London Area Guides
Balham Area Guide
Our area guide to Balham gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include SW12
Property Types & Architecture
As you will see in the windows of estate agents in Balham, Victorian and Edwardian terraced flats and semi detached houses dominate the area.
Shopping & Entertainment
The town centre of Balham, offers plenty of local convenience shopping plus medium-sized chain supermarkets including Sainsbury, Safeway and Marks & Spencer Simply Foods.
For vibrant evening and day time refreshment Balham town centre offers a good choice of restaurants, trendy bars and pubs. Nearby Wandsworth, Clapham and Battersea have theatres and cinema.
Parks & Commons
Nearby parks providing green spaces include Clapham Common, Tooting Bec Common and Wandsworth Common.
Who lives here?
The Balham neighbourhood includes a well-established Asian community, and is popular with young professionals and families alike for both rental property and flats or houses for sale.
Bankers, lawyers and city types find Balham an attractive place to live for its up and coming vibe, and because prices compare well with areas such as Clapham. Desirable areas to buy property in Balham include the fringes of Tooting, The Heaver Estate and Wandsworth Common.
Guide to Balham transport links
Four bus routes to numerous destinations, up to 20 buses an hour
Over ground rail Balham to Victoria (15 minutes) via Clapham Junction.
Balham (Zone 3)
Clapham South (Zone 2, Zone 3)
Balham Local Authorities
Balham is is represented by Lambeth Council, Wandsworth Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
Balham Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Balham area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Schools in Balham & Exam Results
Schools in Balham fall under the Lambeth Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Balham by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Balham
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