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What’s in Vauxhall?

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Since 1st October, we are! Following the exciting launch of our new office, we talk to our Vauxhall Sales Manager, Clodagh Blain, to find out a bit more about this fantastic area.

Vauxhall riverbank
Photo: Davide D'Amico, Flickr

First things first, where exactly are we moving to?

Clodagh: The area we’ve come to is really Vauxhall and Kennington, and if you were to drop a pin on the very centre of London’s transport network, it wouldn’t land far from our new patch!

The area is served by no less than six tube stations (Vauxhall, Oval, Stockwell, Kennington, Lambeth North and Elephant & Castle) and is within easy reach of London’s busiest rail station, Waterloo. You don’t get much more connected than that.

So what is the area all about?

Clodagh: Vauxhall is famous today for its vibrant nightlife and mix of cultures. It is also renowned for its range of independent shops and food venues, presenting an eclectic mix of amenities.

You can treat yourself to a delicious homemade ‘Pasteis de Nata‘ while sipping your expresso in one of the family run restaurants of the area known as ‘Little Portugal’ on South Lambeth Road, such as at A Toca, or perhaps you’d prefer to taste any one of the prize-winning ales in the Fentiman Arms around the corner.

Meanwhile, its next door neighbour Kennington is better known for its attractive Georgian architecture and hidden garden squares, such as Clever Square or Walcot Square, but still remains one of London’s best kept secrets.

It’s not uncommon to see a famous face walking the streets of Kennington; the area is within the ‘division bell’, the boundary set by Parliament to ensure that MPs can be at Parliament within eight minutes of the bell being rung in case of emergency. Famous residents have included the star of 20th Century silent films, Charlie Chaplin.

What improvements have been done/are ongoing in the area?

Clodagh: The area of Nine Elms runs from Vauxhall to Battersea Park and has recently been subject to significant investment, encompassing the well-known redevelopment of Battersea Power Station for residential and commercial use, the first stage of which is due for completion next year. It is expected that by the completion of the project there will be close to 20,000 new homes within Nine Elms as a whole.

Vauxhall Park
Photograph: Banalities, Fickr

Vauxhall Park itself has also been treated to a major investment in recent years and now boasts newly surfaced tennis courts and well-manicured green spaces in the heart of London – it’s the perfect place to relax on a sunny weekend!

What else is there to see?

Clodagh:

  • Lesser known than the Tower of London but more convenient than Hampton Court, Lambeth Palace is of equal historical interest. As residence of Archbishops of Canterbury since the 13th Century and the oldest continually inhabited residential property in London, it is well worth a visit.
  • Oval Cricket Ground is one of the capital’s oldest sporting grounds and home to regular significant matches throughout the season.
  • The Newport Street Gallery is a comparatively new addition to the area. It boasts impressive exhibitions with free entry and late night openings to encourage everyone to explore!
  • Waterloo’s ‘Hope & Anchor’ pub is widely recognised to be among London’s most popular gastro pubs and fortunately for the residents in our area it has a sister in Stockwell! The Canton Arms is both a local pub and a destination restaurant in one, equally as good as its more well-known sibling.

What are the properties in the area like and what’s the cost?

Clodagh: There is something for everyone in the area, whether your requirements are budget-led or driven by architectural preferences.

The excellent transport connections and network of small parks weaving through the area make it popular for couples who choose to raise a family within easy reach of their workplace and in the heart of London. Likewise, the area’s chequered history means there is a variety of building types to choose from and London’s trendier young residents might find a warehouse conversion or a similarly striking property that will enable them stand out from the crowd.

Palm House, Vauxhall, SE11
A two bedroom flat in Vauxhall, SE11 - £660,000

For a one bedroom flat, you could be expected to pay between £300,000 and £500,000, whereas a two bedroom flat would cost approximately £450,000-£800,000 and a three bedroom family home anywhere from around £950,000 to £1,300,000. And some exciting news for local sellers and landlords: to celebrate the opening of our new office, we will be running our popular 0% promotion - pop in to our new branch for more details.

Want to know what the locals in Vauxhall have recommended as the best places to go? Then take a look at our Local Life page. For more details on prices, check out our Market Trends page, or see what properties we have available for sale and to let.

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