Absolutely Battersea & Clapham: In their own words
Thu 01 Nov 2012
Rose Holden, Sales Manager Battersea, Marsh & Parsons
Photography: Richard Clark
The wonderful thing about working on the Northcote Road is that Battersea and the surrounding area manages to shift like a great West End theatre stage, moving seamlessly from one scene to the next, following the seasons, which are all marked with milestones we all lookforward to. This is why I love working here. There is always something to see and do ensuring life here is never dull.
With over eight years' experience of selling in the area as an estate agent, it is a continual pleasure for me to be able to sell the attractions of this lovely area. In additin to the green open spaces, there is an array of independent shops and boutiques. Pintus is a favourite of mine for a morning coffee and pastry; or for a quick bite at lunch you can't beat a Byron burger, and their strawberry malt is to die for! On my days off everything is in reach - Bellevue Road is great for a massage or a pedicure and I always head for Goges on St. John's Hill for an excellent haircut & blow-dry.
Looking around, it's no surprise that the Battersea area continues to thrive, attracting young professionals and families alike. The hotspot for families continues to be the area 'between the commons'. Oustanding state schools such as Honeywell and Belleville continue to generate fierce competition for limited available property in the catchment areas. And as siblings take up more of the first-round places, the catchment area gets tighter every year.
Recently, we have seen a trend of families starting to rent in this part of London, sometimes even renting out property on a short-term basis for less than twelve months, in order to secure entry into these highly sought-after schools. Once their first child's place is safe, some parents then decide to move outside the catchment area in order to purchase properties at slightly lower prices.
The area continues tobe affectionately referred to as 'Nappy Valley', with the pull of the schools having a direct hand in the area's demographic. Families in this area have historically tended to move on once their children have passed primary school age. However, I think this may be about to change with the advent of Bolingbroke Academy. It's easy to see how the new 600 pupil school will alter the dynamic in the area and encourage families to remain residents for longer. Inturn, this will also boost demand for those beautiful larger family homes and subsequently cause an increase in property values.
I also foreseean increase in the number of basements being developed in order to create more space for teenage children, or perhaps office space for Mum and Dad - already commonplace in neighbouring areas such as Fulham. I believe this change will certainly continue to strengthen an already vibrant sense of community.
Marsh & Parsons
118 Northcote Road, SW11
020 7228 9292