Catford was hardly noticed by central London workers for years but its relatively cheap stock of Victorian and interwar terraces — sturdy, three-bedroom houses start from under £350,000 — has been discovered by young couples.
The town centre, soon to be given a makeover, boasts a popular Art Deco theatre, while good community schools and playing fields add to the draw for families. And there are two local train stations.
Smart new flats are sprouting up. Launching soon is a redevelopment of the old greyhound stadium, with 589 homes on a 12-acre site. It will open up the “lost” River Ravensbourne and create pedestrian links to Ladywell Fields and the revitalised town centre. To register, call 020 7423 5630. Clarence Apartments
is a nearby scheme of 12 homes selling from £315,000 to £445,000. The firm’s Jaimie Beers says the “Shard Corridor” is boosting cheaper postcodes south of the river, including Catford, just 11 minutes by train from the new London Bridge business district.
Extensive regeneration is planned for nearby Lewisham town centre, too, with new homes and a modern transport interchange. Vantage Apartments
is a new scheme of seven homes on Lewisham Road. From £325,000. Call 020 8297 8777.READ MORE:
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