Balham has finally stopped claiming to be “south Clapham”. The area is packed with young singles, who fill the bars, gastropubs and delicatessens along Balham High Road, while couples searching for family homes can still find affordable houses.
The area is fringed with greenery and excellent family homes from the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Barrington Gardens is a reinvention of a traditional residential terrace, having townhouses with front and rear gardens plus modern open-plan interiors. Each home offers a large kitchen-dining-living space with glass doors opening out on to the rear garden. Upper-floor bedrooms have a terrace, while secure gated parking is another bonus. Prices from £1,095,000. Call Douglas & Gordon on 020 7228 8686.
Balham Walk in Boundaries Road — bordering Tooting, not Clapham — has new two-bedroom flats priced from £585,000. Call Taylor Wimpey on 020 3837 7058.