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

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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.

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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

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

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Nice place, bad management.

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Review Date Aug 2020

Amazing park nearby, great shops in the triangle and transport links and great. Very happy with the location.
Dislikes, a man got shot in the back of the head in the local park a few months back.

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The development is really nice, well built. The only facilities are the common grounds which havent been looked after, trees are dying, grass is burnt and doesn’t look like it will be able to recover. Once all the flats were sold the site has been slightly neglected. Contacting fairview has been near impossible and I have lots of complaints about which cant be rectified because no one is getting back to me.

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The fact that Scooters drive down the footpath every night delivering food. I have tried to get them to stop and asked Fairview to put something up to stop them but nothing has been done about it.

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The sunrise in the winter mornings are incredible, My whole living room in orange every morning. I think its the only place in London that has it.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for your beautiful photo, we’re glad to see you’re enjoying your new home and appreciate your suggestions for improvement.

Overall my main disappointment is the after care of the property compared to how much we pay for service charge per year. Every resident has an issue with KFH. In terms of the flat, again the cheap carpet flooring is a big disappointment and an additional expense for us to get it replaced

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Review Date Aug 2020

I like the area as it Us close to two stations, two high streets and spoilt with choice for parks. I Especially like the fact That the development is cut off from the main road

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mostly Disappointed with how the property was sold to us in terms of service charge information (or lack of!). Carpeted floor done cheaply without an underlay! Heating does not work well. KFH mngmnt total disaster in terms of customer care & value

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An indication of service charge, ground rent and additional expenses which were not made clear to us prior to receiving the lease (which was on completion!)

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The Cheaply done carpeting And the location of the radiators in the living room which don’t make much sense

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We are sorry to hear you haven’t had the best experience with the management company, we will be taking this feedback on board. Any issues you are having in terms of appliances and services such as heating please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Care team. Thank you

Love living in our new apartment this close to London and the area had great amenities. It feels like a community as we know a lot of our neighbours.

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Review Date Aug 2020

We like the fact that we are 20 mins train journey to central London. We are very close to three train stations (Anerley, Penge West and Crystal Palace). We love Crystal Palace Park and the Crystal Palace Triangle. There are several green spaces nearby. The Anerley high street is very small and has very little amenities.

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Pros

Our apartment is very spacious, has lots of natural light and a large balcony and we enjoy the outdoor space. Our balcony and kitchen / livingroom looks out onto the communal courtyard. It is great to have two spare rooms, one for guests and the other we use for a study. There were a minimum amount of handover defects when we moved in which Fairview rectified immediately. The triple glazed windows are really good and the apartment is well insulated. We have parking space in the under croft park which is great and secure.

Cons

The kitchen could have been properly finish with regard to filling the wall with kitchen unit and tiling. Also both bathrooms could have been fully tiled and there could have been a proper shower installed over the bath with a screen. The balcony timbers should have been properly treated before we moved in. The kitchen tap was far to low and the sink too shallow. We have a long hallway and it could have done with some more electrical points as well as a light in both storage cupboard. The carpets are of poor quality and could have been better considering the large apartment price tag. The sound in the courtyard echoes (sound deadening could have been applied). There could be larger recycling bins. The gaps in the balcony timber are far too big and it could have been build with an internal gully system.

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More about the local area.

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

The basic carpets, use of one Large radiator in the living and not two small ones that occupies two walls. The position of radiator in our small bedroom and master bedroom.

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