It is daunting moving especcially to an area that you are unsure about. We moved to Furzedown almost 2 years ago and haven't looked back. We searhed in Balham, Tooting Bec, had offers on houses that fell through and then finally moved here. It is a wonderful place to live. We moved from Battersea, we atually rented down here first for 2 reasons to see if we liked it and also to put us in a really strong position to buy. Houses don't come up that often and when they do you have to move quickly. Also if you are thinking of moving I would seriosuly do it sooner rather than later as house prices down here are on the move probably because you can get brilliant space for your money. A house came on the market 3 weeks ago with KFH - Gracedale Road, it needed full modernisation and it has sold already. Not sure what it sold for but it was on at £550K everyone thought it would be on the market for ages but it went!
We have 2 children a 3 year old and a 10 month old. Our 3 year old goes to Seeley Hall Nursery which is part of the Eveline Day Group and it is the most fabulous nursery a really loving and caring enviroment. When we moved our little boy from Bridge Lane Nursery Batersea we were gutted but Seely Hall proved a true winner hands down he came on leaps and bounds, cannot recommend it highly enough.
As for schools we were concerned due to the Ofsted rating of both Penwortham and Furzedown but after living here and getting to know a lot of parents whose children go to both schools we have no concerns and are hoping to get our little boy into Penwortham next September, if he doesn't get in there he will probably go to Furzedown you need to go and see them both, but what I will say is all the children that go to both seem to be very well behaved, happy and content little people.
As for other positives, it is really near the common, it is 20 mimute walk to Balham, 15 minute walk to Tooting, the transport isn't amazing but it is not that horrific you can hop on the bus to the tube or you can walk it takes about 15-20 mins from Moyser Road.
The people who live in the area are really lovely, very friendly and everyone kind of looks out for each other which is so refreshing in London. We have made some fantastic new friends here and in such a short time.
I could go on and on but will stop there whatever you decide the best of luck. But Furxedown is a hidden gem and we think it rocks
and I am one tough cookie to please