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South west London - one of the top 20 places in Britain to raise a family

When the Daily Telegraph online published its top 20 places to raise a family in Britain, Winkworth was surprised to see only three London areas mentioned. However, as south west London estate agents, we were pleased to see the 'between the commons' area stretching from Wandsworth to Clapham included. Known by estate agents and residents as 'Nappy Valley', this part of south west London is favoured by families with young children, with houses for sale in south west London regularly subject to waiting lists. So why are areas such as Wandsworth, Clapham, Earlsfield and Balham so popular' There are three main reasons most south west London estate agents would agree on: schooling; proximity to central London and local amenities. Schooling is probably the most considered factor among families looking to move to the area and houses for sale in south west London are often bought by couples who are thinking of starting a family, as well as those who already have children. Unusually, there is a high concentration of state primary schools ranked 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in and around Wandsworth/Clapham. Although numerous, competition to secure a place is fierce and many home movers settle in the area way ahead of a child's school application date to ensure they are in the right catchment. There are also many independent educational establishments in the area, which offer day and boarding options - and these prove to be a popular choice among international home buyers. Schools rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in south west London include: Macaulay CofE Primary School Griffin Primary School Clapham Manor Primary School St Mary's RC Primary School Belleville Primary School Honeywell Primary School Holy Ghost RC Primary School St Francis Xavier Sixth Form Independent schools in south west London include: Oliver House - 3-11 years Dolphin School - 2-11 years Emanuel School - 10-19 years Northcote Lodge - 7-13 years Hornsby House - 4-11 years Thomas's Clapham - 4-13 years While the schooling in south west London is nothing short of spectacular, the other facilities are just as good. Ease of access to Wandsworth and Clapham commons is appreciated by parents who like to take their babies for a stroll and the commons are vast enough for even the most energetic of toddlers and school-age children to burn off excess calories. Shopping and dining is of the highest order, with a myriad of high-class eateries and boutiques on Clapham High Street and along the Northcote Road, plus perennial favourite Chez Bruce in Wandsworth - a restaurant regularly featured in the top eating out guides - offers Michelin-star dining without the need to travel into central London. As for public transport, consider the commute into town less than 20 minutes from most 'Nappy Valley' neighbourhoods in south west London. Stations include: Underground: Clapham Common, Clapham South and Balham - all on the Northern Line Overground: Clapham High Street Mainline: Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield and Clapham High Street If a property for sale in south west London is on your moving wish list, or if you have a house to sell in the 'Nappy Valley' catchment, contact Winkworth south west London estate agents today.

When the Daily Telegraph online published its top 20 places to raise a family in Britain, Winkworth was surprised to see only three London areas mentioned. However, as south west London estate agents, we were pleased to see the 'between the commons' area stretching from Wandsworth to Clapham included.

Known by estate agents and residents as 'Nappy Valley', this part of south west London is favoured by families with young children, with houses for sale in south west London regularly subject to waiting lists.

So why are areas such as Wandsworth, Clapham, Earlsfield and Balham so popular' There are three main reasons most south west London estate agents would agree on: schooling; proximity to central London and local amenities.

Schooling is probably the most considered factor among families looking to move to the area and houses for sale in south west London are often bought by couples who are thinking of starting a family, as well as those who already have children. Unusually, there is a high concentration of state primary schools ranked 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in and around Wandsworth/Clapham. Although numerous, competition to secure a place is fierce and many home movers settle in the area way ahead of a child's school application date to ensure they are in the right catchment. There are also many independent educational establishments in the area, which offer day and boarding options - and these prove to be a popular choice among international home buyers.

Schools rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in south west London include:
  • Macaulay CofE Primary School
  • Griffin Primary School
  • Clapham Manor Primary School
  • St Mary's RC Primary School
  • Belleville Primary School
  • Honeywell Primary School
  • Holy Ghost RC Primary School
  • St Francis Xavier Sixth Form
Independent schools in south west London include:
  • Oliver House - 3-11 years
  • Dolphin School - 2-11 years
  • Emanuel School - 10-19 years
  • Northcote Lodge - 7-13 years
  • Hornsby House - 4-11 years
  • Thomas's Clapham - 4-13 years
While the schooling in south west London is nothing short of spectacular, the other facilities are just as good. Ease of access to Wandsworth and Clapham commons is appreciated by parents who like to take their babies for a stroll and the commons are vast enough for even the most energetic of toddlers and school-age children to burn off excess calories. Shopping and dining is of the highest order, with a myriad of high-class eateries and boutiques on Clapham High Street and along the Northcote Road, plus perennial favourite Chez Bruce in Wandsworth - a restaurant regularly featured in the top eating out guides - offers Michelin-star dining without the need to travel into central London.

As for public transport, consider the commute into town less than 20 minutes from most 'Nappy Valley' neighbourhoods in south west London. Stations include:
  • Underground: Clapham Common, Clapham South and Balham - all on the Northern Line
  • Overground: Clapham High Street
  • Mainline: Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield and Clapham High Street
If a property for sale in south west London is on your moving wish list, or if you have a house to sell in the 'Nappy Valley' catchment, contact Winkworth south west London estate agents today.

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