Where are the best places to live in Croydon? We found out by asking the people who already live there! Every day we speak to hundreds of locals across the capital and ask them what they think about their area and their homes. Croydon residents rated their developments and we’ve collected the top five for you here.
Is Croydon a good place to live?
Croydon in south London is a large suburban centre in its own right. Thanks to substantial investment and development in recent years, it has become one of the largest shopping districts outside of central London and a developed night-time economy in its own right.
Now a development hotspot, Croydon boasts some extremely attractive residential developments a wide variety of modern new amenities. For example, the temporary Box Park has provided a welcome lift to the area. A new Westfield shopping centre for Croydon is also a possibility that developers are still negotiating.
Commuting is a big part of life for many people living in Croydon and working in central London. First time buyers in particular are attracted to the area by good value properties and the rapid travel time of as little as 18 minutes into central London on rail services. The Overgound from West Croydon provides easy connections through New Cross and up into east London.
For moving around more locally, Croydon is home to London’s only tram line. This connects central and west Croydon to Beckenham, New Addington and Wimbledon. Lastly, we’d be remiss not to mention a few famous ex-residents! Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and Adele are all listed as having lived in Croydon.esident
At the top of our list of the best places to live in Croydon sits Vertex. This Zest Living development is located in the heart of Croydon, close to West Croydon and East Croydon train stations, and near the town’s shopping centre, soon to become a Westfield mall. 98 residential units are available for rent, shared ownership and as affordable housing. These are available as one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Residents praise the building's modern facilities, helpful concierge services and good quality soundproofing.
Winner of three HomeViews Awards of Excellence in 2019, The Quarters Croydon offers residents a stylish and convenient short-term base. The development comprises 151 high-specification studios with attractive interiors. With Croydon station a 4-minute walk, transport connections are also extremely convenient.
Residents mention the friendly, helpful management, excellent cleanliness of communal spaces and good value provided by these apartments.
In third place is Saffron Square by Berkeley Homes - particularly noted for the quality of its facilities, scoring 4.36 out of 5. Saffron Square is a large, 43-storey development from the Berkeley Group, and is a prominent feature on the Croydon skyline. A five-minute walk to both East and West Croydon stations makes transport into and around London extremely convenient.
The concierge, gym and roof terrace are mentioned as highlights in resident reviews, and the close proximity of transport options is also praised.
The fourth-highest rated development in Croydon is New South Quarter, only 1km from both West Croydon and Waddon train stations. This impressive Barratt London development of 923 contemporary studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments is set around the River Wandle, close to the centre of Croydon.
The management of the development is popular among residents, who have rated it at 3.87 out of 5. Views of the nearby park and good quality insulation are also mentioned by reviewers.
5 Bedford Park takes the fifth and last spot of our roundup of the best new homes in Croydon. This development of 82 apartments is run by HomeViews award-winner Way of Life, and offers one or two bedroom units. East and West Croydon stations are both a 10-minute walk for residents, providing convenient transport connections for commuters.
Residents praise the natural light in apartments, as well as the development's responsive management team and excellent location.
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.
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