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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Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

I like – proximity to public transport and wide range of options for grocery shopping. There are also several green areas nearby.

I dislike – Management has changed recently and the new company does not seem very interested in actively managing the building. Covid-19 measures were close to none.
Loads of drunk people tend to hang around the street corner. They don’t make any trouble but can get loud sometimes.

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The building is good quality. The apartment is well desing and everything works perfectly.
Moving in was easy. Very quiet due to good sound insulation.
Building management has changed recently and things got worse. The previous company was more active in managing day to day activities.

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

I was well informed.

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

I would make my apartment more spacious, however I reckon it is well design.

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Excellent location

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

The location is very good. It is close to supermarkets and to the 2 main stations in Croydon that have great transport links.

Please review your development:

Building has no additional facilities, for example gym or concierge, like others in the area and rent is increased every year. However, it is a new building, apartments are fully equipped and comfortable.

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

They would be increasing the rent every year. Also, it is a pretty warm apartment and during summer is very difficult, as the windows don’t open completely on my floor and the apartment receives the sun in the afternoon.

What is the best feature of your home:

It is fully equipped, including dish washer. Windows are big and is very luminous.

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Quit, Clean and Secure.

Review Date Aug 2020

Well connected area and full of any kind of shop you need within a few minutes of walk.

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Very quiet area but still well connected. And because of the cameras installed everywhere in the building, I feel safe living here.
The property management is amazing, very quick response via email and if there is a problem so solve they handle everything for you.

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

The only bad thing I can think of is the fact that having big windows on all side of your home can be a problem for some people. (Curtains can help.)

What is the best feature of your home:

Well connected, security cameras, responsive management. The apartment is well light by natural light from almost all sides.

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Good Afternoon,
Thank you very much for your kind words, we are so glad your enjoying your time at Bedford Park.

Best,
5 Bedford Park Team

Great place to rent/live

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2020

Near to station, tesco, mall

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The building location is ideal for me. Safety and amenities are very important for me and this place is spot on from that perspective. The covid-19 related safety actions have been very good, the measures and guidelines have been very helpful.
The building management is very friendly and prompt.

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

There is no broadband service from broadband providers for the building

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

Every issue is addressed promptly. Never had any issues.

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Good Afternoon,
Thank you very much for your kind words, we are glad to hear you are enjoying your time at Bedford Park.

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5 Bedford Park Team

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