Living in Putney: area guide to homes, schools and transport links

For Londoners hankering after the countryside, Putney in the capital’s south-west is a good choice.

Surrounded by the green and wild open spaces of Putney Common and Wimbledon Common, there’s also walking to be had beside the Beverley Brook — a picturesque stream running through Richmond Park and Barnes and ending up at the Thames in Putney.

This is a family area with a good supply of Victorian and Edwardian houses. Traffic moves slowly over the bridge in rush hour in the heart of Putney, the High Street is busy and there is plenty of quality local shopping and eating out.

The neighbourhood has an interesting history. Political dissent stretches back to 1647 when the Putney debates raged and radical group the Levellers argued with Oliver Cromwell for a constitution which gave most men the vote, right up to today when Putney produced one of December’s surprise election results, voting in local Labour councillor, Fleur Anderson, as its MP following the decision by former Tory MP, Justine Greening, not to stand after she was expelled from her party.

One of Anderson’s first jobs will be to decide what to do about Wandsworth council’s plans for the regeneration of Putney’s largest council estate, the Alton Estate in Roehampton.

Built by the old London County Council in a green parkland setting in two halves in the Fifties, the estate is described by The Twentieth Century Society as “one of the most important post-war housing programmes in the country”.

Most of the estate has conservation area status and the five blocks inspired by Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille are listed.

The council and its development partner, housebuilder Redrow, plan to knock down the area at the junction of Roehampton Lane and Danebury Avenue outside the conservation area.

This involves demolition of Allbrook House, a landmark block of flats which provides a link between West and East Alton, along with a nearby Sixties library with a domed concrete roof.

The plan will see 288 homes knocked down and replaced by a new urban quarter of 1,100 homes, a village square, a library, health centre, a home for the Base youth centre and a community hall.

The council says all tenants will have the right to remain but campaigners claim there will only be a net gain of 30 new homes for social rent and say that is not enough.

Before she was elected Anderson handed in a petition to the council from 533 local people.

“I also joined many local residents and groups including the Putney Society, Alton Regeneration Watch and St Joseph’s parishioners in submitting very critical comments to the consultation on the plans.”

Last week Wandsworth announced an increase in the number of homes for rent and more shared-ownership homes but no halt to demolition plans. Council leader Ravi Govindia said the scheme “will re-energise Roehampton and provide state-of-the-art community facilities”.

He added: “It will offer our residents vastly improved living conditions while the overall scheme demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that family housing is closely aligned with play space and other really important neighbourhood amenities.”

Putney is six miles south-west of central London with Fulham over the river to the north; Wandsworth to the east; Wimbledon to the south and Barnes and East Sheen to the west.

The property scene

Victorian and Edwardian homes, from large detached houses to terraces, are found in Putney.

A pretty enclave of early Victorian cottages is off Putney High Street around Lacy Road, close to the river in the Charlwood Road/Lifford Street conservation area.

There is a similar pocket of early Victorian houses in the Parkfields conservation area, where former deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg and his family lived before their move to the States.

Deodar Road, one of Putney’s most unusual roads, has Edwardian houses with long gardens leading directly to the Thames with no public walkway.

There are large mansions flats, notably Kenilworth Court overlooking the river close to Putney Bridge; Art Deco Fairacres in Roehampton Lane; baronial-style Manor Fields at the top of Putney Hill and Highlands Heath in the middle of Putney Heath.

Large numbers of new flats were built in Putney during the last decade. Development kicked off in 2003 with Putney Wharf Tower, a St George development which brought with it new riverside restaurants.

In more recent years new flats have been built along Upper Richmond Road close to East Putney Underground station.

The most expensive house currently for sale in Putney is a six-bedroom detached modern house in Roedean Crescent, close to Richmond Park and extending to 6,942sq ft, on the market for £5.95 million.

The most expensive period house is a seven-bedroom High Victorian house of 5,597sq ft in Woodborough Road, west Putney. Described by the agent as “a stately country mansion” this is only its third time on the market since it was built in 1895.

It’s hard to find a house in Putney under £1 million. One exception is the Dover House Estate, a former council cottage estate north of Upper Richmond Road and west of Roehampton Lane.

Now a conservation area, three-bedroom houses start at £650,000, with one-bedroom flats at £400,000 and two-bedroom flats at £500,000.

New-build homes

Carlton House in Upper Richmond Road close to East Putney Tube station is a scheme of 73 flats and penthouses by Fabrica, part of housing association A2 Dominion. There is a residents lounge and roof terrace and 19 flats remain, starting at £755,000. Call 020 3811 0858.

The Quad in Deodar Road is a scheme of 11 flats and penthouses overlooking the river and Wandsworth Park. One-bedroom flats start at £430,000 and two-bedroom flats at £660,000. Through James Pendleton (020 8099 1111).

West Hill Place in West Hill Road offers four new double-fronted traditional-style detached houses, each of 2,600sq ft and priced £2.35 million. Call James Pendleton (as before).

Renting in Putney

Putney is popular with house sharers, who pay between £137 and £200 a week for a room.

There are three times as many flats to rent as there are houses. One-bedroom flats range from £1,080 a month for an intermediate rental flat offered by housing association L&Q in Scott Avenue, to £1,850 a month in Putney Hill.

Two-bedroom flats range from £1,350 a month for a home in Toland Square, a social housing block in Roehampton Lane, to £4,442 a month in Putney Wharf.

Houses range from £1,400 a month for a two-bedroom house in Putney Bridge Road, to £6,250 a month for an extended Edwardian house in Dungarvan Avenue.

Council: Wandsworth council is Conservative controlled. Band D council tax for 2019/2020 is £764.09, or £793.99 in the Commons area where residents pay a levy to the conservators.

Prices are even higher in exclusive Roedean Crescent, where there is a five-bedroom detached house at £8,750 a month and a six-bedroom house with an outdoor swimming pool for £18,000 a month.

Transport

There are two local Underground stations, both on the Wimbledon branch of the District line: East Putney and Putney Bridge on the Fulham side of the bridge.

Putney station has fast 17-minute trains to Waterloo, or 23-minute services that stop at Clapham Junction, for trains to Victoria and to Vauxhall for the Tube.

All stations are in Zone 2 and an annual travelcard costs £1,444.

Staying power

Putney is an area where families put down roots.

Postcode

SW15 is the Putney postcode.

Best roads

Savills’ agent Caroline Bell likes Lower Common South where there are large detached Victorian houses overlooking the Common; Ruvigny Gardens where last year she sold a house privately after one viewing for £3.25 million; and Deodar Road where the houses have direct, unimpeded access to the Thames.

Up and coming

Dover Court Estate, the former LCC garden estate, represents the best value in Putney.

 

Original article by Anthea Masey – Homes & Property