sainsburys, Tesco and Aldi – as well as the M&S Foodhall. There is a busy mix of independent stores and chains on the High Road, with plenty more shopping opportunities in nearby Brixton, Balham and Dulwich.
Streatham schoolsStreatham has a selection of schools for all ages, with many schools rated good and above by Ofsted. Good primary schools include Henry Cavendish, Dunraven, St Andrew's Catholic, Immanuel and St Andrew CofE. Whilst Woodmansterne has been rated Outstanding.
For secondary schools, St Joseph's College and Norbury Manor are both rated 'Good', whilst Dunraven, Graveney, and Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic have been ranked as 'Outstanding'.
Going out in StreathamWhether looking for eating-out options or seeing the latest blockbuster, Streatham has something for everyone.
Eating OutWhy not eat around the world on Streatham High Road at the diverse range of eateries available? Local favourites include Exhibit B, a bar and event space based in the heart of Streatham Hill. Popular foodie spots are Bravi Ragazzi, Rice Republic, Bunk Burger, and Kennedy's Fish & Chips. Coffee connoisseurs are spoilt for choice, with Perfect Blend, Hood, Brickwood Café, and Café Barcelona all offering the perfect brew.
Here are some more of our top tips:
- Award-winning pizzas from Adomme in Shernfold Avenue and Bravi Ragazzi in Sunnyhill Road
- Casual modern British eating with a community vibe at Hood in Streatham Hill for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner
- Dilpasand Express on the High Road for fresh Asian cuisine with roots in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan
- Streatham Kitchen in Mitcham Lane for irresistible, char-gilled burgers, steaks and ribs
- Monkey Leaf Café on the High Road for imaginative breakfast, lunch, cocktails and tapas
- Wholemeal Café in Shrubbery Road for a tasty vegan lunch or dinner
- Traditional and modern Polish dining at Mirkus on the High Road
The Bull offers a more traditional experience with ales on tap. For cocktails, head to The Hamlet, and Streatham Wine House offers a huge choice of wines.
Music and theatreThere's no need to travel into central London with a plethora of things to do right on your doorstep in Streatham. For example, The Hideaway is a jazz lovers' paradise with weekend music events. Streatham Theatre offers a range of theatrical performances from local and touring groups. And if you want to catch the latest blockbuster, head to Streatham's Odeon, boasting eight screens.
There are also plenty of local events and community festivals. For example, Streatham Festival has become a huge arts festival with events including film, art, comedy, food, photography, music, and dance. If food is more your scene, head to the Streatham Food Festival every June for a food tour of the world, along with cookery classes and local produce on sale. Finally, Streatham Common Kite Day is a must-see, with flying displays, stalls, and entertainment.
Parks & green spacesWith abundant greenery, spending time in nature isn't a problem in Streatham! First up, you have the vast expanse of Streatham Common, which has incredible views over London and woodland and meadow areas. Within the common, you'll find The Rookery, an ornamental garden that hosts outdoor theatre during the summer. Close by, you'll also find Tooting Bec Common, home to the famous Tooting Bec Lido, perfect for families in the summer.
Shopping in StreathamHome to the very first Waitrose back in 1955, Streatham has London's longest high street and offers over 400 businesses. From grocery shopping at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, or Marks & Spencers to gift shopping at The Indigo Tree or Lark, or even treating a loved one to some blooms from florist, Luxe Petals, you can find it all on Streatham High Street.
What else is there to do in Streatham?It doesn't stop there; Streatham has two regular farmers' markets, one on Streatham Green and one at the Railway Pub, Streatham Common. Plus, the recently refurbished Streatham Ice & Leisure Centre offers the only Olympic-sized skating rink in London and swimming and gym facilities. Tennis enthusiasts will be pleased to know there are two clubs in Streatham: The Wigmore Tennis Club and the Telford Park Lawn Tennis Club.
In addition, Streatham Library has recently benefited from a £1.4 million refurb. It offers a massive range of facilities, including a reading garden.
What are the travel connections like in Streatham?Whether you travel by car, public transport, foot, or powered by pedals, Streatham is incredibly well-connected!
Here are some more of our top tips:
RailStreatham spreads over a vast area, with three different railway stations to access central London and the Southeast:
- Streatham Hill has services to London Victoria (17 minutes) and London Bridge (40 minutes).
- Streatham is on the Thameslink to St Albans and Luton and serves London Bridge (25 minutes).
- Streatham Common offers services to London Victoria (18 minutes) and London Bridge (30 minutes).
BusHome to many bus routes, Streatham has a newly built bus station. There are routes to Croydon, Brixton, Elephant & Castle, Liverpool Street, and beyond!
TubeStreatham doesn't have a tube station; however, Brixton and Balham are just a short bus journey away.
RoadStreatham's main road is the A23, leading down to the South Coast and Brighton.
CycleWell-serviced with cycle lanes, Streatham is also home to the Merton Saints BMX Club, which welcomes members of all levels.
AirportsLondon Gatwick Airport is about 50 minutes by car.
How much is council tax in Streatham?Streatham is in the London Borough of Lambeth, and the average Council Tax value is £1,589.31 per year. However, the amount will vary from property to property. However, you'll be pleased to know that Council Tax in Lambeth is 28% lower than in Kingston-upon-Thames, London's most expensive borough.
Why choose Maalems for your move to Streatham?At Maalems, we're genuine local experts based in south west London with our fingers on the pulse of the property market here.
Our experienced team have 100 years of collective experience, so we know how important moving home and finding the perfect property for you is. Our team is on hand to give advice and information every step to ensure you make the right choice about your new home.
In addition, we'll handle every aspect of sales and lettings, including the complications and irritations that can crop up in property transactions and agreements. Whether you're a buyer, seller, tenant, or landlord interested in homes in Streatham, contact our team at Maalems today
Are you interested in the areas surrounding Streatham? Take a look at our guides to Clapham, Earlsfield, Wandsworth, and Tooting.