On the Surrey borders just inside Greater London Cheam Village offers a 30 minutes journey to London Victoria and other London stations via Clapham Junction. Everything is within easy reach – road access to city and countryside is easy via the A3, A24, M23 and M25.
Cheam’s recent history may have been dominated by it’s 1930s suburban history but it was mentioned in the Domesday Book way back in Saxon times, when the area belonged to the monastery attached to Canterbury Cathedral. Currently Cheam is the highest value area in the London Borough of Sutton; families move from all over South West London for the good quality housing and schools, a short commute from central London.
Cheam has maintained its village feel with mock Tudor buildings and shops fronts, local pubs and village activities. Surrounded by leafy spacious parks that house Nonsuch palace, it is popular as a wedding venue. Nonsuch Park has a café which is popular with dog walkers and families as well as fitness enthusiasts. The village itself is full of restaurants, high-end supermarkets and boutique gift shops. Cheam maintains a strong sense of community through events like the annual Charter Fair and Christmas shopping evening, as well as the Cheam Village fair in May which takes place in Cheam Park.
Cheam divides into three neighbourhoods – Cheam Village, South Cheam and North Cheam. Cheam Village remained relatively rural until just after the First World War, when the streets were widened and old buildings demolished and replaced with mock Tudor shops. It is now a lively high street, with a mix of desirable chains – Waitrose, Costa and Pizza Express– alongside many independent stores and cafés. Not all the buildings are reproductions – the Old Cottage, now Cloud Nine bridal boutique, is a 500-year-old half-timbered gem that originally occupied a site nearby helps preserve the ancient rural history of Cheam village.
South Cheam is anything but run-of-the-mill suburbia, this is where you will fine individual, spacious detached family homes in large, landscaped gardens. Many were designed by architect Andrew Burton, whose trademarks include tile-hung facades, leaded lights and large fireplaces. To preserve the area’s character and prevent homeowners selling off parts of their plots to developers, Sutton Council has strict planning guidelines for new-builds here.
North Cheam might not be as glamorous but it makes up for that by convenience - residents can take the 93 bus to pick up the Tube in Morden. Houses here are also 1930s built, but smaller and more affordable than in South Cheam.
If you would like to buy a slice of Cheam Village here are three brand new flats Goodfellows Land and New Homes have for sale: