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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AWFUL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT RUINS A ONCE GOOD PLACE TO LIVE

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2021

The main benefit of the building is its location. You are within walking distance to major transport links (West Croydon station, East Croydon station, bus garage and tram lines), supermarkets (all the major ones) and small parks.

The building is on the main road, so there is some outside noise (mainly sirens); however, this is something you get accustomed to.

No parking is available unless you pay for an underground parking permit.

The flats are designed well and have everything you need for modern living.

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Property management since the new agency (Criterion Hospitality) has taken over is appalling at best. Every aspect of the building has been in decline since taking over. From maintenance to cleaning, from lack of working lifts to lack of heating and hot water, in addition, the awful communication especially from the head office who seem reluctant to reply to any emails.

The building has six lifts however only two are operational. No effort has been made to fix the other lifts in over a year and still, only two are operational. There is a building issue with hot water and heating, with there being issues on four separate occasions that have lasted for multiple days in the space of fewer than six months. Criterion Hospitality seems to be opting for cheap fixes that are temporary rather than fixing the issue outright. During the outages, very little communication is provided to tenants and when it is it’s often misinformation (e.g. hot water/heating will be restored tonight but isn’t until a further few days) and often tenants have to chase to get any communication.

Building maintenance is very basic. The focus is on keeping the concierge area tidy. The building would benefit from more frequent cleaning. The exterior windows haven’t been cleaned in over two years, and emails on the matter have been ignored.

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

That the property management would change agencies. Avoid Criterion Hospitality where possible.

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

To have basic utilities working. Hot water and heating are unstable in this building.

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A great place to live – right by the station!

Review Date Mar 2021

Just two minutes from East Croydon station makes it great for links to London and the south. Plenty of restaurants around with boxpark down the road.

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A really well designed and beautiful looking building. The feel and look of the place is fabulous, our apartment is a great size and layout and the roof terraces offer incredible views towards central London.

We love style of the apartments, which have a very modern feel. Great in the winter months too as we have hardly used the heating to keep warm.

The management team are fantastic and always on hand to help and sort out issues. Looking forward to being able to use more of the facilities such as the communal work space once permitted!

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

How much development is taking place around the building. It’s certainly not overly annoying but there’s a lot of development around the immediate area.

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

Some of the fittings, whilst are high end and look great just aren’t. The sofas are squeaky and the bathtub in the main bathroom is pretty useless for anyone over 5’5! But these are just minor points and don’t detract away from a great building.

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Amazing place to be. We are really happy!

Review Date Mar 2021

The property is literally in front of East Croydon Station facing the back entrance of the station. Which for me is the best entrance, with no much of the “mess” that always hangs around the main entrance. There is construction going on now for new development, but this does not interfere with our building. The cleanness of the street is very good and the area has been recently renovated.

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The facilities at the property are awesome! The management team is super welcoming and friendly.
All the staff is ready for help and people seem to really enjoy living there.
The common areas seem to be very well maintained.

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

We have done very thorough research before deciding to move in. So I don’t believe so far we have something to add.

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

If there is one SMALL thing I would add is that our flat was not professionally cleaned as up to standard, as there were crumbs on the floor, limescale in the showerhead and sinks (toilets and kitchen) as well the dishwasher was with limescale and smelling funky (with a dishwasher cleaner tablet I got that fixed). That was some kind of small attention to detail that someone can pick. After a good scrub, I got rid of myself of the limescale in the sinks and toilet but would be nice to arrive in our new flat a bit more well cleaned.
Although, I would like to make it clear that it did not affect our opinion of how impressed and happy we are with the property management team and building.

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I don’t recommend

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Review Date Mar 2021

The bad:
Crazy neighbours, a lot of police constantly coming. Some floors constantly smell of weed. Elevators have been working correctly for the past months but this wasn’t always the case. Internet is slow regardless of your provider. Even though there is a receptionist they won’t take your parcels if you are not home, which you better be since parcels go missing regularly.
The good:
It’s nearby the station. There are loads of shops around the area. Rent is average.

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Design of the building is average. There are two elevators, reception area. The flats are a bit small around 450 Sq Feet. If you live in the first couple of floors the noise can be rather loud if you open the windows. On the top floors its less noisy. The flats are rather warm which is handy in the winter but awful in the summer.

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Internet connection would be awful. Lifts would break down. Reception would be unreliable.

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

Better reception service. Upgrade Internet connection in the building. Screen better residents.

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