Whyteleafe is a village situated in the gorgeous Surrey North Downs, located both in Tandridge and Croydon, and within easy distance of London. If you’re on the fence about moving to this picturesque village, here are five reasons why Whyteleafe is the perfect place to live.
Property availability and prices
There are a wide variety of properties available in Whyteleafe, from flats and terraced homes to semi-detached homes and detached properties, situated in and around the village. Larger properties are mainly situated on Portley Wood Road and The Avenue, but can also be found on Salmons Lane or Whyteleafe Hill, if you’re looking for a property with a more rural feel.
One of the best aspects of the property market in Whytealeafe is that it offers purchasers’ choice, meaning that there are properties available to suit all buyers’ tastes and budgets. Whether you’re looking for a three-bedroom house for a growing family, or a flat for a commuter, there’ll be options available.
Connection to London
As we just mentioned, commuters may find Whyteleafe the perfect location for a shorter commute into London, while staying out of the city in the rural outskirts. In Whyteleafe, there are three train stations – Whyteleafe, Upper Warlingham and Whyteleafe South station – which offer 30-minute trains to both Victoria and London Bridge stations.
Not only does Whyteleafe provide the perfect base for anyone looking to commute up to London for work, it also gives residents the opportunity to head up to London for pleasure. With easy access to the centre of the city from both Victoria and London Bridge stations, it’s easy to get to many of the most popular places in London, such as the London Eye, the South Bank, Westminster, Big Ben and many others.
Quality of schools
If you’re thinking of moving to Whyteleafe with your family, it will be important to know what schools are available in the area. Whyteleafe Primary School is situated in the centre of the village on Whytealeafe Hill road and received a Good from Ofsted. There’s also Audley Primary School and St Francis Catholic Primary School.
For older children moving to Whyteleafe with their families, or for children growing up in the village, there is the Warlingham Secondary School, which also scored a Good on their Ofsted report in its last inspection in February 2017. In terms of private schools, there is Essendene Lodge in Caterham, Woldingham Catholic Boarding and Day School for girls, and the renowned Caterham School.
Being situated in the gorgeous North Downs, Whyteleafe is home to a number of beautiful green spaces, both parks and countryside. The name of the village came from the distinctive white undersides of the Whitebeam trees which grow in the area and are still visible in the beautiful countryside around the village. The open spaces which are within easy reach include Kenley Common and Riddlesdown Common.
The Whyteleafe Recreation Ground is a great place for families to play and explore, especially those with pets. There are a variety of walks around the area, ranging from simple dog walks to longer, slightly harder walks for the more experienced hiker. You can find some options for walks here.
Things to do
While Whyteleafe is a small village, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of things to keep you occupied. If you’re a fan of golf, there is a good selection of golf courses locally, which includes Woldingham Golf Club and the historic North Downs Golf Club.
The village itself has a range of amenities for daily life, from a hairdresser and chemist to a baker and fishmonger, and also has easy access to larger shops and supermarkets in both Caterham and Purley. There is a wonderful selection of local restaurants and cafes in Whyteleafe, combining both local charm and good food.
If you’re looking for green space, a safe and secure local area, and quieter living, Whyteleafe is definitely a location you should consider. If you’d like to know more about this beautiful area, please contact ShineRocks, leading independent sales agents, and let us help you find the perfect home in Whyteleafe.
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