No longer just a stop on the train line between Clapham and Wimbledon, Earslfield is now sought-after in its own right
Relatively unknown until recent years, Earlsfield has all the attributes that make an area popular, so it’s perhaps surprising that it didn’t become so sought after sooner. It has great schools, plenty of green spaces (Wandsworth Common and various parks) and excellent transport links into the City, Canary Wharf and the West End.
‘The area has improved greatly in the last few years and it now has lovely deli’s, gastro pubs, good restaurants and some of the best beer gardens in London,’ says Rebecca May of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward.
On top of all that it has attractive period property (mainly Victorian and Edwardian houses or conversions) as well as modern apartments, and buyers and tenants can generally get more space for their money than in more established parts of South West London.
‘Earlsfield is no longer an area people move to just due to affordability, but one of choice,’ says Darren Mottram of Jacksons. He points to a combination of factors, including ‘huge commercial development on its high street, something an area is often judged by’. When you add into the mix the recently refurbished train station, schools which have achieved high marks in Ofsted reports, and a strong family community, he says ‘it is easy to see why Earlsfield is quickly becoming one of the most talked about areas in London’.
Maddie Miller of Douglas & Gordon believes the reason Earlsfield is popular with both young professionals and families is because ‘it strikes a balance between its vibrant pub and restaurant scene as well as good schools’.
No surprise then that the property market is very active at present. ‘With a shortage of stock combined with an unexpectedly high level of buyers, there is huge competition,’ reports Rebecca May. ‘We’ve seen a steep increase in multiple offers, leading to best and final offers, and subsequently prices are rising rapidly.
‘We used to be the poor relation of Battersea and Clapham, but we are now one of the South West’s most sought-after locations. It’s not unusual for buyers to have large cash deposits, having sold their property in other parts of London such as Fulham and Battersea, to move here and get more for their money.’
Emma Seaton of Savills also reports competitive bidding for the best properties. ‘Littleton Street and Brocklebank Road tend to be the most popular because of the attractive architecture and close proximity to amenities,’ she says.
‘Properties on Littleton Street are now selling for around £1.1m and there is also a large supply of maisonettes around £550-600 sq. ft,’ reports Maddie Miller. ‘The Magdalen Estate also has lovely big houses around 3,000 sq. ft. but they command hefty price tags.’
On the lettings side, Jane Clements of John D Wood & Co has noticed a major change in the demographic over the past five years. ‘Where before the majority of tenants were professionals sharing flats, they are now more mature couples and those with young children attracted by the good schools and access to parks and Wandsworth Common,’ she says.
‘The most sought-after properties are on the ‘grid’ streets that run parallel between Garratt Lane and Trinity Road and those between Earlsfield Road and Swaffield Road.’
Darren Mottram says he is ‘lucky enough to call Earlsfield my home,’ adding how pleased he is that ‘I no longer get that confused look followed by ‘where’s that?’ when people ask me where I work. Long may it continue…’