Blackheath is an interesting area just up the road from me. It manages to stay this rather elusive place. South of neighbouring Greenwich, it’s somehow ‘above’ all of the tourism and annoying students from Greenwich University (guilty as charged; I was one once).
There’s something very serene about it. I mean, really really peaceful. But it’s not lifeless – it has a real village vibe and is full of little boutiques and cool pubs.
It’s within biking distance of Canary Wharf, but also easy to get to the City (about 15 minutes into London Bridge). And it’s very popular with young professionals and families.
As an area, it’s pretty affluent and most of the schools are good. There’s some wonderful Georgian property here as well as a good supply of fine Victorian houses.
Some of the priciest are on the very upmarket Cator Estate (Victorian) though here you’ll also find a more affordable option: the trendy and innovative Span estate designed by Eric Lyons in the 1960s.
Below are some properties in the area you might like.
The house has also been extended into the loft to give you even more space so it would be perfect if you need a home office or studio.
It’s a semi with a garage, which is helping to push up the price. It’s still pretty good value and is currently at £365,000.
Oh, and that garden? South facing.
They were basically modernist developments but cleverly incorporated elements from the English garden suburb idea to create low-rise housing in lushly landscaped gardens.
Unlike much housing built in the 50s and 60s, they’ve remained perennially popular and have, in recent years, attracted a lot of interest from design literate buyers in search of something different.
They’re also relatively good value – Blackheath is expensive, but the Span developments are within reach for buyers who would otherwise struggle to afford a house here.
This larger-than-usual example on the prestigious Cator Estate comes with three bedrooms, two reception rooms, and a garage. £450,000
Shooters Hill Road
They don’t look that impressive from the outside, but when you’re viewing you’ll see that they’re often beautifully restored and make for very pretty homes indeed. This three-bed house is excellent.
It overlooks a bit of the heath and is in close walking distance of public transport. If you want some greenery, and you don’t mind being on a main road (no cats or kids!) then this place is certainly worth a shot.
How much? £479,995. Pricey, but very pretty indeed.