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

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A beautiful place to live – the finish of a luxury hotel with amazing transport links

Review Date Dec 2020

The area is perfect – it is literally minutes from East Croydon train station (closer than it appears on maps due to the side entrance!), which is commutable to Central London in 15 minutes. It has almost a direct artery to the Whitgift shopping centre via a dedicated underpass entrance nearly directly on the building’s doorstep, with the rest of Croydon just a few minutes walk away.

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The Quarters Croydon is a fantastic place to live, in a perfect location. The studios are meticulously and immaculately presented, with beautiful furnishings and top quality appliances – it feels like you’re living in a luxury hotel.

If not for unavoidable personal reasons, I wouldn’t be moving out – I had a stellar experience at TQC, and when I return to London I will be certainly seeing if they have any room availability!

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I think I wish I was just slightly more prepared for studio living – I’d never had my own place before, so moving from shared accommodation was quite a leap! The privacy is wonderful, but it can be a little lonely in comparison.

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

Quickly and effectively – during my 6 month stay I only had to raise one maintenance issue, and this was repaired the next day.

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Building management top, makes me feel great and safe during Covid

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Review Date Dec 2020

We are pretty much in Central Corydon, next to the main shopping street. We have prettly much every shop here in just walking distance. Also a Waitrose is around the corner.
Lot’s of very good restaurants are around where you can order very delicious food.
Tram and 2x train stations and lots of bus stations are around in walking distance to anywhere.

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Maybe air conditioning through the air ventilation during summer would be very welcome.
Faster internet connection would be great. I booked 100 Mbit but most time can only get around 60 Mbit as it is shared.
Washing facilities are nice but 2 more machines would not harm. But it is ok, I go in their in the mornings when it is not busy.

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Everything is fine. As I said, it is a bit like an hotel.

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

Maybe air conditioning through the air ventilation during summer would be very welcome.
Faster internet connection would be great. I booked 100 Mbit but most time can only get around 60 Mbit.

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Manager Response

Hello Ali,

Thank you so much for leaving a review.

Your feedback has been taken onboard to our development team and our Internet provider. If you want to discuss it in more detail, please feel free to call us at 0207 935 6463 or email us at info@thequarters.co.uk.

We’re pleased to learn that you’re enjoying your stay at The Quarters Croydon and that you’re benefiting from our privileged location, close to Croydon’s new business and retail district, and the superior customer service.

Warmest regards,

The Quarters Team

I love living on this development. It’s is one big community with a variety of social media apps keeping us all connected. I love the fact we have so much greenery and woodland trails on the development and how quiet it is when all the hustle and bustle is only minutes away.

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Review Date Dec 2020

Cane Hill Park is nestled aware right in the heart of Coulsdon Surrey. There is a local high street within a two minute drive from the development. The high street has a full range of eateries and also has a Waitrose, Aldi, Tesco Express and Boots. There are a couple of bank and local small business stores. Transport links are fantastic with two stations both with links to London and from Coulsdon South you can get to the Costa Del Brighton.

Barratts and David Wilson have created a variety of different home designs and it’s nice to be on a development like this.

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The design of the development is great. As it is build on the land of the old Cane Hill Hospital they have kept the old water tower and church.

The property management company appear to be good so far. Prices don’t reflect the work they do so the community as a whole are making sure more work is carried out.

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In all honestly I have been very fortunate and had a very pleasant home buying journey from start to finish

What is the best feature of your home:

I love that it has been designed over 3 floors giving my family space and the homes are a generous size.

I also enjoy overlooking a green open space in a small cul de sac

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Short summary of property management

Review Date Dec 2020

Area is great so close to the station and the countryside bets of both worlds.

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The design of the houses are fine but the use of materials are pretty poor, you’d expect the plaster board to be of good quality but it’s extremely poor. The property management do a very poor job of landscaping to say the least, there is so much they could do but they just sit in their vans doing hardly anything. I wish my job was that easy!

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

I wish I had known the quality of the inside material but also the gardens quality.

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

Yes I would change the materials used within the houses.

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