With Battersea set to join the Tube network in 2014, now is the time to join the growing number of young Londoners and families who have already discovered this popular riverside neighbourhood.
Planning permission has been approved for the extension of the Northern line from Kennington, which means a new Tube station alongside Battersea Power Station could be open by 2015.
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With fast trains already reaching the City in less than ten minutes, and a choice of lively bars, restaurants, independent shops and boutiques, SW11 offers homebuyers the buzz of London living as well as plenty of green spaces - including Battersea Park's vast 200 acres, which encompasses sporting fields, a boating lake and a small children's zoo.
Local estate agent Daniel Turner of Featherstone Leigh, agrees. He says: "Battersea has plenty of tree-lined roads and two large commons. It’s close enough to the City and the West End but still has a relaxed feel.”
What properties are typical to the area?
Battersea has three main types of properties: Victorian terrace houses, conversion flats and apartments in new riverside developments. Two-bedroom flats are the most common type of property in this area.
Which buyers are attracted to the area?
Young professionals in their 20s and 30s and families are the main homebuyers in this area. Many end up buying in Battersea after renting here for some time. The local primary schools, such as Belleville, Honeywell and Wix Schools are a big draw for families. There is fierce competition to get into the state schools so properties within the catchment areas are sought after. The local French school, Ecole de Wix, has created a small French community in SW11.
What are the 'hottest' properties in the area?
Houses and flats remain hugely popular, especially between the commons and on the north side of Clapham Common in streets such as Mysore Road, Longbeach Road, Sisters Avenue and Sugden Road. The mansion blocks close to Battersea Park in Prince of Wales Drive and Lurline Gardens are in high demand. And developments such as Lumiere and Battersea Reach attract many buyers.
Where are the 'hidden gems'?
Some of the roads off St John’s Hill, including Vardens Road, Brussels Road, Louvaine Road and Harbut Road, offer period properties with a village-y feel close to Clapham Junction.
What are the best investment opportunities?
Close to Clapham Junction there are several new developments like Lumiere, The Walden Building and The Lismore which offer a central location and contemporary living. Demand for rental properties in the area is high which makes these apartments attractive to investors.
How is local parking?
There is plenty of residents’ parking but permits are required everywhere.
What are service charges in the area like?
Service charges vary depending on the size of the property. For example, one-bedroom flats can attract fees of about £1,500 a year, while a large two-bedroom flat on the river with underground parking and a 24-hour concierge can cost up to £5,000 a year.
What are your favourite viewings to show potential buyers?
Unmodernised properties always get lots of interest and bring out the creative side of buyers, which makes it interesting.
If money were no object, where would you buy in this area?
Close to Wandsworth Common or Spencer Park.
Daniel Turner is the Manager of Residential Sales at Featherstone Leigh in Battersea, SW11