THE PROP­ERTY SCENE

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Property Searching -

BALHAM’S hous­ing stock is mostly from the Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian pe­ri­ods. The Heaver Es­tate, be­tween Toot­ing Com­mon and Balham High Road, has two-storey and three­storey Ed­war­dian houses, in­clud­ing some dou­ble-fronted ex­am­ples, built by Al­fred Heaver be­tween 1890 and 1910.

These red-brick homes are in a Queen Anne style, dis­tin­guished by carved brick­work and tes­sel­lated tile paths.

In the Nightin­gale Lane con­ser­va­tion area, Nightin­gale Square is a pri­vate gar­den square that’s main­tained by the res­i­dents.

■ NEW-BUILD HOMES

In Balham High Road, Ip­sus10, Bed­ford House is a new-build de­vel­op­ment of 52 one-, two- and three-bed­room flats, of which 11 are af­ford­able. The scheme launches in Novem­ber for com­ple­tion in spring next year. Call Sav­ills on 020 3883 6491.

Aura, on the cor­ner of Balham Hill and Oldridge Road, is a scheme of 37 one-, two- and three-bed­room flats. The de­vel­op­ment is car-free and the two-bed­room apart­ments are priced from £595,000. Visit aura-house. lon­don or call 0800 012 1442 for more in­for­ma­tion.

■ AF­FORD­ABLE HOMES

Hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion A2 Do­min­ion will be re­spon­si­ble for the af­ford­able homes at Ip­sus10 (as be­fore). Con­tact A2 Do­min­ion on 0800 783 2159.

■ WHO RENTS HERE?

Let­tings man­ager Will Brind­ley from the lo­cal branch of Kin­leigh Folkard & Hay­ward says Balham ten­ants tend to be cou­ples and shar­ers in their mid-twen­ties and thir­ties, rather than first-time renters.

The district is also pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies who are of­ten look­ing to rent a home on the Hyde Farm Es­tate be­tween Weir Road and Emmanuel Road, close to ei­ther Henry Cavendish or Telfer­scot Pri­mary Schools, both rated “out­stand­ing” by the Of­sted schools watch­dog.

Young Lon­don loves Balham: twen­tysome­thing renters and first­time buy­ers find their place in this neigh­bour­hood

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