Where to start with Wandsworth Borough? From Furzedown and Tooting in the south through the Nightingale triangle onwards to the huge redevelopment at Nine Elms and the site of Battersea Power Station (designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott - the man behind the red phone box) . Head West and we can stroll through Wandsworth Common, half of Wimbldeon common and on to Putney Heath. At the very ehart of it all Wandsworth Town and the Tonsleys.
The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)
The IMD is a fancy way of explaining the relative levels of gentrification in an area. It measures a number of factors that influence how deprived a resident will feel. It is hugely skewed towards green spaces as we can see below:
Nine Elms Rebuilt:
The bulldozers have come and done their bit and the builders are now swarming over this stretch of Battersea. From Embassy Gardens - the new home of the US Embassy, through to the redeveloped Battersea Power Station, it's non-stop action at Nine Elms these days in the area that is Queenstown in the map above.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Olympic scale job creation has already started in Wandsworth Borough. Over the next ten years the Nine Elms redevelopment pictured above will contribute around 22,000 construction jobs. They will include apprenticeships, traineeships and work placements to help local people get on the career ladder.
Around 25,000 permanent jobs will be created in Nine Elms once the new buildings are occupied. An area that used to be an under-used industrial eyesore on the river Thames will soon be turned into a Manhattan-upon-Thames with the US Embassy and a series of skyscrapers dominating the riverbank.
House Prices in the 21st Century
The graph below shows the average house prices over the last five years for the Borough of Wandsworth. We can see that flat prices have risen slower than the London average in the 21st Century whilst house prices in the Borough have rocketed, especially since 2010:
The home of Victorian terraced housing
Few areas of London are as richly stocked for Victorian terraced housing as Wandsworth. Ranging hugely in price from the Tootings through the Nightangle triangle and between the Commons. Southfields and North to Putney. Wandsworth is a Borough rich in fantastic residential property yet only a short train, overground or tube into central London. The council has held back from allowing conversion into flats meaning that the area is incredibly well placed for family housing.
Wandsworth Town and its train station is a fantastic hub at the north end of the Borough right by the river. Around the station are the Tonsleys - a series of residential streets that are highly sought after due to their proximity to the station and the local shops, cafes and restaurants. We have this amazing 2 bedroom flat for sale on Tonsley Hill at the moment: