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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Review Date Oct 2021

Area is perfect as you have a variety of food places at the Boxpark which is located opposite the building.
The additional benefit is that you’ll be in central London within 30 min as well as in places like Brighton within less than an hour

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The facilities are great and clean.
The building and property management giving the premium service that even Hotel management can learn from.
The personally value the little eye for details that makes this place a great way to live in.

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

That some of the facilities are charged

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

Very good and quick with fixing anything you want. Useful to have an app so that you have everything at one place

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Nice new build development in a prime location

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Review Date Oct 2021

The anti-social behaviour near Church Street tram stop is not pleasant. During the day, you will find some homeless drug-using people in the area. They are not rude or anything to passers by as far as I know, but they get in to disputes among one another on occasions and the police have been called. It is not nice to walk past when you’re going shopping.

There is limited parking in the area, Croydon Council only offer parking for the car park across from the development for £700 annually. There is not option to pay monthly or even quarterly. The parking restrictions are 24 hours a day 7 days a week for most of the roads locally.

Wandle park is located nearby and it is a nice park for evening walks. Valley Park and Purley Way are closeby with an array of shops. We are walking distance to Croydon Town Centre and there are a good range of shops and restaurants. The transport links in Croydon are great – Both East and West Croydon have overhead trains to London and surrounding areas.

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It is a nice building. The communal area is big where the letter boxes are located. It is bright and airy – the decor is white throughout. There is a cleaner who comes weekly – although there is a persistent smell from the bins – which only affects the ground floor as far as I am aware.

The flats compromise of big windows, the properties maintain heat well. The kitchens have all built in appliances including a dishwasher which is very useful. The bathrooms are fully fitted with a nice sized bathroom. There are balconies for some of the flats which have a good amount of privacy.

There is a play area which is helpful for families who live within the development and a roof terrace which is nice for the properties who don’t have a balcony.

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I wish I knew about the limited parking availability in the area provided by the local authority.

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Outstanding team, great location, great links

Review Date Oct 2021

This building is right in the middle of everything with great transport links to most areas not only in London but the UK as a whole! Very good variety of shops and restaurants. Close enough to get into London but far from the London stress! I mean there is the common misconception that Croydon is dangerous but at this point, where in the UK isn’t?
Parking might be a concern for some but it I think this is not specific to just this building, but the whole area.

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The security and reception team for me are the shining stars of the whole operation. They make sure every resident is comfortable and they are extremely helpful! The maintenance team are always on hand to help as well and are very polite and respectful of your space. I cannot fault these teams at all! 10 stars for them!!!!!
There is a wide range of amenities in the building and this is great especially for the value of the space we rent to live in. My only suggestion would be to provide free access to all these shared spaces unless they are booked exclusively for an event.
In short, the ten degree community is outstanding, the front line team is the jewel of the operation and brings the whole thing together.

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

Perhaps that the rent rates are different for different people in the same type of flat! I might have hustled myself further discount!!!!

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

Yes, they always respond and see about rectifying them..

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Location is superb and stations are close by

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Review Date Oct 2021

We have a range of retail outlets like Tesco, co-op and sainsburys, Whig gift shopping centre and centrale all in 10 min walking distance. East Croydon station is just 8mins from here and so is west Croydon station and local market near to it.

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Design is good and property is not fully furnished although that will be done upon request is what I believe. Building a management is not that great and I will say it’s only average, we have to follow up several times if we register a complaint with them.

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Location is really good with all the required amenities at a walking stations , so we can manage without a car

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

We have to follow up on most of the occasions but otherwise it’s all OK. So in short I will say the management can improve.

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