Roughly four miles south west of central London, SW4/SW12 is a vibrant and varied area, which lies mostly in the London Borough of Lambeth. After the coming of the railways, Clapham developed as a suburb for commuters into central London. By 1900 the area had fallen from favour with the upper classes. Most of their grand houses had been demolished by the middle of the 20th century, though a few remain around the Common and in the Old Town. Clapham Common is a major attraction to the area, in addition to good transport links, (approximately eight minutes from Waterloo station) and lively nightlife. Other assets include: a Sainsbury's supermarket, a Holmes Place gym, a fashionable cinema, a host of restaurants, bars and clubs. Clapham attracts prosperous young people, both singles and couples with children, who appreciate the sociable atmosphere and the short, Northern line, commute to the City.
There are many attractive Victorian and Edwardian properties, many of which are terraced. Clapham has some superb examples of Queen Anne, Georgian and Regency property around the Common and Old Town. Converted flats are plentiful, in addition to 20th century blocks of flats, and there are some smart new developments. The houses in The Chase, Rodenhurst Avenue and Macaulay Road are very large. Abbeville Village in Clapham Park offers sought after Victorian terraces. Old Town provides a pleasant mixture of Georgian and Victorian terraces and mews, as well as many grander white stucco properties around Grafton Square. Clapham offers a wide selection of property.
Trendy, young singles hunting for their first home and middle-class families who want more space. In addition to the young professionals, there are also many foreign travellers, sharing the cheaper accommodation. Many young Antipodeans can be found partying along Clapham High Street in the evenings.