Best Known For
The area is best known for the gigantic fibreglass cat above the entrance to the Catford Shopping Centre, a small shopping centre housing both supermarkets and independent shops. There’s also The Broadway Theatre, a Grade II-listed building dating back to 1932. It’s a great example of Art Deco design with a grand 800-seat main auditorium and an intimate studio.
Catford residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to green space with Mountsfield Park, which offers a wide range of recreational pursuits for the more energetic, including basketball, football and tennis; Blythe Hill Fields, a lovely park with amazing panoramic views over Canary Wharf, the City and Kent; and Ladywell Fields, made up of three fields with a river running through them and great for cycling, jogging and walking the dog.
The area is served by both Catford and Catford Bridge stations, meaning there are services to Blackfriars, Bromley South and Sevenoaks (from Catford station) as well as Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Waterloo East and Hayes (from Catford Bridge station). It has been highlighted in the Rail Utilisation Strategy as an area for capital infrastructure development in the medium term, specifically regarding the extension of the Bakerloo Line from Elephant and Castle through to Catford. TFL is also currently considering the extension of the DLR from Lewisham to Bromley, with the first phase planned
to run between Lewisham and Catford. There are also plenty of bus routes towards central London and Bromley.
The Property Market
You will get more for your money in Catford than in the neighbouring areas of Forest Hill, Hither Green and Ladywell. Culverley Green conservation area has avenues of large Victorian semis, the Corbett Estate has double-fronted terraces, and on Perry Hill you’ll find more smaller 1930s Victorian terraces heading out towards Honor Oak and Ladywell. The average prices in Catford are £236,020 for a one-bedroom home, £322,853 for a two-bed, £438,267 for a three-bed and £566,304 for a four-bedroom house (source: zoopla.co.uk).
My director here at Stanford Estates, Ben Nicol, was a Catford resident for many years and has always said that it is one of the last places in London to be regenerated. But it’s happening now, as Catford forms a major part of the multi-million pound Mayor’s London Plan regeneration project and is set to become a vibrant new area to live, shop and relax. Part of this plan includes new housing being built by Barrett Homes overlooking Ladywell Fields, the redevelopment of the shopping centre (it is believed the cat will be staying) and a newly pedestrianised Broadway.
Contact Stanford Estates’ Catford office on 020 8690 3656 or see stanfordestates.london