Balham Property Market
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Upmarket, affluent and cosmopolitan, it is commonplace in Balham to spot celebrities. There is an abundance of young professionals and families in this borough of Wandsworth. With very low council tax rates, if you are looking for a very attractive area to buy or rent in Balham is the place.
A range of Victorian, Edwardian and Arts and Crafts houses line the streets here, the average property price is around £650,000 and the average rental is in the range of £550 per week. A highly coveted area is Nightingale Square and Heaver Estate, both conservation areas, although the Heaver Estate is a favourable place to live, it falls within the less desirable SW17 postcode. It is a nice suburban estate however and Elmbourne Road is particularly nice.
On Endlesham Road you’ll find substantial terraced townhouses, and closer to Wandsworth Common on the west of Balham there are also larger family homes on Balham Park Road, Ramsden Road and Chestnut Grove. North of Balham, near Clapham, you’ll find flats that were converted from ex-council houses and small terrace houses. DuCane Court is the largest private apartment block in Europe and can be found here.
Affordable rentals can be found above some of the shops on Balham High Street. There are a considerable amount of maisonettes and semi-detached houses in the area, known as ‘The Gateway to the South’; it is indeed a very desirable area to live, with house prices moving fast and a very trendy population many choose to settle here.
Standard of Living in Balham
Balham is home to a great range of cafes, perfect for leisurely brunches. A community focused area, with lots of projects throughout the neighbourhood. Green space is never far away with Clapham Common just to the north and Wandsworth Common to the west, Brockwell Park is further across to the east.
Relaxed, down to earth, friendly types occupy Balham, the pace of life feels slower here than in other parts of the city, it is indeed a hip area but it is also fairly quiet, in comparison to nearby Clapham.
Other Living necessities in Balham
There is an array of shops, independents and chains, including a Waitrose and a Sainsbury’s. The number of independent traders in the area has grown, and the bars, shops and restaurants are going from strength to strength.
In terms of schools there is Henry Cavendish Primary, Telferscot Primary and the Holy Ghost Catholic Primary, the latter receiving ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted. Trinity St Mary’s CoFE Primary School and Alderbrook Primary School both achieved ‘good’ and are situated in the borough of Wandsworth.
Secondary schools in the area include Chestnut Grove School, now an academy, the all girls La Retraite Roman Catholic School, and Oak Lodge who both achieved ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted and the London Steiner School in the nearby borough of Lambeth achieved ‘good’.
There is Balham Library and plenty of places to worship in the area, covering different faiths, including Balham Baptist Church on Ramsden Road and Balham Mosque on Balham High Street.
Places to visit near Balham
Neighbouring Balham is Clapham and Brixton, Battersea and Wandsworth. In the borough of Wandsworth you’ll find Tooting Bec Lido to cool down in summer or entertain the children. For large green spaces and the perfect place for a picnic there is Clapham Common, in Brixton you’ll find lively nightlife and a great market in the day. Balham’s location means there are plenty of places to explore nearby.
Balham Council Tax
Balham lies in the borough of Wandsworth and enjoys some of the cheapest council tax in the country, for band A it is just £451.77 a year, band D is around the £675 mark and band H is in the region of £1,350.