Welcome to the new Croydon: a cool, cultured and eclectic place to live, the South London town is set to skyrocket with its ambitious £5 billion regeneration programme. From its historical roots to the award-winning food scene, we’ve put together the top five reasons to live in this charismatic borough.
Recently named as one of the UK’s fastest growing economies, Croydon is currently mid-way through an impressive £5.25 billion regeneration. The exciting transformation is already well underway, with a world-class train station, 28 new public squares and spaces, state of the art retail and leisure facilities and a revitalised town centre.
The much-anticipated Westfield Croydon shopping centre is also due to arrive and will include a flagship John Lewis store, plus dozens of other big-name fashion and designer retailers, restaurants and bars (see point 4). Many home buyers have already moved to buy in Croydon before house prices reflect its new amenities.
Historically a bustling market town, Croydon was once a centre for charcoal production, leather tanning and brewing, before becoming an important industrial hub. Throughout its reign as a popular and thriving town, it has been heralded for its railway service and Capital connections.
It’s even home to London’s oldest street market, Surrey Street Market, which dates back to 1236. With its mix of Caribbean and Asian stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, the market personifies Croydon’s characterful London roots, strong sense of community and charming personality.
Croydon has always been famed for its speedy travel connections, whether via high-speed road, rail and tram, you are never far away from London and the South East. Flying from Gatwick Airport is also a breeze as it’s less than a 15-minute train journey from East Croydon station.
Fancy a trip to the countryside or coast? Croydon is ideally situated beside the Surrey countryside, and just a short train ride or road trip to Brighton’s pebble beaches, charming Lanes and infamous nightlife.
Croydon also sets the table as an up and coming food destination, full of hidden gems and award-winning cuisine. Take The Store, for example. A chic cocktail bar and restaurant named one of the top 20 best new UK venues by The Independent.
There’s also artisan craft beer shop and bar, Art & Craft, known locally for its ‘Good Beer’ traffic sign outside the door, and it’s independent beer selection inside.
Plus, with the arrival of Westfield Croydon and an array of high-street food brands we all know and love, you won’t be going hungry in Croydon.
If Croydon’s mix of authentic charm and contemporary design ticks your boxes, why not book a viewing at our very own Leon House. Perfectly positioned within walking distance to East Croydon station, local shops and a supermarket, these stylish one and two bed apartments offer you a convenient base.
Equipped with a dedicated concierge service, communal workspace, roof terrace and private dining room, there are a number of benefits to living in this Shared Ownership development.
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Interested in an apartment at popular Leon House, Croydon? You can get on the property ladder with Shared Ownership from £78,125 (25% share), with as little as a £3,906 deposit.