Croydon

There are two great reasons to live in Croydon, these go hand in hand to make it a compelling choice; its relatively cheap property prices and its excellent transport links into Central London. On top of that, numerous initiatives are transforming Croydon and helping make its once dowdy image a thing of the past.  Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Croydon. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Croydon.

The town is one of the first six Creative Enterprise Zones (CEZs) announced by the Mayor of London in 2018. Which has brought artists and creatives to the CR0 area to move into new studio spaces that have been opened here. Local leaders hope the borough’s practical support and investment in the arts will see it established as a music city. One of the most exciting commercial developments starting soon is the replacement of the Whitgift Centre – itself once the largest covered shopping venue in the UK – and the neighbouring Centrale mall with Westfield Croydon.

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Best places to live in Croydon

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Street art in Croydon

Where is Croydon?

The CR0 postcode area is less than 10 miles south of Central London, well inside the M25. Croydon sits half way along the major rail and road corridor between London and the south coast.

Development in Croydon

Croydon’s commercial and leisure developments have been matched in recent years by the creation of a range of residential schemes to suit all pockets.

Among the most impressive of these is Berkeley Homes‘ typically high-end Saffron Square tower. Its 43-storeys dominate the Croydon skyline and provide incredible views for miles around. From both the windows and the landscaped roof gardens.

The apartments feature high-end, contemporary designs looks such as glass staircases, and full-height windows flooding rooms with light. Residents are also well-served by the 24-hour concierge service. The building is just 12 minutes’ walk from East Croydon railway station. This development is rated as one of the best places to live in Croydon

Great facilities – concierge, gym and roof terrace… Out of hours contact provided for building issues – heating, leaks etc.” – verified resident at Saffron Square who is renting in croydon

For those on a tighter budget, Green Dragon House is a more affordable option for first-timers. By providing communal spaces including a shared lounge with a snooker table and cinema corner, and also a roof terrace, these ‘micro flats’ are designed to appeal to young first-timers who also appreciate opportunities to socialise with their neighbours. Only launched in 2017, Inspired Homes has created a building set up for today’s lifestyle, with hyperoptic broadband and lobby boxes to accept online shopping deliveries.

This is a great building to live in. We are a couple living in a one-bedroom flat and while it is small there is two great common areas. A common room with sofas and tables and a pool table and a rooftop terrace. The building is very secure.” – verified resident at Green Dragon House

Croydon from above

Even more developments…

The flats in Fairview New HomesCity House also benefit from ultrafast ‘Fibre-to-the-Building’ broadband but the technological innovations in this repurposed office-to-commercial space don’t end there. Wind turbines on the roof of the block provide electricity to the communal areas, helping to keep bills down and reduce residents’ carbon footprint. City House is another central development, about 10 minutes’ walk from East Croydon station.

New building and the facilities are of good quality. The security is good because they always do the walk around and you can call them 24h if you have any issues. It is safe overall. Maintenance is good and there are no delays in fixing things.” – Tolu, verified resident at City House who rents in Croydon

Security of the building is great with the cctv. I feel very safe living here. This was my first complaint when I moved in; there was no hot water. Only the shower, other faucets are good. The community is good and people are good.” – Mehvish S, verified resident at City House

Another Fairview New Homes development that comes highly recommended is Queens Gate, a listed conversion with apartments that range from one to four bedrooms.

This is a nice place for kids. There is a playground and lots of grassy areas.” – Grassy, verified resident at Queens Gate

Very happy with the price and the community is like a family and we get along. The community hall does activities for the mums and children. The facilities are great and it’s a great value for money. Maintenance is great.” – Hedwig, verified resident at Queens Gate

Trainline with new flats in the background

Transport

Croydon has three railway stations – East Croydon, South Croydon and West Croydon. The first two of these are on the same line. East Croydon is a major hub with frequent, fast trains to London Bridge (just 13 minutes away) and St Pancras (30 minutes) as well as stopping services to Victoria (16 minutes). Those heading south can get to Brighton in 35 minutes for work or for an easy day. Or even afternoon – out at the beach. And if you’re heading further afield, services to Gatwick Airport leave every eight minutes and take only 16 minutes to get there. There’s also the fast London Overground connection to Canada Water from West Croydon.

Getting around Croydon is easy, too, thanks to the three-line Tramlink network which even stops at Ikea. Further council plans to make the town greener include an electric bicycles hire scheme. Croydon road traffic can be congested and parking is in short supply; but drivers don’t have far to go to reach major roads such as the A23.

You can find out more about living in the Croydon by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover the best places to live and rent in Croydon. Moreover, If there’s a Croydon property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

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Nice flat but many problems, looking to move again

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Review Date Feb 2024

There are no big supermarkets nearby unless you have a car.
It’s not very safe at night, with many dodgy people around. My flatmate isn’t comfortable going out alone after they’ve been harassed or catcalled, so we use Find My Friends on iPhone to stay connected.
There are no places to hang out; although some people go to Box Park, it’s not my scene. However, there’s a nice bar called Fern down the road.
Bin collection doesn’t seem to be frequent because the bin rooms are gross.
There aren’t many streetlights around, but they’ve recently installed some new ones opposite the building.
Local services like GPs aren’t very good.
Croydon council tax is extraordinarily high due to their bankruptcy, with rates set to increase again in 2024. This came as a shock to us when we moved in and made it less appealing.
One positive aspect is that the station is nearby.
The area is pretty filthy, except around the new development area, but it’s relatively small.

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Looks good in pictures but leans into catfishing territory.
The building isn’t kept clean; it always smells like garbage around the lift areas, and the floors are consistently dirty. I avoid using the workspace because it’s also unclean and uncomfortably hot.

The terrace has potential but is largely unusable. In summer, it reeks of dog pee due to the plastic glass. There’s nowhere comfortable to sit, so you don’t spend much time up there. I haven’t seen many people using it either, except to take their dogs out. While I appreciate that the building is dog-friendly, the condition of the terrace grass is a problem.

When we moved into the flat, it was pretty dirty (a common theme here), and we ended up cleaning it ourselves, although they did offer to send someone back in.
The flat is nice, very homely and comfortable, with a balcony, although it’s on the small side.

Recently, the building had a silverfish infestation due to a leak that the building management had neglected. It took ages to get them to arrange pest control.
The reception staff are lovely and have the impossible job of trying to keep everyone happy.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: The energy bills we’re subjected to are very expensive. They have no fixed tariff option and the current rates are high, you can’t change energy providers here due to the way the building is managed. It took five months until we received a bill after many emails because the building management was in dispute. Because of this, we were hit with a huge bill that was way more than they had initially told us it would be. We are now in debt of £1000+.

Native gave a ‘sorry’ discount to the previous billing issue but hasn’t made a dent in the matter.

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Cost of bills are high due to the tarrifs
Council tax is hight
Building isn’t well kept and you’ll find like most people dont use the workspace or terrace.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The building does have a good maintenance team that is typically prompt in responding to requests.

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Thankful for the services being offered

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Review Date Feb 2024

Love the environment, clean, comfortable and secure .Easy access to bus service and train station. Available market around with shops

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The management are very professional always very willing to assist in any issues. They go above and beyond to assist and help with any issues. Special Thanks to Kristian who is extremely patient and very helpful with working out solutions for issues.

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The building is very safe and secure , you will feel very comfortable being here.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Very efficiently and gotten issues sorted out as quickly.

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Cleverly disguised

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Review Date Feb 2024

The building is relatively close to most relevant shops and establishments, the proximity to transport links is a definite plus but it is Croydon and that means parking is scarce, loads of negative events and constant sirens from the police, ambulance or both.

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Poor design for a building of flats, more suitable for offices, bare minimum facilities for such a fancy place. The property is managed by an external company, rather poorly and slowly. It comprises of over 400 flats and some of them have been used for air b&b which made the whole building feel completely vulnerable and unsafe.

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I wish I knew the flats leak heat in winter and turn to ovens in summer.

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The responses depend on the urgency of the issue most of the time but the real problems don’t ever seem to be dealt with.

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Not bad

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Review Date Jan 2024

Good transport links to and out of London. Great shopping opportunities with Central and Whitgift nearby. Good local pubs.

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Facilities could do with improvements, lifts need some maintenance or maybe replacement as they tend to malfunction sporadically.
Otherwise property is clean, maintenance requests are being responded to on time. Some noise issues with current tower block developments happening nearby.

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Not much to add as I already had friends living in the building.

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Well. All maintenance requests have been dealt with promptly.

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