Wimbledon Area Guide
As locals know, there is so such more to Wimbledon than the world-famous tennis tournament. It is, quite simply, one of most desirable places to live in London. For families, there are spacious houses, while smart apartments attract younger professionals. Adding to the area’s appeal are highly rated schools, an abundance of open spaces and excellent transport links to central London and out of town.
Why buy in Wimbledon?Plenty of Wimbledon homes are by no means easy on the pocket, but lower priced housing, exists in the town centre and towards the edges of the area. Generally, buying here means you own a home with enduring and steadily increasing value. From a purely financial point of view, owning a Wimbledon home makes a huge amount of sense.
Wimbledon is also a genuinely lovely place to set up home. How lovely? One indicator is that many properties change hands no more than once in a generation. There is plenty of variety too, with substantial Victorian houses, Georgian cottages, 1920s family homes and town centre terraces. Apartments range from contemporary new-builds to characterful conversions. Wimbledon has homes which are right on the money for all ages.
tIt’s sometimes difficult to remember you are in a part of London, especially if you are rambling around the green expanses of Wimbledon Common, and stopping for lunch in a historic weather-boarded pub surrounded by heathland.
If it’s a bustling town centre vibe you’re after, look no further than the Broadway, with its array of stores, coffee shops, bars and eateries. Whenever you need to get to central London, you’re only a few stops from Waterloo, and you’re on the tube network too – which makes Wimbledon a top spot for commuters.
What are the sought-after roads in Wimbledon?For anyone with exceptionally deep pockets, the roads to aim for are close to the Common and picturesque Wimbledon Village (yes, it actually feels like a traditional English village, but with a generous dose of luxury style). With prices well into the £millions, houses in Parkside and Southside have views across the wide green spaces of the Common, making them some of the most attractive properties in London. Nearby Marryat Road, Parkside Gardens, Calonne Road, Somerset Road and Burghley Road have oodles of space and upmarket appeal too.
Families looking for more reasonable prices are always drawn towards leafy Wimbledon Park and the neat terraces of Melrose Avenue, Normanton Avenue and Ashen Grove. Arthur Road and Lambourne Avenue also crop up among the most popular places to look for a family home.
Over in Wimbledon Hill Park you’ll find comfortable suburban homes from the 1920s and 1930s in Copse Hill , Cottenham Drive and Ernle Road. By any measure, these are great addresses to go for.
Down the hill from Wimbledon Village, the town centre offers a range of apartments and characterful terraces at relatively approachable prices. The Broadway itself can be a happy hunting ground for flat buyers, as can Quicks Road and Trafalgar Road. Good value – and the naval theme – carries on in neighbouring Hardy, Nelson and Victory roads.
It’s also worth mentioning that homeowners in any roads close to the All England Club can be rented in the run up and during the tennis tournament for £000s. Players, their support teams and certain fans are happy to pay for the privilege of being near the ground. At a more modest level, there’s also money to be made from letting out parking spaces on your driveway.
Wimbledon for familiesWimbledon is hard to beat for families with children of all ages. Right on your doorstep you’ll find nurseries, kindergartens and junior schools with stellar reputations, as well as a choice of some of London’s most successful secondary schools.
A big draw for the area is the range of family-friendly accommodation. Top end large detacheds – some in the mansion bracket – come with masses of space, but lower down the price scale there is no shortage of 3, 4 and 5 bed homes which are perfect for growing families. Plenty of houses here also come with gardens which are perfect for family activities from kicking a ball about to digging a veg patch and outdoor entertaining.
A comprehensive range of shopping in the town centre mean you will have life’s essentials in easy reach. You will also be well-placed for shopping for fashion, gifts and a range of indulgences and luxuries. Family-friendly eating options include the likes of Bill’s and Wagamama, or McDonalds if you prefer.
The great outdoors isn’t far away either. Wimbledon Common is a magical spot for family rambles, with or without a faithful hound. You’ll find acres of space for kicking a ball around, flying kites or throwing frisbees. More organised activities happen at Westside Tennis Club and Wimbledon Stables among other very well organised places.
Wimbledon schoolsWimbledon mums and dads have plenty of choice for pre-school and day care for their youngest children, with Apples and Honey, The Garden Room and Nurture SW20 all enjoying outstanding ratings from Ofsted. Primary schools rated ‘outstanding’ include Dundonald, Lake Road and Sheringdale, all of which run from ages 3 to 11. For older children, the state sector offers Rutlish, Wimbledon College and Ursuline High. In the private sector, King’s College and Wimbledon High have very well-established reputations.
Wimbledon Restaurants and BarsEating out in Wimbledon offers a wealth of tempting choices, from refined dining to traditional pubs and family restaurants. Here are some top tips dotted around the Village, the town centre and close by.
- Cent Anni for authentic Italian favourites with an extra twist of style
- Chango for Argentinian street food and Spanish tapas
- Megans in the Village, especially for ladies who lunch
- The White Onion for super-refined Gallic bistro dishes
- The Ivy Café for brunches with a flourish of style and flavour
- Black Radish for original and imaginative bistro menus
- Sticks and Sushi a taste of Tokyo in south-west London
Pubs and bars
- The Alexandra for pub grub and epic Sunday roasts
- The Hand in Hand on the Common for hearty pies and roaring fires
- Fox and Grapes for smart gastropub specials
- Hemingways Bar for cocktails and stone-baked pizzas in the Village
- Saucer and Cup for proper coffee served with a big smile
- Wacka for great coffee – pancakes and Turkish eggs too
- Fire Stables for great breakfasts and afternoon teas in the Village
Theatres, activities and open spaces in WimbledonNew Wimbledon Theatre is a historic Grade 2 listed masterpiece which stages everything from Christmas pantos to popular musicals, opera, classical concerts and literary plays. It’s a great place to visit for all the family, and a hugely popular venue for locals and visitors to the area looking for a good night out. The three-screen Curzon cinema has a real community feel and is committed to showing films which locals are interested in – and that means everything from blockbusters to art films.
Getting out of doors almost certainly means making your way to Wimbledon Common, which merges seamlessly into neighbouring Putney Common. Living here gives you 1,140 acres of open space on your doorstep, even though Wimbledon is only seven miles from central London. It’s a top spot for walks, runs, bike rides and nature spotting too.
For a more formal open space to visit, garden lovers should make a beeline to Cannizaro Park, on the west side of the Common. Originally part of the Duke of CannizIro’s estate a perfect spot for civilised picnic. The Sicilian aristocrat’s family gave the garden and parkland to the local council, under whose care it continues to flourish.
Close to the All England Club, open spaces in Wimbledon Park feature a full range of exercise and sporting facilities from running tracks to football pitches, tennis courts and bowls. Keen tennis players who aren’t up to Wimbledon Championship standard can get involved with Westside Tennis Club, and golfers have three clubs to choose from – Royal Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon Common.
How much is council tax in Wimbledon?Wimbledon’s council tax is set by Merton Borough Council. Council tax rates here are pretty much in the middle of the list of London boroughs, making the rate for Wimbledon 20% lower than the most expensive and in a similar range to the majority of boroughs. The rate is however in stark contrast to nearby Wandsworth, where you would pay around one third as much for a property in the same band.
Why choose Maalems for your move to Wimbledon?Maalems we know that homes are never just bricks and the mortar. They are also places which have to work for the way you and your family want to live, and for your ambitions for the future.
We are experts in south-west London property, and we help our clients get through every aspect of home moves, including the tricky bits. With over 80 years’ experience in our team, you can rely on us to help from the day you contact us to the time you move in. If you are interested in buying, selling, renting or letting a Wimbledon property, get in touch with Maalems now.