Property in Eltham is still affordable, but with plans for new homes and regeneration afoot, it won’t be for long… Now is a great time move to SE9, says Rob Iommazzo, manager of Conran Estates’ Eltham office

Eltham is best known for…

Eltham is renowned for its historic interest and landmark buildings. Most notable is Eltham Palace (currently closed for renovation and due to reopen in the spring), which was once the childhood home of King Henry VIII and rebuilt as an outstanding Art Deco home by the Courtauld Family in the 1930s. Eltham is a pleasant green town, with a variety of open spaces and the historic woodlands of Oxleas Woods, Castle Woods and Jack Woods.

Where to shop in Eltham

Eltham High Street offers chain stores, bars and restaurants alongside smaller independent traders. Also, plans have been agreed by Greenwich Council for a 900-seat cinema and restaurant complex where Poundland currently trades, which is due to open in 2017. Also, plans are afoot to make the town centre more attractive with new paving, lighting, signage, trees and street furniture, along with an extended pedestrian square at Passey Place.

Where to eat and drink in Eltham 

Try the Grade II*-listed Tudor Barn, built by William Roper in the 16th century as an outbuilding to his manor house. The sympathetically restored restaurant and cafe has magnificent oak beams and is popular for weddings.

Good schools in Eltham

As well as the highly regarded Eltham College, there are great comprehensive schools both at primary and secondary level, notably Gordon Primary, Deansfield Primary, St Thomas More Primary and Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy sixth form and secondary.

The Eltham property market

Eltham is one of the more affordable suburbs within south east London, though we have seen significant increases in house prices over the last three years, with demand outstripping supply. The area most in demand is within Eltham Park and the Progress Estate, built in 1915 to accommodate the First World War munitions workers, due to its affordability and school catchment areas. Buyers are attracted by the period properties and excellent transport links with trains running regularly into London Bridge and Charing Cross (which will improve when Crossrail opens two new stations in the Royal Borough in 2018), as well as regular buses to Greenwich and Blackheath.

I love it because…

Of its culture, diversity and community spirit. We have seen a flourish of new young families move into the area for its period buildings, history and amenities such as the Royal Blackheath Golf Club.

Conran Estates has offices in Greenwich, Charlton and Eltham