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Property Guide: Wandsworth Common

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Wandsworth Common is located between Clapham Junction to the north and Tooting Bec to the south and is one of the more leafy areas of South London. With tube stations nearby and its own train station the area is arguably one of the most sought-after places to live south of the river.

The shops, restaurants and pubs of both Northcote Road and Bellevue Road are nearby, and most homes are a short walk from the 175 acre common.

“There are some fantastic properties with real character in the area” says Rachelle Cramp, Sales Manager at James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office. “Families in particular love the area for its excellent schools and the huge green spaces nearby.”

Bellevue Village

The neighbourhoods surrounding the common can be divided into four ‘villages’, each with different characteristics. The first is Bellevue Village, a pocket of streets behind Bellevue Road, a shop and restaurant lined road that runs up the southern end of the common.

“The area surrounding Bellevue Road has an incredibly strong sense of community and a real, rarely-found village feel in the heart of London,” says Rachelle.

Toast Rack

Another well known local neighbourhood is the ‘Toast Rack’, a grid of roads with a passing resemblance to the outline of Dualit toaster. Located on the western side of the common off Trinity Road the Toast Rack is popular with families looking for large detached and semi-detached Victorian houses.

Magdalen Estate

The third village is the Magdalen Estate, a large area to the west of the Common named after the eponymous Oxford college that once owned the land. The rectangle of land it occupies lies between Trinity Road and Wandsworth Cemetery and is famous for its active residents’ association. Buyers are drawn to the varied range of properties that include Victorian, Edwardian as well as 1920s and 1930 homes plus a clutch of modern developments.

Nightingale Triangle

The last of the villages is the Nightingale Triangle, which runs from Wandsworth Common station east across to Balham High Road. This area offers a varied range of properties popular with everyone from families to first time buyers.

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Ten things for children to do in London this summer

If you’re wondering what to do with your family this summer in London but don’t have the time to spend scouring the events lists don’t worry – London estate agents James Pendleton have done it for you.

Here’s the company’s run down of the top ten must-visit family events and attractions in the capital in the coming months.

Back to nature

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

More info: http://bpzoowww.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/238193-battersea-park-and-childrens-zoo
When: Open every day from 10am. Closes 5.30pm.
What’s on offer: Lots of animals including monkeys, snakes, pigs, donkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, rabbits, emu, chipmunks, coati, wallabies and chickens.
Kids can enjoy feeding the farm animals in the Barley Mow Farm or spying on the meerkats in the secret lookout tunnel.

 

 

London Wetland Centre

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More info: http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london/
What’s on offer: The London Wetland Centre has been voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve and is a children’s favourite – let them roam the walkways, see the rare birds from around the globe as well as otters, or watch wild birds from our numerous hides or from the comfort of its heated observatory.

 

Indoor and outdoor sports

Tooting Bec Lido
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When: Main pool is open from 6am to 8pm, paddling pool from 10am to 6pm.
What’s on offer: One of London’s best known open-air pools, Tooting Bec Lido has a 90m pool which played a starring role in Guy Ritchie’s movie Snatch and is the oldest purpose-built open-air pool in London. The lido is open to the public from 19 May until 30 September, with club swimming all year round. There is a grass area for sunbathers, a paddling area for children and a café.

 

 

Brockwell Lido
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When: Opens from 06:30 to 22:00, Monday to Friday; 07:30 to 21:30 on Saturday; and 07:30 to 21:00 on Sunday.
What’s on offer: Brockwell Lido has a sunbathing area, cafe and changing facilities. The lido first opened in 1937 and retains many of its original features, including an impressive square clock, art deco lettering and Grade II-l¬¬isted pavilion buildings. The lido is situated in Brockwell Park, perfect for a post-swim stroll. The Lido is open all year-round, along with an indoor hydrotherapy pool, gym, cycling studio and cafe.

 

All Star Tennis coaching on Wandsworth Common

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More info: http://www.allstartennis.co.uk/
What’s on offer: All Star Tennis offers a fun and active learning environment where children can enjoy developing their tennis skills and learn to play and compete. Courses are for all abilities and are based on the nationally recognised LTA Mini Tennis Scheme.

 

Climbing in Parsons Green

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More info: http://urbanascent.co.uk/
When: Open from 2pm to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday, Sunday.
It’s time to get you children roped up! Urban Ascent is a state of the art indoor climbing centre in Parsons Green. Kids’ clubs are run on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

 

Cinema clubs
The Exhibit cinema in Balham
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More info: http://exhibitcinema.com/
The Exhibit Cinema provides an afternoon of cinematic fun for children including a packed lunch, film screening in the luxury private cinema, and dancing and music fun afterwards. Its Kids’ Club runs from 1pm until 4pm and costs £15 a child. All children must be aged between 5 and 12 years old.

 

 

Picture House in Clapham

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More info: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Clapham_Picturehouse/
Join the family-only matinee every Saturday for a children’s film plus activities all charged at prices that would normally barely buy you popcorn. For children aged 3-12 year old. Membership is £4 a year, including the first visit free.

 

For young foodies
FEAST @ Battersea Park

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More info: http://foodiesfestival.com/event/feast-battersea-park/
When: August 15th-17th (weekend)
What’s on offer: A huge food festival in Battersea Park featuring every culinary and drinks delight you can imagine including a ‘Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves’ theatre and dozens of stalls. Kids can learn to cook in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.

 

Lick an artisanal ice cream

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More info: http://www.oddonos.com/index.html
What’s on offer: You can get an ice cream anywhere in London but then there’s Oddono’s Gelati Italilani in Bute Street, South Kensington, the best place for artisanal, home-made Italian ice cream and you’re spoilt for choice – they’ve got 130 flavours should your children be the picky types.

 

Circus skills

Visit London’s puppet shop

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More info: http://www.puppetplanet.co.uk
What’s on offer: See and buy puppets on strings, rods as well as glove puppets from across the globe. A magical shop with its own puppet theatre so visitors can put on a play and, for a really unique gift, commission a “lookalike” marionette.

 

 

Learn how to juggle and high wire

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More info: https://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/experience-circus/experience-days/youth-experience-days
What’s on offer: Although this is really a circus university (based in Hoxton) it does offer a Youth Circus Experience Day for 8 to 18 year olds including trapeze and high wire for £50 a head.

 

A sparkling bonfire night in South West London

It’s no surprise that Bonfire night is a firm family favourite.  The 5th November sees people of all ages flocking to local green spaces to see in winter with a night of entertainment, pyrotechnics and an abundance of sugary treats.  This year South West London residents will be treated to a choice of several excellent fireworks displays and to save you time we’ve put together a list of them.

Battersea Park

Battersea Park Fireworks

The annual Battersea Park extravaganza promises a lavish display, bonfire, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts in one of the most striking settings in London

Saturday 2nd November, adults £6.50-£10, children free with booked ticket

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/battersea-park-fireworks-2013

Bishop’s Park

Bishops Park Fireworks

Bishop’s Park in Fulham is this year home to a superhero themed display suitable for all the family.  The main display takes place at 8pm but families with young children can enjoy a special children’s display at 7:15 without having to worry about being home late.

Friday 1st November, from £5

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/bishops-park-fireworks-2013

Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park Fireworks

This year Lambeth Council’s display is taking place at Brockwell Park as opposed to Clapham Common and will be accompanied by stalls and entertainment in four zones representing the seasons.  The display itself is at 8pm but events run from late afternoon to early evening with children’s favourite Fireman Sam making an appearance bound to please the youngsters.

Tuesday 5th November, free

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/33334753-fireworks-display-at-bishops-park

Vauxhall Trust Fire Festival

Vauxhall Trust Fireworks

A more quirky take on traditional displays, Vauxhall Trust is running a calendar of events for all age groups celebrating the origins, history and all round awesomeness of fire.  Culminating in a display on 1st November the festival is within walking distance of Battersea Park and offers an interesting array of shows and activities from vintage horror cinema screenings to a ‘haunted tea house’.

Until Sunday 3rd November

http://vauxhalltrust.wordpress.com/

Or…watch fireworks from home!

Property for sale SW12

Many of our properties for sale and properties to let in Clapham Common, Battersea and Wandsworth boast views worthy of the finest fireworks displays.  To find out more about properties with London views contact South West London Estate Agents James Pendleton by clicking here.

Ancient Roots: acupuncture in South West London

Ancient RootsFor our Best Local Businesses series we find and report on great local enterprises many of which are recommended by the team at James Pendleton Estate Agents in Balham. This week’s blog focuses on Ancient Roots, an acupuncturist and healer based in Balham and with ties to Central London.

Melanie Hackwell started Ancient Roots after years of training in Chinese Medicine taught her the value of this ancient practice in a society which values chemical remedies above their herbal counterparts. “Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2000 years and comes from a time when people understood the world through interpreting nature; when someone was sick it was understood to be caused by one of the elements, often wind which was associated with cold.”

In modern China, Melanie says, the medical profession still has tremendous respect for the lessons learned by their ancestors and you have to be a trained doctor to administer acupuncture and related therapies. As Melanie explains “the skill lies in reading the body as a network of energy channels, identifying where energy is blocked or lacking and applying thousands of years of skill and observation to identify a solution. Chinese medicine very successfully combines analysis with intuition, something which Western medicine often fails to do.”

So where does the name Ancient Roots come from? Melanie’s studies taught her the disciplines of acupuncture and Tui Na massage, which along with knowledge of herbal remedies make up the three roots of Chinese medicine. She has built up impressive experience of two of the three roots during four years of study and over 18 months of practice.

Melanie Hackwell

Melanie Hackwell

A member of the British Acupuncture Council, Melanie is an assured, qualified and fully certified practitioner and recommends that those who are considering or curious about acupuncture or Tui Na find a practitioner with the right level of training. “There is a lot of scepticism surrounding acupuncture in particular in the UK which is mainly due to improper training; one year of study isn’t enough. A good practitioner has learnt not only to apply the techniques correctly to the right part of the body, but also to look at the body as a whole and in doing so to identify imbalances.”

Melanie’s own interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine stems from a lifelong interest in alternative therapies and a pivotal moment in her personal life. “My dissertation was on the success of acupuncture as an IVF treatment; I studied this area because my own treatment was instrumental to the success of my own IVF course.” Melanie was advised to undergo acupuncture while undergoing IVF and found the approach both relaxing and invigorating. “The practitioner was committed not just to resolving my problem but to treating me as a person, which led to an improvement in my overall health as well as the quality of my eggs and ultimately to conception”.

The key, Melanie says, is to give acupuncture or Tui Na a try; to hold back on misconceptions until you’ve seen a well-qualified acupuncturist. Medicine doesn’t have to revolve around chemistry and appointments; with practices such as Melanie’s it can revolve around your life.

Our Social Media & Marketing Manager, another Melanie, who is working from our Balham office has met her and tried Melanie’s treatment so watch this space to find out more about her great experience!

Melanie now collaborates with her fertility doctor who is the Medical Director of Concept Fertility in Putney. You can visit her website at www.ancient roots.co.uk or email her at melhackwell@ancientroots.co.uk

Bellevue Fair 2013 a roaring success

Bellevue Fair is a local fixture in Wandsworth Common and is loved by local residents and visitors alike. The fair perfectly encapsulates the vibrancy and community spirit of this rather unique part of London.  Sandwiched between Tooting and Clapham Junction, both popular neighbourhoods in their own right, what’s surprising about the area surrounding James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road is its leafy tranquillity in such close proximity to the metropolis.

James Pendleton dog Lily won second prize for Best Female Dog

James Pendleton dog Lily won second prize for Best Female Dog

With wares ranging from food samples to books and crafts, the independent retailers along Bellevue Road created a one day market offering up the unique flavours of the neighbourhood.  Other local businesses such as James Pendleton, an award winning estate agents in Wandsworth, decided to provide the visiting public with a fun challenge ideal for a weekend family stroll.

The company, which markets properties for sale and properties to rent in Wandsworth and beyond, had great success in 2012 with a fast paced ‘Cash Cube’ challenge, and this year gave giant gaming a family twist with a scaled up version of board game favourite ‘Operation’.  Participants competed for cash prizes by removing ‘body parts’ including the infamous funny bone in the quickest time.  With a fun atmosphere (created by the James Pendleton team’s ‘surgical’ attire) and prizes awarded to children and adults alike, plenty of passers-by left the office smiling.

Bellevue Road is lined on one side with boutique style shops and pubs as well as Michelin starred restaurant Chez Bruce, while on the other side the Common stretches northwards.  For the 2013 Bellevue Fair the park played host to the Mayhew Animal Centre’s dog show, an ever popular attraction thanks to Wandsworth Common’s enormous popularity with dog owners.

The event, which ran from 10am to 6pm, culminated in a raffle drawn by popular TV property personality Phil Spencer.  The raffle prizes were contributed by businesses along Bellevue Road and formed an absolutely fantastic prize list including an unusual offer from James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Angel department.  One lucky winner will benefit from the department’s free and secure concierge service plus £250 towards home maintenance works.

To find out more about the James Pendleton Angel department contact angel@jphomes.co.uk or call 020 7501 1045

Bellevue Fair’s giant Operation game: will you beat the clock?

James Pendleton Bellevue Fair Giant Operation

A sneak preview of James Pendleton’s Bellevue Fair Giant Operation game

The annual Bellevue Road Summer Fair is nearly upon us and promises entertainment, refreshments and excitement for all the family!  This year’s fair will take place on Saturday 7th September and local businesses along the picturesque local thoroughfare are busily setting up stalls which promise to make this year’s event particularly thrilling!  The team at James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road are no exception as this year they will be inviting local visitors to compete for a fantastic property prize in a scaled-up version of a challenging family favourite: Giant Operation.

A gigantic buzzer board game will be constructed outside the Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on Bellevue Road for the duration of the day.  Visitors will have the chance to compete against their rivals and the clock in a contest that sees the person completing the challenge successfully in the quickest time walking away with an exciting prize!

The winner will receive a cash prize while runners up will walk away with bottles of bubbly.

Beside fun and games outside James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office there is a lot to keep visitors to Bellevue Fair occupied.  A dog show with special judge has been arranged to take place on the Common itself (to the delight of the area’s large dog walking contingent) and children’s fun centre Bertie and Boo will provide entertainment and a selection of local musicians will provide a perfect backdrop to stalls bustling with local wares.  For the celebrity spotters of Wandsworth, look out for property expert and television personality Phil Spencer who will be announcing the fair’s raffle winners.

James Pendleton’steam have provided a very useful money saving prize to the draw, allowing one lucky local to benefit from an ‘Angel for a day’, £250 worth of property maintenance costs covered by the company’s pioneering Angel department.  In short summary, this department is here to help homeowners by taking care of keys, organising home repairs and acting as an emergency point of contact, and the winner will be able to take advantage of the full service whether a property owner or not.  In addition the Angel department will recommend contractors for a range of jobs, on which the winner will save £250.

The company are delighted to be a contributor to the Fair, which has been carefully planned for several months by the Bellevue Road Residents’ Association.  The Association is made up of, and jointly run by, a number of local businesses and each month representatives including from James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common team are able to have their say on how the local area operates.  Groups such as these do a huge amount for the community, representing local needs and using the power of numbers to make important changes.

To find out more about Bellevue Fair contact James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common office on 020 8673 7777; to learn more about the James Pendleton Angel department call Zara Salih on 020 7501 1045.

 

Best Local Businesses in Battersea: V Clarke Makeup Artistry

 

V Clarke Makeup Artistry

V Clarke Makeup Artistry

We are always on the lookout for exciting new local businesses and James Pendleton  Estate Agents’ Battersea team have heartily recommended V Clarke Makeup Artistry. Providing skilled makeovers and friendly informed advice in a fully mobile service, Clarke’s 17 years’ experience with make-up has given her real expertise, which is backed up by an engaging, helpful and enthusiastic approach and a genuine desire to build a business which fits around her clients’ lives.

Vanessa has lived in and loved the Northcote Road area for over ten years and has worked with make-up since the age of 16.  While working full time as a teacher she often spent evenings and weekends helping friends, family and an increasing network of contacts to prepare for special occasions, and her eagerness to meet and help people has stood her in good stead in establishing her business.

“I launched V Clarke Makeup Artistry three months ago and while I have a huge amount of makeup experience I have found the administrative side of setting up a business a real learning curve” says Vanessa of her experiences so far.  “I knew I had to hit the ground running so I researched extensively before the launch but nothing can prepare you for the adrenaline and pace of the work itself.  While setting up the company has been a challenging experience it has also been immensely rewarding: I’ve met so many people who’ve shown real support and have found that if you work hard and with a positive attitude others will react in kind ”

Vanessa’s focus is on the needs and wishes of her clients and V Clarke Makeup Artistry is most definitely designed to fit around a lifestyle.  While visiting a salon is undoubtedly pleasant, a mobile therapist provides an added level of convenience and intimacy.  Having worked extensively with a wide range of products and brands, Vanessa is perfectly placed to make a recommendation and a convivial, relaxed setting means freedom from some of the pressures of salon life: you can relax, chat and test different products in the knowledge that the next client isn’t waiting in the foyer.

Having worked with wedding parties for years Vanessa is adept at handling the many small crises that can affect a bride’s big day.  Delayed deliveries, late arrivals and high expectations can make a wedding morning as tense as it is exciting and having a dedicated, experienced beautician on hand can make all the difference. That said, V Clarke Makeup Artistry is not solely tailored to wedding parties; working collaboratively with a freelance photographer as well as with numerous other independent local businesses, Vanessa’s network of contacts and eagerness to learn means she is uniquely placed to handle projects large and small.  Whatever your makeup needs you will surely benefit from a conversation with this thorough, experienced and thoughtful new business.

Parents in particular find V Clarke Makeup Artistry a breath of fresh air; with two small children herself, Vanessa appreciates the importance of time out, pampering and conversation, and as a mother and former teacher has a healthy respect for learning, teaching and the holistic approach to make up. “When people aren’t comfortable with the make-up they’re using they can feel both uncomfortable and overwhelmed.  It’s my job to remove doubts or worries and to use each client’s style and personality to inform their make-up choices.”

The female contingent at James Pendleton Estate Agents in Battersea branch have worked with Vanessa and don’t hesitate to recommend V Clarke Makeup Artistry.   The future most certainly holds exciting things for this energized, enthusiastic and ambitious new business.  If you would like to find out more about this beauty therapist in Battersea take a look at her Facebook page or contact her on 07834 835 462.

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