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Moving to Putney

Are you moving to Putney? Green open spaces and water-based activities on the River Thames characterise this friendly and affluent suburb of south-west London. From the celebrated University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge to the vast open spaces of Putney and Wimbledon Commons, and Richmond Park, living here offers fresh air, outdoor activity, good transport connections and a small but thriving CBD.

Our free, in-depth Moving to Putney report includes info on:

  • The bestareasto live
    • The good schools
    • The average monthly rental prices
    • The excellent public transport system in the city

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Putting Putney on the map


Just five miles south-west of the centre of London, and lying on the south bank of the Thames, Putney is a popular residential suburb that in some ways feels more like a country town. Bounded by the river to the north and by the expanses of Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, Putney Common and Putney Heath, Putney has been viewed as one of south London’s more desirable suburbs for a more than one hundred years.

First listed in the Doomsday Book, Putney was an important ferry crossing over the Thames; one of the most famous crossings being that of Cardinal Wolsey in 1529 upon falling out of favour with Henry VIII. During the Civil War the first bridge was built at Putney, albeit temporary, to serve Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army, then based in the area. The first permanent bridge was built in 1729 by Sir Robert Walpole to facilitate his journeys between George I at Kingston and the House of Commons. This wooden structure stood for 150 years until in 1886 the current bridge was erected.

Putney continues to be a highly convenient place to live. Tube connections on the District line, the over ground railway and buses give access to all of south and central London. It is well located for the A3 major trunk road out of London to the south west, and is convenient for both Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

The areas

Putney is an affluent area with a 25 to 45-year-old demographic and naturally this popularity puts upward pressure on house prices and rents. However, there is a good range of properties to choose from and new developments along the river, such as Putney Wharf, contribute to the area’s popularity. Families can find a little more space in Putney than further into town, while for young professionals there are apartment conversions in Victorian houses as well as luxurious purpose-built blocks with spectacular river views.

  • Towards Wandsworth, the Riverside Quarter complex offers extensive two and three-bedroom apartments to rent.
  • For those on a tighter budget, away from the river there are more affordable options on Putney Hill and Upper Richmond Road.
  • Families can choose between beautifully restored Victorian villas and small terraced cottages; popular streets include Felsham Road, Hotham Road, Quill Lane and Clarenden Drive.
  • Naturally, the further you are from the tube station, the lower the rent asked.
  • One very popular area with families is Putney Village, a small settlement of different styles of houses that is almost completely surrounded by Putney Heath. There are some lovely neo-Tudor style villas and some stunning art deco houses but these rarely come onto the market.
  • However, apartments in the Putney Village mansion blocks do become available from time to time – lookout for Highlands Heath, Lynden Gate or Wildcroft Manor.

Putney represents an excellent area for property investment, with a solid long-term upward trend, the current recession notwithstanding. In terms of rentals, the Putney market is also fairly robust due to its enduring popularity.

Who lives here and why?

Over time Putney has had its fair share of celebrated and notable residents and – who would have thought it? – a famous puppet connection. Both Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame and Jim Henson of the Muppets worked out of the same Putney studio, though at different times. Other residents have included Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, Prime Minister Clement Attlee, the writer EM Forster, film actor Sir Tom Courtenay, Thomas Cromwell – chief minister for Henry VIII, our current Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, footballer Fernando Torres, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger. So, strangely popular with politicians and prime ministers…

  • These days the area is popular with families who would like a taste of country living without moving out of town;
  • And with young professionals attracted by its convenience for central London and the plentiful pubs and bars that give it its social buzz.
  • There is a small shopping centre, Putney Exchange, and a scattering of brand-name shops along the High Street; for more upmarket shopping, Richmond is conveniently close by.
  • Putney is, however, well served for restaurants and eating places, with plenty of good quality chain restaurants, some excellent independent ones, lots of cafés and a multitude of gastro pubs.
  • Most notable is the Boathouse, the place to drink Pimms on summer evenings; the Spotted Horse, the Cat’s Back and the Dukes Head are also popular.
  • Additional entertainment comes courtesy of the Odeon multiscreen cinema or the Putney Arts Theatre, located in a converted church.
  • There is also a good library in Disraeli Road that offers free Internet access and features a gallery, while Putney Leisure Centre has a swimming pool and a low-cost gym.
  • Or why not take an art course at the Putney School of Art and Design?
  • Rowing features heavily as one of the leading participation sports in the area and Putney Bridge is the starting point of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. This world-famous fixture takes place on either the last Saturday of March or the first Saturday of April and attracts riverbank crowds of up to a quarter of a million.

In terms of property, there’s a good mix of family houses and apartment conversions. Rents are higher closer to the High Street, while along the riverfront there are some swanky new developments that command top dollar. But if you budget stretches to it, you could have the choice of a penthouse with river views, pretty terraced houses in historic lanes or beautiful Victorian villas for family living.

The Best Bits

Living by the river is absolutely charming in the summer. Have a picnic along the bank of the Thames while enjoying a cool breeze, or rent a boat and get out there!

Bringing the Kids

Putney has long been a favoured destination for families with young children who want the best of both worlds, between the city and the country. In terms of shops, restaurants and amenities, young children are very well catered for, with kids’ stores like Baby Gap, Gap Kids, Next, the Early Learning Centre, Toystop and JoJo Maman Bebe on or near the High Street. Restaurants and cafés are on the whole family-friendly and tiny creatives can join the Putney Arts Theatre kids’ group or go to Gymboree Play and Music.

Naturally there are plenty of schools in the area, ranging from nursery schools up to sixth form colleges, and encompassing state funded, church affiliated, fee paying and other types.

  • There are 11 state funded primary schools in Putney, including two Church of England schools and three Roman Catholic schools. All of them are mixed.
  • Putney has seven state funded secondary schools, including two mixed academies, a mixed and a girls Church of England school, and a mixed, a boys only and a girls only Roman Catholic school.
  • There are also two special needs schools for 11 to 16-year-olds.
  • Putney has approximately 12 fee-paying prep schools and three fee-paying secondary schools, including the prestigious Putney High School.
  • The area also offers easy access to good secondary schools in other nearby boroughs.
Relocating to Putney

If you need to live in London for work but would rather your family lived in a country town, Putney could be the place to start looking. It offers a busy high street and a friendly community vibe, while at the same time affording easy access to the river and wide green open spaces – and it’s also convenient for routes out of London to the south west. Because of this, and the wide choice of accommodation styles it offers, it has long been popular with young families and busy professionals who want London living without a gritty, urban edge. It’s the perfect place for bringing up kids, with plenty of choice when it comes to schools and every other aspect of young life catered for. Add to that a wealth of gorgeous Victorian houses and luxurious riverside developments, and it becomes easy to understand why house prices and rents here remain so strong despite being south of the river. However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.

At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. We know London property inside out and we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.

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For the assignee that needs to be in London for work, but prefers a suburban setting for their family life, Putney could be the perfect choice! Putney offers a busy high street and a friendly community vibe. At the same time it’s a lovely town on the River Thames with wide green open spaces – and it’s also convenient for routes out of London to the south west. Putney has long been popular with young families and busy professionals who want London living without a gritty, urban edge. It’s a great place for bringing up kids.

Average monthly rents in Putney
1 bedroom £1,790
2 bedrooms £2,838
3 bedrooms £3,978
4 bedrooms £4,552
5 bedrooms £6,000
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