Move over Blackheath: good-value Hither Green is a hit with priced-out London homebuyers

The modest south-east London neighbourhood of Hither Green is the latest magnet for families price out of Blackheath and Peckham Rye.
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Meandering among stalls selling artisan breads and speciality olives at the regular farmers’ market in Hither Green, it is easy to imagine you are in one of the capital’s more affluent nappy valleys.

This Victorian suburb in Lewisham, south-east London — long overshadowed by neighbouring Blackheath, with its huge common and pretty shops — is quietly gaining in popularity with buyers priced out of more established areas. 

James Hall, director of Fishneedwater estate agents, says great transport links are a major plus point. Hither Green is less than 15 minutes by train from London Bridge, 20 minutes from Charing Cross, and an annual season ticket costs a relatively modest £976.

Schools are the other key draw. Brindishe Green and Brindishe Manor primary schools are rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.

Hall says the area is now “a middle-class resting spot in its own right”, with sought-after Victorian and Edwardian terraces.

New research by Savills shows Hither Green homes are not only better value than in Blackheath — an average £322,050, compared with £478,586 — but prices are rising faster. This year they are up 15.6 per cent compared with 15.1 per cent, and since the 2007 market peak Hither Green has seen a 31.1 per cent increase to Blackheath’s 25.8 per cent.


The influx of young families priced out of Blackheath and Peckham Rye is making its mark on Hither Green Lane, with the Café of Good Hope community hub and children’s fashion shop Cissy Wears alongside convenience stores and laundrettes. There is also a community-run cinema, while the monthly farmers’ market at Manor House Gardens has just gone weekly.

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New homes are popping up, including a biscuit factory redevelopment by Bellway Homes. In Hither Green Village, south-west of the open space of Manor Park, a three- to four-bedroom house will cost £700,000 to £800,000, and two-bedroom flats sell for  £350,000 to £375,000. The biggest homes with four or more bedrooms can sell for upward of £1 million.

West of Hither Green Lane prices fall significantly, with flats at about £315,000, and three- to four-bedroom houses from about £600,000. Les Sawyer, owner of estate agents Forbes & Sawyer, says the area is as nice as the village. “The only reason it is cheaper is that it is closer to Catford.”

An abundance of skips denotes families extending into lofts and side returns. Graham Lawes, an associate director of Jones Lang LaSalle, says: “The local shops have really upped their game,” while The Station Hotel is a good gastropub.

There is not much else, and the boutique count is low — but it could be just the right time to buy. You only need scan the community website, full of ads for green box schemes, Pilates classes and pop-up restaurants, to see which way the wind is blowing.

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