South London

For a long time, many of South London’s neighbourhoods had something of a bad name. But, this part of the capital has been heavily regenerated in recent years, and now has something for all backgrounds and budgets. It’s got transport links to write home about, with central big-hitters such as London Bridge and Victoria within easy reach, plus Gatwick Airport nearby. And thanks to its good connections and recent makeovers, it’s blossomed to become the capital’s residential destination du jour. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in South London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in South London.

The heavy investment has resulted in a new wave of contemporary property developments and workspaces; with an influx of creative agencies and tech start-ups setting up shop. Cue a young, professional crowd.

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Best places to live in South London

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Richmond Park

South London regenerations

Croydon has seen one of the biggest transformations in the past few years. This once rough-around-the-edges district has welcomed countless new apartment buildings, has a brand-new Westfield mall in the works, and is home to street food mecca Boxpark. This giant shipping container holds a market with a brilliant soundtrack and an impressive list of cuisines, and follows hot on the heels of its Shoreditch original. Head here for everything from delicate French desserts to Vietnamese specialities.

Battersea Park

Nightlife

South London majors in quirky after-dark spots. Croydon is packed with night-time haunts, such as entrepreneur favourite, Matthew’s Yard 9 to 5. By day, this is a business centre but by night it transforms into a gallery and theatre.

In Lambeth, some of London’s most famous bar and music scenes can be found, courtesy of the pubs, clubs and also cocktail bars in nightlife titans like Clapham and Brixton. Meanwhile, try the South Lambeth riverside for authentic boozers serving up quality ale and Sunday roasts.

Battersea Power Station

South London’s family friendly hubs

At the other end of the South London spectrum, gems like Sutton need to be explored. Which sits on the lower slopes of the sprawling North Downs. Families drawn by the immaculate (and somewhat affordable) Edwardian homes and highly rated schools. Several parks occupy the area, too. Nonsuch is one of the best, with acres of space to picnic and play, leafy woodland walks and an 18th-century mansion. Manor Park is another – this one’s got a café for coffee and ice-cream stops.

Similarly, developers have cottoned on to the charms of Epsom. A pretty Surrey market town enveloped by countryside, just a 40-minute direct train ride from London’s Waterloo, and 45 minutes from Victoria.

Possibly South London’s biggest selling point is its something-for-all credentials. Its postcodes are eclectic, vibrant and home to all walks of life. Make a home here, and you can discover the capital in all its forms.

You can find out more about living in the area by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in South London. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews, you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

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Ikon, good but could be better

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Review Date Dec 2022

The development is some distance from central Croydon but transport links (bus, tram) are good. The local area is okay and pretty safe. There are some small shops and take-aways in the vicinity and an IKEA and large supermarkets about 10 minutes’ walk away.
It overlooks an extremely busy roundabout but fortunately sound-proofing is good. However, opening windows in summer mitigates this and I hate to think of the amount of traffic fumes/pollution that enters the flat when they are open. There is always traffic at all times of the day and night.

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Overall the development is good but there is room for improvement. Most notably, our winter garden (basically an enclosed balcony) has a leak in its ceiling. This was first reported more than a year ago but as yet no action has been taken to remedy the situation. The problem would appear to be the result of a design fault as owners have been emailed about it.
Property management could also be better. Lift has been out of service for long periods. Stairs often look as if they haven’t been vacuumed for a while.

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

That the projected regeneration of Croydon town centre that was used in the promotional literature for the development wouldn’t be happening any time soon. Three years later there is no sign of any Westfield Shopping Centre.

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

I haven’t raised any issues but there have been some. Communications from the building management company are adequate but some problems have taken time to be addressed.

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Cane Hill Park great location for London & Countryside

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Review Date Dec 2022

Cane hill park is in a great location for commuting into the city as well as being close to the countryside for family activities. The town is small but has most of the amenities you would require, there are also lots of excellent schools nearby.

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The development has lots of Green space and play areas for children and also the resident association organises community events. The main drawback is non residents parking in the main road due to its close proximity to the train station and the management company are slow in implementing changes i.e the parking as well as some green areas aren’t well maintained

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I would have got a professional snag company to detect all the snags as there were things such as soil quality which we didn’t think of

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Yes the customer services do respond and action issues when raised, maybe this can be more promptly but at least it is dealt with

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High quality studio with good transport link

Review Date Nov 2022

The location is great with a good transportation link to the city – 5 mins walk to East Croydon station, and with Thameslink easily arrive in London Bridge within 15 mins. Perfect for renter like me who works in central London. Opposite of the property is the Croydon high street, which there’s also Primark, Whitgift shopping mall and Centrale Mall etc; within walking distances there are Lidl, Sainsbury, Icelands, lots of choices for groceries.

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The Quarters Croydon has a lovely and professional management team which is definitely something that us renters looking for. Indre, the manager always reply my queries patiently and promptly through email. The real studio looks exactly the same as the one in video that being shared with me, prior to my arrival in London. The studio is furnished to a high standard, modern living. High speed internet is also great and reasonably priced. Also love that there’s always this pleasant smell in the reception/lobby area. The common area is also well kept by the Management – clean and bright. Highly recommended especially for young professionals who work hybrid (the studio has great work from home set up) and are looking for a high quality and modern accommodation.

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There is no washing machine/studio in the studio itself, and each wash & dry in the communal laundry cost £7+, which adds up to my monthly expenses even if I just do laundry once per week. Other than this, every aspect of the studio are perfect and exceeded my expectation!

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The maintenance guy is also friendly and happy to assist, the management responded to maintenance requests quickly whenever there’s something needed to be check out for.

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Beautiful apartments with poor property management

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Review Date Nov 2022

Amazing location with good transport links to basically anywhere. Close to the supermarkets and bars and restaurants.Big minus – no parking.

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Beautiful new apartments with great design and nice new building but very poor building and property management. If the communal areas of the building would be managed better by building management team would be a perfect place to live in the middle of Croydon old town.

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I wish I knew how poor building management will be. It’s a shame because apartments are beautiful but communal areas are very poorly managed.

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Building management most times is not responsible and lacking communication.

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