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Are you thinking about buying or renting a property in Streatham Vale? Located in south London, Streatham is a culturally diverse suburb, with beautiful Victorian and Edwardian houses and excellent links into the city.
The south-westernmost part of Streatham, previously known as Lower or South Streatham is now known as Streatham Vale. Roughly translated, Streatham means the 'hamlet on the streets'. The area has undergone a multi-million-pound regeneration, yet it still retains that peaceful atmosphere, while also providing access to a wide range of new and improved facilities.
As such, the area is becoming increasingly popular with families and young professionals. But could you happily settle down in the Streatham Vale area? Read on to find out.
As mentioned, Streatham is well-served by several transport links. This includes a regular bus service to destinations around the city, as well as overland and underground train stations.
Nearby overland stations include:
• Streatham Common (train to Victoria & London Bridge takes 17 minutes)
• Norbury (train to Victoria takes 23 minutes)
• Streatham (train to Victoria takes 30 mins)
Nearby underground stations:
• Tooting Bec Tube Station (2.1 miles from Streatham Vale)
• Colliers Wood Tube Station (2.4 miles from Streatham Vale)
• Tooting Broadway Tube Station (2.7 miles from Streatham Vale)
If you like to go out for a bite to eat, then Streatham Vale will offer you plenty of choice. If Italian is your cuisine of choice then local Azzuri Pizzaria provides authentic and tasty Italian food. Also on offer are several oriental restaurants and takeaways including Western Villa Chinese restaurant and Rowan Tandoori.
Less than a mile away in nearby Streatham there is further selections for food. The newly refurbished Gastro pub ‘The Bull’, serves a selection of sustainably sourced Gastro and BBQ food and, Slurp is a restaurant with over 70 dishes from China, Thailand and Japan to choose from. Alternatively, the Whole Meal Café provides a fantastic choice of vegetarian and vegan food.
If you want to sample a tipple while drinking in some local entertainment, The Hideaway is a fantastic jazz bar that also hosts regular comedy nights.
If you like to keep fit and active, the redeveloped Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre is just 0.7 miles away and has a wide range of activities that will help you to break a sweat. Facilities include a full size ice pad, two swimming pools, exercise studios and a gym.
Alternatively, there are a several sports and activity clubs in Streatham and the surrounding areas, including tennis, football, martial arts, rugby and more.
Streatham Vale is home to some gorgeous green and open spaces, with access to both Streatham Common and Tooting Bec Common.
Streatham Common is located on the southern edge of Streatham, it's a stunning urban park when the sun is out. Other attractions include a paddling pool, a children's playground and regular events in the warmer months – including Kite Day.
The rookery offers the opportunity for a leisurely stroll through the gardens; local residents are invited to participate in a range of gardening projects, there are also open air theatre productions during the summer holidays proving entertainment for all ages.
Tooting Bec Common is the larger of the two parks, and its green expanses offer a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Attractions include a swimming pool, athletics track, sports pitches and a children's playground. Like Streatham Common, it also hosts regular events during the warmer months.
Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre includes a full size 60 by 30 metre ice pad, which is a fantastic venue for family skating. Plus, if you're an amateur, you can learn how to skate from one of the venues nationally acclaimed coaches.
Streatham High Road is believed to be the longest commercial street in Europe at two miles long. As such, you will find almost anything you need from a retail standpoint – from independent businesses and high street stores to supermarkets and ethnic food stores.
The new Streatham Hub development – which is also located on Streatham High Road – includes a Tesco Extra, too.
Local to Streatham Vale you will also find a variety of shops and amenities including Co-op, Hairdressers and launderettes.
For world-class attractions and an abundance of choice, you can try heading into central London.
In Streatham itself, there are a variety of things to do. For example, the annually held Streatham Festival offers a line-up that includes music, dance, theatre, comedy, workshops and more. Alternatively, movie-lovers and adrenaline junkies have the choice of the nearby Odeon cinema.
Streatham Vale is well-served by several health centres, including The Vale Surgery, which is open Monday to Saturday for registered patients and the Greyswood practice 0.7 miles from central Streatham Vale.
Meanwhile Streatham Library, which recently underwent a £1.4m refurbishment, offers a range of services, including a collection of international books and free Wi-Fi.
You can park for free in Streatham Vale Park, Lambeth, and there are also multiple Pay and Display options around the centre.
One of the reasons Streatham Vale is such a popular area with families is because of the quality of the local schools.
The Ofsted inspectors recently rated Woodmansterne Primary School as 'Outstanding'. The school is also developing a Secondary School scheme. Sunnyhill Primary School and Julian's Primary School both received a 'Good' rating in their latest Ofsted reports. Similarly, Dunraven School offers excellent educational prospects for children of secondary school age, receiving an 'Outstanding' rating in their latest Ofsted report.
If you would like to find out more about buying or renting a property in Streatham Vale, call or visit the local Andrews branch.
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