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  1. cwk1977

    Sw London - Gone Crazy

    The prices in London are crazy full stop, I agree that the property is marketed at a crazy price but in comparison to other properties it's very cheap. Half a mile up the road in Balham 2 beds go for 750-800K so in comparison that shoebox is a bargain!
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    First Time Buyer - Budget Areas In London

    Forgot to add, I live in the Sunnyhill Road/Wellfield Road conservation area, slap bang in the middle of Streatham and Streatham Hill. The area is dominated with Small family starter homes, Period Cottages, Some 3 bed terraces and the odd huge house, you have the odd conversion there too, but mainly it's a "starter" family kind of area if that makes any sense. For example, you could pick up a 2 bed cottage for approx 450-475k, conversions tend to go upwards of 200K for 1 bed, you maybe able to get a 2 bed for 250K, very unlikely though.
  3. cwk1977

    First Time Buyer - Budget Areas In London

    Yes, I live in Streatham, have done for the past 6 years. Streatham is a very big area and does vary from very nice to not so nice so it really depends where you are looking at in Streatham. Streatham Vale is as cheap as chips, not very well connected and is dominated with 30's and post war terraces, I personally wouldn't live there. Streatham Common area, is slightly better connected, some OK, streets just off Greyhound Lane seem to be the nices, prices do vary from street to street but it is still very affordable in terms of London prices. Further North towards Streatham Proper or the St Leonards area, prices start to increase, going west towards Tooting Bec Common there are some really lovely roads with huge Edwardian Houses, many of them uncoverted, South of that area is the Gleneagle Road area which is relatively well priced, not the greatest area IMHO, but streets full of Victorian conversions if that's your thing, handy for Streatham station too. Further North, both east and west of the High Road prices start to climb closer to standard London prices, but it does depend what you are going for, the choice of property in Streatham is huge, Mansion block flats, Victorian/Georgian/Edwardian Conversions, New builds, Post war, you basically have the lot. Prices towards the top end of Streatham Hill west of the high road are geniunely quite high IMHO, not that far off Brixton or Balham prices, but that Telford Park area is very nice IMHO, well kept houses and conversions, pretty much the "Balham overspill" crowd live down that way and will try and convince everybody they live in Balham lol! In terms of the High Street whilst it does not look pretty there is now quite a bit to do, the high street has really improved over the last 5 years. You have a good selection of gastropubs, some great deli's, a handful of very nice cafes, some very good restaurants too. The high street is very long and you can get lost amongst the charity and pound shops but there is plenty good there too...of course it's not Kings Road but you get what you pay for.
  4. cwk1977

    Buying In Se5 -Addington Square-

    I have friends that live in that Square, the Square itself is very nice and the properties in general look quite well looked after but the area in general isn't very nice IMHO. It's the wrong part of Camberwell. I personally wouldn't pay the high prices that the Square commands, yes the architecture is very nice but the square very much has the feeling of an "oasis" in urban ghetto. The lack of decent amenities and high crime rate would put me off for a start. My friends are happy enough living there though they don't really refer to it as home. This is just my opinion.
  5. cwk1977

    Balham Sw12 Hydefarm

    Jeeesus.... I had a little look through the Properties for sale on KFH Balham website and was pretty stunned with the prices, I knew Balham was kind of expensive but jeeesus...the prices are crazy now. Who actually buys these properties in Balham? I saw Flats at 500K + under offer, totally nuts market.
  6. cwk1977

    Balham Sw12 Hydefarm

    Aspire are notorious for overpricing, but this is just taking it a stretch too far. 600K
  7. cwk1977

    Balham Sw12 Hydefarm

    Yeah I agree the character of the homes are superior to many in Hyde farm, no question. Ironically some of the roads nearer to Streatham Hill are ironically the nicest ones, road like Killesier (sp) Avenue, parts of Telford Ave, Criffiel Avenue etc.
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    Balham Sw12 Hydefarm

    I don't think it would be worthwhile combining this into a 4/5 Bed House given the prices of both Masionettes. Regardless of what the Estate Agents says, these properties are in Streatham Hill and not Balham. I've nothing against Streatham, I live there...but I certainly wouldn't pay near 800K for a 4 Bed House that needs converting, not even in that part of Streatham Hill (Telford Park Area) which is arguably the nicest part. I've really never understood why folks pay so much to live in those network of roads....it's a fair distance from any transport links or train stations. Granted the Properties are quite nice and it's near to Tooting Bec Common.
  9. cwk1977

    London Up And Up?!

    Oh yes, the Nathan Barley types love slumming it in 'The Hood'. They are so 'Ghetto Fabulous Dahling'
  10. cwk1977

    London Up And Up?!

    Yeah, it's one of those areas that have come up so to speak...but the prices to buy a place thereare now out of reality with what the place actually offers. There's a few places like it in London, Brixton to an extent is overpriced....Peckham Rye, Camberwell...I could go on & on.
  11. cwk1977

    Heavy Falls In Se5

    That part of Camberwell is a hole and is full of Council/Social/Problem Housing, definitely one of the worst parts even though the Architecture is moderate to quite nice. Years back an Estate Agent tried to sell me a Flat round there, Urlwin Road....nice looking street....some amazing looking Houses....backs onto Railway line & at the time plenty of the Housing was owned by Southwark...not sure if they still own loads as they were selling off plenty of stock back then. Camberwell/SE5 is a funny area, it's actually quite a popular area for the Media/Trendy/Muso/Arty folks of all ages, I've always thought it was a hole and really overpriced...and I'm pretty open minded and don't mind mixing with anybody, but each to there own.
  12. cwk1977

    London Up And Up?!

    Two totally different areas. Dalston is Urban & Gritty, aka Trendy for the under 30's Forest Hill/Honor Oak Park is more of a Suburban family area.
  13. cwk1977

    Balham Sw12 Hydefarm

    I see. My friends got Sunnyhill which they are livid about. It's the closet school to where they live but has a terrible reputation. Sunnyhill has recruited a new head (who has an excellent reputation), apparently he's determined to turn it around, I think he turned around a school in Camberwell a few years back. The Middle Class who live in the area categorically refuse too send their children to Sunnyhill, the choice seems to be St Andrews (Catholic), St Leonards (COE), Julians or Streatham & Clapham (Private). When we apply for my daughter it's going to be St Leonards or Julians....though I'm not holding much hope.
  14. cwk1977

    Balham Sw12 Hydefarm

    Interesting. Friends of mine who live a few doors down from me, I'm Streatham\Streatham Hill area applied for this school but got rejected due to large waiting list etc. Seems like the expansion could solve quite a few problems for both Streatham\Streatham Hill\Balham residents.
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