A prime riverside setting perfect for families and professionals alike
In Victorian times Battersea was considered the unpopular location to live. When the new train station Clapham Junction was constructed, planners were hoping it might acquire some of the desirability of its neighbour. To this day Clapham Junction station sits squarely and somewhat confusingly in the center of Battersea, but the profile of the area couldn't be more different.
Now heralded as one of London's most popular neighborhoods and known for its great community spirit, the area's particular draw for young families has earned it the nickname 'Nappy Valley.' Battersea is also a buzz with young professionals, attracted here by the proximity to central London, the cafe and restaurant culture and the shopping amenities. Whether you are milling around Northcote Road Market, or simply enjoying the green spaces, life in Battersea ticks along at a comfortable, upbeat pace. With so many attractions on the doorstep, excellent transport links and one of the lowest rates of council tax in London, it's no wonder that house hunters are turning their attention to Battersea.
History & Architecture
By the late 19th century Battersea had developed into a major railway center. The effect of this was that a population of 6,000 in 1840 had increased to 168,000 by 1910. The creation of Battersea Park by the Crown in the mid 19th century also marked a turning point for the area when housing was built in the south and west. The peak of the building here came in the 1880s and 1890s, with the construction of Queen Anne style houses, mansion blocks, and cottages.
In the south of the area, the streets surrounding Northcote Road have well preserved Victorian terraces. There remains a wealth of period conversions in Battersea, and a selection of complete Edwardian homes and Victorian villa, as well as a stockof ex-local authority flats and terrace. Battersea Square offers a stock of mansion blocks and riverside apartment.
Clapham Junction has trains to locations both within and outside London, including Brighton and other south coast destinations. Services take just ten minutes to Waterloo or seven minutes to Victoria. The Overground network provides links across West London, South London, Docklands, East London and Highbury and Islington. Trains from Battersea Park reach Victoria in five minutes, and Queenstown Road trains get to Waterloo in seven minutes.
The Northern Line extension is forecast to see new Tube stations opening at Battersea and Nine Elms by 2020, and there are already half a dozen bicycle docking stations. Getting away would mean 45 minutes to City Airport by road or an hour to Gatwick airport or 30 minutes by train.
Battersea has a large number of schools within its borders. There are 12 primaries, which are a mixture of state and independent, including Belleville Primary, Honeywell Infants and Juniors, and the Catholic Sacred Heart Primary. The independent L'Ecole du Parc offers a French educational program for one to five-year-old children. For older children, there is a choice of eight independent schools, as well as two state secondaries.
The transformation of Battersea riverside, which began 20 years ago, is reaching its escalation at Battersea Power Station. Described as London's newest neighborhood, the monumental red-brick power station is being stripped out to provide shops, restaurants, offices, leisure facilities, and rooftop flats which will be ready in 2020.
Battersea Reach has become a thriving riverside community, offering contemporary design apartments, relaxing open spaces, and fast access to businesses, shops, entertainment, and international travel. Apartments are now available in Discovery House, the last residential building available at Battersea Reach Development.
Prince of Wales Drive Development offers spacious apartments with premium specification and distinctive interior design. The state-of-the-art resident' facilities include a 17m pool, sauna, steam room, 8thfloor roof terrace, 24-hour concierge, and secure basement parking.
Nine Elms Point consists of 648 homes and is located in the heart of London’s most exciting new district. Now more than 90% sold, our final phase offers a range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and penthouses, ready to move into this summer. The development offers 24-hour concierge services, cinema, gym facilities and a business lounge on site.