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Why Buy with Galliard in Wimbledon
The affluent neighbourhood of Wimbledon lies inside the London Borough of Merton and stretches from Richmond Park in the north to Raynes Park in the south, Plough Lane in the east and Kingston Vale in the west. Popular places of interest in this leafy corner of the capital include the 1,140-acre Wimbledon Common, Centre Court shopping mall, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and the brand new home ground of Plough Lane-based football club, AFC Wimbledon.
Living in Wimbledon
Many find themselves flocking to Wimbledon for its combination of village-style living and excellent transport connections; there aren’t many London locations that are able to offer such a sought-after mix. Those wishing to indulge in its rich heritage will find its tennis history that dates back over 140 years with the Wimbledon championships an exciting factor.
Wimbledon is split into two main parts with the town and the village, both of which offer a great selection of amenities; it is proving to be a great investment area for homeowners and investors alike, as it accommodates for those of all circumstances.
Transport Links in Wimbledon
This notable south-west London area offers great transport connections across London and beyond. Wimbledon is served by the District line and Northern line, while Wimbledon Overground station is operated by South Western Railway which has direct services to Portsmouth, Reading and more. Wimbledon’s excellent transport connections ensure this area is a great investment opportunity with its easy access across the capital attracting more people to the area.
The introduction of Crossrail 2 at Wimbledon station secures this area for future investments. It will provide even more connections to destinations beyond London such as Surrey and Hertfordshire.
Schools in Wimbledon
It should come as no surprise that Wimbledon, being such a popular location among families, has a variety of establishments for all stages of education. From primary and secondary schools through to further education institutions, Wimbledon has many Ofsted 'good' and 'excellent' rated educators.
Notably, Wimbledon Park Primary School has a strong academic profile and enjoys exceptional results across the school. Likewise, King's College School prides itself on exceptional results and an inclusive ethos.
History of Wimbledon
We all know Wimbledon as the host of the long-established namesake tennis tournament but delve deeper into the history of this south-west London neighbourhood and you will uncover a fascinating past extending as far back as the Iron Age. Now an upmarket village with a medley of high-end boutiques, bistros and art galleries, Wimbledon Village was once a small medieval setting.
We can’t discuss Wimbledon’s history without mentioning the Wombles. After her daughter mispronounced ‘Wimbledon Common’ on a walk, author Elisabeth Beresford was inspired to come up with the idea for her bestselling books about the fictional community of environmentally-friendly furry creatures.
Property Price trends in Wimbledon
Situated just outside of the metropolis, with London’s financial centre within easy reach, Wimbledon is a fantastic area in which to put down one’s roots. Over the last five years, the average price paid for a property in Wimbledon was £802,388 with flats and terraced properties making up the majority of sales according to Zoopla.
Sold prices in Wimbledon have risen by 12% in the past year according to Rightmove. Whether you are on the hunt for your perfect first home or Buy-to-Let properties for sale, Wimbledon is a promising location for first-time buyers and Buy-to-Let landlords.
Shopping in Wimbledon
Wimbledon’s main high street is lined with art galleries and quirky boutiques as well as high-end shops and upmarket eateries. To the east of the neighbourhood, Garratt Lane has an array of places to eat, drink and shop. For everything else, a selection of sports retailers, pet shops, tailors, florists, bookshops, gift shops, grocery stores, antique vendors, and fashion boutiques can be found at Centre Court shopping mall.
Entertainment in Wimbledon
When it comes to entertainment and leisure, those living in Wimbledon have an abundance of venues to choose from. The iconic New Wimbledon Theatre is the local spot to hit for a comedy show, a gig or a musical, but London’s exciting Theatreland district is also within easy reach thanks to Wimbledon’s excellent transport connectivity. Those living in Wimbledon can be within the West End in as little as 24 minutes if taking the Northern line directly from Tooting Broadway station to Leicester Square.
Buying With Galliard
Whether it’s your first home or a new addition to your investment portfolio, finding the right property can be challenging but Galliard Homes is here to help you every step of the way.
Top Features of Galliard Properties in Wimbledon
Whether you are searching for a suitable 1 bed flat for sale in Wimbledon as a Buy-to-Let investment, or you are trying to find your family the perfect 3 bed flat, Wimbledon Grounds offers plenty of options to cater to every buyer type. The 2 bed flats for sale at Wimbledon Grounds are a great choice for those looking to purchase a property with a partner, friend or relative.
Throughout each property at Wimbledon Grounds, every detail has been carefully considered to ensure residents experience the highest standards of comfort. All kitchens are fully-equipped with integrated appliances, while most main bedrooms come with their own en-suite. Virtually all properties also offer private external space, in the form of either a balcony, a terrace or a garden.
Ways to Buy in Wimbledon
Help to Buy in Wimbledon
At Galliard Homes, we understand that many people find it tough to save money for a deposit on their first home. We are proud to offer first-time buyers the opportunity to purchase through the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme at a selection of our developments, including Wimbledon Grounds.
This fantastic government-backed scheme enables first-time homebuyers to purchase their chosen property with a deposit of as little as 5%, subject to eligibility, terms and conditions. The property must be priced at £600,000 or under and the buyer must be eligible for the scheme. Learn more about Help to Buy here.
Please note that Help to Buy is no longer available.
Securing Your Mortgage in Principle
It is a good idea to secure your mortgage in principle before you start viewing properties. Whilst you may have a vague understanding of the amount you will be able to borrow, having a mortgage in principle will enable you to take your property search more seriously and act quickly should you find a property that you love.
The property market moves fast and you won't want to lose a property because you didn't take this step first! Getting a mortgage in principle can be a straightforward process. All you need to do is provide your mortgage broker or lender with details of your finances and they will let you know roughly how much you will be able to borrow.
More About the Area
For many of us, hearing the word ‘Wimbledon’ will immediately conjure a mental image of strawberries and cream, Henman Hill and the likes of Andy Murray and Serena Williams clad in bright white tennis outfits. But beyond being home to the world’s most prestigious annual tennis tournament, Wimbledon itself is a sought-after location just south-west of central London with so much to offer and plenty to be explored, from trendy dining and drinking spots to fascinating cultural and historic landmarks.
How Safe is Wimbledon?
Wimbledon is a very safe neighbourhood in comparison to other London areas and is part of the London Borough of Merton, which has the 5th lowest crime rate out of all 32 boroughs, according to the London Datastore.
Galliard Homes is dedicated to ensuring all Wimbledon Grounds residents feel secure in their homes, so a video entryphone system has been installed at every property. Residents will also be provided with a key fob for exclusive access to on-site communal areas and building entrances. Secure residents’ parking is also available at an additional cost.
Architecture in Wimbledon
Dating all the way back to the Iron Age, Wimbledon has been home to many settlers over the centuries, and this is reflected in its architecture. Lots of the neighbourhood’s residential streets are lined with terraced houses from the Victorian and Edwardian eras but walking around the area, you’ll also come across various interesting structures that stand out from the crowd like the Wat Buddhapadipa Buddhist temple on Calonne Road. In more recent years, there has also been a rise in luxurious new-build residential developments in the area.
Is it better to rent or buy in Wimbledon?
Working out whether it is better to rent or buy is a tough decision that requires a lot of consideration and largely depends if your circumstances and whether you want flexibility or stability.
If you’re opting to buy your own property, you will have to pay more money upfront — such as a deposit, mortgage fees, legal costs and stamp duty charges — but there are homebuyer incentives and deals offered by vendors to help keep these costs down. Currently, Galliard Homes is offering an extended Stamp Duty Holiday, while schemes like Help to Buy allow buyers to reserve their property with a smaller deposit.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for everything that happens to your property whereas if you are renting, the landlord takes care of most things; however, the landlord also has the power to raise the rent or decide to sell the property. You will also never own the property so the money you are paying is not going towards your future, unlike owning a home where you build equity.
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Is Wimbledon a nice place to live?
This well-known pocket of South-West London continues to increase in popularity year on year. Encompassing community living with just a short commute by train to Central London, a home in Wimbledon is sought-after for many reasons.
Is Wimbledon an expensive place to buy a flat?
Wimbledon has a reputation as one of London’s more affluent settings. Wimbledon Village is better known for its larger period properties, with some being worth over £1 million. Neighbouring areas such as Tooting and Earlsfield, although still highly desirable to buyers, have something to offer those with a smaller budget. Flats for sale at Wimbledon Grounds start from around £460,000.
Start the Process with Galliard Homes
Looking to buy in Wimbledon? We have a range of properties available at Wimbledon Grounds that offer superb interior specifications, spacious internal design and a great community atmosphere. Get in touch with our friendly team on 020 8418 3635.