Buying a home in Raynes Park
Ashworths are ideally placed for buying your new home in Raynes Park, and if you are new to the area we are pleased to share a few tips and interesting facts about the area.
Raynes Park is a leafy residential suburb between Wimbledon and New Malden with one of the largest proportions of green open space in south-west London. Raynes Park is nestled perfectly between the hustle and bustle of central London and the quiet greenery of Surrey County. Formerly rural farmland on the outskirts of London, Raynes Park was only developed in the late 19th century with the opening of the station in 1871. It’s the fast connections to Waterloo that continues to draw people here today – and the fact that it’s the stop before busier Wimbledon means you can almost always get a seat. Raynes Park is an emerging and dynamic town centre. Major brands are beginning to open up, a tell tale sign of progression. With a low crime rate and a warm, welcoming community spirit, Raynes Park is popular with young buyers especially couples with small children. Many Londoners find themselves upsizing to Raynes Park for a better quality of living.
- Cannon Hill Common contains woodland that is over 140 years old and is Grade 1 for Nature Conservation.
- Richard Briers, famous for starring in “Ever Decreasing Circles”, was a famous resident, as was Oliver Reed.
- MyRaynesPark Festival is an annual summer weeklong arts and cultural event.
Properties in Raynes Park
Unusually the arrival of the railway didn’t result in an immediate development boom. A major player in this development was Richard Garth, Lord of the Manor of Morden who began laying out the suburb. Grand Drive was originally built as a carriageway to the railway station with the first road being Blenheim Road. Large mansions appeared on Grand Drive in the 1880s with the “Apostles” being built in the 1890s. These were 12 roads, hence the name “Apostles”, such as Aston Road, Prince Georges Road, Edna Road and Chestnut Road are exceedingly sought after. The Cannon Hill Estate was built by George Blay in the 1930s. Most homes are quite spacious and a mixture of both terraced and semi-detached houses.
Raynes Park residents certainly benefit from the area’s significantly slower development. Some properties feel as spacious and secluded as countryside cottages. Nowhere is this more true than the large detached properties towards Wimbledon, but the Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes and 1930s houses in the area have also retained a picturesque beauty as many boast gardens and off street parking.
There are a number of top quality restaurants and pubs in the vicinity. The Apostles wine bar is open late on weekends and is very popular. Lime and Thyme is the go to place for pizza, while reservations are recommended at Hashi for Sushi. Cah Chi is an unassuming Koran Barbeque that shouldn’t be underestimated. Closer to Wimbledon is Light House offering robust and flavoursome Italian dishes.
Raynes Park offers plenty to do in the way of activities through its proximity to the Grade 1 listed Cannon Hill Common, ideal for walking, cycling and fishing. For shoppers, Coombe Lane was voted London’s best performing high street in 2012 – serviced by a post office, banks and independent shops as well as a handful of well-selected chain stores.
There is a good selection of schools, with desirable Hollymount and West Wimbledon being oversubscribed.
Primary Schools: Hollymount School, West Wimbledon Primary School, The Norwegian School in London, Blossom House School.
Secondary Schools: Hall School Wimbledon, Blossom House School, Raynes Park High School, Ursuline High School Wimbledon, The Norwegian School in London.