Grove Park, Bromley - What's it like to live in?(11 Posts)
Hi again everyone.
Thanks for the valuable insight to my last thread, regarding Woking and Guildford. After several weeks of desolate househunting at our meagre 250K budget, we have started to look locally again - and wondered if anyone had any insight to Grove Park in Bromley.
Fantastically large houses, good commute - schools seem pretty good - is there an unseen catch somewhere?
ANY and all opions highly welcome given we don't know the area and have seen two houses that we like and might suit our family.
Thanks in advance!
Your budget is £60k more than ours! We ended up relocating to Kent as we could not buy more than a flat in London.
Bromley is nicer than Grove Park but unsure how far your budget would go.
Grove Park is more affordable. Avoid houses near the station as well as the long stretch leading into Downham. Quite rough.
Thanks so much for this response - we are also looking in Kent but struggling as husbie has to get to Hammersmith so this side has to be a short commute. Where did you end up going to in Kent?
We are specifically looking at Kynaston/Sandringham Road off Burnt Ash Lane - any further views on that particular area?
Contact an estate agency in Bromley called Sinclair Hammelton tel no 020 8464 5566 www.sinclairhammelton.co.uk, all the employees have worked in the business for years and know the borough of Bromley like the back of their hands when it comes to houses/flats/schools etc. They will be able to advise you on what you can afford with the budget you have. ( I have used them myself and they are fab )
Grove Park is quite rough IMHO. That's the reason the houses are so cheap!
Grove Park is rough but more on the area near the station/ Mottingham side. I know both the roads you've mentioned and they're very nice (and right near a Waitrose ). In my experience people from that area tend to identify themselves as living in Bromley rather than Grove Park as I believe your Borough would be Bromley rather than Lewisham.
I live fairly near and commute from Grove Park (it's zone 4 rather than Bromley's zone 5 so a lot cheaper).
Feel free to ask any specific questions.
Hi, I'm looking at the new build properties on Leamington close near Grove Park. Any info on the area would be appreciated.
Is it rough? I've notice a bit of graffiti - is that common? What is it like for children and what is the standard of the schools? I've seen that most of the local schools are rated "good" but are any better than others?
Thanks in advance!
Grove Park isn't very nice at all, it's fairly rough. Lots of social housing (not that always makes an area rough). I wouldn't live there myself. You'd be better off heading into Kent or Catford / Forest Hill.
Mottingham is awful. Give it a wide berth! Bromley's nicer. Not a nice commute to Hammersmith though. Have you exhausted all the north/west areas?
I've lived in Grove Park/Bromley for about 5-6 years now. Not only would I say we've had no issues at all since we moved here but that we really like the area and it seems to have gone from strength to strength over the last few years becoming a flourishing and fun commuter area without the downsides of living closer to London. We really enjoy the open green spaces, the relatively quiet roads(for London) and being close to lots of different towns and shopping areas.
My other half works in central London and commutes each day, it takes about 15 mins to London Bridge from Grove park(you can also stay on the train to go to Cannon St, Waterloo or Charing X) or you can go from Bromley South to Victoria in about the same length of time.
The nicest area is south of the train station going towards Bromley, but the houses there tend to be slightly more expensive as a result, most though are 1930s build so are big and ideal for a family.
Grove park is a bit rough, avoid anything around Downham Way. As you move closer to Bromley (near the Waitrose) and towards Lee (off Burnt Ash Lane) it’s a lot nicer. Mottingham is a bit rough too, but you will get more for your money.
It’s a bit grubby around Grove Park station but I commuted from there for years and never felt unsafe. It’s super fast to London.
Best tip is to drive the roads at different times of the day to get a feel for it.
If you can afford Lee, Bromley or onto Kent border I would go for that.
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