22 Apr Forest Hill Becoming One Of The Most Popular Commuter Towns In London
Finding somewhere to live in London that has good transport links so you can easily get to work and won’t break the bank with property prices can be really difficult these days. However, one location that is growing in popularity among young professionals and families is Forest Hill.
The Lewisham town is close to other popular south-east London hotspots, including Greenwich, Croydon and Brixton, making it a good choice for those who want to get on the property ladder without the hefty price tags of these areas.
Speaking with the Evening Standard, estate agent Javaid Ahmed of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward said most people do not stop in Forest Hill when they drive down the South Circular.
“If they did, they would find a remarkably pleasant place with the advantage of … good schools and fast transport links,” he added.
Indeed, Forest Hill has an over ground station that provides travel to Canary Wharf via Canada Water in 18 minutes, to London Bridge in 12 to 15 minutes, and to Victoria in under three-quarters of an hour. However, an annual travel card to Zone 1 sets residents back £1,520 a year.
Alternatively, those living in Forest Hill could choose to hire an executive minibus with some of their colleagues in the same area. Being so close to the South Circular means the area is well-linked for driving into central London.
In addition to this, properties in Forest Hill are more affordable than other suburbs in the capital. According to the newspaper report, flats are typically £350,000, while two-bedroom homes can be found for £485,000.
This is below the average price for a London property, with the Land Registry recently revealing a typical home in the capital is £530,368 in its House Price Index February 2016.