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Croydon has the largest population of all the London boroughs and, with the town such a hub of activity, many mistake it for a city in itself! It is very attractive for those still desiring city living, but without an eye-watering budget. It is just 10 miles from London, and benefitting from a £1 billion rejuvenation plan, with new businesses and buyers moving to area.
Moving to Croydon
Properties in Croydon are typical of most London suburbs; high-rises often dominate the sky and most roads are teeming with Victorian and Edwardian terraces. Any remaining space has been filled over the years with post-war homes and new builds. Some of the most popular terraces are found around Park Hill, Sydenham Road, and the Old Town. For larger period properties in desirable neighbourhoods, there are some fantastic conversions in The Waldrons and the east towards Shirley.
Moving to Croydon couldn’t be easier. The Britannia Sandersteads office is located just 20 minutes away from Croydon, in Godstone. The team at Britannia Sandersteads are not only able to provide you with a seamless moving service, but can also provide bespoke storage solutions.
Schools in Croydon
Croydon is a densely populated area and, for this reason, there are many schools. For primary schools, St Peter’s and Howard are both ‘good’, with Park Hill Junior and Parish Church CofE having some ‘outstanding’ features. St Thomas Becket Catholic primary is popular amongst parents, with Ofsted reporting that it is ‘excellent’.
Croydon is home to many independent schools, but the two most prestigious are Old Palace and Whitgift. However, the state sector has some fantastic secondary schools, including Archbishop Tensions CofE High School and the Brit School for performing arts, both ‘very effective’. Shirley High School is “good”, The Archbishop Lanfranc “good … with outstanding features”, and Coloma Girls Convent “outstanding”.
Transport Links Croydon
On the surface, you could not want for a better transport system in Croydon. But many local residents dread driving on Purley Way or any of the three-lane motorways that tear through the town.
Croydon is located on the London Tramlink Network, which has three routes. Route 1 runs between Croydon and Elmers End, Route 2 between Croydon and Beckenham Junction, and Route 3 between Wimbledon and New Addington (via Croydon). There are two vital tram stops at West Croydon train station and East Croydon station, as well as a variety of smaller stops along the routes around Croydon.
Having two train stations is a real benefit to Croydon. In total there are 30 direct services from Croydon to London per hour. West Croydon has direct services to London Bridge and London Victoria, taking 40 minutes. It is also served by the London Overground and is a stop on the East London Line. East Croydon has 11 trains to London Bridge and 11 to London Victoria (per hour). This journey takes 20 minutes. There are also Southern trains to Brighton, Reigate, Horsham, Eastbourne, Southampton, and Portsmouth.