The lowdown: Barnes
Located in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames - and only a 15-minute train journey from central London - Barnes has a rural feel. Known as one of the capital's most desirable commuter hotspots, this pretty village has a wide range of property to suit every buyer.
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Average house prices in Barnes
One-bedroom flat: £545,000
Two-bedroom flat: £803,000
Two-bedroom house: £764,000
Three-bedroom house: £1.17 million
Four-bedroom house: £1.69 million
Average rental prices in Barnes
One-bedroom flat: £1,535 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,240 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,773 a month
Three-bedroom house: £3,046 a month
Four-bedroom house: £5,317 a month
Barnes has three primary schools: Barnes, judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted; St Osmund’s RC and Lowther, both judged to be “good”. The nearest comprehensives are Richmond Park Academy and Ark Putney, both judged "good”; and Ashcroft Technology, judged “outstanding”. There is a wide choice of private schools too. See our full list here.
Barnes' independent shops add to the village feel. There are two butchers, J Seal and The Ginger Pig, while cheese lovers head for The Real Cheese Shop and Totally Swedish caters for homesick Swedes. There is a Saturday farmers’ market and Gail’s Artisan Bakery has recently opened. See our full list here.
Buses 209, 283 and 483 go from Barnes pond in the village to Hammersmith Underground station. There are trains to Waterloo, via Clapham Junction and Vauxhall from Barnes and Barnes Bridge that take 22 minutes and 25 minutes respectively. The stations are in Zone 3 and an annual travelcard costs £1,508.
The all-day restaurant at the Olympic Studios is an addition to the Barnes restaurant scene. Sonny’s Kitchen is a popular restaurant with a delicatessen attached. Riva is an Italian restaurant that is a great favourite with the Evening Standard’s Fay Maschler. The Sun Inn has a terrace overlooking the pond that is always busy on a sunny evening or weekend.
Leisure and the arts
Olympic Studios in Church Road is a great addition to Barnes. A former music studios, it is been converted into a cinema, all-day restaurant and a members’ club. The OSO Arts Centre puts on exhibitions, music events and wine tastings. The Bull’s Head in Lonsdale Road is a live music venue. For our full list click here.
The London Wetland Centre on Queen Elizabeth Walk is a 110 acre oasis of calm, many locals become members of the WWT to get unlimited access. The Thames Path runs through Barnes crossing the Thames at Barnes Bridge. The six and a half mile Beverley Brook walk from Putney to Wimbledon Common runs through Barnes and across Barnes Common.
£585,000: this two-bedroom ground-floor flat in Little Chelsea has a reception room with a fireplace and a private garden. The home is conveniently located for the amenities of Barnes, Putney and Richmond.
£890,000: on a quiet residential road, this three-bedroom house has an open-plan living/dining area with double doors that lead out to a private garden.
£1.35 million: located close to transport links and only moments from the bars and boutiques of White Hart Lane, this four-bedroom house has a patio garden with a dining area.
£2.8 million: this six-bedroom semi-detached house sits on Hillersdon Avenue, a highly sought-after location in the heart of Barnes Village. Refurbished to a high standard, this property has a modern kitchen and two reception rooms - the second of which offers direct access to a 75ft garden.