You’ll have to excuse the pun, but here at Brik we are incredibly house proud. And not just of the properties we hold on our books, but also the area we’ve chosen to call home: London’s South West, and more specifically, Fulham. It would be our chosen subject on Mastermind and we can tell you where to get the best coffee and the coldest pint.
Nestled about 4-miles from Charing Cross (the geographical centre of London), this leafy, friendly area sits on the north bank of the Thames, next to Kensington, Chelsea and Hammersmith and across the water from Putney.
We have brilliant shops, schools, cafés, pubs, restaurants and rich sporting history; Fulham and Chelsea, the Hurlingham Club and Queens tennis club. There are green spaces and open skies down by the river. Transport links are rarely more than a short walk away, but it’s nice to ride a bike if the weather’s fine. It’s easy to get into town, too; Parsons Green has its own Zone 2 Tube on the District Line which is less than 20 minutes to Victoria and half an hour to Monument. Travel to North London is also easy, taking only half an hour to reach King’s Cross via the Piccadilly Line. And there are two nearby London Overground stations at West Brompton and Imperial Wharf, too.
It’s a wonderful place and we’re not ashamed to say it. And we’re also happy to report it boasts a fine selection of properties, offering styles and sizes to suit any house hunter, whether you’re newly in love with the area or you’ve been here for years and are looking to move up the ladder.
From the iconic and imposing red bricks of the Lion Houses on the Peterborough Estate, to the hustle and bustle of Parsons Green, we’re confident you’ll find the right property. Don’t believe us? Take a look at our round up of the best local areas for flats and houses, as chosen by Brik Director, James Sims. This is a rough guide, we had to draw the line somewhere.
Five great areas for flats
Parsons Green & The Villes
Avg. flat sale price 2017: £815,353
One of the most desirable areas of Fulham, Parsons Green has it all. At one point this area was a popular getaway from the city, and although it’s now considerably more built-up, it has retained the village atmosphere. There are bars, cafes and restaurants to satisfy every taste and mood, all perfect for filling up after some exercise on one of the areas multiple open spaces, including the same green that lent the area its name.
Period terraced properties sit next to beautiful villas that have been converted into smaller properties without losing any of the original character. There are also appealing new builds and modern conversions for those looking for something more contemporary.
Avg. flat sale price 2017: £702,314
If you’ve made the decision to move to the Fulham area, the chances are you like a quieter home life. Your working week is busy, so in the evenings and the weekend you like to drop down a gear and relax. If that sounds like you, then Munster Village is where you should be looking. Located just off the Fulham road, Munster Village features some truly beautiful period properties that sit along quiet, tree-lined streets. Many of the flats here are purpose built maisonettes featuring their own front doors and quiet, manageable gardens that offer some covetable outside space.
Sands End & South Park
Avg. flat sale price 2017: £770,575
Compared with some of its better-known neighbours, Sands End is a relatively up and coming part of Fulham. But this means it can often offer better value on property, including many one and two-bed flats on the quiet terraced streets off Townmead Road. Imperial Wharf is the nearest train station, offering London Overground services that take you quickly into town or around to Clapham Junction. The area has a cracking little pub, named the Sands End, with great food and a local but welcoming atmosphere. Cheers!
Avg. flat sale price 2017: £876,728
Well-connected Fulham Broadway is as close as the area gets to a bustling city centre, but it’s still a genteel, friendly area with plenty of places to eat and drink without ever being overwhelmed. Property wise, Fulham Broadway offers a range of period Victorian and Edwardian properties and a few new builds. Eel Brook Common is the area’s nearest and largest green space, which is also much nicer than it sounds, and is the perfect place for Saturday morning workouts and Sunday afternoon picnics.
Imperial Wharf & Chelsea Creek
Avg flat sale price 2017: £1,452,932
For anyone seeking a more modern home, Imperial Wharf is the place to plant your flag. Flush with the river, the area boasts some of the most striking apartments along this stretch of the Thames. Think floor to ceiling windows and naturally stunning views, these are some highly covetable properties that would suit young couples and professionals looking for a sanctuary from their working week. New building has been going on here for decades and there’s a large new development in the old power station as well as a new tower that promises to impress.
In terms of amenities, Imperial Wharf station is next door and there are multiple shops for groceries, while the pubs and restaurants of Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway are still within reach, if you fancy a stroll.
Five great areas for houses
Avg. house sale price 2017: £2,648,846
Arguably the most famous and covetable area in Fulham, the Peterborough Estate is home to the ‘Lion Houses’, named for the charming stone lion statues that sit atop of these grand red-bricked terraces. These are large family homes, often with four or five bedrooms and multiple reception rooms, large kitchens and good gardens. Many homeowners have dug into the basement and extended into the roof, too, further enlarging the size. While a lot of properties have been modernised, there are some that also retain many original fittings including fireplaces and ceiling roses. Arguably the de facto houses of Fulham when you take into account location. But parking can be a cake dance.
Parsons Green & The Villes
Avg. house sale price 2017: £1,841,113
Along with a good selection of flats, the Parsons Green area is also packed with some wonderful two and three bedroom houses, mostly terraced. The highly sought after properties combine the best the area has to offer, with beautiful period homes sitting just a few hundred yards off the main road with all its amenities, but on quiet family-friendly streets. Pretty much everything is within a short walk and you can be sure that when you come to sell it’ll be that bit easier.
Moore Park Estate
Avg. house sale price 2017: £2,004,513
Sitting on the Fulham / Chelsea border, the Moore Park estate is another area rich in period properties both large and small(ish). Offering the highest period property pound per square foot in Fulham, it’s an area that’s popular with growing families and those seeking the quiet life of Fulham and the excitement and fun of the King’s Road and nearby Chelsea.
Avg. house sale price 2017: £1,988,192
An area for nature lovers, Bishops Park sits next to the Grade II English Heritage space that gives the area its name, as well as the Thames river walk and the Wetland Centre. With large gardens and some of Fulham’s only semi-detached period properties, it’s popular with families looking for a parking space and to get away from it all.
Avg. house sale price 2017: £1,415,409
These quiet streets and attractive period terraced houses offer some of the best buys in all of Fulham. Considered by some to be lacking when compared to other areas nearby, we happen to think Munster village is something of a hidden gem. With a healthy mixture of property styles from size to finish, it’s a superb place to make a home. And most properties are ripe for expansion, both up and down, if it hasn’t been done already.
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