Barnes property - the inside track
19 June 2012
"Historically, Barnes was a popular country retreat and it still retains a distinctly rural ambience."
Sandra Carline, Savills Barnes
COMMUTER FACTS Approximately 22 minutes from Barnes station to Waterloo.
LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS Barnes boasts award-winning restaurants, riverside pubs and stylish boutiques and galleries, yet the area still preserves a genuine sense of community. A weekly farmers' market and the popular Barnes Fair in summer both attract visitors from all nearby areas.
PRIME ADDRESSES Barnes Village offers a superb variety of Victorian and Edwardian homes, with key addresses that include Castelnau, Scarth Road and Mill Hill on Barnes Common. Here, sizeable residences can typically achieve between £3 million and £7 million. Little Chelsea, with its pretty Victorian cottages, has seen significant price rises and many properties benefit from falling into the catchment area of the hugely popular Barnes Primary School. Other excellent schools nearby include the St Paul's Schools and The Harrodian School.
THE INSIDE TRACK… "Every year, Barnes becomes the focus of attention during the world-famous Boat Race, with its magnificent vantage point, so properties with Thames views are always in demand.
Of particular interest at the moment are apartments at Harrods Village, Riverview Gardens and Waterside, which sell for between £900,000 and £2.5 million. The last few years have also seen a growing trend for owners of large family homes to downsize into smaller houses in Barnes Village, ensuring steady interest around the £1 million price point. The town's position, in the embrace of a great loop of the Thames, means that there is never a shortage of riverside walks and activities, making its family appeal irresistible."