5 Reasons you should move to Croydon
I know what you are thinking, first impressions of Croydon aren’t exactly sunshine and rainbows. Most are reminded of the 2011 riots epitomised by the striking image embedded on newspapers front pages; firefighters battling the blazing inferno that brought local enterprise to its knees.
Four years on however, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Croydon has come out the other side bigger and better, with a new lease of life.
One of the largest regeneration projects in Europe Croydon is fast becoming a property hotspot. Below are our 5 top reasons you should move to Croydon:
1. Shop until you drop – If you love shopping then you will be spoilt for choice in Croydon. Hammerson and Westfields have collaborated on a £1bn transformation of the Whitgift Centre into a prime shopping destination, promising 1.5m sqft of retail space, a bowling alley and multiplex.
Not only that, following the huge success of Boxpark Shoreditch, Boxpark Croydon is due to complete in summer 2016 and is going to be bigger and better than before. Boxpark Croydon combines events with the ‘casual dining revolution’. Promising space to showcase events and the latest upcoming talents and the pop up street food stalls it’s hard not to be excited.
2. Amazing Transport links – East Croydon Station has 6 platforms with frequent trains shooting to major London terminals. You wouldn’t believe the kind of houses you can afford that are less than 20 minutes from key locations like London Bridge, Victoria and London Gatwick. There is also a handy tram service connecting commuters to Wimbledon, Addington and Beckenham
3. Culture vultures – it may not immediately jump out at you however after a little digging Croydon’s culture emerges. From the Surrey Street Market to the tech hub silicon roundabout Croydon has something for everyone. The Croydon council have bid for a regeneration of Exchange Square to extend the market, create a theatre/museum and provide space for artists. Croydon is home to some of the best schools in the UK with Whitgift school and Trinity school nearby.
4. Tech, Tech City – An incubator for digital start-ups, Croydon has quietly been reinventing itself to create the environment necessary to nurture the latest tech start-ups in the UK. The cool and artsy workspace/coffeeshop Matthews Yard has recently doubled in size offering flexible work space for entrepreneurs and those taking their first steps in the business world.
5. Parks and Outdoor activities – on the border of leafy Surrey, Croydon is never too far away from the great outdoors. There are 4 golf courses, numerous parks and woods available and beautiful country sides within close range for those that want to escape the hustle and bustle of inner city living every now and then.
In the following weeks we will be going over these points in more detail, offering you insider information on the latest in Croydon.
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