Online House Hunter: Beau Bromley
BROMLEY in south-east London manages to be close enough to London for an easy commute by train but still retain that rural feel with its proximity to Kent and plentiful open spaces.
The borough didn’t escape the property price crash of 2008/9 but has bounced back better than many other parts of the country. In February 2008 the average house price in Bromley reached the dizzy heights of £311,984. Today the Land Registry puts the average price at £283,826 with the trend this year creeping upwards.
If you’re looking to get your foot on the property ladder in this area, the average sale price for maisonettes or flats is just under £200,000 while the archetypal terrace averages at £250,274. Those looking to buy a family home in Bromley will see average prices for semi-detached at £314,268 and detached at £559,801.
As always with averages that means you usually find extremes above and below the figure. And yet top of the Independent property search results for Bromley is indeed a detached house at just under the mystical average figure: £550,000. And this is a house with four bedrooms and just a few hundred yards from Bromley High Street. The agent admits it requires ‘updating’ but it comes with a 110ft rear garden and there is no onward chain.
And sticking with our hunt for the average-priced, there is a top floor one-bedroom flat on Park Road for sale at £195,000. The pictures included with the property listing show what a character conversion has been made to this former warehouse.
Rents in Bromley average out at £208 per week for a two-bedroom rental in the borough of Bromley according to the London Rents figures – that compares with £265 for the Greater London area. The Independent Property Search includes listings of properties to let and you can filter your search by number of bedrooms or whether you prefer a flat or a house.
The Borough of Bromley website includes the breakdown of council tax you’ll have to pay by band. It includes useful sections on schools, parking and its leisure/culture section includes details of the many parks in the borough. What it sadly lacks is the ‘Moving in to the area’ pages that some other councils do so well.
However, if you are moving to Bromley then you’ll want to sort out doctors, dentists and the like which can be done via the NHS website. You’ll also find commuting (to work or school) advice on the Transport for London website. How safe is the neighbourhood? The police.uk website can tell you but be aware that figures on this site can be distorted by one late night pub brawl or a shoplifting biltz at one superstore. Some of my bookmarks for moving house are also included below.
- Independent online property search
- Homes for sale in Bromley
- Homes to rent in Bromley
- Borough of Bromley
- DirectGov: Moving to your new home
- Citizens Advice: Renting a home
- Good Schools Guide
- Independent House & Home section
- Independent Property section
- Homes & Property area guides
- Land Registry
- BBC House Prices
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