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What locations should you consider in Croydon?
October, 2021

What locations should you consider in Croydon?

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Giving its name to both a large town in South London as well as the wider Borough of Croydon, Croydon has benefited in recent years from significant investment and development. Coupled with its swift travel time into central London, it’s an increasingly desirable place to live.

Croydon has excellent transport links into Central London but offers lower housing prices and better value properties than other parts of the capital leading to a higher standard of living. As a result, it attracts a wide variety of buyers – from commuters and first time buyers, through to families and professionals.

Away from the town, there are lots of different areas within the Borough of Croydon, including Addington Village, Purely, Addiscombe, South Croydon, and Norbury.

So, if you’re thinking of moving to the area, which location should you focus your search on? Here’s our guide to some of the main areas. You can also read in more detail about our favourite locations within our comprehensive area guides.


Addington is a village located south east of the centre of Croydon, providing easy access to the town and the hustle and bustle of central London. It’s also home to green, open spaces with Addington Park, Addington Palace and three golf clubs.


With a thriving community shopping area and plenty of local amenities, Addiscombe is a popular residential area of Croydon. Served by four Tramline links, it is popular with commuters working in central London. Addiscombe Recreation Ground and Ashburton Park offer plenty of green, open space for those looking for a moment of calm.

Croydon Town Centre

Offering the hustle and bustle of city living, Croydon Town Centre has everything you could need, right on your doorstep. From supermarkets and shopping centres, through to cafes and restaurants, as well as gyms and fitness clubs, and cinemas, Croydon Town Centre has all the amenities residents need, and more. Learn about Croydon.


Kenley is one of Croydon’s popular residential suburbs. The area is home to a variety of Victorian and Edwardian properties, as well as newer, upmarket developments. It’s also home to Kenley Common, a 139-acre park to the south-east of the suburb. Read our Kenley area guide.


Norbury is a lively, diverse residential area of Croydon offering lots of affordable housing, ample amenities, and a great atmosphere.  Also, with its own train station, local residents can also arrive at London Victoria in under half an hour, making it perfect for commuters.

Shirley Hills

Bordering on Addington Hills and Croham Hurst, Shirley Hills is a popular area of Croydon with a distinctly country feel. The area is unique and exclusive, with four private roads lined with spacious, high value properties.

South Croydon

South Croydon’s lovely tree-lined roads are home to impressive, timber-framed properties. Coupled with top rated schools, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular place for families to live.

Bordering on Surrey, some parts of South Croydon feel almost semi-rural – it’s hard to believe you’re so close to the bustling town centre. Naturally, house prices in this area tend to be higher. Learn more about South Croydon.

West Croydon

West Croydon includes areas such as Waddon and Old Town, which was Croydon’s original town centre. This areas offers good access into Croydon centre as well as the surrounding areas.

You can learn more local areas in our area guides.

Thinking of moving to Croydon? Get in touch with our friendly team at ShineRocks and let us help you take the first steps towards your next home in Croydon.


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Purley, Croydon & Surrey

Learn more about the areas we cover by reading these helpful location guides.


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