Dover House Road Conservation Area

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Flowerfairy78
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Dover House Road Conservation Area

Postby Flowerfairy78 » Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:56 pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm new here so thank you in advance for your thoughts and help!

We are returning to the UK after several years in Bangkok and are relocating to SW London. We're a family of four with kids who'll be 11 and 13 next summer when we get back. We also have two lovely Thai rescue dogs :)

We're selling our house in Hampshire and will be buying in SW London depending on school places-the children will be going to Independent schools (at least initially) as school places seem a total nightmare esp when not in situ to apply!!!

We're considering a few areas; Twickenham/Strawberry Hill/St Margaret's, Surbiton and also, latterly, the Dover House Rd Conservation Area in Wandsworth which is close to (wealthier, lol) friends.

Does anyone know anything about Dover House area? Is it safe for 11-13 yr olds to ride bikes, walk home from the park and school bus stops etc? Is ASB common? It looks like a real community, is it? It looks close to green spaces which is very important to us with kids and dogs :)
Any info much appreciated as in this area we could get a house in the other areas it might be a house but likely to be a garden maisonette or mansion flat. Our budget is approximately ÂŁ685,000.

Any thoughts on the other areas I mentioned?

Thanks again, this is invaluable when we can't return to look at areas on the ground as Thailand is red listed and also suffering a very slowly receding third wave of Covid. Looking forward to receiving your replies 🙂
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Re: Dover House Road Conservation Area

Postby munteria » Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:43 am

Hi there Flowerfairy. I know the area very well having lived here for 15+ years (I have children around the same age as yours). It’s lovely. Yes, a real community. A nice mix of people who have lived here for years and have grown up here, and new families with young children or children on the way. It’s lovely and green, with walks to Wimbledon Common, Putney Common and Richmond Park within easy reach. I would say that prices have gone up dramatically recently - £685k will get you a two bedroom now, or you may be able to get a three bedroom that needs work, so you will need money in your budget for that if you do manage to find one.

Yes, as you are thinking, I chose this area as you get more for your money (ie a house and a garden) than the surrounding areas, particularly West Putney. It doesn’t feel like London, but is in easy reach if everything. Barnes is the nearest mainlind station and buses to East Putney or Putney Bridge tubes. Feel free to DM me if you have any more questions. I also know a lot about the schools round here - private and state.
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Re: Dover House Road Conservation Area

Postby munteria » Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:45 am

Ps. It’s a very dog friendly area. You will meet loads of people walking your dogs
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Re: Dover House Road Conservation Area

Postby Starr » Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:42 am

I know people who live there and it so idyllic!
The houses are smaller than your average terrace but what you have instead is amazing green spaces in all directions - Barnes, Putney, Wimbledon and riverside. Many people tend to stay put while others pursue a bigger house.
Manor Fields (mansion flats) is also really nice but with a dog I'd think Dover House would be better. Also the service charge in mansion flats can be very high.
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