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Dulwich or Balham?

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Honesttodog Sat 16-Feb-13 22:15:17

trying to find a family home which we will be in for 10 yrs or more.

We want to be on heaver estate in balham but have been to see a gorgeous house in east dulwich today and now I think i prefer dulwich.

Balham has great connections as you have tube and train, but is a bit dull for me, not that many great cafes or restaurants. Lavish habit is the only place I really like.

My DH would rather live in Balham as it's smarter, more stable house prices and value more likely to increase

I think I would be happier in Dulwich as people seemed more chilled out, nice community. But we'd have to start from scratch finding a place in a private school for DD for Sept 13. we can get a bigger place in dulwich for our money than in balham.

Any thoughts?

CarlingBlackMabel Sun 17-Feb-13 21:53:05

Actually Brixton is the best of all these places to live but I suspect that for someone considering Heaver Estate or E Dulwich it will be too edgy.

But it has better cafes than any of the others put together, cinema, lido, park, supermarket, market, recreation centre, ice rink, tube, overground, department store, brilliant buses and cheaper housing. One or two very good restaurants, too. Check out Upstairs.

FlouncingMintyy Sun 17-Feb-13 21:57:54

Hmm, I want to love Brixton. It was the first place I lived in London and I still visit for The Ritzy, Hennes and the market. But I just can't get past the fact that as you drive down Brixton Hill the first two enormous shop fronts you see on each side of the road are MacDonalds and KFC! Naffola grin. Its not nearly as interesting as it was in the mid 80s.

Agree that Herne Hill might be a good bet for you op and also agree that ED is swiftly going the way of every other High Street and won't be long before it is all chain shops.

lalalonglegs Sun 17-Feb-13 21:58:21

You forgot live music venue, carling grin. I love Brixton - but I didn't know it had an ice rink. Where's that then?

Uppermid Sun 17-Feb-13 22:00:34

Wouldn't live in either! Come to forest hill, honor oak, brockley! More house for your money, great school, great community, great parks and great transport links

Southwest Sun 17-Feb-13 22:02:15

PMSL at Heaver and Brixton grin just imaginign some funny images of people I know they are a bit different!!!!!!!!

If you like Clapham then you need Dulwich IMHO

Waitrose is hardly the be all, Im sure Dulwich will get one soon (and/or that Ocado/Waitrose will deliver)

What's the good cinema up the road from Balham?

Alleyns all the way according to my friends (and my SE London living sister too!)

Pizza Express in Dulwich and a Tesco somewhere too

Southwest Sun 17-Feb-13 22:02:54

oh and Northcote Road is quite a treck from Heaver

greyvix Sun 17-Feb-13 22:10:11

Go for the house you like, and check schools in the area. Anywhere will be a good investment. I hope so anyway: we have bought in Clapham.

Honesttodog Sun 17-Feb-13 22:59:38

Cinema is by sainsburys in balham

Have been to upstairs, it's v good! We also liked boqueria.

I actually having been that impressed with balham restaurant. Had a forgettable meal at Lambert's. French place on either on fine but not amazing. Dees has great sacks of cake mix powder stacked everywhere which horrified me as I make cakes for friends/parties etc. Why?

Yes wait rose is great but i'd be really to live near Lordship lane and have boring stuff delivered.

Honesttodog Sun 17-Feb-13 23:02:11

Carling I love brixton too but dh WD not... What are yr fave cafes? All the ones in brix market or are there others? I only ever go to the market.

CarlingBlackMabel Mon 18-Feb-13 00:43:14

It's true about the centre of Brixton being almost defined by KFC and McD sad. And the centre could be ruined further by the council's plans to turn the Town Hall into some kind of business centre sad.

My fave cafes? Everything in the market, especially Federation Coffee, Lounge on Atlantic Rd, Opus underneath Upstairs, and the Lido for breakfasts.

Streatham High Rd now has some good cafes. If you like Lavish Habits you will like the cafe immediately downhill from the South London Press building on Leighham Court Rd which has cupcakes and a sewing club, and there is a brilliant place further S on the High Rd called something like Boyce and Roca.

The Pizza Express is in Dulwich Village, not E Dulwich. Next to Cafe Rouge. How mutually damning.

Herne Hill has PE, too, but it also has Cafe Provencal and Mimosa and Blackbird Bakery. And a good pub, The Florence, that has it's own micro-brewery, good food and an excellent games room for children.

Herne Hill. V respectable, and you can walk to Brixton. Go there. Good access to Rosemead school the Dulwich preps, Herne Hill school, Oakfield, Streatham and Clapham Girls, if you are looking for private.

I am a S Londoner, can you tell?

nannyof3 Mon 18-Feb-13 01:17:04

Neither .... Sorry

FlouncingMintyy Mon 18-Feb-13 11:16:28

Gosh, there's a pointless comment if ever I saw one!

herethereandeverywhere Mon 18-Feb-13 13:20:19

Dees has sacks of cake mix?! OMG DON'T LIVE IN BALHAM!!!! hmm

Honesttodog Mon 18-Feb-13 15:40:06

I know, I know, I happen to be a cake bore tho. Cake is crucial to my home purchase!

herethereandeverywhere Mon 18-Feb-13 16:24:13

Dees was the single reason I couldn't shift my last post baby stone. Self imposed ban since October = stone shifted. I really can't eat that much cake/pastry without it having an adverse effect. Once a fortnight maybe. <Completely off point of thread sorry>

Levantine Mon 18-Feb-13 17:42:30

I would go for Herne Hill over either - better transport links and a nicer park IMO

Southwest Mon 18-Feb-13 17:52:03

Yes I was going to say some of you seem to drink a lot of coffee then carling made me laugh and I realized I was in a

Coffee shop!!

Sorry for my terrible punctuation earlier

Here I wish I could shift a stone just by avoiding coffee shops I am trying to diet right now and it is just sooooooo boring

DoYouMrJones Mon 18-Feb-13 19:50:26

Balham for me, bought back when there wasn't much here and I am glad to see how it's improved so much over the years.. I'm not a fan of Dulwich. Someone mentionsmushed smugness of Dulwich - One of the smuggest, most insufferable mums I ever met lived there. An Aussie like me so thought we'd have something in common but no! It has coloured Dulwich for me ever since wink

Not entirely rational I know!

Honesttodog Sat 23-Feb-13 12:31:51

Well have done a bit more research, some folk have pointed out that there isn't much in balham for older kids which is a pretty big negative when you think about it. I'm not sure how it will change in the next 5 years but there would be something reassuring about dulwich already having lots of secondary schools that can provide good clubs/after school activities when they are 9+.

I won't be totally unhappy if we end up in balham but I do suspect I will get bored of it. I am already pretty bored of SW london anyway.

WishIdbeenatigermum Sat 23-Feb-13 12:49:20

Dulwich has 5 secondary schools! And 3 in East Dulwich and several in nearby Sydenham. There's not a load for teenagers to do, but there are loads around, and as teenagers seem to just like being together they seem happy. It's very MC, but that's ok too- they like moaning about the bourgeoisie, can get to Peckham and Brixton and have somewhere safe to retreat to! wink
No tube though, so you do end up ferrying.

legalalien Sat 23-Feb-13 13:42:51

I agree with those who suggest herne hill. Good transport links, an easy walk to north dulwich station if you need to get to london bridge rather than victoria.

(From dulwich, and for the record not australian)

Honesttodog Sat 23-Feb-13 13:48:20

mc? what's that?

Honesttodog Sat 23-Feb-13 13:48:38

middle class?

legalalien Sat 23-Feb-13 13:58:56

Yes smile largely dictated by house prices.

Jeezimacasalinga Sat 23-Feb-13 19:02:10 my opinion they are both pretty similar in terms of demographics/atmosphere, but Balham has much better transport links, hence the higher prices. If your DD is only 5 (and needing a school this September!) I would not make secondary schools a deal breaker in your search - many SW London kids travel quite a bit to school, and I know there is a school bus that goes b/w Balham and Dulwich (from Nightingale Lane iirc). Good luck - I was in your position a few years ago, we chose Nightingale Triangle area in Balham and I have not regretted it. Love the area, neighbours, proximity to commons and the fact that I can be at Oxford Circus in 20 mins!

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