About this office
The Hamptons East Sheen and Barnes estate agent office is situated in a prime corner position in The Triangle, on Upper Richmond Road West and Sheen Lane opposite the ‘Milestone’. The area that is convenient for Mortlake station and has excellent footfall. The office has both sales and lettings teams, with all of the team living locally and two born and bred here, having unrivalled knowledge of the area. The office covers properties in Barnes, Mortlake, East Sheen and some areas of North Sheen with the boundary along Manor Road. The East Sheen and Barnes office is the furthest London office in the Southwest of the Capital and has been open since February 2007.
Why move to East Sheen and Barnes?
East Sheen is now a London hotspot. It was once “one of the best-kept secrets of the London Borough of Richmond,” before the cycling in the London Olympics put Richmond Park (of which East Sheen has the largest proportion of the Park), firmly on the map. With the proximity to Richmond Park and the river Thames and with easy access into central London via the overground station at Mortlake (23 minutes), East Sheen, Barnes and Mortlake offer plenty of sporting and leisure opportunities. The area is predominantly period family houses and is therefore spoilt with superb schools both private and state, and at all levels. The tree-lined streets, community experience and the quality of life, make East Sheen and Barnes an incredibly desirable area in which to live.
A little bit of history
There was very little development in the area until about 1827, when the first Hammersmith Bridge opened across the river. A new road was built through the fields, the Castelnau which is still there today. The name is taken from a village in Montpellier in the South of France, from which the Huguenots fled France for England. The defectors settled in Barnes, and their descendants built a row of fine Regency-style villas locally. East Sheen and Mortlake is older, with evidence of occupation dating back to the 13th century or earlier.
Architecture and property
The property portfolio in the Barnes, East Sheen and Mortlake area is extremely diverse. There are family homes, flats, maisonettes and new build riverside properties available at all levels of the market. The majority of the housing stock in Mortlake is Edwardian, in East Sheen and North Barnes it’s predominantly 1930s housing, and Barnes is a mixture of Victorian along the river and around the pond. Desirable addresses include the Georgian riverside homes along The Terrace; double-fronted Victorian villas on Castelnau and the smaller cottages off White Hart Lane; and the ‘lion houses’ of Hillersdon Avenue.
Shopping and amenities
Locals love Two Peas in a Pod greengrocers on Church Road, where you can get all manner of pulses, grains and oils as well as freshly picked fruit and veg. There is an M&S Food Hall on Barnes High Street, with convenience stores like Sainsbury’s Local and Tesco Express readily available. There’s also a Waitrose & Partners on Upper Richmond Road West, serving East Sheen.
Barnes has a great community feel, with the Barnes Community Association campaigning to protect the village from overdevelopment, running the Barnes Fair each July and operating the annual Food Fair in September which has previously hosted cooking demonstrations from Raymond Blanc and Ian Salmon. There are excellent restaurants locally, including Forty Four Sheen Lane; Church Road by chef Phil Howard; The Victoria Pub on West Temple Sheen; and the Red Lion on Castelnau.
The area has excellent access to green space, with several of the south-west London commons within easy reach. This includes Barnes Common, Putney Common, the London Wetland Centre, Richmond Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. There are many walks along the river and the local ponds.
There are many excellent schools in the general vicinity including St. Paul's, Tower House, Ibstock Place, The German and Swedish Schools – popular with expats, Colet Court and numerous first-rate state primary and secondary schools, such as Thomson House, Holy Trinity and Sheen Mount, to name a few. Barnes Primary School in Cross Street is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and is very popular.
Mortlake Station has trains to Richmond, Clapham Junction and Waterloo. An abundance of TFL buses run along Upper Richmond Road West, also to Richmond, Barnes, Putney and Hammersmith. Cycling is very popular in the area because of Richmond Park, as well as being an easy way to get around. Trains from Barnes Bridge take about 26 minutes to Waterloo, a few minutes less from Barnes. Most stop at Clapham Junction for connections to Victoria and Vauxhall for the Victoria line.