Catford Area Guide
Catford - Property For Sale and RentIn its heyday, Catford had a variety of offerings now lost to history which included Eros Cinema, Gaumont Cinema, the Lewisham Hippodrome, the Savoy Ballroom and, more recently, the Catford Greyhound Stadium.
Neighbouring areas like Forest Hill, Brockley and Lewisham quickly became desirable hotspots and Catford their poor relation, but Catford is fighting back and enjoying its moment in the sun thanks
in part to the rumours of the Bakerloo line coming to the area as well as Barratt Homes’ new Catford Green development between Catford and Catford Bridge stations.
When you walk around the area now, you can take part in Catford’s Art Trail, visit artists’ studios in the Old Town Hall, watch a film at the Catford Free Film Festival or swig a beer at the Catford Beer Festival: Catford is ready to grab the title of the cultural hub of the borough back from its neighbours.The road behind the treasured Catford Broadway Theatre has been revamped and includes street food stalls such as Raastawala which serves delicious North Indian street food. (You can also find Rastawala at the Model Market in Lewisham.)Inside the theatre itself, you can find Little Nan’s modelled on the living room of owner, Tristan Scutt late nan, which serves high-quality spirits in delicate china. Tucked away, yet taking pride and place in a grand old building abandoned and forgotten for over 20 years, is a new hip bar, Constitutional Club serving English classics with a full compliment bar. To hang out there is a decent Turkish canteen and serving authentic Japanese cuisine Sapporo Ichiban restaurant welcomes customers with sunken tables and friendly service.
The exciting regeneration plans for the area are in full swing. In the summer of 2017, Lewisham Council secured agreement from Transport for London to reroute the South Circular Road to behind Laurence House and reconfigure the space to create a pedestrian and cyclist paradise with large crossings and cycle lanes. Regeneration plans also include the redevelopment of Catford’s shopping centre which should attract even more unique businesses.Fans of the gigantic fibreglass cat which is popular with visitors and residents alike, worry not, the cat above the entrance to the shopping centre is staying put. To remove this famous landmark would be a travesty.
When it comes to buying and renting, Catford is significantly cheaper than its neighbours. The Culverley Green conservation area is highly sought after with avenues of large Victorian semis. The Corbett estate has double-and single-fronted terraces and roads towards Hither Green are pricier. On Perry Hill it’s more 1930s with smaller Victorian terraces north-west to Honor Oak/ Ladywell.
Trains from Catford and Catford Bridge stations are very good with trains to Charing Cross in 20 minutes, St Pancras in 32 minutes, Blackfriars and Cannon Street in 21 minutes and trains south
to Bromley and Beckenham. The South Circular Road which runs through the area is hard to miss and is often congested but once you’re on it you can get to most places in the car.
There are some great schools in the area: Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Catford’s Rushey Green Primary School, Holbeach Primary School and private school St Dunstan’s College are just a few of the decent schools in the area.
With so much to offer and more on the horizon, Catford is a serious contender for homeowners and investors and the best is yet to come.