Clapham area

Clapham has become one of the most popular areas of London, with vibrant nightlife, acres of green space and excellent schools.

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What to know about Clapham

The Clapham office of Marsh & Parsons has plenty of flats and houses for sale in the old town of Clapham, Clapham High Street, and Clapham North as well as Brixton, Vauxhall and Stockwell. The area's residents are a varied mix of young sharers coming to London for their first job, young families attracted by excellent local schools, and older families in search of big houses.

The Clapham sales office is run byArea DirectorTom Crabtree, who cites the Common as being an obvious attraction and comments that "there are some stunning houses overlooking the common on the north and south side." He goes on to say that "the transport links here are excellent, the bars and night life are buzzing, and there is a thriving caf culture on the streets. The Old Town Caf near the office is an excellent example of the area's popularity, and on a Saturday morning you can barely get a table."

Schools are a big attraction of this area and the best include: Thomas', Honeywell Infants and Junior schools, Hornsby House, Hotham Primary and Streatham and Clapham High School. Shopping here has changed dramatically in recent years and, although there are good big-chain supermarkets nearby, there are also plenty of independent shops and boutiques. Abbeville Village is very much 'Nappy Valley', full of young families and great nurseries. Clapham Old Town has plenty of boutiques and is very family friendly while the High Street attracts a much younger crowd. The French school on Wix's Lane also attracts buyers from overseas.

Clapham has had, and still has, a number of celebrity residents, including Samuel Pepys, William Wilberforce and Graham Green, and is presently home to the likes of Vanessa Redgrave, Vivienne Westwood, J K Rowling and Piers Morgan.

As one of the premier estate agents letting properties in the SW4 area, Marsh & Parsons prides itself on its local know-how. From the best schools in the area to the finest boutiques, bars and restaurants, and the cost of a resident's parking permit, agents at Marsh & Parsons have their finger firmly on the local pulse.

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Property types in Clapham

The architecture of Clapham is predominantly Victorian, although a handful of Queen Anne and Georgian houses can be found around the Common. The dominance of Victorian properties in Clapham has led to a great selection of period conversions in the area. Additionally, there is a selection of new developments including The Latitude, which is moments from Clapham Common itself.

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So, what will you get for your money buying in Clapham?

As one of the areas most popular estate agents, Marsh & Parsons sells properties in its core area of Clapham Old Town and extends into the surrounding areas of Clapham South, Clapham Common, Clapham North, Stockwell, Brixton and as far as Oval. The Old Town has one-bedroom garden flats for sale at prices starting from 475,000. Studios start at 325,000 but are rare here and most flats are Victorian conversions or former warehouses. Two-bedroom flats, with a garden, start from around 650,000.

Houses in Old Town are substantial and cover three or four floors, selling from upwards of 1.6 million. Former local authority flats with two bedrooms, which sell for about 400,000 on roads surrounding Clapham Common such as Larkhall Rise SW4, are popular with buy-to-let investors and provide the best yields. Clapham North is comparatively cheaper (although the gap is lessening), with three-bedroom Victorian houses selling for between 800,000 and 1 million.

Brixton has seen dramatic increases in prices over recent years as people have discovered its excellent transport links and cool night life. There are plenty of attractive flats and houses for sale through your local estate agent, Marsh & Parsons. Two-bedroom flats, for example, sell for about 500,000 and houses start from 800,000 but can easily fetch north of 1 million depending on size and location.

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And what will you get for your money renting in Clapham?

As Clapham's premium estate agent, Marsh & Parsons will typically rent one-bedroom flats from between 350 and 400pw. In its core area of Clapham Old Town SW4, one-bedroom flats with a garden will achieve between 425-455pw. The High Street is still slightly cheaper although catching up with the Old Town fast, with rents for one-bedroom flats starting at 330pw, and similarly in nearby Brixton SW2 rents start at a similar price.

For a two-bedroom flat in the Old Town tenants can expect to pay anything between 450 and 550pw, rising to around 700pw if you are looking to live in one of the surrounding sought after new build penthouses. Again, around Clapham High Street and Brixton you can still get a little more property for your money with two-bedroom period conversion properties ranging from around 385-430pw.

Clapham is very popular with professional sharers and a three-bedroom flat can be rented from 550pw, to upwards of 650pw if youre looking for a second bathroom and outside space. Houses vary, from four-bedroom houses starting at 850pw, with rents rising upwards of 1,500pw for the best houses on the Common.

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What else can you expect from Clapham?

Besides the 220-acre Common with its music festivals, gigs, kite flying and bike riding, Clapham has plenty of other parks and open spaces, as well as leisure centres and gyms, including Soho Gym; a favourite haunt of Geri Halliwell.

After all that fresh air and exercise you'll probably need a drink and something to eat, and Clapham has no shortage of venues to suit all tastes. The Pavement Caf is a lovely place to while away an afternoon over coffee and cake, while The Tim Bobbin is an old-fashioned local on Lilleshall Road, complete with a dartboard and good, straightforward grub. The Sun, five minutes' walk from the Common in Old Town, has a beer garden and a wonderful log fire indoors, serving Thai food. The Sun also has two sister pubs; The Railway on Clapham High Street and The Falcon on Bedford Road. There is also a plethora of wine bars and gastropubs attracting a vivacious crowd.

For more formal dining, Fish Club on St John's Hill, is a gastro-chippie and was voted Time Out's Best Cheap Eat; and Fish in a Tie is another very reasonable seafood-eatery. For those seeking something upmarket More! serves modern European cuisine, with a rustic influence, and is well worth a visit. Grafton House in Old Town is another sumptuous restaurant with sleek design, a fabulous atmosphere, and excellent food, while Carmen on Clapham Common South Side is a tapas bar that is packed on most nights.

Clapham boasts a vast selection of shops, from the ubiquitous High Street chains and supermarkets, to more than its fair share of independent retailers, including the fabulous M Moen & Sons butchers on The Pavement, Places and Spaces for furniture, and Joy on St John's Hill, which sells everything from rubber ducks to retro fashion and homewares.

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Green spaces in Clapham

One of the prime attractions of Clapham is Clapham Common itself, which offers a substantial area of green open space with some 220 acres of land. Mentioned as far back as the Domesday Book in 1086, Clapham Common offers three ponds, an all-weather games area, tennis courts, bowling greens and grass pitches. With two playgrounds and three cafes for weary parents, Clapham Common also provides diverse ecological areas. Clapham Common Bandstand is an impressive historical feature of the common and boasts the accolade of the oldest and largest bandstand in Greater London. There are also other parks in the area, including Heathbrook Park and Larkhall Park.

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Transport in Clapham

There are excellent transport links in Clapham offering London Underground services from the following stations: Clapham North (Northern line, Zone 2), Clapham Common (Northern line, Zone 2), Clapham South (Northern line, Zone 2), Vauxhall (Victoria line, Zone 1), Stockwell (Victoria line, Zone 2). Clapham also offers a great selection of bus routes.

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In addition to our experienced and knowledgeable local team, our network of 27 London offices all work together to give our customers and clients the widest choice and best matches.

Our Clapham office is located in the heart of Clapham Old Town, and offers properties across the area including in Brixton, Vauxhall and Stockwell.

The team also works closely with our Battersea and Balham offices, providing an unrivalled local network and a wide range of property options.

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