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

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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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A beautiful place to live – the finish of a luxury hotel with amazing transport links

Review Date Dec 2020

The area is perfect – it is literally minutes from East Croydon train station (closer than it appears on maps due to the side entrance!), which is commutable to Central London in 15 minutes. It has almost a direct artery to the Whitgift shopping centre via a dedicated underpass entrance nearly directly on the building’s doorstep, with the rest of Croydon just a few minutes walk away.

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The Quarters Croydon is a fantastic place to live, in a perfect location. The studios are meticulously and immaculately presented, with beautiful furnishings and top quality appliances – it feels like you’re living in a luxury hotel.

If not for unavoidable personal reasons, I wouldn’t be moving out – I had a stellar experience at TQC, and when I return to London I will be certainly seeing if they have any room availability!

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I think I wish I was just slightly more prepared for studio living – I’d never had my own place before, so moving from shared accommodation was quite a leap! The privacy is wonderful, but it can be a little lonely in comparison.

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

Quickly and effectively – during my 6 month stay I only had to raise one maintenance issue, and this was repaired the next day.

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Dear Chloe,

Thank you kindly for your lovely review.

We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful stay with us and we would love to welcome you back to The Quarters Croydon in the near future.

Best regards,
The Quarters Team

Building management top, makes me feel great and safe during Covid

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Review Date Dec 2020

We are pretty much in Central Corydon, next to the main shopping street. We have prettly much every shop here in just walking distance. Also a Waitrose is around the corner.
Lot’s of very good restaurants are around where you can order very delicious food.
Tram and 2x train stations and lots of bus stations are around in walking distance to anywhere.

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Maybe air conditioning through the air ventilation during summer would be very welcome.
Faster internet connection would be great. I booked 100 Mbit but most time can only get around 60 Mbit as it is shared.
Washing facilities are nice but 2 more machines would not harm. But it is ok, I go in their in the mornings when it is not busy.

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Everything is fine. As I said, it is a bit like an hotel.

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

Maybe air conditioning through the air ventilation during summer would be very welcome.
Faster internet connection would be great. I booked 100 Mbit but most time can only get around 60 Mbit.

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Hello Ali,

Thank you so much for leaving a review.

Your feedback has been taken onboard to our development team and our Internet provider. If you want to discuss it in more detail, please feel free to call us at 0207 935 6463 or email us at info@thequarters.co.uk.

We’re pleased to learn that you’re enjoying your stay at The Quarters Croydon and that you’re benefiting from our privileged location, close to Croydon’s new business and retail district, and the superior customer service.

Warmest regards,

The Quarters Team

Good on paper

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Review Date Dec 2020

Not the prettiest area but close to all amenities.

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– Facilities such as the gym were said to be ‘almost done’ when we moved in, unfortunately this did not happen before we left.
– 1 out of 2 lifts did not work for over 3 months, apparently there were difficulties sourcing a part + COVID and all that jazz.
– Door bell was faulty upon arrival, reported this and was promised a repair, but unfortunately remained faulty till we left.
– Window unhinged after a day, was repaired, and unhinged within 24 hours.
– We were given a fob to open the automatic main door to building, but this was faulty throughout our stay. Any stranger can come into the building.

All in all, No.16 looks good on paper – it’s modern, close to amenities and the station, but there is something seriously wrong with property management and maintenance. For the cost I would expect a functioning main door for example.

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Wish I knew who to communicate to if I had any issues.

What is the best feature of your home:

Big windows and balcony meant the flat was airy and bright. Great view if you live on higher floors.

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I love living on this development. It’s is one big community with a variety of social media apps keeping us all connected. I love the fact we have so much greenery and woodland trails on the development and how quiet it is when all the hustle and bustle is only minutes away.

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Review Date Dec 2020

Cane Hill Park is nestled aware right in the heart of Coulsdon Surrey. There is a local high street within a two minute drive from the development. The high street has a full range of eateries and also has a Waitrose, Aldi, Tesco Express and Boots. There are a couple of bank and local small business stores. Transport links are fantastic with two stations both with links to London and from Coulsdon South you can get to the Costa Del Brighton.

Barratts and David Wilson have created a variety of different home designs and it’s nice to be on a development like this.

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The design of the development is great. As it is build on the land of the old Cane Hill Hospital they have kept the old water tower and church.

The property management company appear to be good so far. Prices don’t reflect the work they do so the community as a whole are making sure more work is carried out.

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In all honestly I have been very fortunate and had a very pleasant home buying journey from start to finish

What is the best feature of your home:

I love that it has been designed over 3 floors giving my family space and the homes are a generous size.

I also enjoy overlooking a green open space in a small cul de sac

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