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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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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Review Date Sep 2020

Well located just down from Crystal Palace and not far from Penge. Good transport links into London Bridge, Bromley, Croydon and Gatwick Airport. Lots going on in Palace itself – pubs, restaurants, cafes etc. The park is also very nice that houses the National Sports Centre with a lot to do.

The development itself is very nice and that does encourage locals that do not live on it to visit – which I do find a little irritating at times.

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The flats themselves are nicely designed, modern, quite spacious and each has a nice sized balcony. The plants around the perimeter road are nicely kept and it does look classy. There is a nice courtyard, however this is not particularly well maintained by the management company (see my third point). Neighbours are friendly and in the main do not generate any excessive noise. This usually comes in the form of locals riding mopeds on to the development and courier drivers – however this is nothing too major.

I was very impressed with Fairview in the lead up to the purchase and communication post sale. I was also very impressed with them in terms of getting snagging sorted. I had several issues including over sensitive fire alarms (which were eventually moved) , a faulty bath panel and a few scrapes on the wall. Fairview ensured these were sorted quickly.

My only real overriding negative has to be the management company (KFH) who are nothing short of an embarrassment considering the monthly sum we pay them (in total about £220 a month). It takes them ages to reply to you queries and actually getting something resolved is always a painful process. I’ve had various issues ranging from incorrect and confusing billing to not being able to get into my block as the lock on the door was damaged. I had to frequently enter and exit through the bin store over the course of about 6 months. The parking situation is a joke as well. There now only appears to be 2 visitor parking bays for the whole of the complex (a development with over 200 flats I believe). They also want £15K per parking space. There are a lot of free parking spaces on the development and thus more visitor bays shouldn’t really be an issue – but for them it is. Quite simply they’re not good enough.

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The management company (KFH) as described above

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

The management company (KFH) as described above. I live on my own and work hard to pay for a nice place in which to live. Parting with over £220 a month would be a lot easier if I felt that I actually got something for it.

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Great value for money in a superb location and vibrant neigbourhood

Verified Resident
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Review Date Sep 2020

Local green spaces and transport links are amazing. Lovely independent shops and quirky cafes, restaurants in Crystal Palace. Penge high street is well equipped for day to day needs. All of this within walking distance.

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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. The landscaping is nice and needs more upkeep. Building and property management is poor.

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How expensive ISTA was and how awful KFH would be

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

Would be nice to have a tiled bathroom. Soundproofing could be better.

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Review Date Sep 2020

Transport links are great, few small shops bit not much happening otherwise. Not enough street light during the night on a way to the building.

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Great design of public areas, especially garden, everything is very well maintained. Small issues with windows not being 100% straight and we’ll measured. It was only brought to my attention after I had my blinds fitted.

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

That loads of things like finishes can be negotiated during sale.

What is the best feature of your home:

Spacious flat, beautiful balcony and internal garden.

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Review Date Aug 2020

I like that it’s close to the train station and some shops. Only wish the local Co-op was bigger and had more product variety. Area seems pretty safe, quiet and friendly.

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Happy with the development overall. There were a few snags from the start of the purchase which was reviewed and reported with the property management to fix on the handover of keys day. But they still haven’t completed this yet (it’s been a few months now). I have a car park spot too which is great but difficult to manage as other tenants keep using it.

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Whether the property was sun facing. Not something I would have thought about but since having an outdoor balcony I realised the location in which the property was facing meant that I didn’t always get sun coverage on my balcony which would have been nice

What is the best feature of your home:

The huge space in the property compared to other places I had viewed with help to buy!

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