The savvy house hunter is eschewing ‘the Village’ for Blackheath Standard. Maria Nocerino of Peter James tells us why…

Best known for?
Blackheath Standard has for many years been overshadowed by ‘the Village’. But with the prices of property in and around the Village beyond the means of most buyers, the search area has widened of late to encompass Blackheath Standard as well. Once this started to happen, savvy buyers realised that the area offers many of the same facilities, such as great transport links and plenty of amenities, yet still remains within walking distance of the Heath and Greenwich Royal Park.

Where can I shop?
There are an increasing number of independent traders in Blackheath Standard. Shops such as Passion Flower Florists and Ottie & the Bea – a lovely boutique that sells children’s toys and books and regularly has fun workshops and book signings with famous authors – are a real asset to the area.

Gourmet recommendations?
Moca Italian Deli is great and do visit The Scullery, which opened in the place of Gambardellas, a much-loved cafe that had previously occupied the premises on Vanbrugh Park since the 1920s. There’s also the recently refurbished Royal Standard gastropub, which is great for classic pub dishes with a few creative touches, and an M&S Simply Food where you can just grab something for dinner in the week. And with Blackheath Village being so close, residents also have the option of walking there for a more varied selection of restaurants.

Good schools?
There are three primary schools in the area, all with Outstanding Ofsted reports. These are Invicta, Sherington and Halstow. For secondary schools, both The Pointer School – a popular prep school – and Blackheath High School – a private secondary school for girls – are very good.

The property market
The property market is always extremely buoyant and very popular with both first and second-time buyers. The area still offers good value for money and is predominately made up of Victorian and Edwardian terraces and conversion flats. We have been very busy so far this year and we are registering lots of applicants looking to buy. I think that the market will continue to move quickly in the coming months, especially going into autumn, as interest rates are low and demand remains high.

Call Peter James, Blackheath Standard, on 020 8858 2555 or see