All about Battersea

Historically a part of Surrey, Battersea’s origins date back to Saxon times when it was known as Badrices, or “Badric’s Island”. Today situated in the London Borough of Wandsworth, the area has been subject to what has probably been the most talked about regeneration project in the capital; the prestigious Nine Elms development which has received interest from investors across the globe.

Although Battersea is relatively close to the centre of London, it hasn’t always been a popular choice with buyers. The Nine Elms project has been a major boost to the area, and the arrival of the new Northern Line in 2020 has added to the area’s new found attractiveness to savvy investors. As well as improved transport links, the area will also be the location for a new US Embassy so it’s particularly popular with property seekers from across the pond.

Originally famous for its power station and home for cats and dogs, there’s lots going on in Battersea and young families in particular have flocked to the area in search of a long term home. This demographic have led to the area being given the nickname “Pram Alley” and there’s an abundance of good schools to choose from. A few famous faces have moved to the area too, with celebrity residents including Bob Geldof and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson. Despite its new found fame, the area still maintains a relaxed, friendly air and there’s a strong sense of community here.

Anyone thinking about moving to Battersea will need to act fast- the Nine Elms development, US Embassy and new Covent-Garden style market are attracting lots of interest. Estate agent in Battersea Eden Harper says, “Buyers are snapping up properties in Nine Elms and the surrounding area fast, so if you want to take opportunity to set up home in the area you’ll need to do so quickly to avoid disappointment.”

With the average price of a flat in Battersea currently at £650,000 and houses selling for upwards of £1 Million it’s certainly no longer one of the capital’s more affordable residencies. Renting is equally high, with the average 2 bed flat being leased at around £2,380 per month- Assetgrove says, “although Battersea properties come with a higher price tag than many other areas, you’re buying into something a little bit special which is only going to become more exciting over time.”

With plentiful shops, cafes and restaurants and places of interest, there’s lots to do in Battersea. There are bespoke boutiques and artisan shops galore, and those who appreciate fine dining will revel in the opportunity to eat out at Michelin starred restaurant Chez Bruce. Its riverside location makes Battersea particularly appealing to anyone who enjoys a glass of Pimm’s and a picnic during the summer months, and the new market is expected to make the area a major cultural destination. According to Proskips, “Battersea is one of the most exciting areas of London right now. Investors from all over the world are interested in what this vibrant area has to offer, and now is the best time to buy.”

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