Overview of SW12

SW12 is located in SW. Locals praised SW12, with comments such as, “It has a nice feel to the neighbourhood.”. There are currently 47 SW12 reviews that give the area an average rating of 4.38 out of 5. SW12 8TQ is currently rated the best postcode in SW12 with a rating of 4.59 from 34 resident reviews. 37 residents have rated SW12 0BD the worst postcode in the area with an average score of only 4.24.
47 reviews near SW12

Excellent

21 reviews

44.7%

Very Good

23 reviews

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Average

3 reviews

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Most Positive

Balham: Everything you ever need in a London town

By Hannah M

Most Negative

The local shops are average in quality

By atyahoo

Thornton Rd, SW12 0JX
By BlueSkyThinker
It has a nice feel to the neighbourhood.

Balham used to be known as The Gateway to the South, but it has grown well and improved a lot within 15 years. It is a very welcoming and relaxed area to live and continues to grow in popularity. I will live here for many more years to cone.

Transport

Balham is a great transport hub. You have access to the overground train which gets you into Victoria or Waterloo within 15 mins, there is the Northern line and a vast selection of bus options. The area is well connected.

Community

My street has the typical mix of family homeowners and groups of renters. It has a nice feel to the neighbourhood. The streets are cleaned regularly and refuse collection is regular. Parking is fine as it is all permit, so eliminates commuter parking problems. The only downside is that the pavements could do with an upgrade!

Amenities

Balham has a great mix of independent shops and bars sitting alongside more well known brands of establishments. The area has changed a great deal over the last 15 years and it now boasts a ‘feel good’ vibe that fits well for either young single professionals or large families. Whether it’s a gift from a craft shop, coffee and cake from a coffee shop, drinks with a group of friends, a freshly cooked hangover breakfast or some good quality meat to feed the family on Sunday, or just laze about in Tooting Common...Balham will not disappoint.

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Balham, SW12 8PS
By Hannah M
Balham: Everything you ever need in a London town

I like Balham alot, it has everything you could possibly need from supermarkets, to restaurants and quirky pubs and cafes. Transport links are good and a sense of community here, particularly in the summer is where Balham shines when everyone is piled out onto the streets drinking and eating! Great area for young professionals as very up and coming yet feels like a town rather than London. Less 'concrete', feels like a safe area for women, young children. Great for anyone with pets as 3 large commons nearby.

Transport

Very good links: Tube: Balham (Northern) 5 min walk, Clapham South (Northern) 7 min walk National Rail: Balham (links to central London, Clapham Junction, Greater London) 5 min walk Busses: 155 to Elephant and Castle/Tooting, 355 to Brixton and Mitcham, 255 to Streatham and Balham, G1 Streatham to Clapham Junction Could have more bus links to areas like Putney, Wimbledon, Peckham, Fulham and Central London

Community

Good - parking, bin collections is very often, no problem with overflows. Relatively quiet as just behind main road. Bad - As I live on a ground floor flat, people always buzz and can hear neighbours above and people entering/exiting building. Sometimes hear sirens at night. Mostly renters where I live but all quiet and keep selves to themselves, either young couples/professionals or elderly. Some young families nearby.

Amenities

There is a good range of convenience stores and supermarkets within a 10 min walk: M&S, Coop, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Aldi. Short walk from 3 huge commons, nice to get a change of scenery and some greenery! Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common and Tooting Common all within 15 mins. Transport links are excellent. 5 mins to Balham tube (northern line, also a 24hr service), National rail links to central London, Clapham Junction and suburbs. Many bus routes into neighbouring towns are very frequent. Neighbourhood itself is a very friendly area, young professional demographic with some families too. Plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars and cosy pubs complete with pub gardens too! Hildreth street is brilliant, its pedestrianised so that all the eateries open out their seating onto the cobbled road, farmers market and plants sold here every week. Only thing missing for me is, more food takeaway shops e.g. LEON, ITSU and essentials stores e.g. WILKO

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Hydethorpe Rd, SW12 0JH
By atyahoo
The local shops are average in quality

I would have liked to have known what places are the best for food and drink in the area

Transport

I think that the convenience and availability of transport link within the is also average. there could be more convenient and fast routes for commuters

Community

The good aspects of living on my street relate to the nice neighbours in the area. The bad aspects is there are a lot of foxes in the area

Amenities

I think that the amenities in my local area are mixed in quality. The local shops are average in quality . Their needs to be more variation and choice. However, there are some nice pubs and parks within the area and this allows for some nice sight seeing. Their are also a lot of green open spaces and greenery which makes everything look nicer. All in all I think it is average.

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Bedford Hill, SW12 9HE
By Laura
Balham would be perfect but for the house prices

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Dagnan Rd, SW12 9LH
By MDo
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Amenities

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Fieldhouse Rd, SW12 0HL
By J Mason
The thing I like most about the area is there is plenty to access close by in terms of shops and travel but you also aren't far from other areas

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Amenities

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Sistova Rd, SW12 9QR
By Britney
Super trendy, very close to clapham where everyone under 30 wants to live

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Transport

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Amenities

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Sistova Rd, SW12 9QR
By Pz1
The atmosphere is great, everyone is friendly and very positive.

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Amenities

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Pentney Rd, SW12 0NZ
By Faye L
Atmosphere is very good! We are close to the open air swimming pool Tooting Bec Lido

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Community

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Amenities

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Balham, SW12 9EG
By B Ismail
Trendy upbeat town with everything you need nearby!

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Transport

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Community

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Amenities

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