A stable, loving home environment is the best place to raise a family. But that’s not going to create many column inches, provoke much discussion or (and we’ll admit a vested interest at this point) do much to persuade people to up sticks and move house.

Which is why the vexed question of ‘Best Place’ is often the subject of intensely scientific surveys and questionnaires, which break down the facilities and amenities of various places around the UK into easily measurable chunks, and then use the raw material to award the grand prize. As a Wimbledon estate agent with unrivalled knowledge of the local area thanks to our sales and lettings professionals living in and around the Village, we knew the answer to the question where is the best place to live? But a new survey has thrown up more than a few surprises.

It’s become something of a cliché to say that London is a vibrant, exciting, multicultural global city and one of the most exciting destinations in the world but… you wouldn’t want to live there.

Although Wimbledon Village and surrounding areas like Coombe, Kingston Hill and Putney are extremely popular places to live, it should come as no surprise that the top destinations in the latest survey are all found north of the Watford Gap.

This was a Family Friendly survey that sought to create a solid definition of Quality of Life, using the kind of details which new parents worry about even before their first child is born, such as the best primary schools in an area.

The top three places listed were all in the north-west of England – Shrigley Road in Bollington, near Macclesfield, Cheshire; Lower Cophurst Lane in Chorley, Lancashire; and Tame Lane in Delph, near Manchester.

Meanwhile, Coachways in Mapperley, near Nottingham and Packington Lane, Packington, Leicestershire completed the top five. So detailed was the list that it even offered different recommendations for those starting a family and those who already have a family, whereas those with a new born and a child of school age (did we mention that the survey was very detailed?) were pointed in the direction of Poynton in Cheshire.

Need we mention the fact that we were shocked that Wimbledon didn’t make the top five? Here at Robert Holmes, we experience a constant demand for family homes within a mile of the Village, close to a wide selection of first-class educational establishments such as King’s College School and Wimbledon Girls’ High School.

Home to the world-famous Lawn Tennis Championships and the capital’s largest Common, Wimbledon is a thriving area with a rich heritage dating back to the Iron Ages. Yet despite its charming, almost rural atmosphere, it is just seven miles from the centre of London.

Living in Wimbledon you can hop on a Tube or overground train and, in no time, be surrounded by the adrenaline fuelled rush of the centre of London.

You may not be convinced, of course, and may already be planning to escape from Wimbledon to the peace and quiet of north-west England. If that is the case then we’re sorry but would love the chance to handle the sale of your house.

As one of south-west London’s leading independent firms of surveyors, valuers and estate agents, we will work to maximise the value of your home and ensure that the sale completes quickly and efficiently.

To ensure that your family gets off to the very best start of its life up north (or anywhere else in the world), contact Robert Holmes today to arrange an accurate valuation of your Wimbledon home.


About the author

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.

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