With a shortage of properties, rapidly increasing rent prices and spiking mortgage rates in the post-pandemic return to city living, there has never been a more difficult time to find accommodation in London. Rents have reached their highest record average of £2,055 a month with many forced to move further, far outside of acceptable commuting distances.
But what if we told you there was somewhere within less than a quarter of an hour commute from London bridge, that you could make your new home?
The ongoing regeneration of Catford, in theLondon Borough of Lewisham, is breathing life back into the area, with it fast becoming one of the best and most affordable commuter towns with the average renter paying £1,621 pcm.
So apart from affordable living, what makes Catford so special?
You can each the city in less than 15 minutes
It takes just 13 minutes from Catford Bridge to London Bridge, Catford is well-connected to central London.Catford is served by two train stations - Catford and Catford Bridge - and trains also run to Blackfriars, Sevenoaks, Cannon Street and Hayes.
Almost half of households are families
According to population data on Rushey Green, 49% of households in Catford are families. Catford has good schools, local sports clubs, playgrounds and no shortage of community spirit. With 5 local parks, there is ample, natural green space to enjoy and for keen cyclists and runners, the 6.2 mile Waterlink Way will take you all the way to the Thames.
You’re never short of something to do
Culture is everywhere in Catford! From the recently refurbished Grade II listed Broadway Theatre to Catford Mews - the independent 3 screen independent cinema, and the Catford Arts Trail - a highly anticipated event in the Catford Calendar with over 100 artists opening the doors to their houses and showing their work to the public over 2 Autumn weekends. If adventure is more your speed however, Air Thrill is London’s coolest inflatable indoor assault course. No matter the weather, there is culture and leisure activities for everyone!
Food lovers love Catford
Held on the last Sunday of every month, Catford Food Market is London’s hottest new riverside market! Overlooking the River Ravensbourne at Adenmore Road, in between Catford and Catford Bridge train stations the market showcases the best street food south east London has to offer. From decadent bakes to sensational savoury delights, you can sample food from every continent during just one trip around the market! And don’t worry about getting thirsty, you will find natural wines, award-winning local spirits and outstanding coffee, too!
Shopping local is on trend
With over 80 shops in Catford, many locally owned, you can avoid a chaotic shopping trip in the city! Catford Shopping Centre, Rushey Green and the historic Catford Broadway are home to the town’s main shopping areas and the popular daily street market dates back to the 1880s. So not only is it convenient, you’re helping to support local history!
With affordable housing, an abundance of local green spaces and a genuine sense of community spirit it’s easy to see why young families and young professionals alike are choosing Catford as their home!