Wimbledon is best known for its ubiquitous tennis tournament, but there’s more to this affluent area than strawberries and cream. Increasingly, new residents of the capital are gravitating towards this iconic and leafy portion of South London, but what is it about Wimbledon that makes it one of the top places to live?
An overview of Wimbledon
Wimbledon is located in the South-West London Borough of Merton, approximately 7 miles from Central London. Originally part of Surrey, Wimbledon was amalgamated into Greater London in 1965. World-famous as the host of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, it is also home to beautiful Wimbledon Common, the largest piece of common land in the city. Held in particularly high esteem for its high-street shopping and local economy, Wimbledon Village beat 1000 other areas to be named the third-best shopping location in Britain and the best in London. The area is also well-known as the home of a thriving culinary landscape that includes diverse, award-winning eateries including some of the best restaurants and cafes in London. Whether you’re looking for exotic eats or an authentic pub lunch, Wimbledon is a great place to keep up with the latest global food trends and experience the best of classic British cuisine in the process. Notable cultural institutions and events include the historic New Wimbledon Theatre, the Polka Children’s Theatre and the annual Wimbledon Music Festival.
Wimbledon for families
Wimbledon is seen as a desirable location to raise a family, which is one of the main drivers of its popularity as an affluent area. As well as the fact that it is noticeably greener and leafier than many surrounding areas, Wimbledon has a real village/community feel that many parents prefer to the hustle and bustle of the inner city. The fact that nature and vast open spaces (such as the Common and Cannizaro Park) are so close by only heightens the village vibes. Crime rates in the area are relatively low and Wimbledon schools regularly rank amongst the best in the UK yearly lists – it is no surprise that the area has become best associated with high-flying family homes.
The property landscape
As you might expect from an in-demand area with fast connections to Central London (direct trains to Waterloo), Wimbledon is home to a competitive property market. If you decide to make this beautiful and affluent borough your new home, there are a range of reputable Wimbledon removal companies that can help you to make the move. The average price of a home in the SW19 postcode is approximately £694,407, 23% more expensive than those in the wider borough. Despite the fact that the market is crowded and prices may be higher than average, the diverse range of properties on offer in Wimbledon could be more attainable than you might think, as there are in fact some relative bargains to be had, especially following a decline in prices due to COVID-19.