sydenham property

Sydenham’s centre is being worked on, new developments are springing up in and around SE26 and the high street is being tweaked to maximise market stall space and allow more pedestrian access.

At Wells Park, the recently finished New Generation Youth Centre offers younger residents recording studios, dance and performance spaces, a climbing wall, training kitchen and café, a health clininc, teaching spaces and an IT suite. This community building was short-listed for the New London Awards 2013 for Public Building of the Year.

Improvements are also being made to Mayow Park, the oldest municipal park in the borough, to develop younger and older children’s areas, sports facilities, and add a café alongside the already brilliant community gardens, Grow Mayow that hold family events.

Yep, Sydenham is being made-over; it’s a diverse area with some terribly posh parts (more Upper Sydenham) and some grittier run-down areas (towards Lower Sydenham). It's definately worth considering moving to SE26.

What kind of high street?
Already bustling with a good variety of shops, Sydenham already has a Somerfield, Boots, Superdrug, Post Office, several independent chemists, some very good pound stores and a superb fishmonger/butcher, health food shop, bookshop, pet shop and gastro pub (The Dolphin). You’ll find a couple of trad boozers, a Weatherspoons and The Blue Mountain Café at the top of the high street. Europe’s largest Sainsbury’s is at Bell Green, there’s a good Nepalese restaurant, a couple of traditional Italian eateries plus Indian, Chinese and Mexican restaurants.

Since winning Portas Pilot funding in 2012, a community hub (Jill, 26 Sydenham Road) and several pop-up shops have opened, dedicated to reviving Sydenham’s centre with improved retail offerings inspired by residents’ suggestions. SEE3 and The Shop Revolution are the teams delivering high street improvements via a series of pop-up shops, food markets, supper clubs and art/theatre events .

Sydenham’s housing stock and residents
Across SE26, you’ll find schools are good, public transport is excellent and there’s a good mix of housing stock providing something for every buyer.

If you’re canny you could snap up one of the 200’ish detached homes in Sydenham — the Sydenham ward boundary is marked out on this map and the area I used to gather these figures from the last census.

Families are well served by the 761 semi detached houses and 1641 terraced homes found here. It’s also good news for young professionals as Sydenham has 2730 flats/maisonettes plus several new developments have sprung up since these figures were compiled. Just outside of the ward at Bell Green is a large residential/retail development that’ll provide 156 new flats while Purelake Group are building 40 housing association flats, heaps of commercial space and a gastro pub on Kirkdale, just opposite the rather lovely Blue Mountian Café.

You’ll find varied housing stock in Sydenham; from classic 3-bed 1930s semis, Victorian terraces, tall Victorian townhouses along Newlands Park and grand Edwardian statement homes of the Thorpe Estate. Those looking for unique homes can pick out the odd architecturally designed house in and around Lawrie Park, while buyers with a stricter budget buyers can still opt for a tidy 1960/70s townhouse. Families will appreciate relatively affordable homes around Peak Hill, Kirkdale and either side of the high street past Cobb’s Corner (Wiverton Road, Silverdale, Homecroft Road, etc.)

Most people who live in SE26 are aged between 30-44 years old; of the 15,412 people living in Sydenham, 6651 are homeowners, 5236 are social tenants while 3289 rent privately - the area seems much in line with its neighbouring wards in terms of demographic make-up.

Sydenham's extra appeal
Sydenham Arts Festival draws between 10,000-15,000 visitors every year, the recently set up Sydenham Food Market is proving very popular and the area even has a dedicated community radio station! Lastly, Sydenham Hill Woods offers dense English woodland for Sunday strolls while the joint's in the oven. Don't forget the East London Line was routed via Sydenham which means commuters can access the hippest parts of the East End via tube-like services very quickly.