Oval SE11

Oval is a small, quiet residential area of Kennington. Best known as home of the famous Oval cricket ground, the area is undergoing a revival and is becoming increasingly popular with those in search of affordable housing in a central location. Transport links are good and due to Oval’s position, most key areas are within 30 minutes’ walking or bike commuting distance too. As local estate agents, Oval is an area that we believe offers great investment potential due to its affordable property prices and close proximity to the City.

Where is Oval?

Oval is a small residential area of Kennington located in the London Borough of Lambeth. Oval overlaps the border of South West London and South East London.

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Transport info

Oval tube station:
On the Northern Line for access to Camden, Euston and central London
Vauxhall station:
A short walk away, and only 5 minutes to Waterloo and Clapham Junction
Bus routes:
Buses to Clapham, Liverpool Street and Brixton

Best local finds

Best culture:
White Bear Theatre
Best restaurant:
Best pub:
The Oval Lounge
Best shop:
Lassco House & Garden
I have just sold my wonderful flat with Fish Need Water. I have been extremely grateful for the help and support from this small agency. I was previously under the assumption that estate agents were all the same only their commission varying. However I was wrong. This is a great company which is why I am taking the time to write this review. My flat had been on the market with a large agent and it wasn't selling. James who runs Fish Need Water, had made contact via mail shot and I wasn't sure how he would compare to the bigger agents, however my flat hadn't sold and I was willing to try someone different! I can honestly say James is an outstanding salesman who breaks the typical estate agent mould and really takes care of his clients. My flat had been recently redecorated but it was fairly empty and void of furnishings. This could have been the reason why it hadn't previously enticed a buyer. When my contract term with the big agent was nearly over, I met with James who immediately pointed out the flat was bare and soulless. I appreciated his honesty and once we had agreed to work together, he suggested I cancel the contract with the other agent, remove it from Rightmove and wait a few weeks. James is a Rightmove genius and an expert in marketing. I added many soft furnishings, pictures, luxury soaps, flowers, wine and books - all following James's advice, and my flat was transformed. James worked closely with the photographer and the photos turned out incredibly well and very arty, a different league to that of the previous agent. In fact James spent the afternoon moving and repositioning items to make the photos work. He even moved all the bins from the front of the house so the street shot looked neat and welcoming. I was impressed with his enthusiasm and attention to detail. Once my flat was up again on Rightmove it soon had an offer. All the preparation work had paid off. Through the whole process I only dealt with James and his legal assistant who both worked really hard to smooth out the legal bumps and usual stresses which often occur when selling in a chain. Working with such a small team meant I never got forgotten as I was only dealing directly with James. There were no mixed messages or missed information which can happen when you work with a sales team of two or three. I would certainly use Fish Need Water again and I have already recommended this company to two of my friends. Thank you James for everything, you are a master of your craft. Rachel Russell
Excellent service and communication throughout the process. James and Susie kept us in the loop at all times and were always there with any questions or concerns we had, I would recommend to others. Paul Ruskin
James Hall and Jack Barber both worked with me to sell my 1 bedroom flat and I\'m so glad they did! From the minute I met James I could tell he was passionate about property and actually cared about your sale. On the day of taking the marketing photos, James came over an hour beforehand to style my property and clear any clutter. So many people commented on how brilliant the photos were and how much it set my flat apart from others on the market. Jack is relatively new to the business but was also really passionate, persuasive and clearly knew his stuff. Above all his professionalism and care shone through. I\'ve already recommended them to two other people looking to sell. They sold my flat quickly in a really tough market (for London flats) and I\'m so glad I went with them. They put the big high street estate agents to shame... The sales progression team also worked hard and really put me at ease through some hairy moments as we neared exchange...big shout out to Susie for a stellar job! Ellie Smith

More about Oval SE11 ...

Oval derives its name from a street layout which originated in 1790 but was never completely built. The area dates back to the 17th century and land there was mainly used as a market garden. Best known for the Oval cricket ground, which is home to Surrey County Cricket Club, the area is popular with young families and commuters.

As estate agents, Oval affords us with some great, affordable housing to offer buyers. The area has a mix of high-quality period conversions and functional ex-Local Authority flats and houses. Many of the area’s flats are situated in low-rise blocks rather than on large estates, and as such they offer peace and tranquillity at an affordable price. As a local letting agent, SE11 is an area we believe has great buy-to-let investment potential – due to the high percentage of flats coupled with the expanding number of commuters in the area.

What to do in Oval SE11 ...

For shopping, Oval is served by Kennington high street – which is small but has a great selection of general stores, independent shops, two mini-supermarkets, a Post Office and a library. There are also plenty of cafes, tearooms, takeaways, and a delicatessen to try. The Oval Farmer’s Market is held weekly within the grounds of St. Mark’s Church, and here you can buy fresh, locally sourced produce.

Oval has a selection of eateries and restaurants including The Oval Tandoori which serves contemporary Asian cuisine and also provides a home delivery service. Adulis is an Eritrean restaurant that has beautiful décor and displays of African instruments, artefacts and artwork. Nightlife is low-key and a larger selection of bars can be found in central Kennington. One of the locals’ favourite watering holes is The Oval Lounge, which has a good selection of beers and wines and serves up light snacks.

Oval culture...

For a bit of culture try the Oval Playhouse which regularly hosts some of the best fringe theatre in London. Central Kennington is also home to several museums including the Imperial War Museum and London’s Cinema Museum.

One of the major advantages of living in Oval is the amount of green space right on your doorstep. Kennington Park is a Green Flag award-winning park and its facilities are focused around families and young people. There are peaceful walks, trees, flower gardens and two playgrounds, as well as great sporting facilities including tennis courts and an all-weather, floodlit football and hockey pitch. For cricket enthusiasts, head to the famous Oval cricket ground which grants free access after 4pm.

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