London property guide: Wandsworth
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Friday 02 May 2014
The borough of Wandsworth runs along a scenic stretch of the south bank of the Thames dominated by the famous white chimneys. These are due to be demolished and rebuilt for safety reasons as part of the development turning the historic building into homes, office space and a new park.
There is also long-awaited redevelopment going on at the historic Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth town centre, part of a multimillion pound programme to transform the area that will improve road access while also providing hundreds of new homes and shops as well as a brewery museum.
The area has a wealth of green spaces, a hangover from the time when it was a series of smaller villages. Among the most popular is Battersea Park, home to a spectacular annual free fireworks display as well as a long riverside promenade, the Pump House Gallery exhibition space and a children's zoo.
Wandsworth Common is further away from the river, at the top of East Hill, next to an area known as the ‘Toast Rack’ that has many expensive townhouses. The roughly triangular Clapham Common is also well used and a popular home for young professionals. Its 88 hectares feature plenty of parkland and mature trees, ponds and a Grade II listed bandstand.
Tooting Bec Common not only has tennis courts, football fields and plenty of open space but in Tooting Bec Lido boasts the biggest open air pool in the UK.
Further towards the west is Putney, starting point for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, which offers opportunities for river trips in both directions from Putney Pier to Kew Gardens or Westminster. Those who enjoy the outdoors will also like the London Wetlands Centre at Barnes.
Wandsworth’s main eateries are grouped around St Johns Hill, and Northcote Road/Battersea Rise, both close to Clapham Junction station. The borough also has two historic and awardwinning pubs dating back to the 18th century, The Old Sergeant on Garratt Lane and The Ship Inn on Jews Road by Wandsworth Bridge,
For those who enjoy football but want something more local than the international stars of the Premier League clubs, Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club play at Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Rd. Theatrelovers may prefer to head for the Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, a community theatre which puts on shows and courses for adults and children on all aspects of theatre throughout year, or Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill.
This six-bedroom Georgian home is on three floors with open fireplaces, a two-oven Aga, an annexe, and cottage gardens with outbuildings and a car barn
High Crest House covers an impressive 9384sq ft, with almost three acres of grounds including a tennis court and summer house enclosed by electric gates
A six-bedroom farmhouse with separate accommodation in converted stables. Situated in the village of Church Aston, within walking distance to the market town
A two-bedroom flat with under-heated walnut floors and bespoke built-in storage. The Tube and Clapham Common are a short stroll away
A refurbished seven-bedroom townhouse with staff quarters, cinema room, superb gym, steam room and plunge pool
A minimnalist four-bedroom home designed to the highest spec, featuring glass walls and a kitchen space lit by a glass roof
Hibernate during winter and make your living during the summer at this busy guesthouse with panoramic sea views, in the village of Lynton
A four-bedroom penthouse next to the Tate with direct views of St Paul's from two floors of luxurious living space
A four-bedroom detached home surrounded by spacious gardens and woodland, close to New Pudsey
An 18th-century, three-bedroom home near Langstone Harbour built from ships beams with vaulted ceilings and wood burning stoves
A five-bedroom semi-detached home with a mix of period and modern features in a popular and convenient location
This five-bedroom red-brick beauty overlooks the village green and sits in just under two acres of land
A three-bedroom villa with self-contained flat, minutes from Lake Windermere
A deceptively spacious, beautifully presented Georgian home with 3000sq ft of living space and five reception rooms
A five-bedroom Victorian home with four receptions, superb gardens and paddock in Pembury
An eight-bedroom house on the south side of the The Green with cinema, wine cellars and summer house
This 17th century beauty is full of rustic cosiness, while the detached home office means you can also run a business
Four exclusive apartments in a Grade II-listed former medical school with 2,275 sq ft of living space and 18ft ceilings
A five-bedroom terraced house on the popular Peterborough Estate, ideally located for both Eel Brook Common and South Park
A state-of-the-art farm-building conversion on the former Cliveden Estate, with 11,420sq ft of internal space, cinema and wine cellar
A three-bedroom, 15th-century cottage with original features in the picturesque village of Sissinghurst
A six-bedroom terraced house with large south-facing roof terrace, cinema room and wine cellar
A new seven-bedroom home built in Queen Anne-style with swimming pool and parkland views in Mortimer
A listed, four-bedroom farmhouse in the rural hamlet of Rushall with detached barn, four acres of gardens and paddocks
A first-floor flat with two bedrooms, a spacious reception room and communal grounds in a leafy part of London
A three-bedroom flat with a spacious rootop terrace and balcony, accessed from a private gated courtyard
A Grade II-listed pile with six bedrooms, stables and 39 acres of grounds in Standlake
A two-bedroom flat with boutique hotel-style interiors, close to the foodie haunt of West End Lane
A two-bedroom flat in a beautiful old vicarage, with many original features, close to the city centre
A three-bedroom 16th-century home with an aga kitchen, private gardens and heated outdoor pool, in Hadleigh
A three-bedrom home in sought-after Queen's Gate Mews, with Italian marble-finished bathrooms
Surrounded by glorious countryside in the village of Udimore, sits this impressive four-kiln oast and barn conversion
A five-bedroom house in the picturesque village of Kettlewell, north Yorkshire
An 18th-century former coaching inn with original staircase, open fireplaces and beams throughout
A Grade II-listed Georgian town house with three bedrooms and a south-facing courtyard, near Arundel Castle
Feel on top of the world at this über chic penthouse on the 37th floor of one of Europe’s tallest blocks.
A Grade II-listed Victorian villa with six bedrooms and two further cottages, all with spectacular sea views
A grade II-listed, Georgian cottage with mature 50ft garden, perfect for summer entertaining
A magnificent Georgian pile with turrets, seven bedrooms, a heated pool and four acres of gardens
Fairoak Farm has five bedroom suites, gym, outdoor swimming pool and golf course
Chic two-bedroom river-fronted flat with a private lift that delivers you directly to your home
A spectacular seven-bedroom Tudor pile, once owned by Henry VIII, with 18 acres of land
A seven-bedroom Georgian property previously used as a picturesque wedding venue
A split-level flat in a church conversion with two en suite bedrooms and 1,200sq ft of living space
A three-bedroom bungalow situated behind an impressive stone wall, £645,000
Windsor Castle overlooks this three-bedroom Victorian cottage located on one of Windsor's smartest roads
Chapel House is a former vicarage with nine bedrooms in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley
A five-bedroom B&B and separate owner's accomodation with potential for conversion
Enjoy summer by the Thames in this two double-bedroom converted warehouse in Rotherhithe village
A one-bedroom, luxury apartment with private gym and concierge service in Moorgate
A four-bedroom house in Hermitage Gardens with three reception rooms and landscaped gardens
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