Top 5 Places to Live in Croydon

Where are the best places to live in Croydon? We found out by asking the people who already live there! Every day we speak to hundreds of locals across the capital and ask them what they think about their area and their homes. Croydon residents rated their developments and we’ve collected the top five for you here.

Is Croydon a good place to live?

Croydon in south London is a large suburban centre in its own right. Thanks to substantial investment and development in recent years, it has become one of the largest shopping districts outside of central London and a developed night-time economy in its own right.

Now a development hotspot, Croydon boasts some extremely attractive residential developments and a wide variety of modern new amenities. For example, the temporary Box Park has provided a welcome lift to the area. A new Westfield shopping centre for Croydon is also a possibility that developers are still negotiating.

Street art being painted in the centre of Croydon

Commuting is a big part of life for many people living in Croydon and working in central London. First time buyers in particular are attracted to the area by good value properties and the rapid travel time of as little as 18 minutes into central London on rail services. The Overground from West Croydon provides easy connections through New Cross and up into east London.

For moving around more locally, Croydon is home to London’s only tram line. This connects central and west Croydon to Beckenham, New Addington and Wimbledon. Lastly, we’d be remiss not to mention a few famous ex-residents! Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and Adele are all listed as having lived in Croydon.

Is Croydon a safe place to live?

Admittedly, Croydon continues to experience crime issues, with an ongoing trend of vehicle-related crime, major crime-stopping initiatives are currently in place. In late February 2021, Croydon was one of eight London areas to receive a share of £6million-worth of new funding from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit.

These efforts are part of a wider bid to carry on the great work already done to make Croydon a safer place to live.

What is the crime rate in Croydon?

The overall crime rate in Croydon in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This is actually 5% lower than London’s overall average crime rate of 87 per 1,000 residents.

Which zone is Croydon?

Croydon is in Travel Zone 5, which puts it solidly into ‘London suburbia’ territory. However, there has been some call to make parts of Croydon into Zone 4, though this isn’t likely to happen.

What’s Croydon famous for?

Here are a few little-known facts about Croydon:

Croydon is home to London’s fastest-growing tech cluster.It’s a popular setting for major blockbuster films, including The Da Vinci Code, Batman – The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3 and 28 Days Later.Croydon operates London’s only tram network, which carries almost 30 million people annually.

5 best places to live in Croydon

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