INTRODUCING LONG DITTON
Discover this peaceful and attractive suburb of Surrey
Long Ditton is an attractive suburb in Surrey, bordering the London borough of Kingston Upon Thames. Thanks to its peaceful residential streets, wealth of green spaces and proximity to central London, it’s becoming increasingly sought-after by families and professionals alike. Despite being so close to the capital, the area hasn’t lost its village feel, with plenty of independent businesses, and community events throughout the year.
Long Ditton started life as a small, Medieval village, and many historical landmarks remain, such as the picturesque St Mary’s Church. The Thames is close by, and is a popular spot for riverside strolls and water sports.
In addition to being scenic, Long Ditton has excellent public transport links, offering easy access to the shopping hub of Kingston, and to central London. It also boasts several good schools and recreational facilities, making it particularly appealing to families seeking a more suburban lifestyle whilst maintaining an easy commute into the city.
On average, property prices in Long Ditton can be higher than in neighbouring Surbiton, but are lower than Thames Ditton. The area offers a wide variety of housing, from Victorian villas, cottages and terraced homes to one and two-bedroom period-conversion apartments and more modern, purpose-built developments. This diverse range of accommodation means there’s something for everyone.
Thanks its enviable location close to central London, not to mention its pleasant suburban atmosphere, Long Ditton is popular with families and professionals, and offers investors a range of excellent buy-to-let opportunities. Landlords tend to enjoy a solid rental yield, not to mention longer-term profit in the form of capital growth. Rental rates are generally lower than the London average, and there are buy-to-let properties to suit a range of budgets.
Long Ditton and the surrounding area has a wealth of attractions. Long Ditton Recreation Ground features football pitches, tennis courts and plenty of open space for children to play. Hockey and cricket clubs are located just off Sugden Road, and nearby Stokes Field Natural Reserve is excellent for peaceful walks. Long Ditton also benefits from having the River Thames on its doorstep, where rowing and other water sports can be enjoyed.
The area has a pleasant mix of independent shops and eateries, many of which are located close to the banks of the Thames. A small grocery on Fleece Road serves the local community, and a large Sainsbury’s can be found nearby in Surbiton. Long Ditton is also home to a number of charming, historical pubs, including The Ditton, The Ferry and The City Arms.
There are several excellent schools and nurseries in and around Long Ditton, making the area a popular place with families. Little Gems and Long Ditton Infant and Nursery Schools are both good options for young children, and Hinchley Wood Primary and Secondary schools (a short distance to the west) performed well in recent Ofsted inspections.
Long Ditton is exceptionally well connected to central London. Surbiton and Thames Ditton Rail Stations are both nearby, offering quick journeys to Clapham Junction and Waterloo, and a number of local bus routes to Kingston and central London are also available. Cycling is also a popular option with commuters in the area, thanks to its proximity to the River Thames Path. For drivers, the A3 provides easy access to Clapham and the city centre.