Deptford

A Guide to Living in Deptford

If you haven’t yet heard of Deptford, chances are you will very soon. Artists, students, first-time buyers and lifelong Londoners; they gather in this exciting district, which has become as cool and sought-after as places like Peckham and Hackney. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Deptford. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Deptford.

Where is Deptford?

Deptford is on the south Bank of the River Thames, a little way between historical Greenwich and bohemian Bermondsey. It shares many parallels with its neighbours – including a rich maritime heritage and a cornucopia of age-old pubs and hipster-friendly eateries. But it’s got an identity all of its own all the same.

Deptford big-hitters

Deptford High Street is regarded as one of London’s liveliest. The start of it’s marked by a giant, lopsided anchor (it was the first of the Royal Docks). Its quarter-mile stretch is home to a stunningly beautiful Baroque church and a great selection of Vietnamese restaurants, butchers and pie and mash shops. Its street market is old-school Eastend at its best. Completely devoid of organic juices and sour dough – this is noisy, wonderful bric-a-brac territory.

Not far from the high street is Deptford Market Yard – a cluster of independent stores and restaurants, huddled beneath the railway arches of Deptford station. Little Nan’s is a much-loved cocktail bar where the tipples are served in teapots. And the area is often playing host to pop-up events like art exhibitions. Speaking of which, Deptford is a hotspot for creatives, thanks to its plentiful studios, galleries and the esteemed Albany Theatre.

Deptford was named after its creek, and its Creekside Discovery Centre is a great place to take little ones. The district is also home to a handful of parks, including Brookmill Park and Deptford Park – the latter sprawls over 17 acres and boasts a children’s playground and a picnic seating spot.

New developments in Deptford

Deptford’s surge in popularity has resulted in a multitude of new apartments and houses. First-time buyers, especially, are loving Anthology’s Deptford Foundry. This smart new-build teams stylish, contemporary apartments with a selection of artists’ studios – all built on the site of an old metal foundry. Rated one of the best places to live in Deptford.

The concierge is really helpful and will accommodate any requests you may have. Overall, there aren’t any aspects which I can think of which would have improved the buying experience. Thank you Anthology, for making my first property purchase a special one!” – Ben, verified resident at Deptford Foundry

Georgia and the rest of the team made the buying experience stress free and extremely positive. As a first time buyer, they were always helpful with any queries I had, and the communication throughout the process has been excellent. The development itself is really well done, and I am extremely happy with the apartment. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or team to help me with buying my first home.” – Ryan F, verified resident at Deptford Foundry

Union Wharf is an upcoming new-build from Build to Rent pioneer, Essential Living. Its twin towers have nabbed a prime setting overlooking Deptford Creek, and will house one, two and three-bedroom apartments. A great place to rent in Deptford!

Transport

Deptford has no Underground station to speak of, but its Zone 2 location means it’s still well-connected. From Deptford station, commuters can reach London Bridge in less than 10 minutes, Farringdon in under 20 and King’s Cross in 23. Deptford Bridge and Elverson Road are other alternatives, both of which offer direct services to Canary Wharf.

With its edgy credentials and handy London links, it’s no surprise it is having a moment in the spotlight. And while the developers are moving in thick and fast, it shows no signs of losing the character and charm it’s known for.

You can find out more about living in the Deptford 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 Deptford. Moreover, If there’s a Deptford property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here
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Distillery Tower

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Originally the area lacked varied entertainment, but much change has taken place since the Distillery was developed by Galliard Homes. There is now an abundance of bars and restaurant, and the new Seager Gallery.

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The design of the building is stark; what makes it is its prime location and breathtaking views. It has a 24/7 concierge team who are really great people. The area it falls short is with its relations between managing agent PPM and leaseholders, which can be quite strained.

What is the best feature of your home:

Terrific views, wide hallway, in a great building, full of interesting and energetic people.

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A superb development in a great location

This area is full of hidden gems. There’re countless restaurants, bars and cafes close by that all offer genuinely great quality and I was surprised to see such a high concentration. It is clear that money has been invested into Deptford with the Deptford Market Yard being the most visible result of this. On top of this, the walking distance to Greenwich and Greenwich park means you’re never left wanting. Transport is great too with multiple station choices (overground and mainline) that can get you into London Bridge within minutes. Couldn’t be happier with all aspects of the area.

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Anthology have done so well to create a development that is full of quality and is a place you can feel proud to call home. It immediately has a strong community feel with such a pleasant exterior and layout. One thing I like is that it doesn’t stick out as a new development and actually blends well into it’s surroundings. The properties themselves are finished to the very best level and are great value considering the space that you can get. The development is managed effectively with a reliable concierge and timely replies if you have any issues. I genuinely cannot fault my experience so far.

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The noise from the trainline really is minimal. This was something I was concerned about but really isn’t a problem at all.

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

Fixed very quickly in most cases. Communal problems seem to take a little longer.

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Nice flats. Not good for investors

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Up and coming area with nice bars and shops

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The property I purchased from Anthology was sold to me by a member of the sales team that categorically lied in the sales meetings. I was informed that I would recieve a stamp duty rebate as a first time buyer as an incentive to purchase early in the development launch. This was not put into my contract and therefore not done. More fool me for not fact checking the sales pitch.

I was also assured this was the perfect hands off investment of which it is not. Anthology have an agreement with the billing company that only the owner can have a payment account or a direct debit for bills. Therefore, on a monthly basis, as a landlord you are expected to send bills to the tenant and chase payment (they can only pay online or over the phone) which can be difficult if your tenant travels a great deal for work.

Regardless of what the sales team say THIS IS NOT A HANDS OFF INVESTMENT and FACT CHECK THE SALES PITCH!!

As for the development itself, it is a decent development apart from the continuous issues with access control. The properties are well built but ensure you carry out your snagging to a high standard!!

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That it would be on me as a hands off investor to pay or organise bill payments on a monthly basis. Note this is the only site in the area that has this rule!

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

The do not answer emails.

They withhold keys from owners after a tenant has moved out saying its illegal to give an owner a key without the old tenant being there (even though the new tenant is stood outside)

They are rude on the phone.

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Manager Response

Hi Dean,

I am sorry that you felt compelled to write this review.

As discussed, we have changed the agreement with Switch 2 so that tenants can now register their own accounts. I hope this solution means that you can have a more ‘hand offs’ approach to your rental and you are happy with your investment at Deptford Foundry.

Please feel free to call me if you would like any other matters.

Best regards,
Georgia

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Amazing view, great design and friendly staff

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The view on the southeast (Deptford) and north (Isle of Dog and O2) of this development was the prime reason for my purchase.

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I’m a first-time buyer and have been living here since June 2019. The design of this development is smart and modern (love the spacious kitchen/living room), and the 2-bedroom flats are especially perfect for first-time buyers who occasionally have family visits.

Location: I heard about the Deptford area being ‘rough’ before moving in, and we did recently experience a bike store break-in (thankfully the management quickly responded by applying an extra lock). But other than that it feels perfectly safe and convenient (4-min walk to shops and bus stops). The only downside being it’s slightly far away from any tube (nearest overground is New Cross, 10min walk. Convenient if you’re heading to London Bridge/Cannon Street though).

Service-wise, the sales staff has been very helpful and patient during the quite painful legal process of my flat purchase (more than my solicitor!). After moving in, the customer care team were helpful and responsive, which I appreciate very much. It’s worth noting that the concierge (Terry) is absolutely brilliant and he and the team really helps you to resolve various daily issues.

The repairs of the flats, however, are managed through an online system, and it can be quite slow because you’re not sure when the tickets will get picked up – but eventually things get resolved (just need a bit of patience and chasing). *My flat was a show room, so that might have been the reasons to the various repairs so far (esp window and lights).

Overall I enjoy living here, and I’m sure with the completion of the development early next year, things will get more convenient (hearing about a new cafe and a bar?).

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Do a thorough check if you are buying an ex-showroom, esp lighting and utilities.

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Manager Response

Hello,

We have continually had excellent reviews on the concierge team and we regularly share feedback with Rendall & Rittner – thank you for your lovely comments.

There are certainly excellent views from many homes at Deptford Foundry and we are delighted that you can enjoy yours everyday 🙂

We will keep you updated on local area information so keep an eye out for our regular Anthologist newletter as well as the My Anthology portal.

Speak soon,
Georgia.

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