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.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
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.