South Croydon – practicality mixed with beauty!

Brexit without doubt has influenced house prices but even with the slowing market, for many of us buying a property in central London is just a dream. But if you work in London you will no doubt be looking at areas which offer an easy commute that won’t break the bank.

shutterstock_692539108Based in South London, South Croydon has become a popular place to live and there’s a good reason why. Offering quick and easy access into London it also has the North Downs on its doorstep. If you’re considering relocating there are many estate agents in South Croydon who will be able to offer you advice about the area and the community.

To help you get started here’s a few of the reasons of why people are making the move to South Croydon.

Addington Hills

Adiington Hills, also known as Shirley Hills, is a beautiful park nestled in the heart of the London Borough of Croydon. It is a site of metropolitan importance and has the largest area of heathland in London. Within the 130 acres there are many paths for you to explore as well as an abundance of wildlife for you to enjoy. Set 460 feet above sea level the viewing point offers magnificent views of London.

Shirley Windmill

Built in 1854, the Shirley Windmill is a spectacular Grade II listed tower mill. It is only one of four windmills still open to the public in Greater London. The windmill is owned by Croydon Council but is staffed and managed by a group of volunteers. Milling ceased in 1892 and even though it was struck by lightning in 1899 and 1906, the mill survived and has over the years seen extensive restoration. The windmill is open to the public but check the website first for opening days and hours: https://www.shirleywindmill.org.uk/

North Downs Way

shutterstock_345342149The North Downs Way National Trail runs from Farnham in Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover. It is one of fifteen national trails and stretches for 153 miles passing through beautiful countryside and two areas of outstanding natural beauty. Along the route you’ll find castles, stately homes and cathedrals. As the trail partly follows the Pilgrims Way there are many links to churches and the pilgrims who would have followed this route in medieval times. Rather than tackle the trail in one go, there are various circular walks you can choose from. For more information about routes and what to expect along the way visit: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way

Surrey Street Market

Surrey Street Market is one of the oldest street markets in London dating back to 1276. The market runs 7 days a week with traditional goods on offer from Monday to Saturday. You’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables as well as independent traders, street food, as well as various arts and crafts. On Sunday the market changes to an artisan market, where you’ll find local traders selling fresh food, handmade arts and crafts as well as locally sourced produce.