Lewisham

A Guide to Living in Lewisham

Lewisham lies just a few miles south-east of Central London. It’s a borough that’s been given a little more than just a fresh coat of paint in recent years. In fact, this area has seen plenty in the way of renovation, including a transformation of the town centre and a brand-new riverside park. As such, it moved at lightning-speed into the ‘up-and-comer’ category a couple of years back, and then, in the blink of an eye, it became highly sought-after, courtesy of its affordable homes and fantastic transport links.

Cutting-edge bars and eateries

It might come as a surprise, but Lewisham embodies the sort of hipster cool more readily associated with places like Shoreditch and Hackney. Its vibrant high streets are full of independent cafés, brunch pop-ups, and pocket-sized restaurants serving the A to Z of cuisines. After dark, there are lively pubs with on-stage happenings every weekend, plus a good clutch of nightclubs. One of the area’s most popular night-time haunts is Model Market, a street food fiesta that kicks off around 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays and goes on until late. Lip-smacking, around-the-world flavours here include succulent Argentinian meats, fiery Jamaican jerk chicken and thin and crispy Neapolitan pizzas.

Lewisham’s shopping scene

Lewisham’s daytime markets are just as good, and include Lewisham Farmers’ Market, Brockley Market, and Lewisham Open Market. Fresh flowers? Charcuterie? Pillow-soft donuts? All here. And if you’re more into high street brands, there’s a shopping mall in the middle of town packed with household names like M&S, Next and H&M.

Lewisham residents

Lewisham’s residents are spirited and diverse. Artsy types are flocking to the Deptford district. Families favour the roomy period homes in the Ladywell area, where’s there’s also a good supply of picnic and playing space thanks to Ladywell and Hilly Fields. Young professionals, meanwhile, love Lewisham Gateway – a regenerated neighbourhood of contemporary apartments, right by Lewisham DLR Station (direct links to London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Bank). There’s also a number of students in the area, living in converted Victorian and Edwardian flats. Thanks to Goldsmiths, University of London in New Cross, there’s real demand here for accommodation for pupils – something worth remembering for those looking to invest.

Verdicts from HomeViews reviewers…
“Area is a Mecca for families and young couples given it’s good value and zone 3 location. Good cafes and small local shops around, though a little more limited in number compared to other areas. Zone 3 location with regular services to London Central stations.”

“If you’re a foodie, don’t miss Model Market, a night-time street food extravaganza. It’s also really easy to reach the renowned Greenwich Park from Lewisham. Wander the flower and herb gardens, stop for tea and cake at the Pavilion Café, and soak up the scenery from one of London’s best viewpoints.”

“Artsy, fun-loving Deptford (is) a south-east pocket of London packed with restaurants, bars and galleries. It’s close to historical Greenwich and foodie-haven Bermondsey, and has great transport links for getting further afield.”

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Modern, efficient flats!

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The area is one of my favourite things about the fuzzy building. Right opposite the train station so you only have to leave a couple of minutes before your train. All the links the central London take the maximum of around 20 minutes which is ideal!

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The development is very appealing. The flats are modern and very efficient, helping you save money on bills. The natural light that comes in is amazing and means you don’t have to put any lights on during daylight hours!
The common spaces are really spacious and always clean to a high standard with great little extras such as the library and the parcel cupboard.
Overall, this is my favourite place that I have lived in London and plan to stay here until I can buy a property.

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Maybe a little document telling you all the local GP surgeries, hospitals, dentists and etc.

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

Hot tub on the roof!

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Good location and nice flats

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Like the location – for the trains to central and in close proximity to the shopping centre and good line to stratford westfield. New pizza place nearby is good as lewisham is in need of a few more places to eat. Brings more people to area.

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Good location and overall good size flat which is modern and airy / light and in a really ideal location. Tyrra and Helen are very friendly , however sometimes can be a little slow at maintenance and replying to requests, but they do get looked at.

Great atmosphere within the development and building and with the addition of the app – we can connect and communicate with other residents in both lewisham buildings.

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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.

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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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