Battersea is a popular residential area with good schools, plenty of dedicated green space, and fast and frequent transport links to the City. Quickly becoming the place to live in South West London, property prices and rents are rising steadily and as local estate agents, Battersea is an area we believe has excellent investment potential. With leafy, tree-lined streets, beautiful Victorian architecture, and a great selection of bars, restaurants, and shopping and leisure facilities, Battersea is the perfect place to start your property search.

Where is Battersea?

Battersea is an inner-city district located within the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is situated on the south side of the River Thames.

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Transport info

Battersea Park Station:
16 minutes to London Bridge and 5 minutes to Victoria
Regular Buses:
Regular bus services to Shoreditch, Peckham, and Sloane Square
Night Buses:
To Finsbury Park, Camden Town, Tottenham Court Road, and Aldwych

Best local finds

Best pub:
The Doodle Bar
Best Venue:
Battersea Barge
Best culture:
The Pump House Gallery
Best Park:
Battersea Park
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 Battersea...

Once a part of Surrey, Battersea has Anglo-Saxon roots and takes its name from the old village of Battersea, an historic island settlement on the river. Before the Industrial Revolution transformed Battersea, much of the area was farmland – and wealthy families built grand homes there to use as country retreats. With the coming of industry and the railways Battersea was radically altered and became synonymous with pollution and poor housing which had been built rapidly to accommodate the influx of industrial workers. London’s first super power station, Battersea Power Station, was built in the 1930s. After the 1970s, industry declined and many factories were demolished and replaced with modern apartment blocks, fashionable bistros, trendy bars and leisure facilities.

Rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after areas in South West London, Battersea is home to a vibrant mix of young families and professionals. As estate agents, Battersea affords us with a good mix of properties that will suit most budgets. Battersea is characterised by Victorian architecture, and property comprises terraces, town houses and conversion flats. The waterfront area has also been transformed to include new developments of modern, riverside apartments. Property prices and rents are relatively high, fuelled mainly by the increased desire to live in the area. As a local letting agent, SW11 is an area we recommend to potential investors because of its proximity to the City and the rising demand for good-quality rental accommodation.

Culture in Battersea...

Battersea has a small-town feel and a strong sense of community. Several community groups, including The Battersea Society, operate within the area promoting community issues and arranging meetings and events. The area has one of the highest concentrations of young families in Europe, earning it the nickname “Nappy Valley”. As you’d expect in such a family-friendly area, schooling is good with some schools achieving “Outstanding” Ofsted ratings.

One of the best things about Battersea is its abundance of green spaces. As well as riverside walks, woodland trails and plenty of cycle routes, the area has some great parkland. Wandsworth Common, which joins Clapham Common, has a large open green and hosts various sporting activities, events and live music. Battersea Park is spread over 200 acres and is situated on marshland reclaimed from the Thames. It has peaceful walks and is home to a wide variety of birds and plant species. If all that fresh air gets a bit much, head to The Pump House Gallery, a contemporary exhibition space located in a distinctive four-storey Grade I listed Victorian tower which sits on the lakeside within the Park.

Shopping in Battersea is centred around Northcote Road where local shops and independent traders sit alongside well-known high street stores. Northcote Road Market is great for locally sourced goods, and there is the Antiques Market which offers two floors of antiques and collectibles. Along with cafes and delicatessens, there are some great restaurants in the area including Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak – where you can try Indonesian-inspired dishes like barbecue prawns and rendang. For something out of the ordinary, try Battersea Barge – a floating restaurant that hosts musical, comedy and cabaret entertainment as you dine. Nightlife is varied and includes a good mix of traditional pubs and livelier bars. The Doodle Bar, one of The Guardian’s Top 5 Quirky Bars in London, has walls you can scribble on, a ping-pong table and artistic installations to enjoy. For after-hours fun head to Alchemist, a contemporary cocktail bar with a dance floor and garden seating area.

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