SW19 Wimbledon

Located in the south-west part of London, Wimbledon immediately conjures up images of grassy tennis courts and action-packed centre-court battles. But there’s of course more to Wimbledon than tennis. The fortified village dates back to the Iron Age and its streets make it seem like Wimbledon is miles away from urban London, offering an exceptional and quintessentially British quality of life. The quaint surroundings give it a small village atmosphere that many prefer to the bustling concrete jungle.

Properties in SW19 are some of the most expensive in all of London, but parts of South Wimbledon do offer some affordable housing and the rent prices are not too high, which creates a nice mixture of residents for the area. The diversity of residents provides an unpretentious and welcoming atmosphere.

It is a great place to raise larger numbers of children, which means that many usually stay for an extended period of time. The number of families who have lived in the neighbourhood for generations and continue to take part in the community reinforces the family friendly atmosphere alongside the pride that residents have for the area.

The weekend markets offer locally grown and organic foods, and most shops that line the winding streets are locally owned, which adds to the charm of the neighbourhood. The New Wimbledon Theatre is a Grade II listed building that puts on fringe shows. The theatre was saved from closure back in 2004 thanks to the residents and the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Living in Wimbledon is living in a village that is friendly and accepting. Families roam the streets, students fill up the pubs and young professionals are seen dining in the local restaurants. It provides the atmosphere of a small village with a 30-minute commute to the centre of London.

The experts say

Book a table at Bayee Village, as this is one of Wimbledon’s most popular Chinese restaurants, serving up delicious traditional Peking and Szechuan cuisine. Some nights offer live jazz too, and that’s the charm of Wimbledon – it’s full of unexpected surprises for its residents.

The property market in SW19 Wimbledon

The Victorian houses of Wimbledon are four- to five-bedroom townhouses that are beautifully preserved. In addition, there are new developments that are being added to the neighbourhood to offer more modern luxurious family homes and apartments. A commercial property for sale is a good investment as the area is very much a community and locals take pride in local businesses. Wimbledon Village is made up of custom-built homes and penthouses, whereas South Wimbledon has housing estates and quaint maisonettes, which can become a great London property investment. This option is often chosen by foreign investors. Parkside Avenue is well known to have some of London’s highest valued properties. The average property sold in Wimbledon was around £550,000 in 2015. Large terraced properties are available and sell on average for around £750,000 and detached houses can be sold easily beyond the £3,000,000 price tag. The price of a commercial property for sale in Wimbledon varies, depending on its location.

Three insiders tips for SW19 Wimbledon

GET – some fresh veggies from the Wimbledon Fresh Farmers’ Market every Saturday, where just over a dozen stallholders regularly sell their best produce.
DO – visit the Dog and Fox pub, a classic in the area. Have a look at the newly refurbished pub, which aims to provide a taste of the countryside, while still being in the London postcode.
SEE – beautiful architecture tucked away behind the terraces surrounding Wimbledon Park, like the Grade II listed glass and steel house designed by Richard Rogers.

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