With wide green spaces and reasonably low house prices for London, Clapham is a hugely attractive area for those seeking a place to raise a family, yet, with the excellent transport links and a short distance to key business areas, it’s also a commuter’s dream.
Our estate agents in Clapham have a wide variety of Clapham property to show prospective buyers or tenants.
As with many areas surrounding London, Clapham was once dedicated to the agriculture industry, yet its attractive landscapes and close proximity to London caught the attention of wealthy merchants from the City of London in the late 17th century. At that point, rich landowners began to build large country houses and villas in the area surrounding Clapham Common – many of which still exist to this day. With the dawn of the railways in the 20th century, Clapham became an affordable commuter suburb for a larger number of Londoners; a position it still enjoys today.
Things to do in Clapham
Clapham is highly family-oriented with a relaxed vibe. There are a plethora of alfresco cafes, delis, brasseries and child-friendly restaurants. For fine dining, restaurants in Clapham cover every gastronomic fancy, including French, Spanish tapas, Japanese, Italian and more.
If you prefer a more upbeat social scene, there are a variety of pubs and clubs in the area to satisfy your every whim…..DJ bars, cocktails lounges, up market private members’ clubs, sports bars and beer gardens, as well as the independent cinema’s bar at the Clapham Picturehouse.
A very popular spot for meeting friends, playing sport, walking, running or just enjoying the big outdoors, is the 220 acres in Clapham Common, including three ponds and a Victorian band stand. It is overlooked by large elegant Georgian and Victorian mansions and nearby Clapham Old Town. It has become something of a “go to” for local residents, with ball games, walks and picnics very much staples of the area.
Clapham Property Profile
Clapham has so far been relatively unaffected by the residential development boom in London, hence Clapham estate agents have plenty of existing properties available to show. From the highly desirable Clapham Old Town to affordable Clapham Junction and Clapham Park, and everything in between, SW11 is one of the most diverse postcodes in South London.
Properties overlooking green spaces in London are highly sought after. Clapham Common tends to be the area most in-demand within Clapham, so those determined to get a foothold in this area should visit an estate agent in Clapham to review options – be prepared to move quickly as these properties are snapped up very fast!
One of the most popular residential streets is Northbourne Road, which offers light and spacious properties for a fraction of the price paid in the city centre. Stunningly grand four and five bedroom houses and apartments fetch £1.5 to 2 million.
For more affordable options in the Clapham area, starting in Clapham North much of the housing is three-storey period properties, many converted into flats, from Brixton along Bedford Road to Ferndale Road. The Clapham Park Project encompasses a regeneration programme with the aim of adding 2,000 homes and bringing in new facilities. It was branded the best regeneration in the London area, outside of the five Olympic boroughs.
Schools in Clapham are a mixture of state and independent facilities, allowing parents to choose a school based both on budget and quality. In terms of state schools, Clapham Manor Primary School is largely regarded as one of the best options, having received an “Outstanding” rating from Ofsted during its last inspection. Moving up to secondary school, the independent Thomas’s Clapham on Broomwood Road has received the best rating – again, “Outstanding” – from Ofsted and accepts both boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 13. There are also a number of sixth form colleges to be found in the local area, ideal for preparing young people to attend university.
Clapham has excellent access to the London Underground, with Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South each having their own tube stations. In addition, railway stations on Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road provide links to Victoria and London Bridge, and the 2012 extension has now added the Docklands, Islington and Shepherds Bush to this list. The nearest mainline railway station is Clapham Junction in Battersea, which allows for connections to major towns and cities throughout the UK as well as a greater variety of stops within London itself.