East Dulwich was recently named one of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live - and it's no surprise why. The area has a broad appeal, to young professionals and families alike. Though there's no Tube link, the area is fairly well-connected with trains to Victoria and London Bridge. There's also an abundance of period homes suitable for families, green and open space, and several really excellent schools.
There's a strong sense of community in East Dulwich, with a lively selection of independent restaurants, bars, and boutiques that appeal to young professionals as well as the excellent schools that draw in families. There's also a weekly market.
East Dulwich is a very safe place to live. The neighbourhood and the wider surrounding area have an average crime rating from the Met police. The 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate in the ward were both significantly lower than the rates for London as a whole.
Parking in East Dulwich is about average for London. The rate of car ownership in this area is just slightly below that of London as a whole. Road links, including to the South Circular, are fairly good
East Dulwich residents are spoilt for choice of (many relatively upmarket) restaurants, bars, and gastropubs in the Dulwich area. You may, however, find yourself visiting other neighbourhoods for other entertainment, like live music or nightlife - but Brixton, for example, is just a short bus ride away.
It is easy to find a three- or four-bedroom period home in this area, terraced or semi-detached, with outside space - these make great family homes. East Dulwich is also sandwiched between Peckham Rye Park and Common and Dulwich Park, and there are several more parks dotted throughout the area. Schools in this area are exceptionally good, including a choice of both state and private schools. The percentage of East Dulwich residents who are children is the same as that of London overall, with 1 in 5 residents being aged 0-15.
Property in this area includes many fairly large homes with outside space, which would be suitable for pets. East Dulwich is sandwiched between Peckham Rye Park and Common and Dulwich Park, and there are several more parks dotted throughout the area.
This area is fairly well-connected despite its lack of a Tube station. East Dulwich and North Dulwich are in Zone 2, and West Dulwich is in Zone 3. Trains to go London Bridge in 15 minutes and Victoria in 18 minutes. The area is well served by buses, and road links - including the South Circular - are fairly good. A high percentage of residents travel to work by bicycle.