London’s first-time buyers have long been associated as the trendsetters of up-and-coming locations to step on the property ladder – and two districts that seem to be hitting the sweet spot for young 30-somethings is Lewisham and Greenwich.
In touching distance of the River Thames, this south-east London hub has experienced a price uplift over the last five years, however, Lewisham and Greenwich still remain two of the most affordable boroughs in the capital. Offering a thriving social scene, this green borough is soon to be crowned London’s Borough of Culture 2022 and for those seeking an exciting place to call home, here is why we think a new home at Arden at Parkside, SE10 is a strong contender.
Regeneration Comes to Lewisham
The regeneration game is certainly playing its part in Lewisham – new homes, public spaces, good schools and excellent travel links to Canary Wharf, the West End and London Bridge, coupled with the vibrant neighbourhoods of Blackheath and Greenwich make this a gem of a location for professional first-time buyers. Whilst changes are afoot, the area hasn’t lost touch with its roots – a bustling high street lined with independent shops, local market stalls and a sprinkling of street food retailers makes Lewisham a great place to experience a melting pot of old and new.
Whatever the time of the day, there is plenty to see and do in this well-connected Zone 2 location and the majority is within a walkable distance. A variety of shops, trendy rooftop bars and stylish restaurants offer a great option for a brunch date or drinks with friends. Street Feast Model Market is a firm favourite with locals in the summer – once a 1950’s market, is now a funky social space host to a vibrant fusion of street food retailers, bars and DJ’s. Just up the road and touted as the new ‘Peckham’ Deptford is fast becoming a flourishing hotspot for those seeking a new night time venue to experience. Not forgetting London’s iconic live music venue at the O2 – which can be reached in around half an hour.
Surrounded by Cultural Hot Spots
A mile or so away is one of London’s rural villages, Blackheath. Offering a slightly slower pace of life and the feeling of being a million miles away from the capital, this popular area’s centrepiece – The Heath – is arguably the greatest asset in the SE3 postcode. Spread over 275 acres of open green space, it is a popular place for visitors far and wide during spring and summer who stop off at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops that overlook this stunning space.
If culture is the call of the day, then Greenwich is the place to go. Well known for its maritime past, the magnificent Cutty Sark, the impressive National Maritime Museum and the striking buildings of the Old Royal Navy College are all here. Once outdoors, there are also plenty of great green spaces and leisure facilities to explore. Both Greenwich and Lewisham have an abundance of parkland – with more than 4,500 acres between both boroughs covering over 100 parks and 18 nature reserves alongside London’s first purpose-built wild swimming lake at Beckenham Park makes this an attractive option for those who relish the outdoors for keeping active or just catching a daily dose of fresh air.
Find a home at Arden Parkside, SE10
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