Residential transactions 23% higher due to stamp duty and vaccine news
February saw a total of 147,050 residential transactions according to HMRC, which is a 23% increase from January’s total and a whopping 48.5% more than February 2020.
James Anderson are dedicated and personable estate agents in Barnes with strong roots in this area, its wonderful people, and beautiful selection of properties both old and new. Our customer service and local knowledge is unrivalled, making us the number one premier estate agents in South West London. With 30 years of experience in the property market, James Anderson Barnes can guarantee the most quick and efficient service, whether you’re a seller, a landlord, a buyer or a renter. To find out what our clients think of us for yourself, take a look at our Google reviews.
We have been a leading lettings agent in Barnes since 1990 and we are proud of the success and loyalty our specialised, local and personal approach has brought us. Browse our property to rent in Barnes here or visit our Barnes lettings team in person – the address of our office is at the top of this page.
Buying or selling with a professional agent like James Anderson Barnes gives you access to industry expertise including professional negotiation, unbiased price guidance, protection against fraud and all with no up front costs. Our qualified property professionals, strong online marketing, effective sales boards and access to multiple listing services and buyers help us to achieve a fast sale for you and for the right price. If you are hoping to buy or sell property in Barnes and are debating whether or not to use an estate agent, read our five arguments for using an estate agent.
Based in our Barnes lettings office, James Anderson’s property management team assist landlords and tenants renting and letting property in SW13. All of our offices are registered with the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA), which provides the ethical and professional framework for our business. We’re also able to offer Rent Guarantee Protection which covers any legal expenses if tenancy issues arise. Visit our property management page to find out more about this key service.
Barnes is something of a hidden jewel in London’s crown. Its historic streets are lined with fine architecture and English charm, which gives the area an unmistakable village vibe despite its location in the heart of SW London (with speedy links to the City, might we add). Excellent schools, gourmet cuisine, plenty of green space and a surprising sporting pedigree all give Barnes its reputation as a prime residential location in our capital. Learn more about the last true village in London below.
Barnes first appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086, just twenty years after the Battle of Hastings, and some of its stunning Norman architecture remains intact – revel in the historic beauty of St Mary’s Church for evidence of Barnes’ centuries-long history. Barnes is also intricately linked to the Magna Carta, being the first port of call for Stephen Langton (the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time) after he signed the document in 1215. Barnes has need its fair share of notable residents too: Milbourne House was the one-time residence of Henry Fielding, the novelist and founder of London’s first police force. The iconic village pond and green date way back to the sixteenth century, and the more recent Barnes Railway Bridge, spanning the River Thames, is a glorious leviathan of Victorian engineering. And there’s plenty more history where that came from…
Unsurprisingly for somewhere with so much historical pedigree, much of the town’s housing stock is period and of an excellent quality. It boasts some of the oldest riverside homes in London, complete with stunning Thames-side views, and deserves its reputation as a rival to Hampstead and Highgate for the title of “prettiest London village”.
Barnes has a strong community feel, fuelled by its range of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Indeed, a report in 2014 found that Barnes has the highest concentration of independent shops in the UK! There’s plenty to enjoy here: including cheese-buyer’s delight The Real Cheese Shop, fine wines and expert sommeliers over at Lea and Sandeman, and the Scandi-style lifestyle boutique, Nina. There’s also an M&S food hall – and who doesn’t love those? The weekends often usher in even more of an indie vibe, with the Saturday Farmers’ Market setting up camp by the village pond.
For the serious gourmet, there are some great local restaurants such as Riva, the Sun Inn with its beautiful terrace, Annie’s and a luxurious Rick Stein restaurant to boot. Increasingly, fusion experiences are springing up, such as Olympic Studios, with its restaurant downstairs and cinema above. You won’t be running out of things to do when living in Barnes, especially with new independent ventures popping up seemingly every week!
Barnes abounds with green spaces, making it perfect for young families. The Wetlands Centre is a hundred-acre project opened to mark the Millennium. It’s home to bird populations not found elsewhere in the capital, such as the beautifully-named Gadwall and Northern Shoveller – an ornithologist’s and rambler’s paradise, if that meets your fancy! The village pond and green are a natural recreational and social centre within the village. Barnes Common features acres of green space, and the stunning Richmond Park with its resident deer population is also close by. Great for family trips and moments of quiet contemplation away from the bustle of the city.
History in Barnes is not limited to its architecture. A former master of St Paul’s School, Richard Mulcaster, is credited with developing football into the game we play today, and Barnes Rugby Football Club claims to be one of the oldest sports clubs in the world. Then of course there’s the Varsity Boat Race, an event made more exciting by the fact that the Barnes shoreline offers some of the best views of the battling blues.
Barnes boasts some of the best independent and state schools in London, with many of the state schools having outstanding Ofsted ratings. James Anderson supports the excellent Thomson House School, a free school founded in 2014. Renowned independent schools include The Harrodian School, St Paul’s, Ibstock Place and Tower House School, in addition to a range of highly-rated nursery and prep schools in the area.
Waterloo and Central London are thirty minutes away on trains departing from Barnes and Barnes Bridge Station, both of which are located in zone 3. The underground at Hammersmith is easily accessed in a 20 minute bus ride.
Andrea Miranda at JA is extremely efficient and excellent at her job – we dealt with each other numerous times during my tenancy and she was always understanding and just wonderful. Thank you Andrea! X
Evren has been a pleasure to work with throughout! Thoroughly professional, always polite and easy to get a hold of. Really impressed with his proactive communication too. Would highly recommend👍🏻
Evren & Michael were brilliant in helping me secure & complete a sale on my flat. They supported the process alongside the lawyers which means things moved at pace and in record time even during a stamp duty rush. Would highly recommend them as individuals and the office they represent.
James Anderson found us a lovely flat in no time at all! They did everything they could to make sure it was as stress free as possible. Alex Savage was our estate agent and we were lucky to have him!
Nora Parkes was our James Anderson representative whilst my friend and I were searching for a new place to live, and we could not have possibly had a better experience. Nora was very attentive to our needs and was in frequent communication whenever a property became available that fit our requirements. She always exhibited a friendly and professional manner, and was able to provide specific details about the property and surrounding area in each viewing we attended. As my friend and I were fairly inexperienced in the process of securing a property, Nora also informed us of the logistics it would entail and the best way to go about communicating with the landlord to ensure we had what we needed. She made the experience of finding a new home genuinely fun and enjoyable, and we are eternally grateful to her for all her help.