Opinions on Dover House conservation area please!!!

(15 Posts)
TheEalingFeeling Tue 27-Jan-15 13:06:24

Hello everyone!

I really hope you can help me smile

We are looking to buy a property and keep coming back to the Dover House Conservation Area (mainly because our budget falls slightly short of other streets in this end of Putney/Wandsworth).

I have done loads of research on the net (all very favourable) but I am struggling to get a real sense of what it's like... Does anyone know it/live there themselves?

The roads look nice on Street View (clean, nice houses etc) so my questions are pretty classic really...

Is it safe (at night too), especially with young kids?
Does it feel a bit soul-less or a bit like a rabbit warren (sorry, can't think of a better way to say that!)?
Is there much anti-social behaviour (people hanging out on the streets at night, fights, parties, boy racers etc etc)?

We are moving with two kids (4 and 1 yr old) so schools are obviously an area of concern too...

When I re-read these questions, I realise I sound like an awful snob and I'm truly not. We're relocating to London after many years abroad so we have kind of lost our confidence a bit...

Thank you so so much to anyone who can give me a real opinions - I am getting a bit blinded by Estate Agents' sales pitches...!!!!

Last question (promise)... If Dover House isn't that great, would you recommend Southfields?? That is our other option smile

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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tigger55 Sun 01-Feb-15 13:08:51

Hi hope this is not too late to reply..but here goes....I know the area very well . I live here !.. My parents moved here 30 years ago when I was 18. I have always felt very safe coming home at night as a "young revler"

Obviously since then I have moved to other areas but 6 years ago I moved back here and love it , I have 3 boys (14/13/11) and never worry about them coming home latish from school activities.

Transport is good 430 into Putney ...or if you are the other side buses down Roehampton Lane . Little cut throughs which might not be obvious on maps . to get you to R/Lane.

Basic shops at the bottom of D/H/Rd though on is closed now ...but ok for emergency milk/bread...post office ....--curry place and wine shop--

If you are still overseas Ican give a better idea if you want to pm the roads you were thinking about

HTH tigger

tigger55 Sun 01-Feb-15 13:10:06

Should have said...my parents still live here !

tigger55 Sun 01-Feb-15 13:14:33

Oh and I have never seen any "gangs" Yes maybe outside the pizza take away on a sat pm ..waiting for their order ...but they are very "nice" and always move if they are taking up too much of the pavement sort of thing....but no "rival" gangs that I have heard of/been made aware of (and my mum knows everything !!)

tigger55 Sun 01-Feb-15 13:19:48

Oh just seen the Southfields bit ....Southfields is bigger than D/H/C area so hard for me to say though I do know a bit of the area. Primary schools are better in Putney according to league tables if that helps (possiblynot as league tables are sh..e)!!

TheEalingFeeling Sun 01-Feb-15 18:51:18

Thank you so much for your reply! I really appreciate it and what you say fits in with other positive feedback we've had about the area!

Cheers!

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MrsWatts Tue 17-Feb-15 08:00:08

We live just the other side of Putney Park Lane. It's a lovely area; very quiet and village-like with all the pretty cottage style homes, hedgerows and allotments.
We've been here nearly a year and never seen any anti social behaviour.
We love being able to walk to Wimbledon Common so easily (only one road to cross!); great dog walking area.
Highly recommend the area!

TheEalingFeeling Tue 17-Feb-15 15:20:19

Oh thank you for this feedback!! It's fab to hear from people who actually live there!

Would you mind if I asked you one more question... If you have kids of schooling age, would you mind telling me which school they go to?

Thank you again!
Enjoy your walks smile

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PianoThirty Mon 29-Jun-15 23:17:25

We looked at the area too and it's certainly good value compared to most neighbouring areas (Putney, Barnes, etc.); but we didn't like the look of the local schools. The catchment for Sacred Heart covers much of Dover House Conservation Area, but it also includes the vast council estates in Roehampton. That probably explains why it's cheap(ish). Also, many of the schools in neighbouring areas are Outstanding, whereas in Dover Court / Roehampton they're only Good at best. League table results are distinctly average too.

Thegoodtree Mon 29-Jun-15 23:31:13

We lived there for about 10 years and loved it - safe, pretty, very green and very family-oriented (see the lovely new nature playground on the Pleasance, built by the community). Local children go to a complete mix of all local schools - in my experience most of these towards the bottom end were in central Putney eg, All Saints, Saint Mary's and Hotham. If you live towards the top end you're more likely to go to Roehampton CofE, Granard, Sacred heart. My children went to Hotham and loved it.

It has a real community feel (eg, choir, allotments). It's safe and convenient for many amenities eg, shops, hospital, sports centre, church hall, etc etc.

I don't know Southfields so can't compare but loved DHC (still do).

FormerManorPupil Wed 19-Aug-15 07:11:17

I think access to good schools is getting harder as catchment areas shrink. Friends who loved living here moved because of it before their children reached school age. I would check with schools such as hotham. If the roads you are looking at were in their catchment in previous years. Otherwise, it's great!

divyajhaveri Mon 29-Feb-16 09:35:03

We are looking to buy a house in newness path (just right side Dover house road Putney) and I have a young boy who will start reception in 2018. We did survey of schools in that area and understood it does not come in catchment area of good schools(Hottham, All COE, St Mary's) but some websites show that children from this area go to these schools. Could anyone staying here please help me. I did ask around one neighbour and he said it is a problem but his children have got into best school. Could someone please share their experience. I would highly appreciate any help.

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