A borough with a star that’s solidly on the rise, Croydon still remains a very attractive first-time buyer’s prospect. Find out why as we take a look at this large and diverse area of South London. Our list of the top 10 new build homes developments in Croydon will give you a fair idea of what to expect if you decide that this is the place for you.
Where is Croydon?
Croydon is one of the South London boroughs, taking its name from the large town of Croydon itself. As well as the town, the borough also includes areas like Thornton Heath, Norbury, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood.
Why live in Croydon?
Croydon, like much of South London, is enjoying a period of surging investment and urban regeneration efforts. While it’s kept much of its character, Croydon is noticeably smartening up. Attractive new build homes are shooting up across the borough, adding to its already impressive portfolio.
Similarly, Croydon is attracting all manner of new businesses thanks to its large population and increasing economic strength. Today, it’s one of the biggest commercial districts in Greater London, offering outstanding retail and nightlife experiences. Sadly, plans for a new £1.5 billion Westfield shopping centre in Croydon were recently scrapped, but new development plans for alternative venues are in the works.
Despite all the growth and expansion, Croydon is still a great place to find a relaxing spot to live in. It’s blessed with plenty of outstanding green spaces, including South Norwood Country Park, Lloyd Park, Happy Valley, Farthing Downs and Wettern Tree Gardens. Also important to families is the easy availability of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’-rated Ofsted schools across the borough. These include Purley Nursery School, Harris Invictus Academy Croydon, Heathfield Academy and Coloma Convent Girls’ School.
The rest of the borough is bursting with colour and character too. Turn down a street in Croydon town centre, and you’re likely to stumble across another beautiful mural or piece of street art. The culture of community art is in full bloom here, and it’s a visual delight for everyone to enjoy.
Transport in Croydon
Croydon offers good access to the centre of the city. It’s very well connected to the rest of South London too. Main A-roads are reliable and well maintained, with the M23 and M25 also nearby. Despite being in Zone 5, Croydon has good bus route coverage, and you can be at London Bridge within 15 minutes or Victoria in 20 via the City Thameslink service. There are also frequent train links to Brighton for a quick seaside getaway.
There’s also the beloved Croydon tram network, that winds through the borough and into Wimbledon and Beckenham.
Croydon property prices
Despite its up-and-coming status, Croydon is one of the most affordable London boroughs for renting and buying property. There’s an expanding portfolio of new build homes developments in Croydon, as well as plenty of Victorian period houses.
The current (May 2022) Croydon house price average according to Zoopla is just over £400,000. However, pricey detached houses bump this rate upwards. Whereas buying flats in Croydon can set you back on average as little as £265,000. This makes Croydon one of the best places to look for a first-time buyer in London.
Renting in Croydon is also extremely competitively priced. Last year, rental properties commanded an average rate of £1154 per month. If you compare this to the then London average of £2620 per month, it constitutes a major saving of almost £1500.
Top 10 new build homes developments in Croydon
Below is our list of the best new build homes developments in Croydon on HomeViews, according to verified resident reviews. If you want to see any of the listings in more detail, just click to see their dedicated page.
*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.
Our top-rated development in Croydon is Ten Degrees, by Greystar. This huge building dominates the Central Croydon skyline, comprising 546 apartments over 44 floors. Residents love the style of the building itself as well as the flats and communal facilities. These include a games room, rooftop gym, pet spa, screening room and various co-working spaces. Ten Degrees also provides easy access to convenient transport links that get you to central London in just 15 minutes.
4.65 (83 reviews)
4.65 (83 reviews)
In close second place is the long-term letting scheme The Quarters Croydon. This is part of Bravo’s ‘The Quarters’ dedicated build-to-rent London offering, with each location providing residents with a stylish and convenient base in different parts of the city. For the Croydon version, there are 151 high-specification studios across the development. Flats are perfectly furnished and decorated with high-quality furniture and appliances. Despite being located next to the main road and the train station, residents can barely hear anything, making this an ideal work-from-home location.
In 3rd place, 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. It’s another development that’s just minutes away from Croydon Station. The management team is described as being super welcoming and friendly.
Vertex House 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. There’s lots of praise from residents for the design of the bathrooms and kitchens here.
Hitting the middle spot of our list, Bauhaus is another Durkan development. It’s named after the geometric, abstract style of architecture used to design the building itself Bauhaus offers 189 one, two and three-bedroom apartments with community and retail spaces on the ground floor. The development is conveniently placed in-between East Croydon and South Croydon station, a 10-minute walk from both. The big windows in the flats mean lots of natural light and warmth in the winter.
In 6th, Saffron Square is a huge, 43-storey development from the Berkeley Group. Currently the tallest building in Croydon, its distinctive purple and red façade pierces the skyline, making it easy to remember where you live! Residents love the central Croydon location, the modern interior design and high-standard finish throughout, not to mention the facilities. These include the sizeable gym and on-site restaurants and coffee shops.
New South Quarter is a Barratt London development comprising 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. There’s a pleasing brick-based sloping design to the building and apartments come with private terrace/balcony from which you can enjoy the view.
Verde House is a development of affordable apartments by Optivo, situated on Cairo New Road. Apartments are well designed and insulated, and feature high ceilings with windows that let in lots of natural light. There are also plenty of useful on-site facilities including the children’s playground and rooftop terrace.
Another Cairo New Road development from Optivo, Cairo Apartments are modern studio, one, two and three-bedroom flats available through Shared Ownership to help you take your first step on the property ladder. The apartments feature a light, bright and airy décor throughout, and the rooftop terrace provides breath-taking views.
To round off the list, Morello is a development by Redrow Homes, offering 370 one to three-bedroom apartments. It is made up of 4 residential buildings: Maraschino, Santina, Rainier and Amarelle. The apartments boast a full range of modern appliances and fixtures and fittings including comfort cooling and heating, fitted wardrobe to master bedroom and carpets. Morello is also located just a few minutes’ walk from East Croydon Station.
We hope you find our list of the top 10 new build homes developments in Croydon to be a useful yardstick. Remember that this is a borough that continues to develop and change quickly, so check back on our list for regular updates. If you’d like to see more of what Croydon has to offer, don’t forget to click our dedicated area guide below.
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