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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Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2022

What’s fantastic about the location of the Quarters is that, you have East Croydon train station literally on you door step, a gym a few restaurants and takeaways down the road, including barber shop, bus stops nearby, tram stop outside the door and a tunnel that leads straight into the shopping mall. if there is one thing i could say negatively, its that residents should be breaking down their recycling waste so it fits into the bins, thus reducing smells and bugs, in the waste area.

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Wonderful space, with a lovely bathroom and large storage. Lovely cute 2 plate hob, with a microwave oven and mounted TV. Corridors are heated, with access control both on the entrance and floor including your actual flat door. The Quarters has a Concierge open during the day and Security at night with an out of hours maintenance number and I must say that they are on top of their game. My work colleagues liken my living space to a hotel room. I would not hesitate to recommend the Quarters to anyone looking for a safe, clean and good value accommodation.

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Maybe get your recycling compacted, helps so that the bins outside, don’t overfill.

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

No issues raised yet, but I’m confident that all be well.

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I feel depressed.

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Review Date Sep 2022

Bad management. Lift and front entrance breaks all the time, month to get fixed. Bad security, thefts on delivery items. I’d avoid if you can. Many families are stuck in here as the management used to be slightly better and rent was increased recently with no improvement. AVOID.

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They want to build more flats on already badly managed poorly treated building. Insane money making. No consideration for the current tenants.
Tied to all the pre-selected companies for water, electricity and internet not good enough internet to wfh

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How bad the management is. And some flat are much bigger than others, same price.

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Took long time or never every excuse is due to Covid…

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The Quarter Croydon is great!

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Review Date Sep 2022

The building is very central. It’s located in a great location to access the Tram, East Croydon Station, and the West Croydon Overground Station.

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Nothing but love for The Quarters. Our move here was the easiest. The application process was personal and made easy by Indre. The building is beautifully kept and in a central location between grocery stores and public transport. Looking forward to our time spent here.

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Nothing to note here. Everything was very smooth and transparent.

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

Pleasantly and quickly. Any concerns we’ve had are dealt with quickly, really helps that there is maintenance and management on site 5 days a week. And security on the weekends.

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The property is fitted with modern smart appliances, comfortable chair and desk for working at home and fast internet

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Review Date Aug 2022

The good:
– The property is about a 2mins walk from East Croydon Station. Trains from this station to London Bridge take about 15mins. So easier to get to work
– Other transport lines are also close by. The tramline is right in front of the property. West Croydon for the overground service is about 5 minutes away
– Great shops for groceries (Waitrose & Sainsbury are 30 seconds away). Other shops are also within reach.
– Boxpark and many restaurants in the area
– Lots of banks within a minute’s walk

The Bad:
– There are parking services, but it comes at an additional price per day
– Peak hour train rides might be a bit expensive. However, off-peak and weekend train rides are about the same price as the underground (depending on zones)

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The reception is serviced by a great team. The property is fitted with modern smart appliances, comfortable chair and desk for working at home and fast internet. The laundry area is shared. However, there are many washing and drying machines. These are operated by the use of an app. You can also use the app to check the availability of the machines/ dryer. The property is secured and accessed with smart keys.

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Unfortunately, there’s no aircon. So on hot summer days one needs to get a fan or a portable aircon

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

None noted. They have however tested all appliance to ensure that they are operating correctly.

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