Croydon Property Market
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Croydon has the greatest number people living here than any of the other London boroughs, a lively town centre with a vibrant pulse it is a good area to both live and work in. There is an arts scene and alternative vibe also present here. Nice areas to move to in the Borough of Croydon include Caterham, Addington Village, Purley, Sanderstead, Forestdale and Seldon.
Croydon is set between south and central London; Purley Way is particularly popular and convenient for commuters. The majority of property found in Croydon was built post World War II and includes modern developments, however in the south and north there is a notable number of Victorian properties.
The average property value in Croydon is in the region of £350,000; with over 2,500 streets in the borough there is plenty of choice. The average rent is roughly £1,250 per month. Just 10 miles from central London it is the ideal location to the city.
Shirley Hills is the most expensive place to live in Croydon; the houses here were built in the 1920s and 1930s. There are Arts and Crafts style houses in Whitford Foundation Estate, for modern town houses head to Park Hill. There are both period conversions and new build flats in Croydon, and flats close to East Croydon are particularly good for commuting.
In terms of rentals Shirley Hills is good for larger families and Saffron Square is home to a new development, with 756 new flats located on Wellesley Road. For Victorian villas, The Waldron is a conservation area and particularly nice.
Standard of Living in Croydon
Croydon is undergoing a substantial £1 billion regeneration plan and attracting those from central London, it is suitable if you would like to upsize your accommodation but still remain close to the city. For open space you can head to Lloyd Park in Coombe Road, and Wandle Park has undergone £4 million worth of development, there is a river here too. There is a good arts scene in Croydon, the area as a whole benefits from being part of London but also allowing one to step back from the hustle and bustle of central London.
Other Living necessities in Croydon
Between central London and Gatwick, Croydon is good for those who need to travel. There are a number of schools in the area ranging in standards, the primary schools include St Marys Catholic Infant School, which has achieved ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted, St Mary’s RC Junior School and ARK Oval Primary School, both of which achieved ‘good’ from Ofsted; Al Khair Primary School received ‘satisfactory’.
In terms of secondary schools, Al Khair secondary school also received ‘satisfactory’. There are a number of private schools close to Shirley Hills, three private schools of note are Whitgift in Haling Park, and Trinity in Shirley Park and Old Palace in Old Palace Road, and these are all part of the Whitgift Foundation. Secondary schools that have achieved ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted are Oasis Academy, Harris Academy Purley and Coloma Convent.
On Croydon high street there is Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres, there are some good cafes, bars and restaurants in the area, as well as your usual array of super markets and high street shops, there are also independents. There is a market that runs six days a week. In Croydon Old Town there is Str Eatery, a pop up street food market with demonstrations. There is a good public library and a range of places of worship in CR0 and CR2.
Places to visit near Croydon
Purley is south of Croydon, with Sutton to the west and Bromley to the northeast, Streatham and Thornton Heath are to the north. The countryside in Surrey is just south of Croydon, where you can escape from the lively city. The charming village of Bletchingley is ten miles south of Croydon.
Croydon Council Tax
Council tax in Croydon is above the national average but still affordable for London, Band A is in the region of £1,000, with Band D nearer the £1,500 mark and Band H coming in at nearly £3,000.