Wimbledon: tennis, terraces and transport links
by Housesimple on 6th June 2016
The 2016 Wimbledon Championships begin on June 27, finishing around two weeks later on July 10. While we'll all be rooting for Andy Murray, people who live in the area have even more to get excited about. Living next to the famed tennis club has its property perks, after all.
Perks of the tournament
If you own a property in Wimbledon you can make a lot of money during the tournament. It's estimated that the local population swells by about half a million while the tennis is in full swing. The fans, press and players themselves need somewhere to stay, so property rentals can be extremely lucrative. Two-bedroom houses or flats in the heart of Wimbledon sometimes go for £2200 per week during the tournament. Websites like Airbnb make it easy to rent out your spare room (or entire property) while private property companies based in the region specialise in renting out homes at this peak time of year. The leafy residential streets near the All England Lawn Tennis Club are particularly popular: residents can double their nightly rental prices during the tournament and guests don't bat an eyelid.
The other fifty weeks
Wimbledon has always been one of London's more popular suburbs. Even when the courts are quiet, there are plenty of reasons for locals to smile. One of the area's biggest selling points is its lush green spaces. The district has its famous common (look out for Wombles), as well as both Richmond Park and Wimbledon Park nearby. The area has also been a commuter hotspot since before the trains started running and was a stop on the London to Portsmouth stagecoach route. Today it's connected to the city centre by tube, train and tram. You can reach Earl's Court in 17 minutes and Bank in 26.
As for nightlife, there's no need to head into London. Wimbledon's got plenty of cosy country-style pubs, high-end restaurants and an Imax cinema. There are also lots of cute boutiques and coffee shops to choose from in the village, as well as larger high-street stores in the town. To keep fit, you can either join the tennis club (of course) or one of the four health clubs: Nuffield Health, Virgin Active, David Lloyd and Esporta all have swimming pools and a full range of gym equipment.
If you are selling a property in Wimbledon and want to know what key selling points to emphasise to buyers, have a look at our area guide.