If you want London living but with the countryside on your doorstep, Bromley really is your best bet. The most south-easterly part of the capital has a foot in both the urban and rural worlds, benefiting from both. But what’s it like to live there, and where are the best places to live in Bromley? Let’s hear from our resident reviewers, who have the inside track on this outer edge of London.
Is Bromley in London or Kent?
It’s a common misconception that Bromley is in Kent, the Garden of England. It’s easy to understand why, given that 30% of Bromley is farmland and green space abounds across the rest of it. However, Bromley is in fact a London borough, even though the main town of Bromley itself was historically a market town in the county of Kent.
What’s it like to live in Bromley?
Picturesque is the word that Bromley residents use time and again when describing where they live. Being here puts you right next to the metropolitan green belt, and the rest of the borough is no slouch visually either.
The town of Bromley is the cultural and economic heart of the borough. It has quickly become a top spot for attracting young families and professionals who want to stay connected to London but with more room to breathe.
However, just because Bromley is quieter and more rural, it’s definitely not dull. There is a thriving arts scene that centres on Bromley town, as well as growing retail and leisure industry. Naturally, residents also have an abundance of scenic walking, hiking and other nature-loving opportunities to take advantage of.
As well as its green credentials, Bromley is also routinely ranked as one of the safest London boroughs. With its low crime rates, low incidents of car collisions and widening range of outstanding schools, it’s an attractive prospect. This is probably why Bromley reaches the top 10 in the ‘happiest places to live in London’ surveys year after year.
Average property prices in Bromley
Averaging out various estimates of leading UK estate agents and market analysts, property prices in Bromley trend towards the £500,000 mark. According to Rightmove, terraced houses are the most frequently sold property type, at an average price of £456,543. Whereas flats go for around £350,000.
If you’re looking to rent in Bromley, across the borough there’s an average rental rate of around £1800 per month. This is slightly higher than the London-wide average which stood at £1638 per month at the end of 2020.
5 best places to live in Bromley
Now let us hand over to the experts on all things Bromley: the people who live there. The following list of the top 5 places to live in Bromley has been compiled solely using the scores given by verified HomeViews reviewers. If you like what you see, click on the listing to find out more about these popular developments.
Our number one development as voted by Bromley residents is Venue by Fairview New Homes. Residents say they love the large, inviting apartment design and excellent range of facilities including the sculpted gardens throughout the development. There are 252 units available with a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Convenience is another perk here, as Venue is only a 6-minute walk away from Anerley Rail station, which has links to the Overground and Southern Rail services. Crystal Palace park is also less than a 20-minute walk away.
Next up is Purelake New Homes’ Nexus Apartments, which are located on Elmfield Road. As a new-build development with only 50 luxury residential units available for private rent, Nexus is small but carefully formed. In their reviews, residents highlight the development’s good security, spacious and well-appointed facilities, and its easy access to the heart of Bromley. It’s also just a short walk from Bromley South train station, which provides regular National Rail links into central London.
A Crest Nicholson development, Regents Place is a selection of apartments located just off Bromley High Street. This puts Bromley train station only a two-minute walk away, and the rest of Bromley’s offerings are right on residents’ doorstep. As well as the location, Regents Place gets near perfect marks for the design of its accommodating, modern flats and the shared facilities.
Another top development situated in the heart of Bromley, St Mark’s Square also combines a thoughtful, stylish design with an enviable location. Residents are moments away from the high street as soon as they step outside their door. The presence of all modern conveniences, reliable insulation and spacious balconies mean that residents can enjoy their apartments to the fullest.
Trinity Village is nicely tucked away a short distance away from Bromley South station, giving residents easy access to central London and Bromley itself, but with an added layer of peace and quiet. Residents routinely describe their homes here as being smart but cosy, with plenty of green space and amenities nearby to make things comfortable and convenient.
For more information about living in this borough, check out our Bromley area guide (below). Here you’ll get a better idea of what makes Bromley tick, with more advice from our verified reviewers.
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