Property insider: Southfields

A local Southfields estate agent takes us on a property tour of this charming villagey enclave
With play at the All England Tennis Club getting firmly underway, thousands of tennis fans will pass through Southfields Tube station on their way to view the courtside action. Many residents will be letting out their homes to tennis stars and their entourages during this action-packed fortnight, putting Wimbledon's lesser known neighbouring suburb firmly in the spotlight.

Clonmore Street, Southfields
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Southfields is a family area with a good stock of Edwardian houses and maisonettes on leafy streets

But this charming villagey enclave of leafy streets, Edwardian terrace homes and maisonettes has plenty to offer its residents all year round. Good schools, transport links and houses with large gardens are attracting young professionals and growing families. Property prices are also cheaper here than in the prime areas of Wimbledon; for the price of a flat in Wimbledon Village you could buy a small house in Southfields.

Local estate agent Maddie Miller of Douglas & Gordon describes Southfields as a family area with a village-like feel and a real community. She says: “Residents in Southfields use all of the local facilities, from the hairdressers, butcher, florist, French deli, cake shop and greengrocers, ensuring the prosperity of the local high street. Families are also attracted to the area for the nurseries and schools - two of which are sought after primary schools: St Michael’s and Sheringdale.”

Have you noticed any new property-related trends here in the past 12 months?
Prices have gone up in the area by at least 10 per cent, driven by the ripple effect of international buyers in prime central London pricing some buyers out of places like Fulham, Battersea and Clapham. Southfields is no longer a hidden gem and it is now in high demand from buyers looking for more for their money.

In Southfield’s popular Grid we have seen a number of buyers purchasing properties that have been lived in by older residents and extending them for family life, with loft extensions or side returns.

What properties are typical to the area?

The area is made up of Edwardian terraced family homes with gardens larger than nearby Clapham, Battersea and Fulham, as well as larger semi-detached Thirties and Forties properties with off-street parking.

It also has a great selection of purpose built one-, two- and three-bedroom maisonettes which have their own front doors so they don’t share any communal areas and most have access to either a shared garden or a split private garden, making it ideal for first-timers.

Who is buying here?

Young professionals as well as young couples who are looking to settle down. Southfields is the natural stop for families before moving out of London. There are also buyers looking to downsize from larger houses in Wimbledon to flats in this area.

Four-bedroom house on Heythorp Street
On the grid: four-bedroom house on Heythorp Street (£799,950)

Where are the 'hottest' properties in the area?

The Southfields Grid, which runs from Replingham Road to Revelstoke Road, is the most popular area as it has a variety of pretty Edwardian family homes and it’s close to the Tube station and local shops. Roads on the Grid, from west to east, include: Elsenham Street, Heythorp Street, Clonmore Street, Elborough Street, Engadine Street, Trentham Street and Astonville Street.

Roads on the Grid from north to south include Replingham Road, Brookwood Road, Lavenham Road and Revelstoke Road. Larger terraced houses with bigger gardens can be found on Gartmoor Gardens, Kingscliffe Gardens and Southdean Gardens.

The starting price for a home on the Grid is about £650,000, which would buy a three-bedroom terrace house in fair condition. Many larger homes with four-to-five bedrooms are exceeding the asking prices and can reach £850,000 in this area at the moment. This is mainly due to a shortage of houses on the market and any house on the Grid will receive an influx of enquiries.

Five-bedroom terraced house on Wincanton Road
Hidden gem: five-bedroom terraced house on Wincanton Road (£699,950)

Where are the 'hidden gems'?

Homes on roads such as Standen Road, Longfield Road and Balvernie Grove are cheaper than those on the Grid as the houses are slightly smaller but they are still close to Sheringdale School and the Tube station. A two-bedroom house here can sell for about £550,000, with larger homes around Standen Road commanding prices up to £675,000.

The “Pulborough Triangle” area – which takes in streets such as Wincanton Road, Pulborough Road, Hambledon Road and Gatwick Road, are close to the popular St Michael’s CofE School.

Two-bedroom flat on Victoria Drive
Rental investor property: two-bedroom flat on Victoria Drive (£300,000)

What are the best investment opportunities?

For an instant return, a good investment would be to buy a maisonette with an unconverted loft in the Grid, and convert it. For a rental investment, the private purpose built and ex-local authority properties off Augustus Road can command yields as high as seven to eight per cent.

How is local parking?

All of the streets have permit parking. The roads on the Grid only have parking restrictions between 1.30-2.30pm.

Where would your dream home be in this area?

A family house with a large west-facing garden on Heythorp Street, close to Wimbledon Park on the stretch between Lavenham Road and Revelstoke Road. Or if I had slightly more to spend, a large family house on Kingscliffe, Gartmoor or Southdean Gardens.

* Maddie Miller is the sales manager of Douglas & Gordon’s Southfields and Earlsfields office

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