Wandsworth encompasses a large area from Garratt Lane to Wandsworth Bridge and up to Wandsworth Common. Wandsworth is a well-established residential area which really came into its own in the eighties when middle-class families moved south across the river in flight from the rising prices of Fulham. The attractions were obvious enough: well-regarded schools, lots of green space, quick and easy access to the City, and a good supply of well-maintained period properties.
The centre of Wandsworth (near Wandsworth Town station) has small Victorian terraces in a popular area (mostly young professionals) known locally as the Tonsleys. To the north is the riverside, now undergoing major changes as new developments spring up on a former industrial hinterland. A period one bedroomed garden flat can be had for around £290,000 – and the ceiling price would be about £3,000,000.
The areas bordering Wandsworth Common to the south and east are particularly popular with families seeking larger detached and semi-detached properties. Here you can choose between the grandeur of the exclusive Spencer Park (Wandsworth Common Northside), the sought-after neighbourhood known locally as the 'Toast Rack' (Dorlcote Road, Baskerville Road, Patten Road and environs), or the attractive Victorian cottages to the south which cluster around the shops, galleries, restaurants and wine bars of the burgeoning Bellevue Road.
South of East Hill and west of the common -the streets leading off St Ann's Hill - has mostly good-sized Victorian and Edwardian houses. St Ann's Crescent and the streets which approach the West Side of the common are especially sought-after. Earlsfield begins south of here.
Wandsworth has a good choice of pubs and restaurants, especially around The Tonsleys and on Bellevue Road. Shoppers are unlikely to be inspired by Wandsworth Town Centre; although the redeveloped Arndale Centre now called Southside is a positive improvement.
With Wandsworth Common close by, Clapham Common to the east and Battersea Park to the north, Wandsworth is well provided with green space. King Georges Park to the west has a health club, squash and tennis courts, playing fields and a sports ground.
Transport facilities include trains to Waterloo from Wandsworth Town, Earlsfield, Clapham Junction and Wandsworth Common.
The Hope pub on Bellevue Road is a good summers day pub, The Freemasons is good for all occasions and the food is very good and reasonably priced. For food there is Konnigans for a range of fajitas and fish courses in Wandsworth Old Town and the renowned Chez Bruce on Bellevue Road which was Marco Pierre White’s restaurant previously with Gordon Ramsay as a young chef.
Chez Bruce (book months in advance). A walk along the mixed and fast developing riverside. A baguette from the sandwich store on St Anne’s Hill.
Walking up Tonsley Hill after a hard days work (or sloshed). Wandsworth High Street traffic (use only between 11 and 3!).