What is East Sheen like?
East Sheen or commonly known as just Sheen, is a leafy suburb of the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, nestled between Barnes and Richmond and bordered by the River Thames to the north and the vast open spaces of Richmond Park to the south.
This charming family orientated area exudes a real community feel and offers a balance of London living together with the slower pace of country life.
Property in East Sheen
East Sheen provides an eclectic selection of property styles from the charming Victorian Cottages and Town Houses, to the larger Edwardian and 1930’s family homes.
SW14 is divided into three areas; Mortlake, which lies between the Thames and the railway line and still retains some of its early 16th century riverside properties, East Sheen being everything south of the railway line and up to Richmond Park, and within this area all properties to the south of the Upper Richmond Road West are referred to as being “Parkside”.
Some of the most coveted and sought-after properties can be found close to the numerous parks and recreational grounds. In the main, East Sheen tends to offer more laterally configured properties with larger gardens than its neighbouring areas of Barnes and Richmond.
Although there is not a huge number of apartments in the area, you can find a selection of stylish riverside apartments and Edwardian maisonettes in Mortlake, together with a handful of 1930 mansion blocks in the general area.
For charming character cottages, look in Kings Road, Queens Road, Princess Road and Trehern Road, an area collectively known as the “Royals”.
The elegant Edwardian family residence’s ranging from 1,600 to 3,000 sq ft can be found on popular tree lined avenues such as East Sheen Avenue, Palewell Park, Richmond Park Road and Park Drive. Whilst , three and four bedroom properties of circa 1,100 -2,000 sq ft can be found in Sutherland Gardens (which is close to East Sheen Primary School), Grosvenor Avenue and Gardens, and on the Parkside the likes of Palmerston Road, Observatory Road, Spencer Gardens and Martindale (close to Sheen Mount Primary School) prove especially sought-after.
For the larger prime properties, look on the roads surrounding the park such as Fife Road, Christchurch Road and Sheen Common Drive.
The local scene
The busy High Street, Upper Richmond Road West, is undistinguished but nevertheless has some excellent boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, and its proximity to Richmond means that a much wider choice of sophisticated dining and shopping is also close at hand. One of the largest attractions to the area is Richmond Park with its 2,500 acres of deer inhabited parkland and ancient woodland. Other than a leisurely stroll taking in the tranquil surroundings, Richmond Park offers a host of other activities including Polo, horse riding, golf, rugby and fishing to name but a few. Each year Mortlake becomes a major sporting hub when the University Boat Race finishes at Chiswick bridge.
East Sheen has two Railway stations; Mortlake, which is the main centrally located station on Sheen Lane and North Sheen which in fact is on the fringes of Richmond. Trains run in to Waterloo via Clapham Junction and out to Richmond. There are also good bus routes to be found on the Upper Richmond Road West and Mortlake High Street.
The M4 begins just north of the river, providing direct access to the M25 and Heathrow Airport.
Schools in East Sheen
East Sheen is very fortunate to have a selection of excellent schools, with Sheen Mount Primary and East Sheen Primary being a major draw. There are also a number of other outstanding schools in the area which include: Thomson House, Tower House, Ibstock Place, Holy Trinity, St. Mary Magdalen's and Richmond Park Academy.