Set on opposite banks of the Wandle River valley, these two districts have commons, playing fields and parks, and plenty of steadily gentrifying Victorian and Edwardian terraces.
New-build flats are sprouting up for young professionals — some of whom are local renters, while others have been priced out of Battersea and Wandsworth. Westfield Waterside is a sleek new collection of apartments and townhouses being built in Earlsfield between the Wandle and picturesque King George’s Park. Two-bedroom apartments in the Conran-designed building start at £549,950, with Help to Buy available. Call Linden Homes on 0844 488 1275.
Launching soon in Southfields is a block of 22 flats above a Marks & Spencer food store in Wimbledon Park Road. Call Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward on 020 8944 6464.