What is Putney like?
Putney is the gateway to the parks, commons and heaths of south west London, marking a refreshing end to the city proper. Situated just across the Thames from Fulham, it is close to the fashionable fringes of London, handy for Hurlingham and the King’s Road. Yet the town’s position on the tip of Putney Heath means that miles of wide open spaces open up southward.
Property in Putney
Putney is mainly Victorian and Edwardian, and its residential streets are some of the most attractive and coveted in South West London. A mixture of pretty and imposing period architecture is augmented by some chic contemporary riverside developments.
The most coveted area is the network of streets to the West of the High Street, between Barnes Common and Putney Heath; here you’ll find a fine array of substantial Victorian villas and pretty Edwardian semi-detached and terraced townhouses.
East Putney and West Putney, which merges with Roehampton, are traditionally cheaper. There is no particular reason for this – indeed, East Putney’s tube station is a definite attraction, and West Putney is handy for the finest open space of them all, Richmond Park; nevertheless, prices are typically 10–15% lower than in central Putney.
Although there is not a huge number of apartments in the area, a plethora of new developments is being built, often replacing 1960s offices.
For prime period properties, try Lower Common South, Gwendolen Avenue, St Simon’s Avenue or Malbrook Road.
For smaller (and slightly older) properties head to Parkfields, Coalecroft Road, Charlwood Road and Redgrave Road.
For contemporary riverside apartments, look in Vantage.
The local scene
The busy High Street is undistinguished but nevertheless has some excellent shops and restaurants, and its proximity to Fulham means that a much wider choice of sophisticated dining is also close at hand. Each year Putney becomes a major sporting hub when the University Boat Race starts at Putney Bridge.
Excellent rail links (including the District Line at Putney Bridge Station) and a popular bus route straight to Piccadilly (the No. 22) provide direct access to the West End. Trains run from Putney mainline station to Waterloo, making the journey in as little as 15 minutes. The A3 runs at the top of Putney Hill, providing fast access to the M25 and into Surrey and Hampshire.
Schools in Putney
Putney’s schools ensure that the area attracts steady interest from families, although girls are better catered for than boys: Putney High is one of the country’s leading girls’ schools, while other excellent schools include Hurlingham School, Merlin School and Lion House. A clutch of superb state schools – St Mary’s, All Saints and Brandle House – is a specific attraction for many relocating families.