10 best places to live in South London

Wondering where to live in South London? We reveal the 10 new developments rated by residents as the best places to live in South London. These include new homes for sale and to rent in this popular London region.

Living in South London

South London may have lost its ‘S’ postcode way back in 1868 but the area still maintains a strong identity. Embracing Croydon, Sutton and parts of Lambeth and Merton, South London has also enjoyed massive regeneration in recent years.

Life in South London generally means great value properties, easy commutes up into Central London and plenty of local amenities. Crystal Palace serves up terraces filled with beautiful period homes as well as gleaming new builds. Vintage furniture stores and cafés on The Triangle are a gem for shoppers, while the huge park is a great draw for families.

Crystal Palace Park in South London

Sutton is also a popular choice for young families. Its quiet streets, green spaces and great value homes combine with easy commuting options to make it a tempting alternative to more expensive areas in Zone 3 or 4.

House prices in South London

According to the latest figures from Zoopla, average house prices in South London currently sit at £787,711 (August 2022). The average price paid for a South London flat over the past 12 months in £531,489, while the average price for a terraced house in the region topped a million, averaging £1,013,440.

New homes in South London

Thousands of new homes have recently been built in Croydon and a fair number in Sutton and Thornton Heath as well. This has made South London a very appealing option for Londoners seeking more bang for their buck. Transport has been upgraded to match, with the fastest journey time from East Croydon to London Bridge now down to just 12 minutes.

Our list reveals the best new homes South London offers for buyers and renters. Top of the list is the popular rental-only development The Quarters Croydon, offering short-term lets with fantastic service quality.

10 best places to live in South London

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

According to residents on HomeViews, the best new property development in South London is The Quarters Croydon. This development offers residents a stylish and convenient short-term base. There are 151 high-specification studios at the development, with Westfield shopping centre moments away. In addition, Croydon station is just a 4-minute walk, providing swift connections to London Bridge in just 14 minutes.

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4.64 (50 reviews)
4.64 (50 reviews)

Ten Degrees in central Croydon is the second highest-rated new build development in South London. Comprising 546 apartments over 44 floors, residents can also enjoy a games room, rooftop gym, pet spa, screening room and co-working spaces. As well as this, residents have access to a wide variety of transport links, allowing them to reach Central London in just 15 minutes.

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3.92 (88 reviews)
3.92 (88 reviews)

Holding onto a spot in the top three since our last update, this pet-friendly rental development is managed by Greystar and features a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as penthouses. Residents have access to a wide array of facilities including concierge, gardens, residents’ lounge and dining room. The development is a two-minute walk to Sutton station with quick links via Thameslink and Southern rail services into Central London.

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4.37 (10 reviews)
4.37 (10 reviews)

In at number four is Vertex House, which is located in the heart of Croydon, close to West Croydon and East Croydon train stations and near the town’s shopping centre. Run by Zest Living – part of the Durkan Group – the development has 98 total residential units available for rent, shared ownership and as affordable housing. The apartments range in size from one to three bedrooms.

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4.34 (37 reviews)
4.34 (37 reviews)

In fifth position, No.26 offers 183 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments managed by Native. They all include high-end kitchen appliances, Conran furnishings and king-sized beds. Being two minutes from east Croydon train station, residents can find direct connections into London, Brighton and Gatwick.

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4.33 (7 reviews)
4.33 (7 reviews)

Just missing out on a spot in the Top 5, Bauhaus is a Durkan development in Croydon. It comprises 189 one, two and three-bedroom apartments with community and retail spaces on the ground floor. The development is conveniently placed just a 10-minute walk from east and south Croydon stations. One resident said: ‘The building concierge and lobby is always left clean and inviting, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the facilities are top grade. I feel safe living in this area with security monitoring constantly and security doors to enter.’

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4.13 (11 reviews)
4.13 (11 reviews)

Sienna House offers studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The apartments come with a high-spec finish and can be furnished or unfurnished. Located in Sutton, Sienna House is a stone’s throw from Central London, making it ideal for those commuting into the City. Residents also love the design of the building and the range of on-site facilities, which include a gym, a dining room, common community rooms (one for chatting, one for studying), and a screening room.

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New Mill Quarter, by Barratt Homes, sits in Wallington moments away from Beddington Park. Our penultimate development, it comprises 440 one and two-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom houses. It also offers links to London Victoria in 30 minutes. As well as this, residents benefit from on-site gardens, a Lidl supermarket on the ground floor and a proposed café.

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Taking ninth place in South London, New South Quarter is a Barratt London development located in Croydon. It comprises 496 studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. The development is conveniently located in-between West Croydon station and Waddon station, just a 15-minute walk from both.

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3.99 (7 reviews)
3.99 (7 reviews)

Rounding off the Top 10 in South London is another rental-only development in Croydon. Verde House is a development of affordable apartments by Optivo, situated on Cairo New Road in Croydon and also known as the Cairo Apartments.

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Whetted your appetite? Check out our constantly updated area guide to explore all the best places to live in South London. Just click the link below to get stuck in. We’ve also included guides to the neighbouring regions in case you want to expand your search.

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