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The affordable, peaceful suburb only 17mins from central London

By Jan Moys

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London's suburbs continue to attract first-time buyers and bargain hunters, lured by excellent value properties, rapidly improving amenities and extremely short commute times into central London. While Croydon continues to enjoy its time in the spotlight, we take a closer look at South Croydon to find why this particular neighbourhood is causing such a stir.

A spectacular view over South Croydon from the Santina Apartments

South Croydon area overview

"A large geographical area with something for everyone, South Croydon also has the benefit of big high street brands nearby, as well as small independents," explains Ashley Whitehouse, Sales Manager at Foxtons' Croydon office. "Croydon Council has invested a sizeable amount of money in regenerating the Croydon area, as part of the overall town centre regeneration (including the proposed new Westfield shopping centre).

"The area offers buyers and renters a great selection of excellent value Edwardian and Victorian properties on tree-lined streets. Local schools are excellent, transport links into London are extraordinarily quick and local amenities keep going from strength to strength.

"Within South Croydon, roads like Croham Park Road and Campden Road in the Lloyd Park area offer buyers more upmarket properties. Homes off Brighton Road, leading to Purley Oaks, offer excellent value in an up-and-coming neighbourhood.

1 bedroom properties: £220,000 - £260,000 / £900 - £1,300pcm

2 bedroom properties: £270,000 - £350,000 / £1,200 - £1,700pcm

3 bedroom properties: £375,000 - £600,000 / £1,500 - £2,000pcm

4 bedroom properties: £450,000 - £1,000,000+ / £2,000 - £2,500

Green spaces

Purley Way Playing Fields offer South Croydon residents a large, open space for sports and dog-walking. Croham Hurst wood offers a shadier option to the east of the area, and borders the historic Croham Hurst Golf Club, founded in 1911.

Croham Hurst Wood (Image credit: Dudley Miles)

Lloyd Park also lies to the west of the area. This includes facilities for rugby, football, tennis, bowls and disc golf, as well as a cafe and plenty of car parking.


Whitgift School cricket pitch (Image credit: Gareth Williams)

"Whitgift School is a prestigious independent boys' school in South Croydon, founded in 1596 and offering limited boarding," explains Dipan Shah, Lettings Manager at Foxtons' Croydon office. "The school has a long sporting history and its Health and Fitness Centre is an impressive facility, open to students and their families.

"The Old Palace School for girls is another renowned independent school in the area, and is housed in a beautiful Grade I listed building," he adds. "Park Hill Primary School is also excellent, attracting families with younger children into the area."

View all schools in South Croydon with our interactive schools page and view Oftsed grades, numbers of students and the percentage of students achieving the expected grade.


South Croydon station is the main transport option for commuters into central London, offering the impressive journey time of just 17 minutes into London Bridge. London Victoria can also easily be reached via a change at East Croydon station. Southbound trains can reach Gatwick in just 27 minutes, bringing international flight connections within easy reach.

The London Overground runs from West Croydon northwards through Sydenham and Brockley into Canada Water for the Jubilee line. London Tramlink services (above) run from Wimbledon in the west, through Mitcham Junction and West Croydon through to Beckenham Junction, Elmers End and New Addington in the east.

Local highlights

Croydon is rapidly making a name for itself on the festival circuit, with Lloyds Park hosting The Ends Festival and The Butterfly Effect over the summer. The Ends Festival in 2019 featured three days of exotic food and eclectic music including headliners Damian Marley, Wizkid and NAS. The Butterfly Effect is a two-day event featuring top international garage, house and urban beats artists.

Other local highlights around South Croydon include Surrey Street Market – one of the oldest markets in the UK. Records of a market being held on the site go back as far as the 13th century, but the fruit, veg, meat and fish on offer is fresh every day, 6 days a week. South End Village and high street form the area's restaurant district and have been given a new lease of life by graphic designers Objectif and architects We Made That.

South Croydon sales and lettings properties

The selection of sales properties below gives a sense of the kinds of properties available in the area. One, two and three bedroom homes offer plenty of choice for young professionals and families looking for their first or second home. We also include a rental property to demonstrate the outstanding value offered by this neighbourhood.

Darmaine Close, South Croydon, CR2

£260,000 | 1 bedroom apartment

This ground floor, one bedroom flat is located just off Brighton Road, where many of South Croydon's shops and amenities can be found. Offering remarkable value for money, this spacious apartment features plenty of storage, a sunny conservatory and a low-maintenance paved private garden.

Waldronhyrst, Croydon, CR2

£335,000 | 2 bedroom apartment

Enjoying an exceptionally high standard of finish throughout the interiors, this top floor apartment is ideally located close to the benefits that South Croydon brings, as well as the many amenities of central Croydon. Two double bedrooms, off street parking and an outstanding reception space are just a few features that make this property really stand out.

Bramley Hill, Croydon, CR2

£365,000 | 2 bedroom apartment

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the reception area and master bedroom create unusually bright, airy interiors within this attractive and practical period conversion. Two generously-sized bedrooms and contemporary kitchen add to the appeal of this beautiful apartment.

Lower Coombe Street, South Croydon, CR2

£440,000 | 3 bedroom house

Demonstrating the remarkable value for money on offer in the area, this charming three bedroom terraced house has been modernised to create an appealing open-plan reception area. The large kitchen leads through to the dining room, opening out onto the private rear garden with raised seating area and practical artificial turf ideal for busy families.

Birch Tree Way, Croydon, CR0

£2,500 pcm | 4 bedroom house

Illustrating the types of properties available to let in the area, this four bedroom house has been recently refurbished to create a modern and practical family home. Good-size gardens front and rear include mature planting, while bay windows to the front of the property ensure a bright and attractive reception and master bedroom.

Discover South Croydon

View all of our sales properties in South Croydon here or lettings properties here. Alternatively, head to our Local Life page for recommendations on great things to see and do in the area. Alternatively, chat with Ashley, Dipan, or another member of the Croydon team by dropping into the office or by using the contact details below:

2 High Street

Tel: 020 3829 1390
Fax: 020 3829 1391

Email: [email protected]

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