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Local Area Info - CR0 & Croydon
Situated approximately 12 miles from the centre of London, East
Croydon is the focal point for transport links in the borough. Regular
trains along one of the country's major rail arteries serve London
Bridge, Victoria, Kings Cross and Charing Cross stations, in addition
to Gatwick and the South Coast. The newly built tram service links
Croydon to Beckenham and Wimbledon. For these reasons alone, Croydon
remains one of the prime commuter towns of the Southeast as well
as home to some of the county's largest businesses and office complexes.
In addition to its status as a prime commuter haven, Croydon has
one of the largest and most popular shopping and retail centres
in the south of England. Croydon has a bustling nightlife with a
vast number of restaurants, pubs, cafes and night-spots in addition
to numerous theatres and playhouses.
The property immediately surrounding East Croydon is diverse in
both nature and age. Housing, within walking distance of the station
comprises of largely Victorian terraces popular with young families
and commuters. More recent town houses and flats can be found in
the 1960's built Park Hill development just five minutes walk from
the station. Numerous, larger Victorian houses, converted into one
and two bed flats, are also in abundance. Newer apartment developments
can also be found with a vast range of prices. Larger, detached
post 1920's properties in wide, tree lined roads lie to the east
towards Shirley, the Whitgift Estate and the wide-open expanses
of Lloyds Park.
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters using East Croydon Station. Young couples
and families. Mature families requiring good schools and green space.
Local Area Info - Sanderstead & CR2
Sanderstead, which is situated around 14 miles from the centre
of London, lies between the busy shops of South Croydon and the
more rural village of Warlingham. The M25 is within an easy 8-mile
reach. Sanderstead has its own railway station, which serves East
Croydon and ultimately London Victoria, a 25-minute journey away.
The station lies to the north of Sanderstead and is situated very
near to Purley Oaks station. Those living in the south of Sanderstead,
near to its high street, which runs along the busy Limpsfield Road,
would realistically need to drive to Sanderstead station. Additionally,
frequent bus services provide routes into nearby Croydon, Purley
The high street, a collection of convenience shops and restaurants,
has a real village feel to it and remains framed by open parkland
on its west side. A further small parade of shops can be found nearby
to the railway station heading north into Croydon.
Housing in Sanderstead consists of larger semi-detached and detached
properties built around the 1920's and 1930's set in wide, tree
lined roads although a small number of apartment style developments
are available near the high street. The largest, detached houses
can be found as you descend down the hill along Rectory Park Road
heading towards Riddlesdown and Purley.
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters, families and more wealthy families
who require good schools and green space.
Local Area Info - Purley and Purley Oaks & CR8
Purley Oaks and Purley are situated to the south of Croydon's busy
town centre and lie approximately 13 miles from the centre of London.
Both have their own train stations that serve East Croydon and the
large number of destinations available from there into London. Purley
Oaks station is located close to Sanderstead station and South Croydon.
There are a small number of shops close to the station and housing
is predominantly 1920's and '30's semi-detached in style, popular
with families and commuters. A number of more modern flats can also
be found near the station. The west side of the Brighton Road, which
runs though the middle of Purley and Purley Oaks, has a number of
larger semi-detached Victorian houses as you climb the hill heading
Purley town centre is a busy collection of well known names, alongside
smaller independent shops and restaurants. A library and leisure
centre are also situated near the high street. Purley station is
set back from the main high street and is a popular stop for commuters
travelling into London. Housing surrounding Purley to the south
and east is mainly semi-detached and a mixture of 1920's and '30's
styles. Flats and modern apartment developments can be found along
the Brighton Road heading south towards Coulsdon. As you travel
uphill towards Riddlesdown station, these properties become larger
and more expensive. Purley remains a very leafy suburb in nature
with the spacious Purley Downs golf course situated to the east.
To the west of Purley lies Woodcote where substantial detached
properties set in their own grounds can be found. Woodcote, a spacious
and leafy suburb with its own green has a real village feel to it.
The large, private Webb Estate can be found within Woodcote, with
its highly desirable properties commanding prices of £1 million
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters, professional couples, larger families
requiring good schools and green space. Woodcote and the Webb estate
attract the very wealthy
Local Area Info - Selsdon
Selsdon, which lies between Sanderstead and Forestdale, is situated
some 15 miles from the centre of London and only 8 miles from the
M25. The busy high street has a large number of small shops alongside
several banks, restaurants and pubs. Green fields and golf courses
still largely surround Selsdon to the east and south. Although no
train service exists, there are frequent bus services to the nearby
town centres of Croydon and Bromley. Sanderstead station lies only
a brief drive away. Housing is predominantly semi-detached and post
1930's surrounding the high street, although larger detached properties
lie to the south towards Warlingham and to the north towards South
Croydon. Property between Selsdon and Forestdale consists of smaller
1960's and 70's built houses and flats laid out in cul-de-sacs.
WHO LIVES HERE? Families and young couples. Commuters who use
the M25 and more mature families in the larger houses to the north
and south of the high street heading towards Sanderstead.
Local Area Info - South Croydon & CR2
South Croydon lies between the bustling town centres of Croydon
and Purley and extends along either side of the main Brighton Road
that connects them. Its train station, which serves the busy East
Croydon stop, is situated to the north end of South Croydon. In
addition, the area is well served by local bus routes. Although
there often seems no discernible border with the major retail centre
of Croydon, South Croydon remains the focus for much of the town's
nightlife. Restaurants, bars pubs and wine bars can be found in
abundance alongside smaller shops and general stores.
Properties surrounding the Croydon end of the high street are mainly
Victorian in age, many of which have been converted into one and
two bedroom flats that are very popular with young, first time buyers.
Rented accommodation is also readily available here. More recent
developments of apartments can be found surrounding the open grounds
of Whitgift School and close to the train station. Heading south
towards Purley finds more traditional Victorian terraced and semi-detached
properties immediate to the main Brighton Road, although more substantial
and expensive detached houses can be found to the east towards Lloyds
WHO LIVES HERE? Couples. Loyal locals and young families.
Local Area Info - West Croydon & CR7
West Croydon borders the bustling shops and retail centre of Croydon
and the diverse and multicultural suburb of Thornton Heath. Its
train station lies to the north of Croydon's main high street and
serves both London Bridge and Victoria stations. West Croydon is
also the terminating stop for a large number of the local bus routes
and so benefits from a comprehensive service. With the major commercial
centre of Croydon so near, West Croydon's shops are mainly small
Housing is predominantly terraced and a mixture of Victorian, 1920's
and '30's in style and age. To the west of the main Mitcham Road
can be found a large number of 1960's built flats and houses which
are largely council owned. To the east of West Croydon lies the
Wellesley Road where a large concentration of office buildings can
be found which reach into Croydon's town centre.
WHO LIVES HERE? Loyal locals. Families requiring good value for
their money and first time buyers
CR0 & ADDISCOMBE PROPERTY GUIDE:
Addiscombe has its own busy high street well stocked with many convenience
stores and smaller independent shops. The railway station has long
gone although the new tram link runs through the centre of the high
street and could well influence house prices in the future.
Housing is mainly post 1930's terraces and semi-detached along tight
streets off the busy Lower Addiscombe Road. Some larger Victorian
properties can be found although nearly all of these have been converted
into flats. Larger houses can be found further south towards the
Upper Addiscombe Road although they are predominantly semi-detached
and detached and built from the 1920's onwards; housing here lies
in more spacious, tree lined streets and cul-de-sacs.
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters who use East Croydon station. Families
and loyal locals
Local Area Info - CR8 & KENLEY
Kenley is situated approximately one mile to the east of Purley
and has its own small train station that serves East Croydon and
ultimately London Bridge and Victoria. Within easy reach of the
M25, housing in the area remains popular with commuters. Lying to
the south side of the busy Godstone Road that leads to Whyteleafe,
Kenley has its own small parade of shops and restaurants. With the
larger shopping centres of Purley and Croydon to hand, these local
shops are of a convenience nature.
Houses running along the main Godstone Road are predominantly terraced
and semi-detached. Heading south towards the open areas of Kenley
Aerodrome finds a large number of substantial detached houses set
in their own grounds. Kenley is a leafy suburb with many open, green
areas such as Kenley Common and the Coulsdon Manor Golf Club surrounding
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters and families near the Godstone Road.
Wealthy families requiring good schools and green space in the larger
detached housing to the south.
Local Area Info - CR8 & RIDDLESDOWN
Riddlesdown lies to the east of the busy town centre of Purley
and is framed by the main Godstone Road that serves Whyteleafe and
Caterham. Situated 15 miles from the centre of London and only 7
from the M25, this suburb remains popular with commuters due to
its two train stations, Purley and Riddlesdown, both providing regular
services to London Victoria and London Bridge.
Riddlesdown is a hilly, leafy suburb focused around the Purley Downs
Golf Course and the wide-open parkland that runs parallel with the
Godstone Road up to Whyteleafe, from which Riddlesdown derives its
name. Housing on the Purley side of Riddlesdown remains largely
detached and dates from the 1930's onwards. House size increases
as you climb up the areas leafy, tree lined roads. Properties to
the east of Riddlesdown's two small parades of shops that surround
its train station, are predominantly semi-detached and lie in close-knit,
tidy cul-de-sacs and avenues. Heading east towards Sanderstead,
house sizes increase as you climb the hill.
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters, families looking for good schools and
open park land. Older
Local Area Info - E25 & SELHURST
Selhurst, situated to the north of Croydon between Thornton Heath
and Norwood, lies 11 miles from the centre of London and 12.5 miles
from the M25. Although situated an easy bus ride from the busy retail
centre of Croydon, Selhurst has its own bustling, multicultural
community of small independent shops, supermarkets and restaurants,
which can largely be found lining the main Whitehorse and Selhurst
Commercial properties, warehouses and small businesses sit side-by-side
amidst tight roads of Victorian and 1960's built terraced housing.
As you climb the hill along the Whitehorse Road towards Norwood
from Croydon, properties increase in size with neat rows of Victorian
and mid-war semis, the best of which skirt the grounds of Selhurst
Park Stadium, the home of Crystal Palace Football Club. As you continue
up the hill, many properties offer a spectacular view over Croydon
and its suburbs to the south. A further busy parade of shops lies
at the northern end of the Selhurst Road, whilst a large number
of flats and modern apartment blocks can be found as you head south
along its route towards Selhurst train station.
WHO LIVES HERE? Families looking for value for money, loyal locals.
Local Area Info - CR0 & SHIRLEY
Shirley is situated between the busy high street of West Wickham
and the large town centres of Croydon and Bromley. The main high
street has a village feel to it and comprises small shops, estate
agents, pubs and restaurants. Although Shirley has no train station
of its own, it is served by frequent bus services to both Croydon
and Bromley with their main line services.
Shirley has a mix of housing styles dating predominantly from the
1930's onwards. Houses to the south of the Wickham Road are generally
larger than those to the north. Properties are mainly semi-detached
and terraced although Shirley Hills, with its more open park land
has some quite exceptional large, million pound plus bracket houses
situated along wide private roads. A number of newly constructed
executive housing developments, the largest of which being the 1980's
built Shirley Oaks development, have sprung up near the high street
- no doubt attracted to the numerous golf courses and parks immediately
surrounding this leafy suburb. Developments of larger, modern, detached
houses can also be found along both Orchard Way and the Upper Shirley
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters who use East Croydon. Families who require
green space and good schools. The very wealthy in Shirley Hills.
Local Area Info - CR7 & THORNTON HEATH
Suburban Thornton Heath is a 19th-century creation spurred on
by the arrival of the railway. 20 minutes from Victoria Station
and even closer in proximity to the busy town centre of Croydon,
the area is now recognised as one of the last remaining outposts
of cheap, affordable property within an easy, commutable distance
Although situated an easy bus ride from the busy retail centre
of Croydon, Thornton Heath has its own bustling, multicultural community
of small independent shops, supermarkets and restaurants, which
can largely be found lining the main London and Bridgestock roads.
Thornton Heath remains very urban in its nature although small open
areas such as Grangewood Park still punctuate its environs.
Thornton Heath's housing is as diverse as its culture. Late Victorian,
Edwardian and 1930s semi-detached homes can be found in abundance.
Larger Victorian terraces have become flats, and there are plenty
of family homes with gardens for very reasonable prices. Amongst
the large number of Victorian semis, can also be found newer '60's
town houses and '30's style Tudor properties. Quite a high percentage
of properties are rented.
WHO LIVES HERE? Loyal locals, families requiring good value for
their money. First time buyers.
Local Area Info - CR0 & WADDON
Waddon, situated to the west of Croydon, lies 11 miles from the
centre of London and 9 miles from the M25. The area remains a focal
point for the borough's light industry and large commercial retail
parks, a majority of which are located off the Purley Way. Here,
major retail names such as Dixons, Ikea, PC World and Habitat can
be found, alongside leisure and entertainment complexes such as
Warner Cinemas and TGI Fridays. The busy Mitcham Road, a much used
bypass to Croydon's town centre, frames the suburb to the east.
Waddon train station, located near to Fiveways Corner, a major
road junction, provides services into London Bridge and London Victoria.
Housing off and around the Purley Way is a mixture of mid-war terraces
and semi-detached. Wandle Park and Waddon Ponds provide some much
needed green relief in an area where residential and commercial
properties sit side-by-side each other.
WHO LIVES HERE? Families looking for value for money, loyal locals.
Local Area Info - CR0, SE25, WOODSIDE & NORWOOD
Generally cheaper than Upper Norwood, both areas have a real mix
of properties and styles. South Norwood has its own parade of shops
centred along the busy Portland Road. Small independent shops can
be found alongside an abundance of restaurants and pubs. Woodside
has its own small high street just to the west of the leafy Woodside
Green, which is overlooked by a number of larger Victorian houses
converted into flats. Norwood Junction station, which is a few minutes
walk from the busy Portland Road, is the first stop from East Croydon
and serves mainline London stations with a regular service.
Housing is a mixture of 1930's semi's and terraces, low rise council
houses and small blocks of purpose built flats. Some large Victorian
villas can be found amongst the more modern housing, but all of
these are now converted to flats.
WHO LIVES HERE? Families looking for value for money, loyal locals,
first time buyers and commuters.
Local Area Info - SE19 & UPPER NORWOOD
Framed by Crystal Palace with its large open parkland and the
tightly stocked roads of South Norwood, the suburban sprawl of Croydon,
Upper Norwood has the feel of a real London borough. This aspiration
seems to rise along with its geography, as Norwood and Crystal Palace
sit high up, looking down upon Croydon to the south and the City
to the north.
As you climb the hill from South Norwood, the mainly 1920's and
30's properties become predominantly semi-detached, residing in
the occasional tree lined road. Spacious Victorian properties, which
offer popular flat conversions and larger family homes, dominate
the housing around the popular Church Road and Westow Hill. Here
Norwood meets Crystal Palace and a busy parade of shops can be found
alongside a growing number of restaurants and bars all of which
lie under the shadow of Southeast London's own Eiffel Tower, the
Crystal Palace Mast. Punctuating the largely grand Victorian housing,
modern purpose built flats alongside a number of council properties
offer a real mixture of styles that seems to mirror the diverse
character of the area.
Situated only 7 miles from the centre of London, Upper Norwood
and Crystal Palace could well become very sought-after locations
as London's housing prices continue to spiral and people look for
more value elsewhere.
WHO LIVES HERE? Flat-hunters of all descriptions. Loyal locals,
first time buyers and families.
Local Area Info - CR0 & FORESTDALE
Forestdale is situated between Selsdon, with its busy high street,
and Addington and still remains largely surrounded by green fields
and golf courses to the east and south. This private estate, which
was built in the 1960's, has its own parade of shops and facilities.
Although no train services exist near to hand, Forestdale benefits
from a frequent bus service to Croydon and nearby Selsdon. Properties
consist of small low-rise blocks of flats and maisonettes laid out
in cul-de-sacs. Within easy walking distance of the new tram link
serving Croydon, Beckenham and Wimbledon, property values here could
WHO LIVES HERE? Young families and first time buyers
Local Area Info - CR0, ADDINGTON & NEW ADDINGTON
New Addington is a purpose built estate constructed largely in
the 1960's and is still largely bordered by green fields to the
east and west. Property consists mainly of flats, terraced, maisonette
and semi-detached style housing. A large number of these properties
are council owned and rented. Addington has no train service although
travel into Croydon and Bromley is provided by frequent bus services.
The new tram link provides an additional route of access to Croydon,
Beckenham and Wimbledon.
Addington Village has no high street and is centred about the grounds
of the old St Mary's Church (1080) and the grand surrounds of Addington
Place with its golf club and park. Property dates vary vastly although
it consists largely of semi-detached and detached houses.
WHO LIVES HERE? Families and commuters in Addington Village. Young
and old families in New Addington.
Local Area Info - CR5 & COULSDON & OLD COULSDON
With its three train stations, Smitham, Coulsdon South and Woodmansterne,
all of which serve East Croydon and ultimately London Bridge and
Victoria, Coulsdon remains popular with commuters. Coulsdon's high
street lies along the busy Brighton Road and houses a mixture of
well-known names such as Waitrose and smaller independent shops
and restaurants. Coulsdon South station is situated a short walk
from the high street further along the Brighton Road and has ample
Housing to the west along the Chipstead Valley Road is predominantly
terraced and semi-detached built in the 1920's and '30's although
some detached properties can be found as you near Woodcote Park
Golf Course. A further small parade of shops can be found heading
west towards Woodmansterne station and Chipstead. Coulsdon is a
leafy suburb, bordered by the green open areas of Farthing Downs
to the south and the exclusive Coulsdon Manor Golf Course to the
Old Coulsdon is linked to Coulsdon by two main roads: the Coulsdon
Road and Marlpit Lane. Between these two roads lies more substantial
detached housing and open parkland. Old Coulsdon itself maintains
a village feel with its own small parade of shops, a church and
a large pub. Frequent bus services provide transport to nearby Coulsdon,
Purley and Caterham. Old Coulsdon has no railway station of its
own and most residents who commute to London drive to either Coulsdon
South or Caterham train stations.
WHO LIVES HERE? Commuters, families and professional couples
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