A village in the heart of London

It’s a tale of two towns with Clapham, but this new property in the Old Town allows residents to sample the best of both worlds

CLAPHAM is the Dr Jekyll of south London districts. By day, it’s as genteel as you like. Well-to-do mothers crowd the streets, sipping good quality coffee while gently rocking babies cocooned in designer prams.

In the summer, the common is dotted with groups of young men and women playing wholesome sports such as tag rugby, football and er, extreme frisbee. During the day at least, Clapham looks and feels like a place where healthy, happy people go to do healthy, happy things.

Take a stroll down the high street on a Saturday night and you’ll witness Clapham’s dark side.

Revellers spill out of Vodka Revs and Infernos and form a drunken melee that reeks collectively of kebabs and doesn’t leave until four in the morning.

Thankfully, there’s a part of Clapham where Mr Hyde doesn’t rear his ugly head – the Old Town. With its cobbles, intimate pubs and independent shops, the Old Town has a village-like feel that’s a world away from the bustling high street.

And now prospective buyers have the rare opportunity to purchase a property in a new development that has the charm and history to match the picturesque surroundings.

Macaulay Walk is a brand new collection of 84 stylish one, two and three-bedroom homes, including heritage conversion houses, penthouses and apartments.

The complex is a converted 19th century warehouse that used to be the site of the Ross Company’s optical works.

Architecturally it is more attractive than your average new development, and the properties are open exclusively to the UK market, so the villagey feel that makes the Old Town so appealing is set to continue.

As Robin Chatwin director of South West London for Savills estate agents says, “With its mix of new build and renovated Victorian buildings, the scheme will have great appeal to owner occupiers, from first time buyers to downsizers and local people in the Clapham area.

“The area is helped by excellent transport links – the Northern Line is a great route into the city. ”

You never know, you could end up an extreme frisbee champion, too.

For more information contact Savills on 020 7795 4600 or visit macaulaywalk.co.uk.

Macaulay walk, clapham, from £295,000