I can understand your worries about taking the plunge and moving to a completely new unfamiliar area like Earlsfield from leafy Fulham, I was literally dragged kicking and screaming here by my husband from my beloved Nortcote Road "between the commons" 20+ years ago to Earlsfield because we couldn't afford to buy a house over there , and compared to Nortcote Road it appeared rough and very suburban . Garratt Lane then was even "rougher" than it looks now , but looks can be deceiving , because behind that dull, slightly grubby deserted high street there is the most amazing community that is anything but rough ! Hence why my fellow Earlsfielders are spitting out their morning coffee at the very suggestion . There is very little crime , in 20 years here I think one neighbour got his bike nicked from their shed !
Earlsfield to me can be marked out by taking a pen and drawing a line from Burntwood lane along Garratt lane to Magdalen road , and then draw right up to trinity road by Wandworth common , then also draw another line stretching from Earlsfield road along Garratt lane to Allfarthing Lane which also stretches up to Wandworth common , within these two enclaves are two amazing supportive ,incredibly friendly , kind , civilised close knit communities. If you can afford to buy a house within these two enclaves you will not regret it . We have lived within the first enclave for the last 20 years , bringing our sons up here has been a joy. We know all our neighbours on our street , our children all having gone to school together and attended local classes and clubs together over the years . Neighbourly BBQ's ,drinks / dinner parties & book clubs are the norm . In every house there are families with children who are all professionals from many diverse industries . It is a truly wonderfully safe place to live and socialise , there are great bars & restaurants along Garratt lane , the houses mostly have good sized gardens and you don't feel your living near central London at all . There are great transport links , Earlsfield being only 3 stops/ 10 mins on the train to Waterloo . There's a standing joke around here that there's no road rage - you certainly can't misbehave or show any rudeness whilst driving around as you will very likely know your fellow driver . A trip to the local Sainsburys takes an hour as I can't go anywhere without meeting so many local mums I know and of course we have to stop for a chat , so if your moving here to start a family I can't recommend it highly enough .. You could also look at the equally amazing communities of Wimbledon Park Grid and the Southfields Grid . I wish you luck with your search .