Tooting SW17

Tooting is a popular, bustling area that has a real old-school London vibe. With a multicultural, diverse population which is reflected in the wide variety of shops and restaurants, the area is fast becoming a much sought-after place to live. Tooting is an ideal area for first-time buyers looking to get more for their money, as well as for families who enjoy the spacious living provided by the area’s period properties. As local estate agents, Tooting, in our opinion, is an area which has good investment potential and is a great place to start your property search.

Where is Tooting?

Tooting is a district in South London located within the London Borough of Wandsworth. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of the 35 major centres in London.

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Transport info

Tooting station:
20 minutes to Blackfriars, and direct trains to St Pancras and Luton Airport
Tooting Broadway tube station:
On the Northern Line for central London (25 minutes to Bank)
Bus routes:
Extensive bus routes towards Victoria, Putney, Clapham, Brixton and Battersea

Best local finds

Best Park:
Tooting Bec Common
Best Leisure:
Tooting Bec Lido
Best restaurant:
Mirch Masala
Best Coffee Shop:
Walker Wyatt Coffee Shop
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 Tooting SW17

Tooting is a historical area believed to have Anglo-Saxon roots. Tooting High Street is built on the site of the original Roman road which passed through the area. Up until the 19th century, most of the area was rural and used for agricultural purposes, and much of the area’s development didn’t occur until the Victorian era with the arrival of better transport links and industry. The area has been known as Tooting since 1767.

Today Tooting is a bustling area that attracts a diverse range of people. Residents have been described as “salt of the earth types”, and the strong sense of community is reflected in the various community groups, websites and residents’ online forum. As well as having relatively affordable housing, the area benefits from being located in Wandsworth, the London Borough with the cheapest Council Tax rates.

As estate agents, Tooting affords us with a good mix of properties to suit all budgets. Heaver Estate, just north of Tooting Bec, has larger, more sought-after properties. The remainder of the housing stock comprises Victorian and Edwardian terraces, ex-Local Authority housing, and some new brownfield developments. The rental market is strong and the area has an already well-established tenant base. As a local letting agent, SW17 is an area we would recommend for buy-to-let investment because of its proximity to the City as well as the abundance of reasonably priced flats for sale.

What to do in Tooting

Tooting is split into three main areas – Tooting Bec which is quiet, highly desirable, and has lots of green space; Tooting Broadway which has a lively, multicultural vibe; and Furzedown which is popular with families and has great schools – some of which received “Outstanding” Ofsted ratings. Shopping is centred around Tooting High Street and Mitcham Road, where a good mix of high street chains, charity shops, local stores and a large supermarket can be found. There are also some good markets in the area with the most popular being Tooting Broadway Indoor Market – a bustling place where you can buy everything from handmade jewellery, to fruit and veg and household essentials.

Tooting has plenty of cafes, takeaways and restaurants to try. Upper Tooting Road is the place to head to if you fancy something spicy, as it has a large number of Indian and Asian eateries including the much-loved Al Mirage. Alternatively, try Meza, a small Lebanese restaurant with an open kitchen and charcoal grill that is so popular you need to book at least two weeks in advance! Nightlife in Tooting is lively with a good selection of bars, pubs and live entertainment venues on offer. Tooting Tram & Social is a converted tram shed which houses a huge chandelier-lit bar and a smaller mezzanine level with screens for live sport. The music is laid back and there’s a pretty extensive wine list to choose from. The Ramble Inn is a more traditional pub that hosts poker nights, a weekly quiz night and an Irish music night.

Tooting Culture

Tooting is an area with abundant green space and plenty of activities to suit the whole community. Tooting Bec Common is a historic park several miles across with beautiful walks, a popular lido, sports facilities and children’s play area. It is also home to community events and concerts, and is also a popular fishing location. Further sports facilities and a pool can be found at Tooting Leisure Centre. Tooting is also where the London Sewing Machine Museum is located. The museum is well worth a visit and has more than 600 machines dating 1850-1950 on display.

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