THE PROPERTY SCENE
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