Croydon

A Guide to Living in Croydon

There are two great reasons to live in Croydon, and these go hand in hand to make it a compelling choice to live: its relatively cheap property prices and its excellent transport links into Central London.

On top of that, numerous initiatives are currently transforming Croydon and helping make its once dowdy image a thing of the past. 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, both from 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.

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

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

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

Security of the building is great with the cctv. I feel very safe living here. The hot water is sometimes broken. 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

Croydon 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.

Find out more – read reviews from the HomeViews community by clicking on the Croydon developments below. Do you live in a residential development in Croydon? Click here to leave your review. 

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A Young Professionals Perfect Place to Stay!

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Fantastic Access to a 6 Platform Station with frequent trains into London and to Brighton. Additional Trams into Wimbledon and Beckenham Junction. Boxpark for a wide variety of places to grab a meal. Pure Gym just 2 Minute Walk away.

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The Quarters Croydon is very well positioned. The 6 Platform station is only a 3 Minute Walk away. The Apartments are fully furnished and beautifully layed out with Guaranteed Great value for Money. The Kitchen is small however perfect when it comes to cleaning. Don’t be fooled it is all a Young professional needs. Great Concierge and security services and a Laundry Room that Utilizes one of the most user friendly app ever. It even lets you know when your washing is ready ! I frequently order off amazon and you can be guaranteed that your parcel will be safely handed over to the concierge services should you be unavailable. They are highly compliant when it comes to fire and other safety checks but will always communicate to you should access to your room be needed.

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1. There are two sides to the property try get an apartment avoiding facing the main road. The noise of cars passing is not something that should change your mind but can be a slight off put. 2 The Apartments retain a lot of heat in summer, Unless you have a Balcony Apartment you will absolutely need a Fan ! 🙂

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Definite things to improve upon…

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Very close to every shop you would need. Also, close to food (Boxpark) and many restaurants. East Croydon train station is a 5 minute walk from the building.

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The building is nice and consistently maintained (on the inside) with regular cleaning, painting, etc. Besides a small sitting area in the front corridor, there are no ‘special’ facilities. The laundry room is maintained, however I should note that there are only 5 washers/dryers for the whole building and can get very irritating when people aren’t courteous and leave their clothing for longer than the time allotted. Also, the Circuit app for laundry seems to be hit and miss sometimes. I will also note that the landscaping in the back of The Quarters could use some TLC. It is a public car park, which has never been an issue, but people don’t have respect for the property. Lastly, the rubbish also seems to be an issue with people being too lazy to walk to the other bins instead placing their items in the walkway causing it to pile up quickly and blow away.

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I wish I had known how long it would take to add another tenant to the tenancy agreement, or just how slow any communication is in general with the front desk. (Don’t wait on tender hooks for a reply to your email- it likely won’t come unless you badger management!)

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Largely passive management

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Good area in the centre of town, close to East Croydon station, Tramlink stops and shopping locations. Situated on main thoroughfare through Croydon, so traffic noise can be an issue during summer

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Management is reactive to issues rather than proactive in preventing them in the first place. In three years, it has demonstrated ineffectiveness in dealing with residents leaving refuse outside of proper receptacles. Communiation is patchy, focusing on short term lets, to whom Bravo leases its units – owners of leaseholds are not communicated with on a regular basis, and information requested is patchy at best.

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Build quality leaves a fair amount to be desired – corners were cut during finishes

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Good experience. Great location.

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Very convenient location. Great transport links into London and to Gatwick. There’s a shopping mall opposite which makes things so easy when needling last minute items. Also very convenient that the front desk will take all deliveries for you.

Only downside is that they are very slow getting back to you on email. You often have to chase to get answers.

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Convenient location with great transport links. Shopping mall across the street. Front desk will accept all your deliveries for you. Very modern and clean inside. Fully furnished and easy set up to pay rent and log maintenance issues through online portal.

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The WiFi they offer for free is very slow and you have to sign in every 2 hours which is annoying.

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