Croydon

A Guide to Living in 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.

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

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

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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Cane Hill Park, Coulsdon

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Review Date May 2020

Cane Hill Park is a very nice area to live. The area generally feels very safe and there is a strong sense of community here.
There are a lot of young couples and families living here and there are a number of playgrounds and open spaces for people to enjoy. There are a number of other bigger park spaces nearby which are a short walk from Cane Hill.
A bus service has recently started which connects Cane Hill Park to Coulsdon and Old Coulsdon.
There is a local farm with a shop that sells a small number of items such as eggs and potatoes. It is only a short walk into Coulsdon where there are a number of independent shops, cafes and restaurants in the local high street.

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Cane Hill Park is a very nice development. It is a large development and the design of the houses is modern with a lot of houses being over three floors and all houses having solar panels.

The development is generally well looked after although it has taken a while for some ongoing maintenance issues on the development to be rectified. There are a number of playgrounds, a trim trail and a small woodland area with good pathways linking the various parts of the development.

There is a Residents Association which keeps residents up to date on issues relating to the development and also helps represent residents when dealing with the estate management company.

A bus route has recently started which runs along the main road through the development. The bus route goes through Coulsdon town centre which is useful for shops (as there are no commercial shops in Cane Hill) and connecting to other bus routes or getting to the train stations.

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

We wish we had known more about the annual estate maintenance charges and what these covered.

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

We have not yet had to raise any issues directly to the estate management company.

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Great building in an amazing location

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Review Date May 2020

Amazing transport links for commuting to central London. Fresh fruit and vegetable market in the doorstep and innumerable shops and supermarkets. Great range of leisure options (e.g. bars, pubs, restaurants, cinema).

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This a fairly new, modern building, which means it is incredibly well insulated helping save on gas bills. It is incredibly well located in the heart of Croydon. The concierge is incredibly helpful on any management aspects or issue that might arise, as well as with the deliveries.

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The middle wall is quite weak, so no heavy object can be hung in it (e.g. TV)

What is the best feature of your home:

The wide windows that allow plenty of natural light in throughout the day and the balcony that allows us to enjoy sunny weather.

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Great location & great facilities

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Review Date May 2020

Close to local shops & High street. Great transport links, very close to East and West Croydon. My only dislike is the limited parking for residence.

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The Design is great and the building has left access, bike storage & concierge. the Flat are all modern inside with great lighting and modcons. The Building is managed well and the building is well maintained by the concierge, cleaners and maintenance workers.

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

I wish I knew they was going building a new apartment across the road as is it very noisy. Building takes place between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

More parking spaces for residence as there is limited parking and I have to park my vehicle in the NCP car park across the road which cost me £100 per calendar month.

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Cane hill

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Review Date May 2020

Nice development to live on.

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Barratts inside finish of houses not to the highest standard. However, overall design very good and neighbourhood very peaceful whilst being close to London and the seaside. Estate well laid out so you don’t feel on top of each other.

London prices unfortunately mean the estate is overpriced for the sizes of houses.

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The size of the gardens

What is the best feature of your home:

The size of the rooms are perfect as each bedroom can fit double beds.

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