Buying a home in Earlsfield
Ashworths Solicitors are ideally placed for buying your new home in Earlsfield, and if you are new to the area we are pleased to share a few tips and interesting facts about the area.
The secret may well be out. In a quiet corner of south-east London, Earlsfield is now attracting attention having been less well known than neighb ouring Wimbledon, Battersea, Balham and Clapham. With picturesque terraced houses and wide-open spaces, leafy Earlsfield shares many of their characteristics. Earlsfield attracts young families and professionals, offering a low-key way of life while still being close to central London. For families the range of schools is attractive while professionals benefit from a 14-minute train journey to Waterloo. Earlsfield is flourishing, with a vibrant high street, in the form of Garrat Lane, there are green spaces to enjoy and there’s a friendly community vibe.
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was written by Louis de Bernières while living in Earlsfield. In fact it was characters he met here that inspired his play, “Sunday Morning At the Centre of the World”.
- Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is the former MP for Tooting and Earlsfield.
- Earlsfield gained its name from a grand Victorian residence of the same name. The train station was developed in place of the house and a condition of its sale was that the new station bore its name. The suburb we know grew around the station.
- The River Wandle flows parallel to Garratt Lane and has been the subject of a major, council funded clean-up operation. Trout were finally spotted once again in the river in 2014 to a flurry of local excitement.
Properties in Earlsfield
Until the original development of Earlsfield station and arrival of the railway in 1884 there were few residential properties. The railway’s arrival triggered a development boom and by 1900 almost all streets north of the station were lined with rows of terraced houses. These distinctive late Victorian and Edwardian terraces, with intricate tile and brick details, dominate the Earlsfield property market. The majority of the housing stock is made up of medium sized terraced housing representative of Earlsfield’s working class routes. Most of the area was built in Victorian times after the opening of the station, although with later built properties on The Magdalen Estate which rises up to Wandsworth Common.
There is a large and varied selection of pubs, bars, restaurants and specialist independent shops along Garratt Lane, the most recent being The Earlsfield, a gastro pub converted from the original booking hall of the station with high vaulted ceiling and dating back to 1884. Ben’s Canteen is a popular place for weekend brunch and Sunday morning Bloody Marys. Mel’s Vintage Beats is also well regarded locally for its brunches and breakfasts. The Halfway House serves a locally famous Sunday roast. The 2010 Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker owns The Jolly Gardeners and is earning an excellent reputation.
There is a wide and varied choice of schools, both private and state, the most notable being Beatrix Potter on Magdalen Road, and Earlsfield Primary on Tranmere Road.
Primary schools: Earlsfield Primary School, Wimbledon Park Primary School, Swaffield Primary School, Beatrix Potter Primary School (younger children can attend the Montessori Day Nursery) and the newly opened Floreat Wandsworth Primary School.
Secondary schools: Earlsfield residents have their pick of three academies. Co-educational options include Southfields Academy and the Ashcroft Technology Academy, which now offers the International Baccalaureate as an alternative to AS and A-Levels, while the single sex Burntwood Academy is a popular choice for girls. Garratt Park School on Waldron Road takes students with a wide range of learning difficulties.