Known the world over as the home of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the base for tennis’s most prestigious fortnight, Wimbledon occupies a surprisingly large chunk of south-west London. It is a district of two parts: the village on top of the hill, and the town centre at the bottom. It is bounded by Southfields to the north; the common to the west; Morden to the south, and Colliers Wood and Tooting to the east.
The favoured village area features large, detached homes in spacious grounds in the roads off Parkside, with easy access to the wild acres of Wimbledon Common. These houses commonly sell for millions of pounds, and it is where developers have been knocking down homes to build bigger ones. The village also has pretty Victorian cottages: a two-up, two-down sells for around £500,000.
The village has chic boutiques, cafés and upmarket chains, while the town centre has two department stores
The town centre side has the busy shopping centre, good transport links, and large- and medium-size, mainly Victorian terrace houses. Merton Park is an enclave of Arts & Crafts houses with the feel of a garden suburb.
Properties: the most expensive house currently for sale is Orchard House in Clockhouse Close on the common, close to the windmill. The house has 15,000 square feet of space, eight bedrooms and is on the market through John D Wood (020 8944 7172) for £15 million.
The area attracts: the town centre area draws mainly professional couples and families, and Jasper Colliver from estate agents Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has noticed a preponderance of accountants. Many incomers are moving from Balham, Clapham and Fulham. According to estate agent Robert Holmes from Robert Holmes & Co, most village buyers are locals moving up the property ladder.
Staying power: many town-centre residents move out to Surrey when children reach secondary school age. Village people tend to stay.
Postcodes: SW19 is the Wimbledon postcode but it also covers less-posh Southfields and Colliers Wood. West Wimbledon, the area south of the common and west of the village, has many desirable streets including the Drax estate in SW20.
Best streets: close to the village anything with Parkside in the name; Marryat Road with views over the All England Club and beyond to the chimneys of Battersea Power Station, and the roads close to St Mary’s Church. In west Wimbledon, Ellerton Road and Drax Avenue.
Up and coming: a small enclave close to South Wimbledon Tube station is due for reappraisal. In roads such as Bournemouth, Milne and Melbourne there are four-bedroom Edwardian houses for between £600,000 and £700,000.
What’s new: one-off new houses mainly, but there are two small developments in Arterberry Road. Shanly Homes has built four traditional six-bedroom houses with prices ranging from £1.95 million to £2.05 million. For sales details contact Ellisons (020 8944 9595). Further up the road a local developer has built three very large houses which are on the market for between £2.75 million and £5 million. For details contact Robert Holmes (020 8947 9833). The same agent is selling off-plan a terrace of six modern houses in Dora Road for £2.25 million each. Chorus is a modern six-floor block with 60 flats on Stanley Road in the town centre. Four two-bedroom flats remain ranging in price from £399,995 to £455,000. Contact Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (new homes: 020 8222 7200).
Schools: most of Wimbledon’s primary schools perform well. The two best local comprehensives with above-average results are Ursuline High for girls in Crescent Road, and Wimbledon College for boys in Edge Hill. Wimbledon High in Mansel Road is a girls’ private school with a junior department. King’s College School, on Southside, is a highly academic private boys school, with a prep school.
Shops and restaurants: Wimbledon has a busy town centre with a big Morrisons supermarket and two department stores: Elys and Debenhams. Wimbledon Village is full of chic boutiques, cafés and restaurants with upmarket chains such as Whistles, Joseph, LK Bennett, Café Rouge, Carluccio’s and Le Pain Quotidien now predominating over local independent stores. Top fashion chain Matches started in Wimbledon and now has six shops in the village, including one dedicated to MaxMara and another to Diane Von Furstenberg. The Light House on Ridgway is Wimbledon’s top restaurant serving eclectic food. The Dog and Fox is a village landmark. A night out at the dogs at Wimbledon stadium in Plough Lane could also include a meal at the Grandstand restaurant.
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Open spaces: Wimbledon Common with its picturesque windmill still feels wild and untamed. Cannizaro Park, near the village, is more manicured. Wimbledon Park, close to the All England Club, is in a landscape created by Capability Brown. There are large watersports and tennis centres.
Leisure and the arts: the nearest council-owned swimming pool is at the Wimbledon Leisure Centre in Latimer Road. David Lloyd, Virgin Active, Esporta and Nuffield have gyms with pools in the area. Wimbledon Theatre puts on a variety of shows year-round, including a popular panto, this year starring David Hasselhoff as Captain Hook in Peter Pan. The Polka Theatre is a leading children’s theatre. There is an Odeon multiplex in the town centre. Every summer there is a music festival in Cannizaro Park and the International Wimbledon Music Festival takes places every year in mid-November.
Transport: Wimbledon is a short drive from the A3. When it comes to public transport, village residents rely on the bus service (or a 10-minute walk) to the station in the town centre. Wimbledon station is on the Tube, the train and tramlink. This station and Wimbledon Park are on one of the branches of the District line. The overground trains to Waterloo take 19 minutes and there is a twice-hourly service to Farringdon and St Pancras on Thameslink, which also calls at Wimbledon Chase and Hayden’s Road. Tramlink goes to Croydon from Wimbledon, Dundonald Road and Merton Park. All these stations are in Zone 3 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,208.
Council: Merton (Labour controlled); band D council tax for the 2010/11 year is £1,412.92 (£1,436.77 in Wimbledon Common area).
One-bedroom flat: £290,000
Two-bedroom flat: £399,000
Two-bedroom house: £472,000
Three-bedroom house: £575,000
Four-bedroom house: £879,000
One-bedroom flat: £850 to £1,200 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,000 to £2,000 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,300 to £1,650 a month
Three-bedroom house: £1,700 to £2,500 a month
Four-bedroom house: £1,900 to £2,800 a month
Source: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
Photographs: Barry Phillips