Moving to Streatham
Are you moving to Streatham? Dating back to the Domesday Book in 1086, in Roman times Streatham was a hamlet en-route to Brighton and its popularity has waxed and waned throughout the centuries. At one stage during its history there were hot springs here favoured by those looking for healing waters. The houses built then were massive country retreats, due to it being so remote from the capital. Later, in the ‘30s, it was so festive that it was known as the West End of South London. It is certainly on the up-and-up now and is rated in the top 20 of London areas to invest in. Streatham means ‘hamlet on the street.’
Our free, in-depth Moving to Streatham report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Streatham on the Map
A mere six and a half miles to the south of the City of London, in the Borough of Lambeth, Streatham sprawls over a large area and has the longest shopping street in the metropolitan area. Like all London suburbs, it has excellent transport links.
The three train stations all connect to the centre of the city: Streatham, which gets you to London Bridge in 25 minutes and is on the Thameslink line to St Albans and Luton; Streatham Hill which has services to Victoria, taking around 17 minutes, and London Bridge in 40 minutes; and Streatham Common, which gets to London Bridge in half an hour and Victoria in 18 minutes. Croydon, Peckham and Dulwich are all also easy to reach.
The area is extremely well serviced by buses to many destinations, with its new bus station and interchange. Areas on the routes include Liverpool Street, Croydon, nearby Brixton, and Elephant and Castle. There is no underground station here, but a short bus trip takes you to the Victoria Line in Brixton, or by train to the Northern Line in Balham.
A trip to Gatwick Airport gets to the region in 50 minutes by road, traffic permitting.
Streatham’s main road is the A23, which leads to the south coast, and is part of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
Cycling into the city via the A3036 will take about 40 minutes.
London traffic is well-known to be a nightmare, more so when factoring in the short supply of expensive parking and the congestion charge so better not.
Currently, due to the high prices in Brixton and Balham, this large London suburb has been uplifted and invested in, resulting in many young families looking at buying their first home here and City professionals searching for an apartment. Large houses, new apartment blocks and many new warehouse and other conversions offer more space for your money. The schools are highly rated by Ofsted. The houses, some Art Deco mansions, others late Victorian and Edwardian terraces, and elegant manses – all remnants of a well-to-do past, still line the streets, many converted into multi-family blocks. A new development underway, Meridian Water will have around 10,000 new homes plus a new railway station, with travel time of 25-minutes to Liverpool Street – phase one should be ready by 2018.
Somewhat quieter than its neighbour, this is a classy, vibrant area with lots of shops and restaurants. Properties are affordable and consist mainly of Victorian and Edwardian homes and 1920’s terraces. New and modern mansion conversions are becoming more common; suiting families, younger couples and professional singles. Proximity to Streatham Common, with its old cedar trees and awesome views of the capital, enable you to watch local cricket matches, open-air theatre productions and the annual kite event. Park Hill, a very grand house on the north side of the Common was home to Sir Henry Tate, founder of the Tate Gallery and a major sugar refiner.
National rail takes 20 minutes to Victoria and 35 minutes to London Bridge, and there are plenty of bus routes.
STREATHAM HIGH ROAD, STREATHAM
High Road follows a ridge, with the bordering roads sloping away down the valleys on either side. Famous for being the longest shopping road in the UK, it was home to the biggest dance floor in Britain, Caesar’s nightclub. The resplendent Art Deco architecture adds to the character of the road, with its wide pavement, ideal for the local cafes’ outside tables. The new flats and building conversions supply accommodation to the influx of new residents, while the site of Caesar’s and the Megabowl has been transformed into London Square, a high-end apartment development that has improved this area immeasurably. Larger semis and detached house can be found in the leafy streets off the High Road.
A relatively new area, the Streatham Vale estate was started in 1922 by two private building companies, one laying out Abercairn Road and offshoots, the other building eastwards to the railway line. 1929 saw a profusion of amenities, including schools, the Greyhound Inn, Streatham Vale Park being laid out on abandoned brickworks, and the Holy Redeemer parish church being consecrated. This neighbourhood is mainly 3 bedroomed houses, ideal for young families, close to Streatham Common, and the Rookery and Norwood Grove parks.
North of Streatham, the Hill has housing which varies from mammoth 9-bedrooms to modest apartments. It is fast-becoming a popular buy-to-let area, so rentals shouldn’t be a problem. A relatively safe area, it is a stone’s throw from Tooting Bec Common and has a distinct village feel. Many roads are more like pretty avenues, lined with cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops.
A more expensive part of Streatham, houses again vary between 6-bedroomed houses selling at over a £1 million to flats in converted houses. The area is inhabited mainly by professionals, educators and workers in the health industry, with university degrees or similar.
Who Lives and Works in Streatham
With a total population of around 58,000 people and the proximity to London, there is a high proportion of well-educated residents, with degrees, working in the professional sector in the capital, including bankers, lawyers, and IT professionals. Unemployment stands at 5.2%. A truly diverse culture, 60% of residents are English-born, with the balance coming from South America, Jamaica, Ireland, Nigeria, Scotland, Ghana, Wales, Australia and India.
There has been a recent influx of people due to the lower property prices than the surrounding areas, but prices are rising.
The Best Bits
- Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre. With one of the few permanent ice rinks in the London area, this one is Olympic size. With public and family skating sessions, the winter weekends are famous for the Streatham Redskins ice hockey matches. There is also a 25 metre swimming pool in the centre.
- The Rookery, concealed at the top of Streatham Common, is a secret garden with a waterfall and lovely gardens and lawns, hidden behind the café.
- Streatham Green weekend farmers markets feature a host of stalls, with plenty of specialty cheeses and home-bakes.
- The High Street. Once voted the worst high street in the UK, investment in this popular area has seen Streatham emerge as number 17 on the recent Coffee Shop Index. All the chain stores are here, with a number of small but different independents as well.
- Vibrant nightlife, with popular jazz and blues cafes, restaurants and clubs.
- Waitrose opened its first outlet in Streatham.
- Streatham Common is the stomping ground of joggers, cyclists and dog walkers.
- Tooting Common has an athletics track and the Lido – the biggest fresh-water swimming pool in England.
- The Streatham Festival in July celebrates local talent and arts in a week-long community festival.
Bringing the Kids
There are 21 primary, 4 secondary and 5 independent schools in the area. In the Ofsted ratings, many of the schools are ‘good’, with a number appearing as ‘outstanding’. Of course, you only want the best for your children, so ensuring that your residence is in your choice of school’s catchment area is of utmost importance.
Primary schools of note include Dunraven, St Andrew’s Catholic, Henry Cavendish and Woodmansterne. Secondary schools, such as St Joseph’s College, Norbury Manor, Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic and Greveny rate at good to outstanding.
There are a number of private and international schools – some of which conduct lessons in different languages – in the vicinity which charge quite hefty fees. Living in Streatham may involve a daily commute.
State schools do not charge fees, with lessons conducted in English.
London has one of the highest concentrations of universities and higher education institutions in the world, with many foreign universities having branches here. There are many within a quick commute from Streatham.
Relocating to Streatham
With a great choice of accommodation types, from high-rise apartments and conversions to large houses in leafy streets, it is a quick walk to the shops and really good schools, with colleges and universities nearby. The excellent transport links, sadly excluding the underground, offer a quick commute to work or play in the city.
Restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs, all the historical buildings in the city, theatres, cinemas and museums in the capital are on the doorstep.
Exceptional schools, which will require some research before making your choice, require you to live within the catchment area. Ease your load and smooth your path by using the services of one of our expert relocation experts. With an in-depth knowledge of all the areas, including hidden pitfalls, and with a good understanding of all the formalities involved in finding and securing accommodation, your agent will make you and your family feel at home in no time.
Average Monthly Rents in Streatham