Living in Balham area information and guide

Balham area overview

Balham in south west London is surrounded by three commons, Clapham, Wandsworth and tooting. It used to be considered just the poor cousin of Wandsworth and Clapham but as those areas have become almost prime London Balham has in turn become more desirable as an overspill area. It's certainly still a bit rough around the edges and the fabric of many buildings could do with some tender loving care. However the attractiveness of the area is under pinned by the presence of a northern line station which takes residents straight to the centre of London in minutes.

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Key statistics for
Balham SW12

Rentonomy Ratings1
Shopping & Leisure:
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People Profile1
Largest Age Group:
Largest non-UK nationalities:
Urban Cool
20 - 29 years old
Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Australia
Rentonomy ratings are based on actual data

What areas are there in Balham?

Balham contains the following neighbourhoods defined by Rentonomy:

  • Cavendish Road (SW12 0)
  • Wandsworth Common (SW12 8)
  • Clapham South (SW12 9)
Note: most expensive / cheapest postcodes based on weekly rental values for a 2 bed property

Transport in Balham

Stations Lines Nearest Central Terminus1
Victoria (13 min)
Leicester Square (19 min)
Tooting Bec
Leicester Square (21 min)
Wandsworth Common
Victoria (14 min)
Clapham South
Leicester Square (17 min)
Streatham Hill
Victoria (19 min)
Tooting Broadway
Leicester Square (24 min)
London Bridge (25 min)
Clapham Common
Leicester Square (14 min)
First Capital Connect
London Bridge (38 min)
South West Trains
Waterloo (13 min)
Streatham Common
Victoria (18 min)
Clapham Junction
South West Trains
Waterloo (10 min)
Clapham High Street
Victoria (10 min)
Clapham North
Leicester Square (12 min)
Tulse Hill
London Bridge (17 min)
1Central Terminus represents one of the six most common destination stations in Central London through which all London Underground lines pass. No termini are shown for Overground Stations as mostly these don't have stops within the West End

Information on the people

Largest Age Group: 20 - 29 years old
20 - 29
30 - 39
40 - 49
50 - 69
60 - 74
Largest Non-UK Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

11% of non-UK born population


9% of non-UK born population


7% of non-UK born population

Type: Urban Cool

This area is dominated by successful city dwellers owning or renting expensive flats in trendy inner-urban locations.

Source: Experian

Places in the local area

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