Buying a home in Colliers Wood
Ashworths Solicitors are ideally placed for buying your new home in Colliers Wood, and if you are new to the area we are pleased to share a few tips and interesting facts about the area.
Affectionately known by locals as “Collywood”, Colliers Wood is one of south-west London’s best-kept secrets. Colliers Wood shares the famous Wimbledon SW19 postcode. With large public funding regenerating the area, as well as the refurbishment of the infamous Colliers Wood Tower into luxury apartments, this is a great place to invest in property. Colliers Wood is very close to all of the amenities of Wimbledon, and neighbours Tooting with its vast array of amazing curry houses and shops.
- The fast-flowing waters of the River Wandle drove more than 100 mills. At the point where it runs through Colliers Wood, Merton Abbey Mills produced stained glass, textiles, tapestries and carpets for William Morris and prints for Liberty.
- Merton Abbey Mills plays host to a summer theatre and music festival called Abbeyfest.
- The world’s first public railway, the Surrey Iron Railway, passed through Colliers Wood on its route from Croydon to Wandsworth, between 1803 and 1846.
- The “Making Colliers Wood Happy!” initiative was started as a way of building community spirit – resulting in a choir, a ukulele orchestra and an annual open gardens event.
Properties in Colliers Wood
With neighbouring Wimbledon and Tooting commanding much higher property prices, Colliers Wood is a hidden gem. This south-west London suburb on the Northern line has plenty of shops, well-rated local schools and quiet streets of Victorian and Edwardian terrace homes that appeal to first-time buyers and families forced out of pricier Tooting, Balham and Clapham.
Collywood has mix of modest Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary terrace houses, many converted into flats. There are pretty flat-fronted Victorian cottages on Wandle Bank overlooking the river, with new-build flats to be found in Lyon Way and close to the northern edge of Wandle Park. Colliers Wood is a great place to move to and invest in now. The famously ugly tower that has dominated the area is now being redeveloped into stunning apartments.
The best roads are those closest to Tooting, such as Norfolk Road, Park Road and Wilton Road. Up and coming roads include Runnymede and Liberty Avenue off Christchurch Road where many 1930s houses are having their period features reinstated.
Until recently Colliers Wood has been a family oriented area and this is reflected in the range of places to eat and drink. With the investment and development Colliers Wood is attracting there is an increasing number of venues opening reflecting the increasing population of young professionals.
Istanbul Meze Mangal is a popular destination with locals as is Corleone for authenitic pizza. The William Morris is a welcoming traditional pub on the banks of the River Wandle. Chicken Shop in nearby Tooting has an ingeniously simple idea – serving just whole, half or quarter chickens that are succulent and flavoursome.
Colliers Wood is home to an arts and crafts village with a bustling weekend market, live music and a wide range of restaurants. The fully restored waterwheel powers a pottery wheel in the Wheelhouse with classes available for all ages.
While there might not be a wood nearby, Colliers Wood is close to the green spaces of the National Trust-owned Wandle Park and the more informal Wandle Meadow Nature Park.
Given its location Colliers Wood is has a large number of options for schools.
Primary schools: Singlegate Primary School, All Saints Primary School, Garfield Primary School.
Secondary schools: King’s College School, Ricard’s Lodge High School, Wimbledon College, Wimbledon High School.