When talking about Wimbledon, tennis is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But with an expansive common, this leafy commuter hotspot is popular with families and working professionals alike, and is arguably one of London’s most loved suburbs.
Here’s everything that lettings agents and landlords need to know about this ‘ace’ part of London.
It’s no surprise that the Wombles chose Wimbledon to reside, but they must have had deep pockets because it doesn’t come without its price tag. Located only 8 miles from central London, with fantastic transport links, it’s a haven for professional commuters, especially those with families. This is because, aside from tennis, Wimbledon is well-known for its outstanding primary and secondary schools and well-regarded nurseries, both state and private.
Wimbledon is split into two areas. “The Village”, is the most sought-after but of course, also the most expensive, boasting traditional housing and period properties. But “The Town” is definitely ‘up and coming’ attracting those who can’t afford central Wimbledon.
Naturally, the annual tennis tournament brings an influx of visitors to the area. While oftentimes locals can be disgruntled about the use of their space, some Wimbledon residents take full advantage, using the demand for accommodation and renting their houses for between £1k-£4k per week during the 2-week event. Some even rent out their driveways! A great tip for landlords and agents looking to sell the area to newcomers.
What’s on there?
Yes, Wimbledon is best known for its world-famous competition as crowds are drawn to the area for two weeks every summer, but Wimbledon’s green spaces go beyond the tennis lawns. Wimbledon Common provides a huge green expanse for exercise, sports, and dog walkers and is perfect for those looking for the outdoor lifestyle in a London location.
On the Broadway in a Grade-II listed Edwardian building, the New Wimbledon Theatre, is the eighth largest theatre in London. It attracts people from all over showing a large number of big-budget West End productions, many starring household names. If you’re looking for something to entertain the kids, the charity run Polka Theatre hosts performances just for children. It also offers fun activities and classes for budding actors.
What’s the community like now?
Wimbledon’s vibe community is strong. It’s close enough to central London to feel urban yet offers the same charms of other parts of Surrey, creating a village-vibe for residents. Wimbledon is an affluent suburb and feels as much, as it plays host to millionaires, celebrities and those living the ‘playboy’ lifestyle. Brunch is considered an art form in Wimbledon and its not uncommon to spot post-workout locals brunching in the plethora of eateries.
Affectionately known as ‘WimbleDurban’ by the locals, there is a huge community of settlers from the Southern hemisphere. And its massive South African representation results in a lively nightlife scene. Elsewhere, South Wimbledon houses a lot of North African and Polish immigrants who provide a great deal of the local workforce.
Wimbledon: 5 in 5
1. How much does it cost?
Renting a 2 bed flat will cost £1,639 on average 2-bed property costing £530k to buy. Wimbledon Village is usually out of the question as far as affordable housing is concerned with houses selling for an average £1.8m.
Merton council is Labour-led and you can find council tax bands here.
Grand attractive period town-houses and quaint cottages can be found in abundance, but you will also find streets with twenties and thirties developments and new builds.
3. Best Streets
Without a doubt, the streets neighbouring Wimbledon Village are the most sought after, especially those with Parkside in the name. The Grange is also popular, but houses rarely come on the market and when they do they come with a hefty price tag. In West Wimbledon, Ellerton Road and Drax Avenue.
Wimbledon’s postcode is SW19 but this also covers surrounding areas Colliers Wood and Southfields whilst West Wimbledon, the area south of the common and west of the village, are in SW20.
Wimbledon station is the National Rail, Tube and Tramlink hub. Both Wimbledon and Wimbledon Park are both on the District Line.
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