22 Jun 2017

A Landlord’s Guide to Surbiton

Surbiton is a great area for landlords to invest in. It’s grown in popularity in recent years thanks to its proximity to Central London, which is an attracting feature for both young professionals and families alike. It also offers more affordable property prices than neighbouring areas such as Earlsfield, Southfields and Putney, making it appealing to landlords wanting to invest in the city. 


If you’re interested in buy-to-let property in Surbiton and want to find out more about the area, here’s a guide to help you. 


Cheaper than Central London…


Given its excellent location, Surbiton remains competitively priced, with many of its terraced, semi-detached and detached properties offering generous dimensions and good-sized gardens – factors that are highly sought-after by tenants.


…but still less than 20 minutes away


Landlords are guaranteed to appeal to commuting tenants, with travel times just 17 minutes from Surbiton Station to London Waterloo. There are also many bus routes into Central London. The majority of tenants in Surbiton are young professionals, seeking easy access to the city. 


Fantastic local amenities


There’s plenty to see and do in the local area; from a relaxing stroll around Claremont Gardens to a historic tour of Hampton Court Palace. Additionally, tenants can enjoy a good local social scene, with a variety of pubs, bars and restaurants nearby; and it’s just ten minutes from Clapham Junction.  


Understanding the rental market in Surbiton


Surbiton has a strong tenant market, with landlords enjoying a solid monthly rental income. The most popular properties are two-bedroomed houses, which appeal to both young professional couples and smaller families. Likewise, four-bedroomed properties tend to attract a lot of interest, and smaller studio apartments. 


There are plenty of different architectural styles on show in Surbiton. In the heart of the town, you’ll find Victorian and Edwardian houses (both cottages and terraced townhouses), with a few contemporary blocks of flats overlooking the river. Many of the period homes still retain their original features, which increase their desirability. 


The prestigious Southborough area is dominated by spacious detached houses, and elsewhere, there are a number of 1930s properties, with many offering driveways and gardens (often valued by families looking to rent a home). 


Southborough is Surbiton’s most attractive area, especially if you’re looking to attract a higher-paying tenant – but be warned, its exclusivity is reflected in the property prices. Likewise, St James Road and North Road are excellent choices, thanks to their central location and abundance of good-sized flats in converted Victorian properties. 


Maple Road is another sought-after location by tenants, largely due to its independent shops and restaurants, not to mention attractive Victorian houses.

Humphrey and Brand
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