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Where to buy a house? SW London Zone 1-2, maybe 3 with good public transport.

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SW1XMother Sat 23-Mar-13 13:29:34

We moved back from NYC to London a few months ago and live in our flat in SW1 at the moment with our nanny and two children. Flat is large enough but we all dream of a house and a garden, so that we can possibly have a dog. Eldest daughter is just over two now and we need to think about pre-schools but also if we want to stay in the area. We would like to buy a house but buying a house that we like in SW1 is despite our high income nearly impossible.

Can anybody recommend a lovely part in SW London Zone 1-2, possibly 3 if there are good transport links to the City that has an excellent school?

EasterHoliday Fri 21-Jun-13 13:49:22

can you stretch to St Johns Wood? Hamilton Terrace type of thing? get more space, detached house for your budget. no sense spending that much cash to get a terrace with small proportions...

there's actually a fantastic house for about £4.5 on Elgin Avenue at teh moment - I always wanted to own it! detatched, beautiful character red brick with large garden (has a banana tree on it). Trouble is whether you want to be the best house on the road or move up to Hamilton and be one of the cheaper houses on a better road.

Deaglan Fri 21-Jun-13 13:38:37

here's a place I'd personally love this one, huge plenty of room to lose all that energy and a nice big garden

I would love to be the agency selling either yours or this one as they are so beautiful, I Live in Highbury & islington area its close to the tube, close to upper street where all the foodie places (one of my favorites is Gem their turkish kebabs are wonderful)

the secondary school has recently been completely reformed by a new headmaster who has been getting much better grades and I think recently won an award. so I was thinking for the future that would be a good place . for the moment I've heard some good things about the Ambler primary school, for healthy conscious and size of classes.

if you wanted to look in richmond I'd suggest phoning Dawn from HomeXperts.

we're franchisee's of homexperts and she is one of our best countrywide, I'm sure she'll be happy to talk about the area and suggest a few things.

and if your house is not getting a great deal of viewings perhaps I can take a look and help you?

(yes I know self promotion is bad but if you don't ask you'll never know)

Deaglan smile

DoYouMrJones Thu 28-Mar-13 22:47:31

Agree with whoever said this post was giving away too much information. But then it's the Internet and the OP could have made it all up. She certainly doesn't have any concerns about it being all over the net.

OP if I were in your shoes I'd opt for Kensington. Have fun ;-)

redandblacks Thu 28-Mar-13 16:00:29

have rules like no ball games and don' like their gravel being scuffed

True, but I have very fond memories of pushing the boundries with those!!!

drjohnsonscat Thu 28-Mar-13 14:34:37

Friends of mine who live in Maida Vale seem to have the perfect solution - they have their own bit of garden which is gated and the back gate opens onto really lovely communal gardens.

Dededum Thu 28-Mar-13 14:30:46

Yes but loads of communal gardens are heavily landscaped and have rules like no ball games and don' like their gravel being scuffed.

redandblacks Thu 28-Mar-13 13:26:59

Second the point about communal gardens - with very young children, it is really lovely for them to have acres of green space to themselves but after about the age of five, no amount of it would compare to a communal garden where they can explore and play safely with other children from the same road. Being with siblings in their own space or having the odd playdate does simply not compare. I would put communal gardens at the top of my list for your budget

SW1XMother Thu 28-Mar-13 10:55:58


I don't have to justify my financial situation to you at all. I didn't inherit it but my husband.

I'm glad that it entertains you so much. Your life must be pretty boring IMO.

greenfolder Thu 28-Mar-13 09:45:53

i am sorry but we are not rich by all means when you have six million pounds worth of flat that you inherited. just for a giggle, what is rich to you? and i have no issue with people having wealth in the slightest bit. just find your thread really entertaining.

bunnymother Wed 27-Mar-13 22:14:22

A good property finder should also be able to tell you / show you the communal gardens, which can be life changing in central London where no one really has a big garden. Most of these gardens are locked, so you need a key to access them. The ones I know of / have been to are in W11, W8, W2 and also in Marylebone, near Regents Park.

drjohnsonscat Wed 27-Mar-13 20:55:36

PS agree a good property finder would really help. I have no experience at all so cannot recommend from personal experience but will happily point you towards the people I know at one London property finder who are in your price range - pm me if you want the info.

drjohnsonscat Wed 27-Mar-13 20:52:12

I grew up in SW London suburbs and with your budget, I think you could do better. Mainly because you work long hours and being stuck on South West Trains late at night is depressing. That would have me ruling out Hampton, Teddington etc - you'd be looking at an hour and a half to get to the city from the stations that don't have a "fast" service. I now live very centrally and that's because I grew up doing that commute and hating it (school in town)

The schools are good out there but I'd be looking at somewhere more central (Highgate, Hampstead, Belsize Park, Dartmouth Park) or even W1 (Marylebone, Fitzrovia etc). Not sure how you feel about a garden - I have a tiny, tiny one but I don't care because I never get on the tube so it evens out.

minipie Wed 27-Mar-13 20:38:37

For some reason any thread where the OP is well off seems to attract snide comments. I have no idea why, it's one of the more unpleasant aspects of MN.

OP ignore the digs and good luck with your search.

regarding schools - be aware that most good state primary schools in London either have catchment areas the size of a postage stamp (eg, in Wandsworth, you have to live <400 metres away to get into some primary schools) or give priority to those who can demonstrate regular and long standing church attendance.

many private primaries operate on a first come first served basis, which means you need to get your child's name down as soon as possible (many people sign their babies up at birth...)

just warning you!

SW1XMother Wed 27-Mar-13 20:10:20

Greenfolder, it is easy to look on a map. But I asked for personal experiences of certain areas etc. we can't buy anything anyway until our flat is sold.

SW1XMother Wed 27-Mar-13 20:08:18

Thanks redandblacks. At least somebody understands. All I asked for was locations.

redandblacks Wed 27-Mar-13 18:20:58

sw1xmother - you don't have to justify your financial position to anyone - you are certainly not the only mum in London (or on MN) owning property of that value with children at state school

SW1XMother Wed 27-Mar-13 18:14:17


SW1XMother Wed 27-Mar-13 18:14:10

Greenfolder, we are not rich by all means. Flat was inherited and has been in the family for a long time. It increased a lot in value over the last decades. We don't even own a car at the moment.

I don't see why people should consider going private when there are excellent state schools in the area. I am not English and don't understand the crazy competition for school spaces at all. In my country your child goes to the local primary school and is then placed in one of three schools depending on his academic

onamissiontomakeithappen Wed 27-Mar-13 11:01:01

lol, judging by this thread it is a bit like that!! reminds me a little of "Houswives of Beverly Hills, New York etc hard to watch.." oh the drama of the "West is Besties".. Kirsty Allsop would be able to help you OP although I'm not sure they'd ever air an episode of Location with a £6m budget!! wink
anyway greenfolder think we just might have killed this thread... was fun to read nevertheless!

greenfolder Wed 27-Mar-13 10:38:22

mission that is the joy of it i suppose. i live in a nice market town, 30mins from euston, you could buy the nicest house in town and still have £5mill to live on for the rest of your life! it takes all sorts no doubt- never been a fan of the phrase "first world problem" but i think this might just be it.

onamissiontomakeithappen Wed 27-Mar-13 08:22:36

greenfolder so true! but that's MN for you a mix of all walks of life, this thread possibly of the more affluent...

greenfolder Wed 27-Mar-13 08:04:51

i do love mumsnet- 132 messages trying to sort out someone that has, apparently £6m but not the wit to instruct an agent, property finder or some such and hasnt the wit to consult a map. and is willing to consider state schools. haven't enjoyed a thread so much in ages.

BranchingOut Tue 26-Mar-13 17:40:58

Seriously, there is a lovely 5 bed house for sale on Canonbury park north. You could cycle to the City in 15 mins, go via the Overground to Moorgate or even walk in 40 mins if you felt like it, and buy a lovely holiday home with the change.

Upper street on your doorstep and a park 5 minutes walk from your door.

redandblacks Tue 26-Mar-13 14:21:59

Clapham, Islington, Canonbury, Barnsbury ..... really dull choices for that budget I'm afraid. I would choose Richmond over all of those or look elsewhere

audrey01 Tue 26-Mar-13 14:18:46

"for example:
[Thurleigh road] guide price is £5m, no nanny annexe but you could afford to do a basement dig out to your own spec. close to the tube, northern line to city.

minipie - you don't want the OP to move to Thurleigh Road, it's <<whispers>> SW12 not SW11 shock. "

@ Lalalonglegs - What is wrong with Thurleigh Road SW12? I thought it's one of the best roads in Between the Commons - quiet, relatively close to the amenities of Clapham Common and the Northern Line tube (which I cannot say for some BTC streets with the SW11 postcode).

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