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

Reviews in Croydon

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Review Date Sep 2022

What’s fantastic about the location of the Quarters is that, you have East Croydon train station literally on you door step, a gym a few restaurants and takeaways down the road, including barber shop, bus stops nearby, tram stop outside the door and a tunnel that leads straight into the shopping mall. if there is one thing i could say negatively, its that residents should be breaking down their recycling waste so it fits into the bins, thus reducing smells and bugs, in the waste area.

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Wonderful space, with a lovely bathroom and large storage. Lovely cute 2 plate hob, with a microwave oven and mounted TV. Corridors are heated, with access control both on the entrance and floor including your actual flat door. The Quarters has a Concierge open during the day and Security at night with an out of hours maintenance number and I must say that they are on top of their game. My work colleagues liken my living space to a hotel room. I would not hesitate to recommend the Quarters to anyone looking for a safe, clean and good value accommodation.

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

Maybe get your recycling compacted, helps so that the bins outside, don’t overfill.

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

No issues raised yet, but I’m confident that all be well.

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The Quarter Croydon is great!

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Review Date Sep 2022

The building is very central. It’s located in a great location to access the Tram, East Croydon Station, and the West Croydon Overground Station.

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Nothing but love for The Quarters. Our move here was the easiest. The application process was personal and made easy by Indre. The building is beautifully kept and in a central location between grocery stores and public transport. Looking forward to our time spent here.

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Nothing to note here. Everything was very smooth and transparent.

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

Pleasantly and quickly. Any concerns we’ve had are dealt with quickly, really helps that there is maintenance and management on site 5 days a week. And security on the weekends.

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The property is fitted with modern smart appliances, comfortable chair and desk for working at home and fast internet

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Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2022

The good:
– The property is about a 2mins walk from East Croydon Station. Trains from this station to London Bridge take about 15mins. So easier to get to work
– Other transport lines are also close by. The tramline is right in front of the property. West Croydon for the overground service is about 5 minutes away
– Great shops for groceries (Waitrose & Sainsbury are 30 seconds away). Other shops are also within reach.
– Boxpark and many restaurants in the area
– Lots of banks within a minute’s walk

The Bad:
– There are parking services, but it comes at an additional price per day
– Peak hour train rides might be a bit expensive. However, off-peak and weekend train rides are about the same price as the underground (depending on zones)

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The reception is serviced by a great team. The property is fitted with modern smart appliances, comfortable chair and desk for working at home and fast internet. The laundry area is shared. However, there are many washing and drying machines. These are operated by the use of an app. You can also use the app to check the availability of the machines/ dryer. The property is secured and accessed with smart keys.

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

Unfortunately, there’s no aircon. So on hot summer days one needs to get a fan or a portable aircon

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

None noted. They have however tested all appliance to ensure that they are operating correctly.

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Great place to live, excellent travel links and good value for money

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Review Date Aug 2022

Great local amenities, very close travel links within walking distance. Parkings on site is great for guests.
Occasionally homeless people on the streets behind the building but have never been bothered by them.

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Management are friendly and helpful and will help you with any request quickly. Design of the building is great, lots of lifts and generally a nice space to come home too, I love showing guests my apartment.
Wish there was a gym in the building or they offered some sort of discounted rate at a local gym. Weekends can be busy for laundry as there aren’t many washing machines.

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The apartments can get very hot in the building especially when staying on the west facing side.

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

Very quick to respond and take action is necessary. Had issues with doors slamming often and the management tightened the door so they wouldn’t slam no violently.

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