Cost of accommodation
Rental costs are generally cheaper south of the river and the borough of Bexley has been revealed as the most affordable area in the city to buy a home. So expect a whole lot more space for your money. Bexleyheath has twice as many homes for sale as it has to rent. Rental availability ranges from three-bedroom semi-detached houses to flats in conversions or new-build blocks. Apartments close to the station are popular.
There are no tube links in Bexley, however the area is easily accessible from the M25 and A2. It is just a short train ride away from Central London, with journeys typically taking 30 minutes or less into Charing Cross, Victoria, Waterloo, London Bridge and Cannon Street. It is also just a few minutes’ drive away from Kent – having been formerly part of Kent.
Vibe, type of people that live there
Bexley has been judged as third in London for families with young children and fifth in the capital for families with older children. Over the years, many families have moved out of inner London boroughs to Bexley for a bigger properties and better schools. Bexleyheath is a popular choice for young professionals looking for quick train links into London and affordable properties close to a good selection of restaurants and bars.
Hall Place is Bexley’s most notable attraction. This Grade I Tudor listed country house, built in 1537 for a former Lord Mayor of London, features 65 acres of award-winning gardens; the Bexley Museum Collection and the riverside café. The Broadway in Bexleyheath is the local shopping centre with a good selection of high street names, although the nearby Bluewater shopping centre has a wider choice of shops and designers brands to explore.
Why choose Bexley?
Affordable homes, prized state schools including three “outstanding” grammar schools, and a 35-minute commute into central London make Bexleyheath the area of the capital where homes sell fastest — in just three weeks on average, latest Rightmove research shows.
Born and bred south of the river in Bexley, I am partial to the outer London way-of-life. To me, this southern borough is a hidden gem that is slowly being discovered by the inner Londoner. Property is so much cheaper here and I have always loved the family vibe here. Old Bexley is my favourite spot which still has the feel of a country village yet is only 30 mins away from central London. I highly recommend Ferarri’s, a relaxed intimate Italian restaurant, or try the Greek Taverna for its delicious authentic food, perfect for dining with bigger groups of friends. Head towards Bromley to upmarket Chislehurst and enjoy a pint of real ale at the pretty Bull’s Head pub (or go for afternoon tea there at the weekend with the girls!).
I live just outside the borough now but spend a lot of time in Bexley bringing up my young children – there’s Danson Park and plenty of other green space around, plus some beautiful heritage (Hall Place), but I still get to enjoy a good night out with friends every now and then! Bexleyheath, Blackheath, Bromley and Chislehurst are the best local towns for a night ‘out out’!
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