Bexleyheath Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Bexleyheath, Greater London

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Living in Bexleyheath

Bexleyheath is a leafy suburb with a long history that still adds to the lives of its residents. Fine period properties are dotted throughout the area, from Georgian gems and red-brick Victorian houses to modern houses, and the gardens of historic homes like the Tudor house Hall Place are local amenities. More modern advantages to living in this area include good rail connections and road links, as well as good shopping and entertainment facilities. Families tend to favour this area because of the relatively affordable family homes, great access to green space, and excellent state schools - but young professionals choosing to live in the new-build flats will also find much about Bexleyheath is to their taste.

Ratings

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Community

This area has staying power, especially for families who have children attending the local schools, who will trade up and down the property ladder within the area. There are excellent local amenities, ranging from independent shops and restaurants to parks and leisure centres.

Safety

Bexleyheath is a fairly safe place to live. The 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate were both slightly higher than the London rates. In March 2017, there were 10 crimes per 1,000 residents in this area, compared to 8 in London overall - the top reported crimes were shoplifting, harassment, and violence. 

Parking

Parking is not generally a concern in this area. The rate of car ownership is high for London, at more than one car for every household. Road links, including the A2, are good. 

Nightlife

There's a fair range of restaurants and gastropubs in this area, as well as cocktail bars - including some that offer dancing and DJs.

Family Friendly

Bexleyheath property is varied, but includes many properties that would make excellent family homes - from fine Georgian houses to more affordable Thirties semis, this is a very good place for families. There is very good access to green and open space in this area, including Hall Place Gardens - the grounds of a Tudor house with the River Cray running through them. The Cray Riverway offers a pleasant 10-mile walking route that starts in Foots Cray Meadows. There is also the large Danson Park nearby, with a children's playground and other facilities. State schools in this area are generally very good, and part of the reason that families tend to stay here. There are many 'good' state primary schools, and the option of 'outstanding' grammar schools or 'good' comprehensive schools. 

Pet Friendly

Property in this area includes many that would be suitable for pets, including both period and modern terraces, semis, and detached homes. Bexleyheath is known for its green spaces, including Hall Place Gardens - the grounds of a Tudor house with the River Cray running through them. The Cray Riverway offers a pleasant 10-mile walking route that starts in Foots Cray Meadows. There is also the large Danson Park nearby, with many facilities.

Transport

Bexleyheath has its own rail station, with Southeastern services to Lewisham, London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, Charing Cross, and Victoria. There is also Southeastern service at Barnehurst and Bexley stations. Lewisham offers an interchange with the DLR for commuting to Canary Wharf. The area is well-served by buses, with a major terminal at Bexleyheath Clock Tower. Road links, including the A2, are good.