The lowdown: Beckenham
Beckenham has plenty of choice when it comes to homes, from Victorian family houses to good-value new flats for first-time buyers. A good village vibe and great schools mean this area is heating up. We take a tour.
Average house prices in Beckenham:
One bedroom flat £231,000
Two bedroom flat £358,000
Two bedroom house £372,000
Three bedroom house £510,000
Four bedroom house £770,000
Average rental prices in Beckenham:
One bedroom flat £959 a month
Two bedroom flat £1,283 a month
Two bedroom house £1,337 a month
Three bedroom house £2,056 a month
Four bedroom house £2,304 a month
Beckenham has some very popular state primary schools and the two Langley Park comprehensive schools, one for boys, the other for girls, both get excellent results at GCSE. The boys’ school is judged “outstanding” while the girls’ school is rated “good” by Ofsted education watchdog.
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The busy High Street snakes through the town and ends up by St George’s Church. Villagers Fine Sausages sells specialist sausages and other meats, while the fishmonger is called Pearl Fisheries. Branching Out in Croydon Road is a florist and gift shop with a café that’s popular with young mothers.
Eight train stations serve the area and there are Tramlink stations at Beckenham Junction, Beckenham Road and Elmers End with services to Croydon and Wimbledon. Eden Park is in Zone 5 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £2,188. The rest are in Zone 4 and the price is £1,844.
Beckenham's independent coffee shops include Deli Nene, Fee & Brown and Em and Lou’s Kitchen. Friends of Mine is good for cocktails and serves Sicilian tapas. La Rascasse is a modern French bar and restaurant, with the emphasis on fish. The Jolly Woodman in Chancery Lane has the kind of atmosphere you’d find in a country pub.
Leisure and the arts
The Beckenham Theatre Centre, one of the UK's smallest theatres, is situated in Bromley Road while the Beckenham Festival, held each November, is a leading competitive performing arts event. Club Langley is a sports club with football pitches, bowls, indoor archery, pool and darts, and a remote control car racing track.
The area is well-served for parks, large and small. Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Cator Park, Kelsey Park and Beckenham Place Park are big attractions for prospective buyers. Beckenham Place Park was recently awarded £4.9 million for a restoration project from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Funds.
£725,000: this four-bedroom semi-detached house is located on Cromwell Road. A well-presented Victorian end of terrace home with two reception areas, a downstairs cloakroom, two bathrooms and a rear garden with a large garage.
Offers over £380,000: this two-bedroom top floor flat on Birkbeck Road benefits from off street parking and no onward chain.
£1,500,000: a six-bedroom detached house on Whitecroft Way, within Langley schools catchment. Furnished to a high-spec, this home includes a 'poggenpohl' kitchen, a steam room and full width bi-fold doors to the garden.
£1,800,000: this five-bedroom home on Kelsey Lane has ample living and entertainment space, a reception room, a fully-fitted kitchen and a garden with paved dining areas.