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Vendors withdrawn - shall we change location? Wimbledon? Southfields?

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elizabethbob Mon 14-Sep-09 13:32:07

Our vendors have just taken their house off the market a couple of weeks before we were due to exchange. Complete bummer. We just hope we don't lose our buyers...

Nothing new on the market in the area we were going to buy. We really want to move soon. Can't be doing with putting flat back on market... Where is a good place to live in Wimbledon near to public transport? What is the "highly sought after Southfields Triangle" (to quote estate agents) like?

Or the Hydethorpe estate area of Balham?!

We were all sorted with childcare and everything. Such a nightmare.

HouseHunting Mon 14-Sep-09 14:39:23

Oh that is horrible - did the Vendors withdraw it b/c they hadn't dound anywhere? There should be rules about this where he Vendors have to pay the Buyers for the money they have forked out on surveys etc. Hope you find something better quickly. Good luck

penona Mon 14-Sep-09 14:47:18

What sort of property are you looking for in Wimbledon? There are lots of houses near to the mainline station/South Wimbledon tube - northern line/ Raynes Park train station. depends what sort of transport you want.

Southfields is nice BUT some bits only close to the district line, which could be a pain if commuting into Waterloo. There is a nice area between Southfields tube and Earlsfield train station.

Where are you moving from? Have lived and worked in SW London for years now so know quite a bit of it!

Elibean Mon 14-Sep-09 16:07:58

Poor you, thats awful. Makes me angry on you behalf, such a silly system.

We are also looking in an area of SW London, though not Wimbledon - are about to go into a rented house as nothing on here either. When I did (to comfort myself we could always switch areas) a search for houses in Wimbledon the other day, there did seem to be a lot more on - so worth looking. Good luck, hope you find an even better house soon.

HerHonesty Mon 14-Sep-09 19:26:33

southfields is ok ish but not that green and has a lot of people from the same country living in the area. nothing against that particular country but it might grate.

wimbledon is actually a very large area and it very much depends on budget as to what part you could look at. whereabouts did you have your offer in, just so we can compare.

good luck.

EldonAve Mon 14-Sep-09 19:34:25

No idea about Wimbledon

Hydethorpe estate is good, easy walk to the station and 2 well regarded primary schools

deepdarkwood Mon 14-Sep-09 19:38:08

We lived in Southfields for a few years smile

The highly sought after bit will be (I think) "The grid" which as penona says is between Southfields tube & Earlsfield. Lots of Victorian houses and families.

It's also near a big park <vague>

Earlsfield itself I find a bit much nowadays - too full of young people grin

mmrsceptic Mon 14-Sep-09 19:44:08

what country do you mean honesty?

parking on the grid is hell I reckon and they have wee gardens

the main road is better but it is a main road -- on the other hand it's well speed bumped

good access for A3, Wimbledon Park, Common and Richmond Park

Merton runs <also vague> the three tier school system I think

mmrsceptic Mon 14-Sep-09 19:46:12

on the main road be careful, on the tube side it's a conservation area so you can't drop your kerb or do what you want to the house

i think

i don't live there but have rellies

mmrsceptic Mon 14-Sep-09 19:47:52

the triangle isn't the grid

the grid is behind replingham road stretching past the park to Wimbledon park tube

the triangle is turn left out of the tube and those little streets off WPR

HerHonesty Mon 14-Sep-09 19:52:18

well it is known as saafafields. and before i get totally flamed i have lived with worked with and loved wink blush many south africans in my time so i mean absolutely no malice at all. just that it might grate.

stepaway Mon 14-Sep-09 19:53:01

South Africa, mmrsceptic

stepaway Mon 14-Sep-09 19:53:24

sorry, x-posted with HerHonesty

stepaway Mon 14-Sep-09 19:59:21

We actually had the opposite situation. Were going to move to Southfields a few years ago (from a decidedly rougher part of London).

At the last minute our buyers pulled out and while we were in limbo, by chance, I subsequently met someone on a plane who said that Southfields is a great place for young-marrieds and for families with babies and very young children. but she was adamant that it's the kind of neighbourhood that many people move out of once their children are a bit older. That really put us off as we were specifically looking for somewhere that was in london but family-friendly and where we could live for many years. (don't know how accurate this is, though)

Because of the conversation we decided not to move there. But it had seemed like such a great area.

IsItMeOr Mon 14-Sep-09 20:01:10

Have lived in Earlsfield for 13 years now, and I find the young people tolerable. Not entirely sure what country honesty means, as it has people from a lot of different countries living here, I gather, particularly France and South Africa I think.

The Southfields grid is deemed most desirable therefore is more expensive, but parking is miserable and navigating the streets is pretty miserable too. But you have Wimbledon Park (which leads onto All England Tennis Club).

We live between the grid and Earlsfield Station, less desirable therefore cheaper, but a lot quieter/street is a lot less busy. We use Earlsfield for overground into Waterloo or change at Clapham Junction for Victoria or get off at Vauxhall to change onto Victoria line underground. Can get into central London in half an hour.

If you wanted closer to Wimbledon, the streets between Haydon's Road and the Broadway have lots of nice Victorian houses. Wimbledon town centre has good trains, district line, the tram and pretty good shopping in Centre Court. Can also walk up the hill to Wimbledon village (assuming your budget isn't such that you could afford to live there wink), which is lovely and also there's the wonderful walks on the Common.

Kingston is just a few stops on the train and is lovely for shopping.

I think you'd be looking at around £500k upwards for a 3-bed semi as a rough guide, but who quite knows at the mo.

HerHonesty Mon 14-Sep-09 20:07:54

i dont mind the young people at all... only that they make me feel so very old...

IsItMeOr Mon 14-Sep-09 20:42:30

Stepaway - well you certainly see a lot of prams around, and the pubs/restaurants support your young marrieds theory. FWIW our street is a mix of rented, young families and then people who seem to have lived there for decades, whose kids grew up around here.

The vast majority of the housing stock is built in either late 19th century or between the wars. So you have a lot of terraces of two/three bedroom houses of those eras. While some are wider than average, most are not, so they aren't the biggest houses in the city. I would guess people might move out to find bigger houses as their kids get bigger, if they could afford it??

pasturesnew Mon 14-Sep-09 20:52:05

They're all nice areas. Balham is good for schools and transport (although tube is the slow and busy Northern line) but not terribly good for parking. Wimbledon is a big area, W. Village is v nice indeed. Another similar area is nr Northcote Rd in Clapham / Wandsworth, it's called "between the Commons".

elizabethbob Tue 15-Sep-09 10:10:28

Thank you for the responses. We were due to buy in Barnes/East Sheen / Mortlake area. Wimbledon would be an easier commute for me to get to Croydon (although I'm only there for a year). DH has to get to Waterloo which gives us a few options. The vendors had found somewhere but had school places issues so decided not to go.

If I didn't feel pressure that we might lose our buyers if we start all over I would definitely investigate other areas. Am looking at another house today but also worried that I'll feel pressured into going for a house that's not in quite the right street just so as to not lose buyers.

We can't move and rent as we are carrying over our lovely tracker mortgage to the new property!

Always a bit worried to give away too much on here in case vendors are lurking here! What are people's thoughts on the roads between Sheen Lane and White Hart Lane north of the Upper Richmond Rd.... (deliberately quite vague!)?

mmrsceptic Tue 15-Sep-09 11:34:02


susie100 Tue 15-Sep-09 13:42:24

Southfields is lovely, the triangle is Kingscliffe Gardens, Southdean Gardens etc.
Lots of families and 2 mins from Wimbledon Park and lots of lovely cafes opening and a lovely italian deli.

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