Cost of accommodation
As you’d expect from its central location Wandsworth isn’t particularly cheap, and on average rent here is more expensive than in neighbouring Putney and Battersea, although prices across the river in Fulham are even higher. As of 2016 the average rental price for a two bedroom apartment in Wandsworth is £2070 per month, although similar properties can be found from £1250.
Unfortunately, despite its many charms Wandsworth has no Tube link but it is served by a good train service from Wandsworth Town to Waterloo in 15 minutes, and from Wandsworth Common to Victoria in 14 minutes. Nearby Clapham Junction has trains to Waterloo in 10 minutes and Victoria in eight minutes. The Waterloo trains stop at Vauxhall, which connects with the Victoria line on the Underground.
Vibe, type of people that live there
Family life is what Wandsworth is all about, and there is a wide selection of state and private schools — although many of the state primaries have tiny catchment areas that can have parents moving a few hundred yards to get their children in. It is a vibrant area made up of many young and middle-aged professionals and families.
Somewhat of a trendy shopping district, Wandsworth has a wealth of retail options. Most famously, Bellevue Road is brimming with independent shops and businesses from florists to cafés. The borough is home to many restaurants, boutiques and bars as well as high street staples.
Why choose Wandsworth?
The abundance of high quality schools, low crime rate, and good open spaces makes Wandsworth a popular choice for families. However it’s an ideal spot for teachers wishing to work in good or outstanding schools. Wandsworth has consistently enjoyed some of the lowest council tax rates in the country and has the lowest in the capital.
As a self-proclaimed Melbourne Coffee Snob, I can vouch for the quality lattes and wonderful cafes you’ll find in the borough of Wandsworth. Once properly caffeinated, I can get my retail therapy at all the stores at Wandsworth Southside shopping centre, listen to some live music at Northcote Records and have vegemite with my smashed avocado at Brew on Northcote road. Too easy!
Clapham Junction station is reportedly Europe’s busiest train station and has connections to get you anywhere around London, with Waterloo station being just a 10-minute train ride away. But why would you want to leave Wandsworth when you can stroll beside the river Thames, coffee in hand through the picturesque green and leafy Battersea Park?!
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