5 best places to live in Elephant & Castle

With a rich history and an imaginative name that’s inspired new investment and interest, this part of the southeast London borough of Southwark is on the rise. With plenty of large-scale development plans in the works, it’s time to take a new look at some of the best places to live in Elephant & Castle.

Elephant & Castle development plans

Elephant & Castle has been getting the investment, recognition and TLC it deserves in recent years. It is shedding its former reputation for poor street planning and underinvestment, as the entire area undergoes major renovation efforts.

Currently, an entirely new town centre is under development in Elephant & Castle. Once complete, this will include a new London College of Communication campus and nearly 1,000 new apartments.

And this is just one of several major development initiatives in the area. Together, the current pipeline of new property developments represents over 5,000 thousand new homes and over 100 new shops and other businesses.

Is Elephant & Castle a good place to live?

Today, Elephant & Castle has a much more contemporary look and feel. Modern apartment blocks are going up all the time, bringing in young professionals and new businesses to serve them. At the same time, you can still feel a strong community vibe here, anchored by large Latin American population and other long-time residents.

Elephant & Castle is enjoying an expanding range of local amenities, particularly the addition of new restaurants and retail spaces. There are also several ‘outstanding’ ranked schools, covering the primary, comprehensive and higher education levels.

As for transport links, Elephant & Castle has both Central Line and Bakerloo Line stations. While the road system is a little confusing here, it has been improved in recent years, and further refinements are on the way.

Average property prices in Elephant & Castle

In November 2021, Elephant &Castle house prices hit an average of nearly £558,000. This represents a rise of just over 1% in the space of 12 months.

Alongside the rising number of modern apartments coming onto the market, Elephant & Castle has plenty of period homes to offer. You can easily find Georgian, early and mid-Victorian houses in the streets surrounding the newly built high rises.

If you’re looking to rent in Elephant & Castle, expect to pay around £600 per week on average.

Top 5 best places to live in Elephant & Castle

Now that you have an overview of this unique London borough, it’s time to take a closer look. The following are the 5 best places to live in Elephant & Castle, according to verified residents.

*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.

Fittingly, our top-ranked development for Elephant & Castle is situated right at its heart. Elephant Central by Get Living offers a mix of, 1-3-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses, all of which are available fully furnished. They also all come with superfast WiFi included and are pet friendly. Also, residents have access to a Club Lounge and Kitchen, as well as a sky courtyard. The development also has great connections to the rest of the borough and wider city, as it’s within walking distance of London Bridge and the South Bank.

Read reviews and details of Elephant Central, SE1

In second place, L&Q at Elephant Park is a key part of the area’s extensive regeneration, and offers buyers a range of stylish one or two-bedroom Shared Ownership apartments, starting from a 25% share. In addition, residents benefit from nearby green spaces that include central London’s largest new park in 70 years, and the benefits of easy access to Elephant & Castle’s Zone 1 rail and tube stations.

Read reviews and details of Elephant Park Shared Ownership by L&Q, SE17

Third place goes to One the Elephant, which is a Lendlease development comprising 284 apartments spread over 37 storeys. These apartments range from studios to 3-bedroom apartments, most of which feature sizeable balconies. The development is situated just a 3-minute walk from the Elephant & Castle Underground Station, which serves the Northern and Bakerloo lines.

Read reviews and details of One the Elephant, SE1

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We’re back to Elephant Park again for the fourth top spot on our list. This time, it’s for the offering by Lendlease itself. Elephant Park is a mixed-use development featuring 3,000 new homes alongside new shops, restaurants and cafes. It is the UK’s first climate-positive development, which includes an Energy Hub to provide net-zero carbon heat and hot water to all homes across the site.

Read reviews and details of Elephant Park, SE1

In fifth place, The Water Tower is a Bellway Homes development is comprised of 113 apartments, ranging from studio and one-bedrooms apartments to 4-bedroom apartments. The development is situated just an 8-minute walk from Elephant & Castle underground station, which is served by the Northern and Bakerloo lines.

Read reviews and details of The Water Tower, SE11

Hopefully, this list will give you a bit of inspiration to explore Elephant & Castle further. Why not start with our full area guide below? Here you’ll find more details on the area’s history, things to see and do, and the current and upcoming developments that can be found here.

One of South London’s biggest regeneration success stories, Elephant & Castle is in the process of being completely transformed and it’s earning a stellar reputation. This up-and-coming corner of the capital, blessed with world-class nightlife and a strong selection of independent businesses, is attracting Read more about Elephant & Castle

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