What is Wimbledon like?
Wimbledon is a delightful blend of the sophisticated and the casual, the urban and the semi-rural. The quaint village with its pond and passing horses contrasts with the cosmopolitan bustle of the town centre, while the wild expanses of the Common with its famous windmill, and the recreational facilities of Wimbledon Park, provide unlimited outdoor activities, from tennis to riding.
Property in Wimbledon
From bijou prettiness to ambassadorial grandeur, Wimbledon has an astonishing variety of property. The key market is for houses within a mile of the village, close to schools such as King’s College and not more than a 15-minute walk from the station.
Wimbledon Park is ‘typical’ Wimbledon: handsome and substantial Victorian and Edwardian villas and townhouses on peaceful, tree-lined roads. Also desirable is West Wimbledon, where attractive inter-war houses on the private Drax Estate and popular streets close to Cottenham Park, south of the Common, benefit from a greater variety of green space and slightly lower prices — an area to watch.
Coombe, on the upper reaches of Kingston Hill, is one of London’s premier addresses. Traditionally favoured by the nobility and major figures in literature and show business, it has a rich array of large contemporary and period houses and mansions in a secluded network of private roads.
Around Wimbledon town centre is a good choice of Victorian streets of attractive four- and five-bedroom houses, handy for the station. In recent years we have seen a number of new-build apartment blocks offering ideal opportunities for investors and first-time buyers.
For magnificent mansions and prime family homes, look in the streets close to Wimbledon Common, such as Parkside, The Grange, Murray Road, Marryat Road and Highbury Road.
For gracious Victorian and Edwardian villas, head to Home Park Road, Arthur Road, Bernard Gardens and Vineyard Park Road in Wimbledon Park.
For prime mansions and substantial houses in Coombe, look around Warren Road and the drives and cul-de-sacs off Kingston Hill.
For space and tranquillity, try Camp Road and the roads off Drax Avenue.
The local scene
Wimbledon Village boasts a superb selection of boutiques and restaurants catering for the most sophisticated clientele. Every year Wimbledon becomes the focus of attention during the world’s most famous tennis tournament. Yet for the rest of the year it is the peacefulness of its surroundings that is the chief attraction: Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park cut an almost continuous swathe of open countryside right through the area.
The New Wimbledon Theatre — actually Edwardian — has a varied programme of drama, musicals and live music, while the Rose Theatre in nearby Kingston presents classic and modern drama.
Wimbledon station offers District Line services as well as trains that reach Waterloo in 18 minutes; there are also stations at Wimbledon Park and Southfields (on the District Line) and Raynes Park, handy for west Wimbledon.
There are fast road links to Heathrow and Gatwick, while the A3 runs out into Surrey and down to Portsmouth.
Schools in Wimbledon
King’s College, Wimbledon, and Wimbledon High School are a major draw for local and international families.
Coombe boasts two superb preparatory schools — Rokeby for boys and Holy Cross for girls — and is handy for the famed Tiffin Boys’ and Tiffin Girls’ Schools in Kingston upon Thames.
International buyers are attracted by Marymount International School, Coombe, and by the fact that King’s College offers the International Baccalaureate.
There are several excellent state primary schools in West Wimbledon and Wimbledon Park, including Hollymount, St Matthews C of E School and Bishop Gilpin.