The lowdown: Woolwich
Journey times from Woolwich to Canary Wharf will be eight minutes when Crossrail arrives and the council plans to redevelop three of its rundown estates - it's no wonder that commuters and investors are finding this Thames-side town increasingly appealing....
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Average house prices in Woolwich
One-bedroom flat: £235,000
Two-bedroom flat: £280,000
Two-bedroom house: £291,000
Three-bedroom house: £315,000
Four-bedroom house: £357,000
Average rental prices in Woolwich
One-bedroom flat: £1,152 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,376 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,334 a month
Three-bedroom house: £1,515 a month
Four-bedroom house: £1,628 a month
Woolwich has a number of primary schools and two local comprehensive schools that are judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. See our full list here.
Although there is a popular new town square with a giant Tesco, Woolwich town centre is still dominated by budget stores. The town has a busy market and there are branches of TK Maxx and Primark along the main shopping street, Powis Street and the surrounding streets.
Woolwich is served by the DLR, National Rail and a Thames Clippers service. With Crossrail, the journey times will be eight minutes to Canary Wharf, 14 minutes to Liverpool Street and 22 minutes to Bond Street. Woolwich Arsenal is in Zone 4 and an annual Travelcard costs £1,844, while Woolwich Dockyard is in Zone 3 and an annual Travelcard costs £1,508.
There is a gastro pub, Dial Arch, and a popular café, Cornerstone Café, in Royal Arsenal Riverside. Blue Nile in Woolwich New Road is a popular Eritrean/Italian restaurant.
Leisure and the arts
There are two museums in the Royal Arsenal while the Woolwich Grand Theatre, which operated an arts centre and cinema, has now closed to make way for flats. The nearest council-owned swimming pool is the Waterfront Leisure Centre and Shooters Hill Golf Club has an 18-hole course with views over to Kent. See our full list here.
The Thames Path runs through Royal Arsenal Riverside. Woolwich Common is owned by the Ministry of Defence but the section south of Ha-Ha Road is open to the public. Maryon Park, Gilbert’s Pit and Maryon Wilson Park are local nature reserves while, on the Plumstead side, Shrewsbury Park has a football pitch.
£275,000: close to the amenities of Woolwich, this split-level flat has an open-plan reception room and a spiral staircase that leads to the bedroom.
£649,995: this two-bedroom first-floor apartment is arranged over two floors, with a ladder to a third mezzanine-level. There's secure off-street parking too.
£949,950: spread over four floors and including a basement flat, this seven-bedroom period house has a large reception room with two Juliette balconies.
£1,350,000: this three-bedroom penthouse apartment is in the Nouvel I residence at the Royal Arsenal Riverside. With a resident's spa and treatment rooms, this home offers a combination of luxury and modern family living.