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Balham Area Guide

Posted by on Oct 4, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on Balham Area Guide

Balham Area Guide

Balham Area Guide

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For people living outside of London, the capital is a complex beast that is impossible to navigate. However, for die-hard Londoners, the city can be easily divided into two simple regions: North and South. 

The North-South divide in London is deeply ingrained into the cities personality; it is often the subject of debate at after-work drinks, and each side of the argument will have their reasons for repping their side of the river (and mocking the other side as well!). 

The North-South divide in London used to fall favourably on the side of the North, but the tide is changing. South London used to be mocked for its poor travel connections, as well as a lack of nightlife locations and restaurants. However, the South is fighting back, with there (arguably) being more trendy locations currently in the South than the North.

 

The Rise of the South

Shoreditch is known as the capital’s hipster hot spot, but the area has arguably become so gentrified that it is no longer cool. For every Brick Lane Beigel Bake and Lahore Kebab House, there is a cafe selling over-priced cereal and a 1920’s themed cocktail bar, flogging your over-priced drinks on the basis that it’s still the prohibition. Essentially, Shoreditch has lost its way, meaning there is a vacant space for London’s lesser-known areas to step into the limelight; South London has taken this chance. 

Areas such as Clapham, Peckham and Brixton are now prospering and thriving, with South London now being the city’s ‘go-to’ destination for people moving to the capital. Unsurprisingly, however, this has led to huge rent hikes, and tenants looking at surrounding areas as a more viable solution. One of those areas is Balham.

What makes Balham stand out from other areas?

“We are now entering Old Balham. Time has passed by this remote corner; so shall we” said legendary comedian Peter Sellers, in his 1950’s travel guide to the area, entitled ‘Balham, Gateway to the South.’ 

 However, while Balham in the 1950’s may not have been anything to shout about, the Balham of today couldn’t be further from its past.

 Balham has spent much of its life being overshadowed by the neighbouring areas of Brixton, Clapham and Tooting. Although this leafy suburb may not offer the excitement and diversity of its neighbours, Balham has quickly become a highly sought after area for Londoners looking for a slower pace of life while still being able to dip their toe into the capital’s cultural waters. 

Such is the allure and attraction of Balham, the area has twice been voted as one of Britain’s best places to live by the Sunday Times, in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The lifelong residents of Balham will tell you that these awards are overdue, with the area having a long history of community spirit and togetherness.

This suburb and its unique character used to be a hidden gem in the capital’s crown, but the stature of the SW12 postcode is growing, as independent coffee stores, restaurants and boutiques continue to arrive on Balham’s doorstep and attract London’s gaze.

Balham’s geography forms a large part of its appeal. The suburb attracts a more mature crowd than the likes of Clapham and Brixton, with it being the perfect place for young families to set up a life in the capital. However, Balham is not just an area for families, it also attracts a younger crowd of Londoners who want to be near the capital’s nightlife without having to be constantly consumed by it. 

But, for all this talk of community spirit and a laid-back atmosphere, what is it really like to live in Balham? Everyone who is moving to London, and everyone that already lives in it, is obsessed with one thing and one thing only: the commute.

Transport in and out of Balham

As previously mentioned, South London is notorious for its poor transport links. The lack of tube stations in the South, particularly in the South East, means that rents in South London tend to be lower than its Northern rival. In Balham, however, residents are spoilt for choice and this is reflected in property prices (more on that later).

Trains

Despite the fact Balham resides in ‘Zone 3’, the neighbourhood sits on the Northern Line, and benefits from having National Rail trains and plenty of buses to ferry its residents around town. 

The variety of travel options in Balham make it the perfect place for young professionals who regularly commute into the capital. The Northern Line takes 20 minutes to reach the corporate offices of Bank, while a train will get you to Victoria station in just 18 minutes. The station is also two stops away from Clapham Junction, which offers access to many other parts of the country. Balham’s transport links are only going to get stronger, with Transport for London currently investing millions into the Northern Line, which is set to increase capacity by 20% and speed by 18%. 

London is trying to change its ‘Big Smoke’ image, with the capital committing to several environmental schemes to clean up its air pollution issues. Making the city more cycle-friendly has formed a larger part of this mission, with the city constantly building and developing new cycle lanes and cycle superhighways.

Cycling

Clapham, and much of South West London, benefits from Cycle Super Highway 7 (CS7), that takes residents from the suburbs into the city. Cycling in London can be tough, but CS7 makes cycling through the city easier and less scary. Not only that, but a cycling commute is a lot cheaper than getting the train or tube, and gives your body a workout along the way. 

There’s no doubting that an easy commute makes a huge difference when living in London, but there is more to life than getting to and from work in less than an hour. You need to feel comfortable, safe and happy in your area in order to get the best out of living in the capital – and this is where Balham really excels.

Schools in Balham

For parents with young children, Balham is the perfect place to send their kids to school. The suburb has four primary schools and two comprehensive secondary schools that have been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and also boasts multiple private schools as well.

Things to see and do in Balham

As mentioned, another part of Balham’s appeal is the community spirit that you unlikely to find in other parts of the city. Residents in the area like to stay in Balham on the weekends and regularly invest in community projects and events. 

Balham high street is overflowing with pavement cafes filled to the brim with families and young professionals, who exist in perfect harmony with one another. Whether you are after a park for picnicking or relaxing, interesting bars or new and exciting restaurants, Balham welcomes everyone. 

Food

London is one of the greatest cities in the world when it comes to food, and Balham does its best to contribute to this reputation. Milk, on Bedford Hill, is a hip brunch spot that is the perfect place for a lazy weekend meal, while Balham Farmers’ Market offers delicious fresh pasta, bread and food vendors to hungry customers. Not only is the market the perfect place to fill up hungry tummies, but you can also pick up some groceries while tucking into your treats. 

Balham has plenty of chain restaurants for those wanting to play it safe, but the best food lies in independent restaurants and cafes. Heart of Balham is a much-loved local business that serves up delicious food in a laid-back setting. The middle-eastern inspired menu is packed with flavour, while also being perfect for vegetarians and vegans. 

Drink

It’s no secret that Londoners like a drink and the residents of Balham are no different. The area boasts several traditional pubs and exciting bars to keep punters entertained, with The Exhibit being the pick of the bunch. The venue describes itself as a ‘Youth club for adults’, which may not sound like much, but with a lively bar, a cracking menu and an independent cinema, it’s a fantastic hub of activity that serves the area well. 

Outside of The Exhibit, Balham Bowls Club (affectionally known as the BBC) is a giant pub that caters to the community in more ways than your average boozer. Children are allowed until 9pm, dogs are welcome and there’s a programme of events ranging from pub quizzes and live music to mindfulness sessions and yoga. 

Another pub of note is The Bedford, which is an iconic venue in a Grade II listed building. Not only does the pub offer a weekly roaster of comedy and live music, but it also hosts Balham Comedy Festival each year and offers a full week of comedy events.

Property in Balham

Given that it’s a London borough with good transport connections and great schools, living in Balham is not cheap. Despite the fact that living in the borough of Wandsworth means that residents of Balham enjoy one of the lowest council tax rates in London, house prices are extremely expensive.

Balham has become so attractive to buyers with plenty of money, that the young professionals who currently reside in the suburb are unlikely to be able to afford a property there. 

Buying

According to the latest figures from Rightmove, the average price of a flat in Balham was £549,995. Terraced properties sold for an average of £1,172,018, with semi-detached properties fetching a cool £1,446,593. 

Balham, with an overall average price of £810,771, is significantly more expensive than other areas of London. The average house price in the capital in 2018 stood at £478,853, meaning Balham is over £300,000 more expensive than the London average.

Development Projects and New Builds

It’s easy to see why property in Balham fetches the prices that it does. Before the arrival of the railway in 1856, and the Northern Line in the 1920s, Balham was an area of old farmhouses and cottages. However, things swiftly changed, and Balham enjoyed two rounds of property building that continue to shape the area today.

The road layout created during the property boom remains, with Balham being packed full of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian period properties that have plenty of space and large (for London at least) gardens. However, with Balham’s population continuing to grow, several eye-catching developments have broken ground in recent years.

The Ipsus10 development at Bedford House is a modern apartment complex on Balham High Road which was awarded the ‘Best Residential Development in London’ at the 2018 international Property Awards.

Despite the increasing popularity of Balham, the suburb remains a something of a hidden gem in London. Its location forms of a large part of the area’s appeal, with Balham being perfectly situated for those who want to enjoy London and all its delights, without the hectic and busy lifestyle.  

With great transport links, a growing food and drink scene, and plenty of community projects, Balham is the perfect place for young professionals and young families to co-exist together. It’s this mixture of city living and a village-like atmosphere that marks Balham out as one of the best places to live in London.

If you’re interested in other London Areas, check out our list of area guides for more information on great spots within the capital.


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Published at Mon, 30 Sep 2019 10:00:32 +0000

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5 simple tricks to help you stay focused while packing

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in The Moving | Comments Off on 5 simple tricks to help you stay focused while packing

5 simple tricks to help you stay focused while packing

5 simple tricks to help you stay focused while packing

There’s no doubt that when moving out, packing is the most important task you’ll need to take care of before Moving day knocks on your door. All of your personal items will have to be adequately protected and properly packed up to survive the haul between the two homes.

Choosing not to pay for professional packing services can prove to be a great move because it’ll help you save money – something that’s especially critical when you’re moving on a tight budget. Yes, packing by yourself can be a smart move under specific circumstances… but there’s always the risk of you not finishing the packing job on time.

And one of the major reasons for falling behind a packing schedule is the lack of focus and concentration while packing for a move. But you don’t have to make that common packing mistake, do you?

Here are 5 tricks to help you keep your focus while packing for a move:

1. Follow a packing calendar

One great way to keep your packing focus is to follow a good packing checklist that will guide you gradually from one task to another without any waste of precious time. Considering that packing is the most time-consuming pre-move task of them all, you just can’t afford to sit around, partly confused, not knowing what to pack next, or which room to pack next for that matter.

A packing schedule will help you shift your focus onto the next packing job, thus eliminating potential stressful situations of you not being ready when the movers show up on the day of the move. Now, with a clear packing checklist, you’ll be able to focus on what it is that you need to do – packing your books, shoes, clothes, and even some of your furniture pieces.

While you’re packing for a move, careful planning is the key to having a smooth house move – start packing your things really early in your preparations and follow a detailed packing timeline to stay concentrated and focused until the job is finished.

It’s fairly easy to lose your packing concentration when you have no idea which rooms and items to start packing next.

Must-read: Packing timeline for moving /Packing Checklist/

2. Have the packing materials by your side

One of the best tips for staying focused when packing for a move is to have all the required packing supplies by your side before you start wrapping up and boxing up your things.

Now, while it may be next to impossible to know the exact quantity of the packing materials way before the packing task is finished, you should at least have enough

  • cardboard boxes,
  • packing paper,
  • bubble wrap, and
  • packing tape

to start the process without having to go and get more supplies too often.

Follow the link below to learn how many moving boxes you will need depending on the number of rooms and the square footage of the place you’re moving out of. Of course, the number of people living under the same roof and the number of years spent there will also influence the average calculation of cardboard boxes needed to get the packing job done.

Oftentimes, to stay focused while packing is all about not interrupting the long process too many times to do other things you should have taken care of beforehand, such as to go looking for more packing materials.

How many boxes do you need for a move?

3. Set mini packing goals

It can relatively easy to lose your focus and get demotivated when you’re faced with the overwhelming task of packing up your entire home for a move. It’s an arduous job that usually gets stretched out for many days, often weeks, and your mind may have trouble accepting the house packing challenge.

A great way to trick your mind into believing that packing for a move is easier than it really is is to break the entire process into much smaller mini projects. For example, a good tactic is to use the room-by-room approach by focusing your entire packing attention on only one room at a time.

And the best part of your room-by-room packing technique is that you can go a step further and set mini packing goals within that same room. For instance, you can start with the mini goal of packing up your books from the living room, and when you’re done, you can move to the next mini packing goal – packing the various pieces of electronic equipment found in there.

Complete one mini job and then move to the next one from your packing checklist – that’s how you’ll manage to stay focused while packing for a move.

Read also: Which are the golden rules of packing for a move?

4. Say NO to time-wasting distractions

Packing an entire home for a move takes forever, and you may need to speed up your packing tempo in order to pack your last boxes before your movers show up. With only a few days before the move-out day, you may find out that you’re massively behind the packing schedule and need to make up for the lost time. And how exactly do you do that? By being 100% focused while packing, of course.

Distractions while packing can cause you to lose your focus, and thus slow down your packing momentum. It’s fine to play some energetic music in the background to set the packing tempo and make the entire process more pleasant.

However, numerous neighbors coming over to see how you’re doing, frequent phones calls that can wait, and having to look at the TV screen constantly to keep up with your favorite TV show will decrease the overall packing efficiency by destroying the last remnants of concentration that you have in you.

Make an effort to stay focused when packing for a move by eliminating all major distractions from your work. Yes, packing is rather boring and sometimes minor distractions can be kind of welcome… but that can only be true when you’ve started packing really early and now have the luxury of enough breathing space until Moving day.

Must-read: 7 Signs you’re behind on your packing schedule

5. Promise yourself a reward of some kind

Another proven trick to stay focused while packing and finish that super-important task as quickly as possible is to promise yourself either smaller rewards after completing each mini packing goal you’ve set in advance, or a big reward after packing up all of your things in a timely manner, definitely before the morning of the Big day.

Obviously, staying focused when packing for a move should be easier when you know that there’s a reward of some sort for the increased efficiency on your part. You may choose to go out a catch a movie with your friends after packing up the kitchen of your soon-to-be old home.

Or you can buy yourself that wristwatch you’ve wanted for some time after sealing and labeling the last moving box – a self-gift you deserve after spending so many days wrapping, boxing and labeling a myriad of cardboard containers.

Ultimately, you’ll have this gratifying win-win situation no matter what you choose to gift yourself as an additional incentive to maintain your focus and concentration and finish packing faster.

See also: How to reward yourself after a move

Published at Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:37 +0000

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