What's it really like to live in SE22?

Having soared in popularity over the past decade, East Dulwich has subsequently outpriced as many families as it has made a tidy profit for others. Those who settled in SE22 before it boomed can trade up the property ladder comfortably, while new movers to the area need a fair deal of cash either behind or in front of them (i.e. a large deposit or a huge mortgage).

Studios and ex local one beds start at around £200k, a standard two bed will cost from £350-400k upwards while ex local 3 bed houses can go for £450-550k depending on size and location. Victorian 3 bed terraces needing work can for go over the £650k mark; yet if you're after an easy life these homes done-up will set you back anything between £700k for a teeny one, to well over £800k for a smasher.

But with the hike in prices comes a drop in demand. Far less people search for a home here (presumably because the prices make it less accessible to buyers. And anyway, this is London - you could walk to East Dulwich from Peckham, Nunhead and Honor Oak if you wanted, yet pay substantially less for the postcode switch.

Over the last month, there have been just over 39k 'East Dulwich' searches on Rightmove while there have been almost 43k searches for on-the-up 'Peckham' and over 46k for value-laden 'Brockley.'

What's the high street like in SE22?
This is The Thing. Lord-shop, sorry - Lordship Lane offers high-end gift shops and boutiques, trendy drinking dens, good restaurants, plentiful cafés and a superb organic butcher and grocer. There's an interesting Saturday market, several vintage shops and an excellent vintage/new designer warehouse.

SE22's housing stock and residents
Springing up alongside the first railways, East Dulwich's streets are chiefly stuffed with Victorian terraces. Outstanding Edwardian and 1930's homes edge Dulwich and Peckham Rye parks, while a handful of off-trend modern developments offer less wealthy buyers accessibility to the area.

Using ONS data for East Dulwich ward, there are more people in their late twenties and thirties living here, with childless professionals being the most prominent type of resident alongside home-owning families. In fact, most property here is owned, one-in-four homes are privately rented and one-in-five are supported by council/housing association subsidies. In this specific area, there are just 120 detached homes, 734 semi detacheds and 1799 flats and maisonettes.