About this office
The Hamptons Balham offices are located in a convenient corner position on Bedford Hill and Harberson Road. The main area covered by the office is Balham, but also some properties in neighbouring Tooting and Streatham. There are both sales and lettings teams at the office, which covers a vast range of property types including Prime.
Why move to Balham?
Balham is a popular area of South West London in the borough of Wandsworth, located between Clapham and Tooting Bec commons. It is mostly populated by young professionals, couples and families, all drawn to the area’s easy transport links, excellent schools, including Hornsby House, Henry Cavendish and Holy Ghost Primary. Also, the busy high streets mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, from national chains to independents, means there's something for everyone. Balham is a real melting pot and a fantastic place to live. Popular attractions and events include the annual food festival as well as the newly regenerated Hildreth Street, a pretty pedestrianised street with a regular market, the perfect place to buy your fruit, vegetables and flowers, and a large variety of independent restaurants.
A little bit of history
Balham appears in the Domesday Book as ‘Belgeham’ and has been settled since Saxon times. Balham High Road follows the 90km-long Roman road known as ‘Stane Street’ to Chichester and is now the modern-day A24. The area was badly damaged during the Second World War in air raids, with the underground station used as a bomb shelter. When a bomb fell on the High Road, the bomb shelter collapsed causing many fatalities.
Architecture and property
Balham was mostly developed after the arrival of the railway in 1856. A wide range of property is available, from small period conversion flats, perfect for a first-time buyer, to large double-fronted, Victorian family homes in the sought-after and affluent Heaver Estate. There are terraced period houses situated in the popular Nightingale Triangle and stylish and contemporary apartments in one of the new-build developments dotted around the Balham area. Balham is also home to Du Cane Court, Europe's largest block of flats and apartments built for private residents.
Shopping and amenities
Supermarkets include a Sainsbury’s and a Waitrose. There are a variety of shops and services along the Balham High Road, including banks, opticians, pharmacists, restaurants and cafes, takeaways and hair salons. Balham Leisure Centre has a gym, swimming pool and sports hall.
There are many superb restaurants in Balham, ranging from upscale gastropubs like The Cyclist and The Avalon, to Nepalese and Lebanese establishments offering world cuisine, including national favourites like Pho and Franco Manca. Independent coffee shops line the streets along Bedford Hill, such as Milk, and Balham High Road, like family-favourite Bertie & Boo. Clapham and Brixton offer excellent nightlife, but in Balham there’s also live music at Hagen & Hyde and The Exhibit cinema.
Outdoor space is not hard to come by in Balham, which is close to a number of common areas. Battersea Park is on the doorstep and has an impressive children’s play area. Clapham and Wandsworth have large commons, while Tooting Bec Common offers a wide range of sporting activities such as tennis courts, cricket pitches, and a lido, which is the UKs largest freshwater swimming pool.
South-west London isn’t known as ‘Nappy Valley’ for nothing, and Balham is no exception with its wide choice of nurseries and playschools. Primary school options include Ofsted ‘Outstanding’-rated Henry Cavendish, Telferscot and Holy Ghost RC. For secondary school, Chestnut Grove and La Retraite are popular. There’s also the highly regarded Hornsby House and Finton House independent schools.
Balham has superb transport links into the City, the West End and out to the Home Counties, while the motorway network provides easy access to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports. For commuters, Balham Railway Station (National Rail) provides services to Clapham Junction and Victoria (12 minutes), while the underground station (Northern Line) is just 20 minutes from the City.