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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AWFUL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT RUINS A ONCE GOOD PLACE TO LIVE

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Review Date Apr 2021

The main benefit of the building is its location. You are within walking distance to major transport links (West Croydon station, East Croydon station, bus garage and tram lines), supermarkets (all the major ones) and small parks.

The building is on the main road, so there is some outside noise (mainly sirens); however, this is something you get accustomed to.

No parking is available unless you pay for an underground parking permit.

The flats are designed well and have everything you need for modern living.

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Property management since the new agency (Criterion Hospitality) has taken over is appalling at best. Every aspect of the building has been in decline since taking over. From maintenance to cleaning, from lack of working lifts to lack of heating and hot water, in addition, the awful communication especially from the head office who seem reluctant to reply to any emails.

The building has six lifts however only two are operational. No effort has been made to fix the other lifts in over a year and still, only two are operational. There is a building issue with hot water and heating, with there being issues on four separate occasions that have lasted for multiple days in the space of fewer than six months. Criterion Hospitality seems to be opting for cheap fixes that are temporary rather than fixing the issue outright. During the outages, very little communication is provided to tenants and when it is it’s often misinformation (e.g. hot water/heating will be restored tonight but isn’t until a further few days) and often tenants have to chase to get any communication.

Building maintenance is very basic. The focus is on keeping the concierge area tidy. The building would benefit from more frequent cleaning. The exterior windows haven’t been cleaned in over two years, and emails on the matter have been ignored.

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

That the property management would change agencies. Avoid Criterion Hospitality where possible.

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

To have basic utilities working. Hot water and heating are unstable in this building.

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A great place to live – right by the station!

Review Date Mar 2021

Just two minutes from East Croydon station makes it great for links to London and the south. Plenty of restaurants around with boxpark down the road.

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A really well designed and beautiful looking building. The feel and look of the place is fabulous, our apartment is a great size and layout and the roof terraces offer incredible views towards central London.

We love style of the apartments, which have a very modern feel. Great in the winter months too as we have hardly used the heating to keep warm.

The management team are fantastic and always on hand to help and sort out issues. Looking forward to being able to use more of the facilities such as the communal work space once permitted!

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

How much development is taking place around the building. It’s certainly not overly annoying but there’s a lot of development around the immediate area.

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

Some of the fittings, whilst are high end and look great just aren’t. The sofas are squeaky and the bathtub in the main bathroom is pretty useless for anyone over 5’5! But these are just minor points and don’t detract away from a great building.

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Amazing place to be. We are really happy!

Review Date Mar 2021

The property is literally in front of East Croydon Station facing the back entrance of the station. Which for me is the best entrance, with no much of the “mess” that always hangs around the main entrance. There is construction going on now for new development, but this does not interfere with our building. The cleanness of the street is very good and the area has been recently renovated.

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The facilities at the property are awesome! The management team is super welcoming and friendly.
All the staff is ready for help and people seem to really enjoy living there.
The common areas seem to be very well maintained.

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

We have done very thorough research before deciding to move in. So I don’t believe so far we have something to add.

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

If there is one SMALL thing I would add is that our flat was not professionally cleaned as up to standard, as there were crumbs on the floor, limescale in the showerhead and sinks (toilets and kitchen) as well the dishwasher was with limescale and smelling funky (with a dishwasher cleaner tablet I got that fixed). That was some kind of small attention to detail that someone can pick. After a good scrub, I got rid of myself of the limescale in the sinks and toilet but would be nice to arrive in our new flat a bit more well cleaned.
Although, I would like to make it clear that it did not affect our opinion of how impressed and happy we are with the property management team and building.

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Not impressed…

Review Date Mar 2021

Croydon is good and the development has a good location, not too far from East Croydon Station.

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The flat is fine although not cheap. You can see it was built with cheap materials as things tend to ruin easily. None of the flats has a balcony and windows can’t really be opened except for few centimeters. It’s not well insulated making a very hot environment in summer and fairly cold in winter (with high heating bill). Management is poor, all you can do is that things don’t get broken, because if they do they will stay broken. Communal areas tend to get dirty quite easily and cleaning is not done often enough for a building of 98 flats. We had our waste areas almost completely full of abandoned furniture for almost a year and they wouldn’t do anything about it, lift is more often broken and working and finally a lot of light bulbs got broken and never replaced.

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

That they are tight to evinox – bad choice! Too expensive and really bad service from them.

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

Flat, add a window in the kitchen – I thought this was basic!
Building, management – too many thing are overlooked. This type of building requires full time management!

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