Moving to Fulham
Are you moving to Fulham? A little bit of scratching the surface reveals that most of the Made in Chelsea stars don’t even live in Chelsea!! The public-schooled new generation of ‘Sloane Rangers’ currently reside outside of Chelsea as it’s too pricey – in the much more affordable area that is Fulham. Leafy Fulham is also the mother-and-toddler epicentre of west London, affectionately known as ‘Nappy Valley. So how do you get there? Take the King’s Road to World’s End and carry on beyond…
Our free, in-depth Moving to Fulham 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 Fulham on the map
Fulham is one of London’s most desirable residential areas and is particularly popular with young professional families making their first stage move out from the centre. Characterised by tree-lined streets of glorious Victorian terraced houses, it forms the southern half of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and nestles on the north bank of a sweeping loop of the River Thames.
Lying just three miles west of Charing Cross, Fulham is central enough for an easy commute to the City or the West End, while at the same time having all the qualities of a quiet residential suburb. Good transport links make it a convenient place to live.
- Major arterial roads to the south and west are accessible by crossing Wandsworth or Putney Bridges.
- The A4 trunk road marks the northern edge of the district, heading out towards Heathrow, the M4 and the West Country.
- Fulham is served by a number of underground/overground stations including Hammersmith, Barons Court, West Kensington, Parsons Green, Imperial Wharf, Putney Bridge, West Brompton and Fulham Broadway.
- This gives access to two branches of the District Line and the Piccadilly Line, as well as the London Overground network at West Brompton and Imperial Wharf.
- The area is also intersected by 12 bus routes, four of which run night buses.
Without a doubt, Parson’s Green is thought of as Fulham’s most exclusive enclave; it is certainly the area in which rents and property prices are highest. Also popular is the so-called ladder of ‘alphabet streets’ that branch off the southern end of Fulham Palace Road. Starting with Bishops Park Road, each street name starts with a successive letter of the alphabet until it reaches Langthorne Street. Property around the Hurlingham Club commands the very highest prices – here you will find larger Edwardian mansions.
For those with less elastic budgets, rents are certainly cheaper in the northern end of Fulham, around the top end of Munster Road and towards Barons Court and West Kensington. For single dwellers and couples, there are not very many apartment blocks in Fulham; instead you are more likely to find a flat conversion in a Victorian house. The plus side of this is preponderance of period features and the opportunity to have access to a small garden. Sands End, to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road is another less expensive area, served by the overground railway at Imperial Wharf. Close by, a modern development of riverside apartments is proving popular.
The best streets include:
- Hurlingham Gardens
- Ranelagh Avenue
- Napier Avenue
- Edenhurst Avenue
- Chipstead Street
- Bradbourne Street
- Imperial Crescent
- Quarrendon Street
- Chiddingstone Street
- Perrymead Street
Who lives here and why?
Entertainment and culture still come high on the agenda for a typical Fulham resident and there’s plenty on offer.
- Fulham’s main claim to fame beyond London is through its Premier League football club, Fulham FC which plays out of Craven Cottage. And, with an even higher profile, Chelsea FC also has its ground in Fulham at Stamford Bridge. This can mean that on home-match Saturdays, the area can get exceedingly busy and the pubs quite lively.
- Polo at the Hurlingham Club – there couldn’t be a more quintessentially English pastime than watching a polo match on a summer’s afternoon.
- Fulham Palace is owned by the Church of England and houses a museum and is surrounded by a fine botanical garden. Look out for open-air cinema screenings here during the summer months.
- Sporty types will find public tennis courts on Eel Brooke Common and there is a public swimming pool on Lillie Road.
- The Harwood Arms, near Fulham Broadway, is London’s only Michelin-starred pub, while The White Horse on Parsons Green is affectionately known as ‘the Sloaney Pony’ for being frequented by so-called ‘Sloane Rangers’. The area’s best known and loved restaurant has to be The River Café, an upmarket Italian restaurant run by Ruth Rogers, the wife of celebrated architect Richard Rogers.
- Munster Road, the epicentre of what is now known as Munster Village, offers an enclave of cool and trendy shops, organic cafés and boutique food shops.
The Best Bits
Fulham’s charms are legion and it’s easy to understand what has made it popular with young professional families. The area is admittedly densely populated but there is a wealth of good Victorian housing stock, particularly in the form of small to medium sized terraced houses in quiet leafy avenues. There are a number of village centres including Fulham Broadway, Parsons Green, Munster Village and Wandsworth Bridge Road and the whole district is exceptionally well-served with pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes.
There’s a great vibe coming from the mainly young population as single professionals and young marrieds mix with the large French ex pat community (drawn by the proximity to the Lycée Français in South Kensington and three French prep schools in Fulham itself). And though the rent can be high, many who live here are fiercely loyal to the area and loath to move out of ‘the Fulham Bubble’. Fulham’s most famous resident, Daniel Radcliffe, not only grew up here but still keeps a flat in the neighbourhood, despite having a multi-million pound property portfolio in New York.
Bringing the Kids
There are good facilities for young families throughout Fulham. Baby’s and children’s clothes shops abound, toddler groups, nursery schools, baby yoga, toddler ballet classes, primary and prep schools, arts and craft classes, junior sporting activities – every baby and child requirement is catered for.
With regard to education, there is a wide range of nursery and primary schools to choose from. Hammersmith and Fulham Borough LEA run a number of state funded nursery schools, most of which are attached to their primary schools. These can be hard to get into as they are often oversubscribed but there is a plethora of private nursery schools and day care centres including Montessori, French and Spanish ones. The borough, including Hammersmith, has 38 state-run primary schools, of which a number have Church of England or Catholic affiliations, and there are 16 private primary schools, including an Islamic school, three French schools and a dance academy.
Secondary education is well served by 15 state secondary schools, including the highly respected London Oratory School, which is Catholic, and 10 fee-paying choices. These include some of London’s best such as the Latymer Upper School, St Paul’s Girl School, Godolphin and Latymer, and St James Senior Girls School. Additionally, older children can easily commute by tube to secondary schools in the surrounding boroughs, widening your choices even further.
Relocating to Fulham
When it comes to London suburbs, the Fulham bubble holds a place of affection in many peoples’ hearts. It’s lively, cosmopolitan and friendly, while at the same time having the feel of a safe haven from the cut and thrust of central London.
Encircled, almost, by a wide sweep of river it does seem to be a little bit beyond World’s End, and it has long been popular with young families and busy professionals who want suburban living just a stone’s throw from the city centre.
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 and Edwardian houses that range from two bedroom cottages to grand mansions, and it becomes easy to understand why rents here are 137% higher than for the UK as a whole.
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.
Fulham is the affordable Chelsea, it is perfect for those who want to say ‘actually we live in Chelsea’ without the Chelsea price tag. It has long been popular with young families and busy professionals who want suburban living just a stone’s throw from the city centre. It is lively, cosmopolitan and friendly, while at the same time having the feel of a safe haven from the cut and thrust of central London. The area offers gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian houses that range from two bedroom cottages to grand mansions.
Average Monthly Rents in Fulham