Spotlight on Croydon
by Housesimple on 9th September 2016
We’ve mentioned before just how desirable Croydon is as a spot to set up home. How could we not? It’s becoming a creative and technology hub, enticing increasing numbers of young people with its low house prices and fast commutes. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this popular South London area.
The price of property has been rising steadily in Croydon over the past few years, as more and more interest floods the local area. The town’s average price of £357,177 is still cheaper than many other London boroughs, though. Flats especially are a steal at around £265,000, meaning more landlords consider purchasing buy-to-let properties here.
The Croydon Vision 2020 urban planning programme is set to boost prices in the area even further. The regeneration effort wants to introduce new homes, as well as better social spaces in town and more amenities for locals. Over the next four years, Croydon is sure to get even more popular.
Croydon has a bustling music scene and is credited as being crucial to dubstep’s popularity boom. Many dubstep DJs hail from the local area and there are frequent gigs and club nights dedicated to it. Other genres are represented in the town too, from grime musician Stormzy to indie pop artists like Frankmusik. Many more famous faces attended the town’s BRIT School.
The oldest shop in Croydon stands at 46 South End. It was built in the 1500s and has been a shop since at least 1851. Currently, it houses a flute specialist shop – appealing to the area’s more classical musicians!
Family days out
Croydon’s not just great for young professionals – it’s a great place for family homes too. On rainy days you can check out the Museum of Croydon and the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, or visit the award-winning Kidspace Croydon for something a little more hands-on.
The Queen’s Gardens make for a lovely walk on sunny days, as does urban oasis Wandle Park. Golf lovers will appreciate the large number of courses, some of which reside in the splendid grounds of Addington Palace.
For more information on selling property in Croydon, check out our handy local area guide.