Are you looking for an ample Victorian or Edwardian-era home on a tree-lined avenue; an attractive semi-detached or terraced house tucked away on quaint side street convenient to great schools; or a classic 1920’s flat close to your commute and some fabulous pubs? Then check out the latest houses for sale in Beckenham by clicking here. Beckenham offers budget-friendly options inside the M25. There's much to love in the strong community atmosphere and attractive countryside character of this “small village” in South East London.
Most Houses for Sale in Beckenham are currently on the price rise
Current estimates put average property values at £552,403. The average price of Beckenham properties is £508,612, but prices range from £250,000 to £1,500,000. Two bedroom houses, which comprise 41% of properties in Beckenham, are available in the £249,000 to £499,000 range. Three bedroom houses, 21% of available properties, range from £498,000 to £996,000. Interestingly, it might be possible to find larger homes for lower cost, as 4 bedroom homes (15% of the market) report sales-prices as low as £250,000 up to £1,225,000.
What to Watch for When Bargain Hunting
Not all houses are created equal. Price ranges reflect this fact. While it's often possible to find your ideal house for less than you might have expected to pay, there's some truth in the warning that “you get what you pay for.” Here are four things to watch for:
- Leaks. Examine the attic, looking at the under-sheathing of the roof for water-marks that may indicate a problem.
- Overflow. Blocked storm drains can back up causing erosion and potential foundation damage that only gets worse if it's neglected. If you see signs of overflow, calculate those repair bills into the cost of the house.
- Condensation. Double-glazing with condensation between the panes indicates they may no longer be energy efficient and should be replaced.
- Damp. One in three homes in the UK has issues with rising damp. Sniff in closets and neglected corners for hints of mould or mildew. Remediation isn't prohibitively expensive, but you may wish to schedule the work to be done before moving in.
Repair issues aren't reasons to say no to a house you love, but you do want to go in with your eyes open. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about any potential issues you discover, we’re happy to find answers for you.
An Easy Commute to Business Districts
Conveniently located off Beckenham High Street, near the Waitrose, the Beckenham Junction station offers trains to central London every 15 minutes, and to London Bridge and Orpington every 30 minutes. The average commute is 20 minutes. The Kent House, Ravensbourne and Beckenham Hill stations also provide direct trains to city centre every 15 or 30 minutes. New Beckenham, Clock House, Elmer’s End, and Eden Park rail stations also offer excellent commuter services. Tramlink Route 2 offers services in Beckenham, connecting Beckenham Junction with West Croydon. The Birckbeck station serves both rail and tram as well.
Local Schools and Famous Locals
Most families looking at property for sale in Beckenham say they’re considering the area because of excellent educational institutions like Cator Park Montessori pre-school, and the single-sex Langley Park Secondary Schools. There are also quality options for private education: Balgowan Primary, Bishop Challoner, Churchfields, Marian Vian Primary, and St. Mary’s Catholic Primary schools among them.
Over the years, Beckenham schools have educated many a celebrity. Perhaps you know that Peter Frampton’s father was Headmaster at Beckenham Technical School where Frampton and David Bowie both attended classes. Did you also know that Dame Julie Andrews attended the Woodbrook School for girls (in 1945) when her family was living in Beckenham? If you remember “Bananas in Pajamas” you might be interested to learn, the composer Carey Blyton went to Bromley Road Infants, The Grange Prep School (just after Bob Monkhouse) and the Beckenham County Grammar School for Boys.
Past, Present and Future Perfect
Of course, Breckenham's history is more than celebritys' school days. St. George’s Church dates to the 13th century, remains of a Roman supply road can still be seen in the area, and rumour has it that Henry VIII stopped in Beckenham regularly on his way to visit Ann Bolyn. Today, the town’s busy high street offers a mix of up-market and independent shops, charming restaurants, pubs and cafes. Beckenham Green hosts a regular farmers market, concerts and festivals. Take the kids to feed the ducks at Kelsey Park, golf at the 18 hole Beckenham Place Park golf course, or take in the view from one of the 2,000 seats at the indoor cricket grounds on Worsley Bridge Road.
Past and present come together in Beckenham to make a perfect future home for you and your family. All you need now is the house. Let us help with that. Here at Edward Ashdale we’re committed to helping you find the ideal house to suit your needs.