Set on opposite banks of Wandsworth’s River Wandle, the inner suburbs of Earlsfield and Southfields have 15-minute overland rail links to Waterloo.
Both areas benefit from commons, playing fields and parks, as well as rows of steadily gentrifying Victorian and Edwardian terraces.
Westfield Waterside, pictured, is being built alongside the Wandle — which meanders through 55-acre King George’s Park — to meet the demands of local renters, young professionals and buyers who have been priced out of Battersea. Apartments have balconies overlooking the park, underground parking and super-fast broadband.
Two-bedroom apartments start at £549,950. Call Linden Homes on 020 8712 9246. Cheaper shared-ownership flats are also available through Thames Valley Housing. One-bedroom flats with Conran interiors cost from £108,125 for a 25 per cent equity share — the full price is £432,500. Call 020 8607 0550.