Here’s why you should move to South East London
If you're searching for more affordable homes, a community feel, a slightly slower pace of life away from the hustle and bustle and an abundance of good local schools, green space and transport links, you should look no further than South East London.
Typically, property south of the river is cheaper than what's on offer in the north, but affordability won't be the only measure by which you judge your chosen location.
You may be after a family-friendly destination, a buzzing social scene or somewhere that offers an easy commute to Canary Wharf, the City, the West End and other parts of the capital. South East London, again, is perfectly placed to meet these needs.
Here at Key Property Consultants, we work in some of South East London's most thriving locations. Using our knowledge and experience of the local areas we operate in, we have outlined below some of the reasons why the likes of Penge, Sydenham, Catford, Dulwich, Forest Hill, Crystal Palace, Beckenham and Brockley are such great places to live.
Unrivalled transport links
One thing people will be looking for, particularly in city locations, is a home that is close to excellent, reliable transport links. Many people living in South East London will be commuting into more central parts of the city, and they will require a number of means of transport to make that feasible.
South East London is home to a number of major transport hubs – principal among them, arguably, is Beckenham Junction, which is home to National Rail and tram services ferrying passengers everywhere from East Croydon, Wimbledon and West Dulwich, to Peckham Rye, London Bridge, London Victoria, Brixton, Herne Hill and Bermondsey. Southeastern and Southern services are both on offer, with London Victoria only a 25-minute train ride away.
As well as trams and trains, a number of London bus routes also pass through Beckenham.
Crystal Palace and Croydon have equally wide-ranging transport links. East Croydon, for example, is one of the busiest non-terminal stations in London and the UK as a whole, with National Rail and tram services both on offer. It plays host to six platforms and three tram platforms, with departures heading everywhere from Central London to Clapham Junction, Southampton, Cambridge, Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Peterborough, Horsham and East Grinstead.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, offers National Rail and London Overground services to a number of destinations, including Wapping, Whitechapel, London Bridge, East Dulwich, Hoxton, Shoreditch High Street and Highbury & Islington.
Wherever you are in South East London, you're likely to never be too far away from a train, tram or bus to take you where you need to get to, which is a big part of the reason why it's such a popular area for commuters.
Things to see and do
Another key consideration for many home-movers is what's on offer in the local and surrounding areas. Most people like areas with busy, thriving high streets, a good selection of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes, easy access to green space and strong cultural or sporting facilities.
Whether it's vibrant cultural hubs such as Dulwich Picture Gallery or the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, the trendy cafes and delis on offer in Beckenham, Brockley and Catford, or the huge range of bars, pubs, shops, cafes and independent restaurants in Crystal Palace's buzzing triangle, there is plenty to keep people amused.
For football fans, meanwhile, there is the choice of Crystal Palace FC (for a fix of top-level Premier League football) or Dulwich Hamlet FC – who have become something of a cult club among hipsters in recent years thanks to their pink shirts, independent spirit and alternative vibe.
If it's green space you're after, you need look no further than Crystal Palace Park, Beckenham Place Park, Dulwich Park and Ladywell Fields near Catford and Catford Bridge stations.
Culture vultures, meanwhile, will probably be most at home at The Brockley Jack Theatre (innovative revivals, dynamic new writing, various workshops) and Spontaneous Productions in Sydenham (offering theatre shows for children and grownups, as well as workshops, comedy nights, talks, lectures and spoken word performances).
Something for everyone
South East London will appeal to those prizing affordability above all else – Catford, for example, is still one of the most affordable locations in London for those looking to buy and rent – as much as those with a very close eye on the performance of local schools. The areas we cover are home to a number of Good and Outstanding primary and secondary schools, as well as a wide range of nurseries.
It will appeal to trendy young professionals and creatives who want to enjoy the cafes, culture and bars of Dulwich, and those after the more villagey feel on offer in the likes of Crystal Palace. Those looking for a slice of leafy suburbia will be well catered for in Sydenham and Forest Hill, while Beckenham and Penge probably score highest on the family-friendly front.
Meanwhile, significant regeneration has helped to transform Catford, along with its near neighbour Lewisham, into one of South East London's liveliest areas. Catford Broadway has been given a makeover, with quirky independent cafes and an excellent street market, while Lewisham has become increasingly popular among families and first-time buyers thanks to its extensive stock of Victorian housing and its easy access to nearby green space.
Brockley, too, has thrived in the last 10 years or so, with a great selection of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants on offer. The foodie boom has swept across Britain in recent times, and Brockley's award-winning weekly food market has been one to benefit from this increased interest in food and provenance. Open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, it's South London's busiest – and arguably best – food market.
Our areas also offer a wide range of property types to suit every taste and budget. Stock is predominantly period – in particular Victorian – but there has been a rise in new developments, tower blocks and stylish flats/apartments to cater for London's rapidly expanding population.
As you can see, South East London has plenty going for it – from cultural prowess to affordability. To find out more about what we can do for you in South London, Croydon and parts of Kent, please get in contact with us on 0203 793 2033.
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