10 best places to live in South London

The residents' lounge at No.16 Sutton Court Rd

Wondering where to live in South London? We reveal the 10 new developments rated by residents as the best places to live in South London. These include new homes for sale and to rent in this popular London region.

Living in South London

South London may have lost its ‘S’ postcode way back in 1868 but the area still maintains a strong identity. Embracing Croydon, Sutton and parts of Lambeth and Merton, South London has also enjoyed massive regeneration in recent years.

Life in South London generally means great value properties, easy commutes up into central London and plenty of local amenities. Crystal Palace serves up terraces filled with beautiful period homes as well as gleaming new builds. Vintage furniture stores and cafes on The Triangle are a gem for shoppers, while the huge park is great draw for families.

Crystal Palace Park in South London

Sutton is also a popular choice for young families. Its quiet streets, green spaces and great value homes combine with easy commuting options to make it a tempting alternative more expensive areas in Zone 3 or 4.

New homes in South London

Thousands of new homes have recently been built in Croydon and a fair number in Sutton and Thornton Heath as well. This has made South London a very appealing option for Londoners seeking more bang for their buck. Transport has been upgraded to match, with the fastest journey time from East Croydon to London Bridge is now down to just 12 minutes.

Our list reveals the best new homes South London offers for buyers and renters. Top of the list is Greystar’s rental-only development No.16 Sutton Court Road. The Quarters Croydon is Number two on the list, offering short term lets with fantastic service quality.

10 best places to live in South London

1. No.16 Sutton Court Road, SM1

Greystar
4.56 (based on 30 reviews) 4.56 (30 reviews)
Area guide to South London
Image of No.16 Sutton Court Road, SM1

According to residents on HomeViews, the best place to live in South London is No.16 Sutton Court Road. This pet-friendly rental development is managed by Greystar and features a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as penthouses. Residents have access to a wide array of facilities including concierge, gardens, residents’ lounge and dining room. The development is a two-minute walk to Sutton station with quick links via Thameslink and Southern rail services into central London.

Read reviews and details of No.16 Sutton Court Road, SM1

2. The Quarters Croydon, CR0

The Quarters by Bravo
4.38 (based on 47 reviews) 4.38 (47 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Image of The Quarters Croydon, CR0

The Quarters Croydon is our second highest-rated place to live in South London. This development offers residents a stylish and convenient short-term base. There are 151 high-specification studios at the development with Westfield shopping centre moments away. In addition, Croydon station is just a 4-minute walk, providing swift connections to London Bridge in just 14 minutes.

Read reviews and details of The Quarters Croydon, CR0

3. Vertex, CR0

Zest Living
4.37 (based on 10 reviews) 4.37 (10 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Vertex House is located in the heart of Croydon, close to West Croydon and East Croydon train stations, and near the town’s shopping centre. Run by Zest Living, part of the Durkan Group, the development has 98 total residential units available for rent, shared ownership and as affordable housing. The apartments range in size from […] Read reviews and details of Vertex, CR0

4. Bauhaus, CR0

Durkan
4.39 (based on 7 reviews) 4.39 (7 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Bauhaus is a Durkan development located in Croydon. It is comprised of 189 one, two and three-bedroom apartments with community and retail space on the ground floor. The development is conveniently placed in-between East Croydon and South Croydon station, a 10-minute walk from both. Read reviews and details of Bauhaus, CR0

5. 5 Bedford Park, CR0

Way of Life
4.18 (based on 46 reviews) 4.18 (46 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Image of 5 Bedford Park, CR0
5 Bedford Park, by Way of Life, is a collection of new-build apartments in the heart of Croydon. The building comprises 82 units – a mix of one and two-bedroom flats. Residents are just a 10-minute walk from both East and West Croydon stations, which provide access to London’s National Rail, Tramline and Overground services. Read reviews and details of 5 Bedford Park, CR0

6. Saffron Square, CR0

Berkeley Homes
4.18 (based on 31 reviews) 4.18 (31 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Saffron Square is a huge, 43-storey development from the Berkeley Group. Currently the tallest building in Croydon, its distinctive purple and red façade pierces the skyline and is close to both East and West Croydon stations for transport into and around London. Read reviews and details of Saffron Square, CR0

7. New South Quarter, CR0

Barratt London
4.15 (based on 35 reviews) 4.15 (35 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
New South Quarter is a Barratt London development located in Croydon. It is comprised of 496 studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. The development is conveniently located in-between West Croydon station and Waddon station, just a 15-minute walk from both. Read reviews and details of New South Quarter, CR0

8. Ruskin Square, CR0

Places for People
4.17 (based on 9 reviews) 4.17 (9 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Image of Ruskin Square, CR0
Ruskin Square is a residential development in the heart of Croydon by Places for People. The development features a range of one and two-bedroom apartments in a multi-storey tower. Residents can enjoy easy access to East Croydon station with connections to both Thameslink and Southern services into Central London. Read reviews and details of Ruskin Square, CR0

9. Morello, CR0

Redrow Homes
3.96 (based on 7 reviews) 3.96 (7 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Image of Morello, CR0
Morello is a development by Redrow Homes, it is comprised of 370 one to three-bedroom apartments. It is made up of 4 residential buildings: Maraschino, Santina, Rainier and Amarelle. The apartments boast a full range of modern appliances and fixtures and fittings including: comfort cooling and heating, fitted wardrobe to master bedroom and carpets. Morello […] Read reviews and details of Morello, CR0

10. Old Gas Works, SM1

Linden Homes
3.88 (based on 5 reviews) 3.88 (5 reviews)
Area guide to South London
Old Gas Works is a Linden Homes development located in Sutton. There are 186 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, which are situated on Sutton High Street right next to local amenities, such as Sainsbury’s, Asda and various pubs and cafes. It is also only a 10-minute walk from both Sutton station and West Sutton station. Read reviews and details of Old Gas Works, SM1

House prices in South London

According to the latest figures from Zoopla, average house prices in South London currently sit at £722,503 (Sept 2020). The average price paid for a South London flat over the past 12 months in £540,022, while the average price for a terraced house in the region was £910,457.

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