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Home extensions in Wimbledon

Part A: Wimbledon fever – why Wimbledon is a great place to call home

This is the first in our new series of ‘area profiles’, in which we’ll take a particular area of London and give you a snapshot of the area to aid you in your search for a new house or to give you the excuse you’ve been looking for to stay put! Because the Wimbledon Championships are just around the corner, we thought we’d make Wimbledon our focus this month.

First, we’ll give you a snapshot of the sought-after area; in Part B we’ll discuss the world-famous tennis championships and give you some great tips for doing up your home or guest room to rent out to 2014 Wimbledon-goers; and in Part C we’ll show off one of the stunning loft conversions or home extensions we’ve recently completed in the area!

Wimbledon in South West London is never far from the news and every year it features in headlines all around the world for two whole weeks thanks to the tennis championships. Wimbledon is a popular area for young families and couples because of an abundance of high quality preparatory schools and private secondary schools including Kings College, Wimbledon College and Wimbledon High School. Access to good schools is high on many families’ lists when they are looking for a house which, when coupled with the ambiance, shops, cafe culture and green open spaces that the area boasts, results in high demand for the prime houses! For those working in the City and Blackfriars, the station in Wimbledon gives efficient access to Waterloo and greater London, which also adds to the area’s attractiveness.

According to home.co.uk, there are currently 1,123 properties for sale in Wimbledon, with the average price being £883,322. Many properties along the prime roads in Wimbledon Village sell off-market as local residents who have been there for several generations tend to trade within the ‘dinner party circuit’ to people within their own circles. Prime rates per square foot regularly exceed £1000 on an average property valued between £3.5 – £6 million. Areas outside of Wimbledon Village – Coombe, Copse Hill, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon Town, for example – are slightly more affordable, with properties being priced at around £700 per square foot or £1.5 – £2.5 million for a 4 or 5 bedroom, semi-detached or detached family house.

Because of the high demand for houses in Wimbledon and the ‘dinner party circuit’ phenomenon, many existing homeowners that are faced with the common issue of needing more space opt for improving their home by a home extension rather than going through the hassle of moving and forfeiting their piece of the Wimbledon housing pie.

Stay tuned for Part B of our Wimbledon series, in which we’ll talk about Wimbledon Village Fair, which generally attracts more than 20,000 people. If you’re in the market for a house in Wimbledon, it will give you some insight into the wonderful sense of community that the area is famous for! If you’re not, it still makes for a great family day out, with all proceeds going to the Wimbledon Guild.

 

If you have any questions about Chartered architectshome extension architects, a home extension cost or about the specific planning laws for the Wimbledon area, contact the team at Landmark Architecture.

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