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As well as tennis, Wimbledon has south London's most lavish home

WHILE most of what&rsquo;s said about SW19 involves tennis, and occasionally Wombles, there&rsquo;s much to be said for Wimbledon as a place to live. As befits the home of the All England Tennis Club, it&rsquo;sthe very height of leafy southwest London &ndash; genteel, classy and far enough from the centre of town to feel you&rsquo;ve escaped, while near enough for an easy commute. With its spacious Victorian houses, excellent schools, and the open spaces of Wimbledon Common and nearby Richmond Park to enjoy, it&rsquo;s perfect upsizing territory.<br /><br />Of course, there&rsquo;s upsizing and there&rsquo;s upsizing. The Old Embassy, sitting opposite Wimbledon Common, is one of the more spectacular homes to come to market of late &ndash; and with an asking price of &pound;18m, you&rsquo;d need to win the tennis tournament 21 times over to afford it. Formerly the Gabonese embassy, it has more bathrooms than bedrooms (eight and six respectively), a cinema and snooker room, and the latest audio-visual technologies. The clincher, however, has to be the magnificent indoor pool, the kind of thing that&rsquo;s good for a lot more than a quick dip. This is state of the art living at its finest, Wimbledon-style.<br /><br />Contact Knight Frank on 020 8946 0026 for info.