Streatham and Norbury SW16

Streatham is a vibrant, multicultural area with a well-established local arts scene and great shopping and leisure faculties. Norbury is a peaceful area with a village-like feel which also has some great facilities to offer. Both areas have excellent transport links and relatively affordable property prices, and seem to have caught the eye of young families, professionals and first-time buyers. As estate agents, Norbury and Streatham are areas we believe have great investment potential and as a result are both places we would recommend as good starting points to begin your property search.

Where are Streatham and Norbury?

Streatham is a district which is situated predominantly in the London Borough of Lambeth, but also has western borders that overlap with the London Borough of Wandsworth. Norbury is a residential area situated predominantly within the London Borough of Croydon, but it overlaps in parts with the London Borough of Merton. Although located in different boroughs, Streatham and Norbury share the same postcode.

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Transport info

Streatham Hill station:
18 minutes to Victoria
Bus routes:
Extensive bus network serving Brixton, Clapham, New Cross, Balham and more
Night buses:
Night buses from Oxford Circus and Liverpool Street

Best local finds

Best Leisure:
Streatham Food Festival
Best restaurant:
Perfect Blend
Best Park:
Streatham Common
Best culture:
Tate Public Library
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 Streatham SW16 ...

Streatham takes its name from “hamlet on the street” and dates back to Roman times. The area remained largely unchanged until the 18th century when people flocked there to use the village’s natural springs which were celebrated for their health-giving properties. Development increased with the arrival of Streatham Hill railway station. The A23 road (and its high traffic levels) that runs through the area have often been blamed for much of the decline during the 1970s and 1980s, but the area is now undergoing redevelopment and the local council is working hard to promote the area’s many attractions.

As estate agents, Streatham affords us with a good mix of properties to offer buyers. The property landscape comprises Victorian and Edwardian terraces, larger period conversions, 1920s/30s mansion blocks and post-war functional housing. Cheaper than neighbouring Clapham and Balham, the area has become a popular choice with first-time buyers and young families. Due to its excellent transport services (including some of the best bus links in Europe) the area’s rental market is currently enjoying a surge thanks to increasing numbers of commuters choosing to settle there. As a local letting agent, SW16 is an area we recommend to landlords looking to invest because of the already well-established tenant base.

What to do in Streatham SW16

At two miles long, Streatham has one of Europe’s longest high streets and was home to the UK’s first supermarket. Today the area boasts a good selection of high street stores and independent shops as well as a cinema, ice rink and bowling alley. Nightlife is fairly low-key and comprises a range of bars and traditional pubs including The Five Bells which plays an eclectic mix of 80s and 90s pop music and serves up a good choice of beers and wines. There are plenty of eateries to choose from such as Mangetsu, a popular sushi restaurant.

There is plenty of green space to be enjoyed including Streatham Common with its amazing views, woodland, grassland, wild flower meadow and picnic area. Part of the Common has now also been declared a Local Nature Reserve. As local estate agents, Streatham provides us with some of the best views and pretty tree-lined streets that South West London has to offer.

What to do in Norbury SW16

The name Norbury derives from North Burh, meaning North Borough. Like neighbouring Streatham and Croydon, Norbury lies on the old London-to-Brighton Roman road, which has become the A23. The area saw increased development and settlement after the railway station opened in 1878 and connected Norbury with Croydon, London Bridge and Victoria. Today the area has a village feel and is well served by many residents’ associations and community groups.

As estate agents, Norbury affords us with some very reasonably priced properties to offer buyers, mainly because the area is still relatively unknown. The Green Lane area with its wide tree-lined streets is the most sought-after location, with the more affordable terraces, conversion properties and flats being found towards the high street. As a local letting agent, SW16 is an area we recommend to commuters because of its close proximity to the City and the great local transport links.

Norbury high street has all the usual amenities on offer as well as a few high street names, cafes, a Post Office and a library. There are plenty of takeaways to choose from and a few good restaurants including Shahee Bhelpoori Vegetarian Restaurant which offers an extensive choice of nutritious, meat-free dishes from South India’s Kerala region. Nightlife is fairly low-key but Norbury’s location means it is within easy reach of nearby livelier haunts. The Norbury & Edge NightClub is the area’s main venue and incorporates a large bar, nightclub and function room and hosts regular live music and entertainment nights.

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