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Ten reasons to live in Bromley

If you want to be close to London but are thinking of locating further out to give you more housing options, there are plenty of reasons to consider Bromley.

Here are our top 10…

  1. Bromley is getting a makeover

There has been a lot of activity in the town centre which has involved building works and redevelopment, but it’s finally starting to come together, so you can enjoy the new fresh and clean Bromley.

Even the playground at Queensmead Recreation Ground is undergoing redevelopment according to the local authority

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  1. The Bakerloo extension

There are already several overground stations in Bromley which ensure easy access to the city, but it is set to become even better connected. Currently, there are plans to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Lewisham into Bromley via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate.

  1. Great schools

If you’re looking for good schools, you are catered for, as over 90% of schools in the area have good or outstanding ratings from Ofsted. The best school in the borough is considered to be St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Mottingham.

  1. Housing choice

Bromley caters for a variety of house hunters, from singles seeking a flat to families looking to buy a new home.

Choose from cottages and Victorian mansions or modern town centre developments to find the right home for you. Consider Chatterton Village for first time buyers or St Mark’s Square development for young professionals, for example. If you’re looking for conveyancing in Bromley, specialists such as Sam Conveyancing are to hand.

  1. Crystal Palace Park

Visit the life-size Victorian model dinosaurs, big green spaces, children’s farm and serene lake for a perfect day out. And Bromley is also home to the Jubilee Country Park, a nature reserve in Petts Wood. In fact, over 50% of Bromley is made up of green space!

  1. It’s a happy place to live

The sought-after borough of Richmond may be in first place, but Bromley is a more affordable alternative. Based on the Rightmove Happiest at Home survey, residents say they feel safe in the area, enjoy the community spirit and have high satisfaction with the local doctors, schools and green spaces.

  1. Historic sites

Bromley offers several lesser-known historic attractions that shouldn’t be overlooked! Down House might look like an ordinary house, but it was actually the family home of Charles Darwin. Here you can wander in the gardens and visit the rooms where he wrote his most famous book, “On the Origin of Species”.

There is also a labyrinth of 13th century human-made caves 30 metres below the ground, which can be explored via a tour where you will learn about its past uses which include an air raid shelter and mushroom farm.

  1. Shopping

The Glades shopping centre, which is located close to Bromley North and Bromley South railway stations, has a range of shops including all the high street staples, plenty of options to eat and drink and even somewhere to get a haircut.

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  1. Keeping fit

Bromley’s multitude of green spaces are great for joggers and dog walkers, or anyone who enjoys keeping active in an open space. There is also Bromley Cricket Club where you can play tennis, squash and, of course, cricket. To relax, you can enjoy a round of golf at Bromley Golf Club and last but not least, Bromley Pavilion offers a gym and swimming pool.

  1. Theatre without the West End prices

The Churchill Theatre on Bromley High Street hosts a variety of cultural events, including orchestras, themed dining experiences, comedy nights and the ballet.

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