Once a pretty Kentish village and now a bustling London suburb, it's easy to see why property prices in Beckenham are on the rise. So what exactly does Beckenham have to offer for potential buyers? Read on for a quick guide to this up-and-coming town.
A slice of traditional England
If you want to escape to the country but don't want to sacrifice the London lifestyle, Beckenham is the perfect compromise. Revamped Victorian properties currently dominate the market, providing desirable architecture with all the modern fittings and trimmings. The town has a warm sense of community and holds regular farmers' markets on the local green. There are three train stations and a tram link to Croydon, providing easy access to the city for commuters.
An active lifestyle
With Beckenham Place Park on your doorstep, both you and your family can keep fit and spend time enjoying the outdoors. You can also try your hand at tennis (or crazy golf) at the facilities located in Kelsey Park. However, don't be fooled by Beckenham's peaceful village image, as this bustling town also has plenty of modern fitness spaces. Escape the British weather and head indoors to Club Langley, Breeze Yoga or the David Lloyd Leisure Centre. After your workout, reward yourself by strolling down the high street to one of the independent cafes and eateries for a well-deserved coffee or snack.
Culture and the arts
Beckenham was once home to David Bowie, so it's no surprise to hear that it has an excellent arts scene. St George's Church hosts an art festival during the summer, and the town's theatre puts on a variety of engaging plays, musicals and performances throughout the year. Equally, the annual Beckenham Festival is one of the largest competitive performing arts festivals in the South East.