Where to find yourself an ex-council home
By Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders
Buying agent Sara Ransom, of Stacks Property Search, advises buyers seeking quality former council houses to head just south of Tooting Common.
“Tooting has a plethora of streets a few roads south of the Common that were mainly local authority and are now being sold privately,” she says. “The charming two-bedroom red-brick cottages are about 600sq ft and sell for around £500,000.
These homes, on the Totterdown Fields estate, are part of an early “model suburb” funded by the London County Council.Just over 1,200 vaguely Arts and Crafts-style cottages were built on the estate, which was completed in 1911.
As well as affordable, quality housing stock, for non-local authority buyers there are some huge, unrefurbished Victorian and Edwardian houses to be found in Tooting.
“The area offers masses of potential for investors and first-time buyers, with an improving high street and emerging gentrification,” adds Ransom.
“It’s an area that has previously been largely overlooked, but it’s accessible both on the Overground and Northern line. Tooting also has its lovely Common, the lido and an athletics track.”
Ransom admits Tooting High Street needs a facelift. “But it is beginning to happen. There are lovely Victorian frontages and rumours of a Waitrose moving in.
“Broadway Market has huge appeal with new independent wine bars and bistros coming in constantly.”