Suburban south-east London is recapturing some of the “respectability” it enjoyed in the Fifties, when an aspiring post-war generation moved from the bombed-out inner city to buy into the neat avenues of Eltham, Orpington and Welling.
The area’s appeal today includes good-value homes and fast rail links. Tellingly, developer Berkeley is targeting these seemingly humdrum suburbs, believing outer zones are where housing growth will be strongest.
Orpington police station is soon to become Brunswick Square, above, transformed as part of an ambitious town centre makeover that hopes to add that touch of finesse so fitting for the Fifties-style rebirth. Trains from Orpington to London Bridge take 18 minutes. There are 83 flats priced from £270,000. Call 01689 669066.