What is it about Balham?

Living in Balham or visiting, Balham is one of the many areas
in London that seems positively abuzz with life and excitement these days.

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Balham is one of the many areas in London that seems positively abuzz with life and excitement these days. The rise of pavement cafe culture in the area has created a social element to life in this part of the capital, but this remains a more affordable option for many people compared to the London average.

There is still a strong community feel to Balham and there is an immediate bonus of council tax rates in Wandsworth being amongst the lowest you can find in London. The nature of the area has changed slightly, there has been a slight increase in young professionals renting in the area but Balham remains a place that is suitable for families. This creates a good blend of local residents and hopefully most people will feel at home in this part of the capital.

When it comes to property in Balham, many people are attracted to the range of Victorian and Edwardian properties. There has been a range of conversions which retain the look of the area and there are mansion blocks which provide alternative property options, so there are things to consider when it comes to looking for property in Balham.

There is also likely to be new development work taking place regularly in the area with work being undertaken in a number of locations. The site of the former Bedford House is all set to offer over 50 flats to the area while the former MoD building, which is located just off Atkins Close, should provide close to 50 modern apartments. Leading Balham Estate Agent Morgan Randall has high quality Balham property for sale or to rent.

Social life in Balham

One thing that a local area has to offer in order to please its community is social options, and for many people, this means dining and drinks. The Exhibit is a local institution, offering a diner which harks back to America of the 1950s but there is also a gallery, a bar and a cinema at this location.

If you are looking for pizza or Italian cuisine, you have a choice. Ciullosteria is a well-known name in the area, offering affordable options for over two decades but in recent times, Franco Manca has become a firm favourite for many local residents. Another option is Gazette Balham, which is ideal if you fancy a French twist to your meal.

There is no shortage of options for a night out in Balham with The Bedford being recognised as a leading entertainment venue and you also have venues like The Grove and the Banana Cabaret providing a wide range of reasons to get out of the house.

Shopping in Balham provides plenty of options

If you like to shop, you'll find that Balham has more than enough options for you to enjoy. There is a choice of brand name chain stores to choose from but there are also many independent boutiques to look out for. There is a Balham Country Market which meets on a monthly basis and there is also a farmers market which meets weekly, and this is located close to the Tube Station. If you fancy street food stalls, head towards Hildreth Street Market, which provides food for eating there and then or on the go in addition to a wide range of fruit and veg.

Get away from it all in Balham

Life in London can be busy and chaotic, which is why it is good to be able to switch off and enjoy a calmer pace of life. The fact that Clapham Common is located very close to Balham ensures that there is always a place to go if you're looking to enjoy sports, socialising or some quiet time. You also have Wandsworth Common and Tooting Bec Common within easy reach, so there is no need to feel you are hemmed in by city life when you live in Balham.

Balham Transport

The Tube Station in Balham lies on the Northern Line, as does the Clapham South station, and these options take 20 minutes to reach Bank station. If you take the train, you can be at Victoria Station within 18 minutes and you are only two stops from Clapham Junction. With the station believed to be the busiest station (with respect to trains passing through) in Britain and maybe even in Europe, you'll find that living in Balham provides you with the chance to connect with virtually anywhere you could hope to see.

There are also a number of bus services to choose from in Balham, providing an alternative to get around London but given the level of traffic, many people focus on the tube and train options in Balham.

Schooling in Balham

One of the most important areas to consider for a family looking for an area to live is schooling. You'll find a range of approved and highly regarded schools in Balham. For primary aged children, there is the Holy Ghost Catholic Primary School, Telferscot Primary and Henry Cavendish Primary. For pupils of a secondary school age, there are options like La Retraite Roman Catholic School and Chestnut Grove.

Whether you are looking for a new place to live and are looking for property for sale in Balham, or you are interested in finding a cool place to pop in and out of, Balham has plenty to offer.

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