With the imminent launch of Anthology Deptford Foundry, due to deliver 316 new homes, employment opportunities, creative studios and open space, Project Director Ben Allen and Raul Cimesa, Partner at Knight Frank City and East, give us an insight into Deptford’s creative community and the local property market
Best Known For
Creativity is at the heart of Deptford. Recognised for its thriving artist community, the area is bursting with a mix of creative industries. This vibrant hub is inundated with art galleries and artistic spaces, as well as a number of local pubs showcasing live music from across the City. Deptford is also home to The Albany, a charity-run performing arts centre since 1894. Located in Zone 2, Deptford is extremely well-connected with an array of regular bus and rail services from Deptford and New Cross stations linking up to central London. The London Overground from New Cross runs to Canada Water and continues on to Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Highbury & Islington.
Where Can I Shop?
Deptford has a vibrant High Street filled with an eclectic choice of artisan coffee shops, including London Velo cycling cafe, and family-run businesses. The much-loved Deptford Project is sadly is no more, but it has made way for Deptford Market Yard, a new collection of independent shops, restaurants and a market space, due to launch later this year. There’s also the long-running Deptford Market, held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – a great place to shop for groceries and fashion by local designers.
The food scene is accessible and independent. Big Red, an old London double-decker bus, is currently home to a pop-up called Wünderlust which serves great rare breed grilled meat and fresh fish, as well as drinks and DJ nights. In May, it will also host Saint Zero – Icon Crisis, an exhibition by local artist Guillaume Ossant. Meanwhile, The Waiting Room on Deptford High Street is a vegetarian and vegan cafe with a free library.
Goldsmith’s University, ranked as ‘Elite’ in 10 subject areas according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings, is on the Deptford/New Cross borders. It is ranked second best for Communications and Media Studies in the UK and is also home to a brand new Curzon Cinema. The area also has a number of primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges, including Ashmead Primary School, Deptford Green Secondary School and Lewisham Southwark College.
The Property Market
The strength of the property market in Deptford, thanks in many ways to the town’s burgeoning art scene, has prompted comparisons to Shoreditch and, more recently Dalston. With the average property price being a little under £390,000, it remains one of the more affordable areas to buy, while benefitting from fantastic transport links into the City and central London.
The launch of Anthology Deptford Foundry on Arklow Road will see a former trading estate transformed into a new neighbourhood, comprising a collection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, as well as offering 32,000 sq ft of employment space. The show apartment, complete with a fully interactive 3D model of the development that you can navigate your way around, launches on 20 May. Guide prices will start from £345,000.