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.
5 best new build developments in CroydonTake a look at the top five new build homes in Croydon, according to the reviews of people who actually live there. Verified residents submit their reviews of new build property developments directly to HomeViews. As such, you can be sure our rankings are based on independent, unbiased opinions from real residents, and nothing else.
Taking top spot in Croydon, short-term letting scheme The Quarters Croydon offers residents a stylish and convenient base in this thriving South London suburb. There are 151 high-specification studios at the development, with Croydon station only a 4-minute walk away. Trains reach London Bridge in just 14 minutes, while Gatwick Airport is also easily accessible.
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A recent HomeViews award winner, Ten Degrees by Greystar, sits in Central Croydon – and takes second place. Comprising 546 apartments over 44 floors, the development comes with a games room, rooftop gym, pet spa, screening room and co-working spaces. As well as this, residents have access to a wide variety of transport links, allowing them to reach Central London in just 15-minutes.
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Our third place goes to Vertex House, which is located in the heart of Croydon, close to West Croydon and East Croydon train stations, and near the town’s main 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 one to three bedrooms.
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In fourth place we have Bauhaus, which is also part of a Durkan development. It offers 189 one, two and three-bedroom apartments with community and retail space on the ground floor. The development is also conveniently placed in-between East Croydon and South Croydon station, just a 10-minute walk from both.
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The Fold, a rental development from urbanbubble, takes the final spot in our top five for Lewisham. The Fold offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments, each with their own balcony. Additionally, the development is a short walk from BOXPARK and East Croydon station. Furthermore, residents benefit from private and communal dining spaces, a residents’ lounge, coworking spaces and meeting rooms.
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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 has a well-developed night-time economy.
Now a development hotspot, Croydon boasts some extremely attractive residential developments and 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.
Street art being painted in the centre of CroydonCommuting 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 Overground 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.
Is Croydon a safe place to live?Admittedly, Croydon continues to experience crime issues, with an ongoing trend of vehicle-related crime, major crime-stopping initiatives are currently in place. In late February 2021, Croydon was one of eight London areas to receive a share of £6million-worth of new funding from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit.
These efforts are part of a wider bid to carry on the great work already done to make Croydon a safer place to live.
What is the crime rate in Croydon?The overall crime rate in Croydon in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This is actually 4% lower than London’s overall average crime rate of 87 per 1,000 residents.
Which zone is Croydon?Croydon is in Travel Zone 5, which puts it solidly into ‘London suburbia’ territory. However, there has been some call to make parts of Croydon into Zone 4, though this isn’t likely to happen.
What’s Croydon famous for?Here are a few little-known facts about Croydon:
Croydon is home to London’s fastest-growing tech cluster.It’s a popular setting for major blockbuster films, including The Da Vinci Code, Batman – The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3 and 28 Days Later.Croydon operates London’s only tram network, which carries almost 30 million people annually.Croydon property pricesThe average price of a property in Croydon is £412,863 as of February 2023 (Zoopla). Flats were the most commonly sold properties in the last 12 months, which go for around £266,379 on average. According to Home.co.uk, the average rent for a Croydon property is £1,550 per calendar month.
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