Why move to Coulsdon

COULSDON sits on the edge of the North Downs on the London/Surrey border. It strikes the balance between town and country. It’s inside the M25, a ten-minute drive down the A23, yet Brighton is only an hour away by car, and with fast trains into several London termini from its two stations. Schools are good, and home buyers get more for their money than in many locations with similar commuting time.

The earliest buildings are in Old Coulsdon, where the Bradmore Green conservation area includes a 13th century church, an 18th century farmhouse and clusters of period cottages and 1930s stock predominates in central Coulsdon, and there’s also Victorian, Edwardian, 1980s, 1990s and new housing. ‘The demographic is wide-ranging, many buyers who were brought up in the area stay local, and there’s lots of traffic from London buyers,’ says Chris Knowles of Park & Bailey. ‘Compared to other boroughs Coulsdon is quite cheap: flats start at £200,000-£250,000, three-bed houses from £425,000 and four-bed houses are £600,000+.’

Smitham Yard is 51 one and two-bed flats next to Coulsdon Town station. There’s London Help to Buy: from £300,000 for a one-bed and £365,000 for a two.

At Cane Hill Park, there are 677 homes on the site of a former psychiatric hospital. It includes a play-areas and a park, woodland walkways to shops, and London Help to Buy on homes less than £600,000.

Tenants are a 50/50 mix of people working locally and those who commute into London. A good two-bed flat is £1,000 to £1,200pcm on average.

Council tax: (Band D) £1,636.96

Commuting time: From Coulsdon South it’s 21 mins to London Bridge or 28 mins to Victoria; Coulsdon Town to London Bridge takes 35 mins, Victoria 40 mins

Annual Travelcard (in Zone 6): £2,568

Amenities: 3/5 Waitrose, Aldi, Tesco Express; independent and chain stores and cafés on the high street; Doble Motorcycles is a long-established, family-run business; recommended pubs are the Pembroke, the Rambler’s Rest and the Tudor Rose in Old Coulsdon.

Theatre Workshop Coulsdon stages a broad variety of productions; the main road is on the route of London to Brighton car rallies, runs and bike rides

Open space: 4/5 Farthing Downs and Happy Valley Park; Coulsdon Common; Grange Park

Schools: 4/5 Above-average A-level results; virtually all local state schools rated as outstanding or good by Ofsted

Crime: 4/5 Below average

Who lives there? First-time buyers, couples and families in a wide range of jobs

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