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September 15, 2021

Battersea was such an undesirable location in Victorian times, that, in order to alter the perception of the area, town planners named its station ‘Clapham Junction.’ This station name has remained the same ever since, despite the fact that it sits slap bang in the middle of Battersea itself.

The town had developed considerably by the late 19th century, becoming a major town and railway centre. This caused the population to skyrocket from 6,000 in 1849 to almost 170,000 by the year 1910. Almost all farmland was developed into housing tracts and railway infrastructure, save for three protected parklands to maintain some greenery for the area. Battersea Park itself was created in the mid-1800s, after which came much housing development, including Queen Anne houses, cottages, and mansion blocks.

Battersea today

Today, Battersea couldn’t be further from its unpopularity of the early 1800s. Now, it is considered to be one of the capital’s most popular neighborhoods, thriving with young professionals and families alike - so much so, that many refer to it affectionately as ‘Nappy Valley.”

Battersea residents love the proximity to the city, as well as the vibrant cafes, restaurants, and shops on offer, as well as enjoying the Northcote Road Markets and the green spaces. It boasts excellent transport links, an abundance of easy-to-reach attractions, and one of the lowest council tax rates in the capital, so it’s no mystery why it’s such a popular location for buying, renting, and investing in.

Living in Battersea

Although it is famed for its animal rescue centre and power station, there is much more to Battersea than that.

In Battersea, you get the best of both worlds, with an abundance of open, green spaces, a strong sense of community, and central London at your fingertips.

There is also a lot to do in Battersea itself. A wide range of pubs, restaurants, cafés, shops, gyms, and other activities such as high ropes and mini golf keep the locals entertained. Plus, there are several fantastic markets, and Battersea Park is wonderful for a stroll or some more active fun with crazy golf, tennis, and football. The park also features a range of events throughout the year, such as the November fireworks display.

Although it isn’t part of the London underground, Battersea is extremely well connected, with Clapham Junction being Britain’s busiest station. From there you can get to Victoria in around four minutes, as well as London Bridge, Waterloo, Hounslow, Croydon, and areas in South West London, too.

The Battersea Arts Centre is also a wonderful centre for cultural events and creative activities, and there are more attractions still in nearby Chelsea, which is just across Battersea Bridge.

Northern Line Extension

Added to the already fantastic connections, a new tube station at Battersea Power Station is scheduled to open on September 20. This new station forms part of the Northern Line Extension and will drastically improve the area’s connectivity to neighbourhoods south of the capital. It is also a significant milestone in the £9bn Battersea Power Station regeneration works, which is fast becoming one of the best-connected development projects in London.

Battersea property market: Sales

Current real-time figures show that the Battersea property market is strong. According to these figures, the majority of properties sold in Battersea in the last twelve months were flats, going for an average of £703,153. Meanwhile, terraced houses sold for an average price of £1,236,890, and semi-detached properties are averaging at £1,526,768.

Portico’s Battersea Office Manager, Medleen Brereton, says, “Property prices in Battersea have levelled off recently in response to the market slowing a little after the stamp duty holiday crunch. With the Northern Line extension about to open and the high quality of Battersea living, the area remains a firm investment, though, with many beautiful properties currently on the market.”

The average property price in Battersea is currently £868,018, down 5% year-on-year and 9% lower than the £954,667 peak of 2017.

Property for sale in Battersea

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Juniper Drive, Battersea, SW18
£685,000 (Leasehold)
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Crockerton Road, Tooting Bec, SW17

£495,000 (Share of Freehold)

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom

Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11

£350,000 (Leasehold)

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom

Gideon Road, Battersea, SW11

£330,000 (Leasehold)

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Battersea property market: Rentals

According to our latest data, weekly rentals for 1-bedroom properties are averaging £1,884 per month, 2-bedroom properties are averaging £3,150 per month, 3-bedroom properties are averaging £5,660 per month, and 4-bedroom properties are averaging £8,106 per month. The majority of properties to rent that are currently on the market in Battersea are flats.

Property for rent in Battersea

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Northcote Road, Battersea, SW11

£575 per week (£2,499 pcm) tenancy info

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Regeneration to make Battersea even more desirable

As well as the vast redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the introduction of the Northern Line Extension, a £1.4bn estate regeneration project has recently been approved for the area. This scheme will create up to 2,550 new residential homes, a library, a leisure and community centre, a new public park, and a children’s nursery/centre.

The regeneration of the area in addition to the drastically improved connectivity that the Northern Line will create is set to vastly improve the popularity of an already highly desirable London location. Anyone thinking of buying or investing in Battersea should get in quick.

Looking to buy, rent or invest in Battersea?

With its green spaces, lifestyle variety, development improvements, and excellent connectivity, Battersea is fast becoming one of the most attractive locations for homebuyers, tenants, and landlords alike.

If you are thinking of buying, renting, or investing in Battersea, contact our Battersea estate agent office on 020 7738 1538 - we’d love to answer any questions you have about the area or any specific properties of interest. You can also find out how much your property is worth in just a few easy clicks with our online property valuation tool.

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