I have worked in Teddington for the last eleven years, which makes me feel like a fully-fledged ‘Teddingtonite’ with a true passion for this fantastic area.
Teddington is a special place, full of people who are genuine, friendly and relaxed. It’s the kind of place that when you walk down the High Street a smile is met by a smile…even the traffic wardens give you an extra minute if you ask nicely.
This vibrant town provides a plethora of properties, ranging from historic, listed riverside houses, chocolate box Victorian cottages, 1970s Span developments, through to high-end contemporary edifices exploiting the benefits and beauty of glass and wood. There is something for everyone, which serves to make it a very accessible area.
It is also one of those rare places that manages to balance work and pleasure well. Well-known local employees include the NPL, Haymarket Publishing and Pace Sports Management; the town provides excellent transportation to work, with efficient bus links (Heathrow is located less than five miles from the start of the M3 and a late train service runs to Richmond, Wimbledon and Clapham Junction).
At the heart of Teddington is the sublime Bushy Park, the second largest of the Royal Parks which provides a mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grasslands and is home to free roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer, bordered by the River Thames and Hampton Court Palace. There is a wide range of bespoke boutique independent shops on the High Street, balanced with the retail giants including John Lewis based in neighbouring Kingston.
Whether walking, running, shopping or meditating to relax is your passion, Teddington has it all. For somewhere which seems to have it all, I am often asked if it is a good area to invest in…
Teddington prices have remained strong throughout the recent economic turbulence. Although the high valued properties may not offer the highest rental yields they have offered good capital growth and security. A good example of this is Harrowdene Gardens, a complex of 280 one and two bedroom units adjacent to Bushy Park and surrounded by award-winning communal gardens; one such unit sold in 2005 at £180K, £200K in 2010 and today it is selling at £320K +. In comparison, in the same period of time the rents haven’t risen quite so quickly, averaging £750pcm in 2005 up to £1,050 in 2010, to £1,150 in 2015, but the capital growth, low costs and short void periods have made these units work very well for our clients.
Whether you are looking to address your work life balance or looking for a secure investment, property in Teddington remains a secure option.
And if you’re looking for someone who remains passionate about the area, the people, the property, the places, do pop in and visit me at our office on the High Street, I would be delighted to see you.