What is Barnes like?
Barnes is on the River Thames in south west London and extends from Hammersmith Bridge to the northern edge of Richmond Park.
It’s an area of sweeping green spaces, a splendid range of period property and a cosmopolitan ambience; a logical, popular place for families moving out of more central areas of London.
Property in Barnes
In the 18th and early 19th centuries Barnes was a favoured location for country retreats; the Terrace was built as an elegant enclave where courtiers and men of letters took houses. This history lends the area a gracious air to this day, with a superb range of period houses.
The Village is the main focus of Barnes’s prime market, offering a great choice of Victorian and Edwardian homes, while properties that enjoy views of the Thames are always in demand. The bijou houses of Little Chelsea — a network of streets to the West of the Village containing pretty Victorian cottages — form a desirable enclave in the catchment area of the hugely popular Barnes Primary School.
For prime period properties, look in Castelnau, Scarth Road, and Mill Hill on Barnes Common.
For apartments with river views, head to The Harrods Development, Riverview Gardens and Barnes Waterside.
For Little Chelsea cottages, look in Thorne Street, Archway Street, Cross Street and Westfields Avenue.
The local scene
Barnes Village retains a distinctly rural ambience, especially around the Green – complete with willow-fringed pond and actually a much more substantial park than the name suggests. The Green is adjacent to the 120 acres of open terrain at Barnes Common, and additional open space is provided by the Wetland and Wildfowl Centre. The village is situated within a great loop of the Thames means that there is no shortage of riverside walks and activities. Every year Barnes becomes the focus of attention during the world-famous Boat Race; situated halfway along the Race’s route, it offers the best vantage point for spectators.
Barnes boasts award-winning restaurants, riverside pubs and stylish boutiques and galleries, yet despite its undeniable air of chic, it has preserved a genuine sense of community. There is a weekly farmer’s market, Summer Fair and Food Fair which Savills sponsor, this event attracts over 4,000 visitors a year.
Barnes has two stations: Barnes (on the edge of the Common) and Barnes Bridge. Trains run in to Waterloo and out to Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow and Weybridge. There is a regular bus service to Hammersmith and the London underground.
The M4 begins just North of the river, providing direct access to the M25 and Heathrow Airport.
Schools in Barnes
Barnes Primary School is attracts young families to the area. Other excellent schools nearby include St Paul's School for Boys, Colet Court and The Harrodian School, all of which are major draws for families moving from central London and abroad.