What is Clapham like?
Clapham’s attractive blend of sophisticated suburban living and swathes of open space makes it perfect for families, who are also attracted by a host of excellent schools. Part of the area’s charm is that it is peppered with individual enclaves of shops and cafes on Northcote Road, Abbeville Road and Lavender Hill.
As well our focus on the core areas of Clapham — the old town, Clapham Common — our coverage extends to Dulwich and the popular Telford Park estate in Streatham.
Property in Clapham
Not surprisingly for an area known as Nappy Valley, family houses are our core market, and the range on offer in Clapham is exceptional. Properties are mostly Victorian, although there is a mixture of periods in the Old Town and by the Common.
The most popular area is the Nightingale Triangle — the area bounded by Nightingale Lane, Balham High Road and Trinity Road in Balham — where four- and five-bedroom terrace houses are within walking distance of the stations at Balham and Wandsworth Common.
Properties ‘Between the Commons’ (Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common) are particularly desirable, with Northcote Road as a charming high street. A scattering of period mansion blocks provide highly desirable flats.
For prime family homes in the Nightingale Triangle, look in Gosburton Road, Airedale Road, Cantallan Road and Nightingale Square.
For pretty Victorian terraces between the Commons, head to Bennerly Road, Salcott Road, Wroughton Road and Devereux Road.
For substantial detached properties, try The Chase and Macaulay Road in the Old Town.
The local scene
Yet it is the green expanse of the Common that sets Clapham apart. With 220 acres containing three ponds, a picturesque bandstand, tennis courts and a bowling green, it’s a classic park and a hub of the community, hosting a series of summer festivals, a regular fair and a hugely popular public firework display. Nearby Wandsworth Common adds to the leafy charm; between them, the Commons sandwich the heart of ‘Nappy valley’ around Northcote Road.
Clapham’s wealth of tube stations — all on the Northern Line — makes it the ideal base for those who need to commute into the City. Clapham North, Clapham Common, Clapham South and Balham all provide direct trains to London Bridge and Bank, and up to King’s Cross St Pancras for national and international services.
Clapham Junction is a major hub of overground services to West and South West London and the national network, and into Victoria and Waterloo. Overground services are also available from Balham and Wandsworth Common.
The A3 runs through Clapham and down to Portsmouth, linking with the M25 at Junction 10.
Schools in Clapham
Clapham is extremely well provided with primary and prep schools. The area’s superb state schools are Honeywell Junior School and Belleville School. The leading private schools include Broomwood Hall, Thomas’s, Hornsby House, Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School and Northcote Lodge. The decent state secondary school is Streatham High School.