Parsons Green is the place we call home - or at least it’s where our office is based. It was here that we were inspired to create the #VillageLondon series, realizing that it was possible to obtain a village a lifestyle, a sense of community, while still living in one of the busiest cities in the world.
The charm of Parsons Green is that there is a natural heart to it.Will Clark CEO SellMyHome.co.uk
So this week we thought it time to focus on our own village in a city and gain a deep understanding of what makes Parsons Green a true #VillageLondon. Thankfully our CEO Will Clark also lives here so he knows a thing or two about the area.
Finding The Focal Point
As Will says, “Every village or town, whether in London or anywhere, needs a focal point, whether it’s the high street or something else. The charm of Parsons Green is that there is a natural heart to it.”
You get both the energy of London combined with the peace and tranquility of the green at its heart.Will Clark - CEO SellMyHome.co.uk
The heart is, of course, its green which, if it weren’t for the trees, dog walkers and buggies, could happily host a village cricket match on a summer’s afternoon, just like the classic English village of yore.
The green is flanked on either side by two hugely popular pubs: The White Horse and the recently refurbished Duke On The Green. On the one hand the area might seem contained, cut-off from the rat race of London, but Will points out this is not always the case. “It is a village. But it’s a village that has the ability to be very ‘Londony’ when you want it to be. You get both the energy of London combined with the peace and tranquility of the green at its heart.”
Part of this tranquility stems from the close proximity of the river. Will says, “I think the river is a massive thing. People underestimate the value of it.” It is certainly pleasant to have such a peaceful part of the Thames on one’s doorstep.
In the 10 years I’ve been here, bars and restaurants have come and gone but there’s always something new.Will Clark - CEO SellMyHome.co.uk
The surrounding area offers a plethora of eateries and exciting places to explore.
“Beyond the heart there are tributaries around this area. You’ve got Fulham Road and New Kings Road. There’s such variety here. In the 10 years I’ve been here, bars and restaurants have come and gone but there’s always something new.”
Within walking distance of Parsons Green is the North End Road and Will is quick to sing its praises. “It’s one of the most famous and traditional markets. You speak to celebrity chefs, or read their blogs and a lot of them buy their produce from the North End Market. It’s one of the oldest food markets in London.”
A Sense of Heritage
That sense of heritage looms large over Parsons Green. Opposite the tube station, which is serviced by the District Line, tucked just beneath the railway lines is The French House. Venturing in, you are presented with a gorgeous den of delectable antique French furniture and vintage Italian lighting.
It’s great and very inventive. It means designers come from all over London with ideas and we work with them to bring those ideas to life.Jess - The French House
Talking to Jess, who works in The French House, there is clearly a warm pride in what they do. “We have a workshop around the corner. We hire artisans to do everything from gilding, to fine carpentry, to metal work to upholstery. All on site.”
She continues, “It’s rare to do everything in one place. It’s great and very inventive. It means designers come from all over London with ideas and we work with them to bring those ideas to life.”
At weekends we get people who love to come here and be entranced by what we’ve got here. All of the pieces here have a big back story to them.Jess - The French House
Jess also tells us that, if a customer cannot find what they are looking for they willl often make something bespoke from scratch. “If you can’t find what you’re looking for, if you can’t find your ideal kitchen counter, or dinning room table, we’ll make it for you. We can use lovely old material so it doesn’t have to feel like it’s from a flat-pack store.”
There’s no doubt that The French House is very much part of the Parsons Green make-up. When it comes to the local community Jess knows there is a something alluring about The French House “We get people who walk by and they see the antiques and interesting lighting and are drawn in. At weekends we get people who love to come here and be entranced by what we’ve got here. All of the pieces here have a big back story to them.”
And therein lies one of the great appeals of Parsons Green. It has that sense of a grand back-story, a traditional oasis sitting firmly within the majesty of London. We’re honoured to call it home.
According to PropertyDetective.co.uk Parsons Green has:
14 Infant Schools ranked Good to Outstanding.
2 Secondary Schools ranked Good to Outstanding
11 Nurseries ranked Good to Outstanding
Is represented by the Conservative Party in Parliament
Is ranked 55% Good for starting a family, placing it in the top 60% of the country.
Ranked Well Connected for public transport.
Has a large amount of Supermarkets and Convenience stores nearby.
Ranked Good for household utilities.
Parsons Green Average House Prices August 2014 - £1,118,000.
Parsons Green Average House Prices July 2015 - £1,315,000.
In the last year the House Prices In Parsons Green have seen a rise of 17.6%.]