Top 5 Places to Live in Croydon

Top 5 Places to Live in Croydon

Croydon in south London is a large suburban centre in its own right. It has become so important that it has one of the largest shopping districts outside of central London and a developed night-time economy. The area has suffered a bit of a bad reputation because of the abundance of dodgy 60’s architecture but in the last decade, it has turned into a real development hotspot. Since 2000 Croydon has been home to London’s only Tram line which connects the central and west Croydon to Beckenham, New Addington and Wimbledon. Croydon has lots of A-list notable former residents, particularly musical ones including Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and Adele.

But where are the best places to live in Croydon? The best way to find out is by asking the people who already live there, and we did exactly that! Every day we speak to hundreds of locals across the capital and ask what they think not only about their area but also their specific homes. Here are the answers.


1. Bauhaus, CR0

4.39 Rating (based on 7 reviews) 7 reviews
Area guide to Croydon
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According to the latest results available, the best place to live in Croydon is Bauhaus in CR0. It sits on Masons's Avenue, which is an eight-minute walk from South Croydon Station. Durkan built Bauhaus as a 12-storey development which includes 59 stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments. One particular thing that residents of Bauhaus like about living here are the design which has been rated 4.57 out of 5. Homeowner Milind had the following to say about living here:

“Very well maintained society and very quiet and peaceful..the flat is quite good and modern.very airy and lighted. the building overall is well maintained. the building is very secured and safe. The neighbours are quiet and helpful. The view from the flat is amazing” - Milind, Tenant

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2. Ruskin Square, CR0

Places for People
4.30 Rating (based on 8 reviews) 8 reviews
Area guide to Croydon
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The second-highest scoring development in Croydon is Ruskin Square which is 100m from East Croydon. Places for People developed the homes on this scheme which features one and two-bedroom apartments in a multi-storey tower. According to the residents we spoke to, one of the factors about the scheme they rated most highly was the Location, which scored an impressive 4.5 out of 5.

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3. New South Quarter, CR0

Barratt London
4.16 Rating (based on 31 reviews) 31 reviews
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The third-highest scoring development in Croydon is New South Quarter, only 1km from both West Croydon and Waddon train stations. Barratt London is responsible for creating this impressive development of 923 contemporary studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments set around the River Wandle, close to the heart of Croydon. The management of the development is popular amongst residents, who have given it a score of 3.87 out of 5.

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4. Saffron Square, CR0

Berkeley Homes
4.14 Rating (based on 25 reviews) 25 reviews
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In fourth place is Saffron Square by Berkeley Homes. It is popular for the quality of its Facilities, which scored 4.36 out of 5. Saffron Square is a huge, 43-storey development from the Berkeley Group. It pierces the skyline in the middle of Croydon and is a five-minute walk to both East and West Croydon stations for transport into and around London.

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5. 5 Bedford Park, CR0

Way of Life
3.90 Rating (based on 14 reviews) 14 reviews
Area guide to Croydon

In fifth place for Croydon is 5 Bedford Park which was built by Long Harbour and particularly stood out in responses from residents as having excellent value.

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So there we have it, the lowdown on the top 5 residential developments in Croydon.

Prices and rents in Croydon

The average price of a two-bedroom flat in Croydon is £330,000. The average rent for a 2-bed property is £1,300 per month. Since 2006, property prices in the area have increased by around 6 per cent per year as demand to live here has risen. This means growth has outstripped the whole of the CR postcode by a full percentage point.