Buying a home in Southfields
Ashworths are ideally placed for buying your new home in Southfields, and if you are new to the area we are pleased to share a few tips and interesting facts about the area.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the world famous home to the annual fortnight of tennis, is actually in Southfields. Southfields has a sleepy village feel, other than during the tournament when thousands of tennis fans pass through the station. Southfields residents enjoy tree-lined streets and spacious Edwardian homes at significantly lower prices than Wimbledon. With an abundance of open space, including Wimbledon Park and the River Wandle, there are lots of walks and cycle rides to enjoy. There is a good community spirit in Southfields with a number of independents present on the high street as well as some more familiar chains.
- Southfields Tube Station receives an annual makeover for the Wimbledon fortnight a few years ago the platforms were made to look like grass courts
- In 1926, Southfields became home to London’s first Mosque. The Fazl Mosque or the London Mosque was built by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and presently serves as the international headquarters of the community.
- Part of the video for Shampoo’s 1994 hit single ‘Trouble’ was filmed in Southfields.
Properties in Southfields
“The Triangle” and “The Grid” are the main residential areas of Southfields.
“The Triangle” is a series of streets that resemble a triangle and consists mostly of Victorian and Edwardian houses. In 1904, the Frame Foods babyfood company opened its factory in Standen Road. The building is in a distinctive art nouveau style, with green ceramic tiles, and the slogan ‘Nourish and Flourish’ on the exterior, which can still be seen today. The building has now been converted into luxury flats.
“The Grid” is a series of parallel roads that are crossed at right angles by a series of parallel streets. “The Grid” consists almost entirely of Edwardian terrace houses, some of which have been converted into flats. Wandsworth Council policy no longer permits conversions.
As well as Victorian and Edwardian terraces, there are larger detached and semi detached 1930s and 1950s houses. Many of the grander houses have been converted into flats and there are also some purpose built modern apartments on the market.
There are lots of options for eating and drinking in Southfields. The Italian Olive Garden is a Southfields institution. Le P’tit Normand is an intimate cosy neighbourhood venue using many ingredients straight from France. For those wanting spice, The Thai Girder for pad Thai, or Namada for a smart Indian meal are excellent options. Franco Manca is famed for its pizzas, where a long queue is the norm.
The Earl Spencer is a large gastropub awarded a Michelin ‘Bib Gourmand’ in 2015 recognising great value and high quality food. The Park Tavern is a restored 19th century coaching inn with a beautiful landscaped garden and distinguished interior.
There is a good choice of high quality schools in Southfields and the surrounding area.
Primary schools: Albemarle Primary, St Michael’s C of E Primary, Sheringdale Primary School, Wimbledon Park Primary School and West Hill Primary
Secondary schools: St Cecilia’s or Southfields Academy, as well as many other schools in neighbouring Wandsworth and Wimbledon.
There are numerous private education options in Putney, Wimbledon and Richmond.