Merton Area Guide

Where is Merton?

The London Borough of Merton, located south-west of central London, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015. It was formed as a result of the merger of Mitcham, Morden, Merton and Wimbledon local authorities in 1965, but the area was settled much earlier. Archaeology has shown that Merton was active even in prehistoric times. Celtic warriors were roaming Wimbledon Village long before the shoppers and drinkers of today. You can find the remnants of an Iron Age hill fort to the southwest of Wimbledon Common windmill, and there is evidence of another Celtic fort in the Pollards Hill area of Mitcham.

Wimbledon

The jewel in Merton’s crown, average sold prices for property in Wimbledon climbed more than 14% in 2014 to hit in excess of £654,000. Famously known as the place that hosts the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament, the suburb is also a popular residential district, with both upmarket Wimbledon Village and easily accessible Wimbledon Town proving popular choices for families and young professionals due to its great transport links, superb shopping and excellent local schools.

Affluent families and some young professionals head up the hill to the grand Victorian houses and conversion flats in Wimbledon Village, while young professionals and families seeking more for their money stay closer to the town centre (and train station) attracted by the period homes and modern developments offering townhouses and apartments.

Colliers Wood

Despite sharing its SW19 postcode with Wimbledon, the mostly residential area of Colliers Wood offers housebuyers in Merton a pocket of affordability, with sold prices for homes averaging £345,536 in 2014.

Offering a mix of period properties and new-build flats, the area benefits from being on the Northern Line between South Wimbledon and Tooting Broadway. While there might not be a wood nearby, Colliers Wood is close to the green spaces of the National Trust-owned Wandle Park and the more informal Wandle Meadow Nature Park.

Many of the residential streets lead directly to the busy high street, which offers a good mix of local shops, while two large shopping areas – the Priory Retail Park and Tandem Centre – are home to many big-name high street brands.

Mitcham

Once famous for its lavender farms, Mitcham was an important industrial centre from the end of the 18th century until the 1960s. Unlike neighbouring Colliers Wood, Mitcham is in the CR postcode area and this is reflected in the good value prices for its range of Edwardian, Victorian and 1930s housing that was originally built to house the poor.

The area also has a large number of post-war houses because Mitcham suffered bomb damage during World War Two due to its economic importance in addition to a large number of local authority properties and a growing number of purpose-built low-rise properties.

Since 2013, property values in Mitcham have risen by more than 16% in 2014, but the suburb remains highly affordable with the average sold price for a home in Mitcham being just above £270,000 in 2014.

Morden & Raynes Park

Until the Tube station was built and the Northern Line extended in 1926, Morden remained a sleepy backwater of cottages and farms. The development of the station transformed the rural landscape, which overnight became within easy commuting distance of central London just seven miles away.

People flocked to the area and building work on the St Helier estate – the largest local authority development in south London – started in 1928, while the 270-home Haig estate was completed in 1935 at the same time as a large number of smaller developments. This explains why Morden’s housing stock has a large number mock Tudor 1930s semi-detached homes.

Education in Merton

Wimbledon comes top of the class when it comes to schools in Merton. Five of the six primary schools in Merton that are rated outstanding by Ofsted are in Wimbledon. These include West Wimbledon, Dundonald, Bishop Gilpin, Singlegate and St Marys. Other sought-after choices are Holy Trinity and Wimbledon Chase primary schools.

For secondary education, the girls-only Ursuline High also has an outstanding Ofsted rating. Other choices are Willington, Richards Lodge and Wimbledon College.

For private education, parents look to Wimbledon High and King’s College, which were both placed in the top 200 performing schools in the country for both GCSE and A level results.

We have a selection of prestigious properties up to £20m being sold discreetly but are not shown on our website. For details call us on:

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