Bromley

Bromley is the largest of the 32 London boroughs, stretching from Crystal Palace and Mottingham in the north right down to Biggin Hill in the south. It’s also a borough that transitions dramatically from suburban to rural, with farmland making up around 30% of its total area. The principal town of Bromley offers residents a 20-minute commute into central London and attracts families and young professionals seeking affordable housing and top quality schools.

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Best places to live in Bromley

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

Bromley town centre

The borough of Bromley’s principal town has benefitted from a recent facelift that saw architects Studio Egret West redesign much of the area around market Square and the High Street. The town boasts plenty of historic buildings, including the Royal Bell Hotel and Star & Garter pub.

The Art Deco Picturehouse cinema provides entertainment in elegant surroundings, while the Grade I listed Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges is the town’s most significant historic building. Property in the town is a diverse mix of Victorian, Edwardian, pre-War and post-war housing.

Bromley has also seen a number of stylish new build homes appearing as the council focuses on developing the town’s centre. St Mark’s Square by the U+I Group is a striking development next to Bromley South station offering one and two bedroom flats for sale from £380,000.

Flats are very modern and are built to a high spec with nice views. It is cleanly kept and the concierge is really good but the recycling is poor. The security is always available. It is easy to access by public transport but the trains are noisy.
– James, Verified Resident, St Mark’s Square

I love how beautiful my apartment looks, especially when it’s sunny. It has beautiful huge windows and the view from my balcony is just stunning. The facilities include: concrete, lift, bike storage and car park. I can also just pop downstairs to the cinema and watch the latest hit.
– MB, Verified Resident, St Mark’s Square

The larger Trinity Village development by Barratt Homes is a scheme comprising over 500 apartments ranging from one to five bedrooms in size. Residents praise the build quality of the development and the transport links from nearby Bromley South station.

The area overall is very good due to the great transport links present within the area as well as a park over the road which is great for kids. The development is also very clean and extremely safe.
– Alan Clarke, Verified Resident, Trinity Village

I love this area! The community around the development is great and the accessibility to transport and local amenities is very useful. The shops around the area are nice and close which makes shopping trips very convenient. Having lived in the area for several years, I have found no downsides to this lovely development.
– Sarah Beacom, Verified Resident, Trinity Village

Living in Bromley

Roughly half of Crystal Palace sits within the borough of Bromley, including the park and area to the south of the Triangle. The historic park offers beautiful open green spaces as well as the National Sports Centre, a maze and the ruins of the famous glass house complex from which the park gained its name. Historic terraced properties sit alongside more modern options, such as Venue by Fairview New Homes slightly to the south in Anerley.

Great value for money in a superb location and vibrant neighbourhood. It’s in a very quiet residential area which is great. The flat is spacious and the fitted kitchen and appliances are great quality. There is a playground and communal courtyard for residents to enjoy some green space.
– Christina, Verified Resident, Venue SE20

Other major residential areas in Bromley include Penge, Hayes, Orpington and Beckenham. While most of the borough’s residents live in the most populated areas to the north, Biggin Hill is the most populated settlement in the south of the borough.

Green spaces

Being semi-rural, the borough of Bromley offers plenty of green space for walking, dog-walking and general exploring. When it comes to parks, Crystal Palace is the largest in the borough. However, High Elm Country Park and Scadbury Park nature reserves are even larger, offering wilder open spaces, while Hoblingwell Wood in St Paul’s Cray offers 201 acres of woodland for locals to enjoy.

Priory Gardens and Riverside Gardens in Orpington provide smaller park areas, while nearby Goddington Park offers areas of woodland with sports areas. Hayes Common is one of London’s largest areas of common land, offering heath and parkland crisscrossed by trails.

Transport

Bromley is one of the few London boroughs not to be served directly by the Underground system. However, Overground services extend down to Crystal Palace and Penge East/West. Thameslink, Southeastern and Southern Rail services serve the rest of the borough, along with five Tramlink stops connecting through into Croydon.

Bromley celebrities

Author H.G. Wells was born in Bromley in 1886. His father was the founder of Bromley Cricket Club and ran a sports good store in the town. Other notable residents of Bromley include David Bowie, Charles Darwin, Fatboy Slim, Billy Idol and novelst Hanif Kureishi.

Reviews in Bromley

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What a home!

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Review Date Sep 2022

Love the area! Love the development, the outside is always look green & vibrant! Communal areas neat & clean.

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Great development, gated community, safe & well looked after, very looking forward to calling this home! Love the interior, the strong doors, only negative is the lights hanging down & would’ve been nice if they matched the kitchen lights. Also would have loved the wooden Flor!

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Not being able to use your own energy companies of your own choice!

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

No issues yet but took a while to get back to solicitors when trying to move in.

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Nice development with short commute to the centre

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Review Date Sep 2022

Access to all sorts of amenities: shops, supermarkets, restaurants, gym. Short walk to Anerley station and Crystal Palace.

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The design of the development is good with nice landscaping and streets, undercroft car park and central patio. Property management has room for improvement but good thing is it can and will probably be changed. Overall were unite happy with our property.

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The fact that they are building a cemetery/crematory nearby

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

Sometimes quick and helpful sometimes not so much.

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Great place to live

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Review Date Sep 2022

Venue Anerley is in a great location. Close to lots of public transport as well as bars and restaurants in Crystal Palace and beyond. The development is friendly and there are lots of like minded people.

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The development is clean and tidy and well laid out. There are lots of friendly neighbours on hand to support where needed. The property management company are on hand when needed. The home layout is good and each room is spacious. There is lots of parking available.

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I would have liked to have discovered the surrounding areas beyond Anerley and Crystal Palace quicker than I did.

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

Yes – whenever we have had any large of small issues, management have responded.

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Good overall design and flats finishing to reasonable quality

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Review Date Sep 2022

Good travel links from Anerley station, however many of the central London train links have been removed recently. Bin collection is good, and immediate development is neat and tidy however residential roads surrounding are often littered and crowded with cars. Parking in the development is good for those with an allocated spot in the locked garage but everyone with outdoor spaces it is a nightmare, people always park in other peoples spaces causing issues. It is very peaceful though due to it being at the end of a road so no passing traffic.

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Design of building is great, and the gardens and landscaping is very high quality. The secure central communal garden is a bonus to having your own balcony and is often used by resident families and people relaxing. This was particularly useful during lockdown. The internal flat features are all a high standard however the external places such as bike storage, bin rooms and corridors all feel very low quality. Many bikes have been stolen due to the flimsy cheap lock/doors that were installed which has led to more secure doors replacing these but increasing our service charge.

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Service charge estimates were more realistic. Deliveries often end up at the wrong place & not to leave bikes in the bike store as they get stolen

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

Slowly and it often takes multiple emails to get an outcome. Cleaning service is not good, they only hoover and none of the other surfaces e.g walls skirting etc are cleaned

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