|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 01:55 pm: |
I know this isn't related to Forest Hill, but my girl and I are looking to move to Brockley (first time buyers and it's affordable) and I was wondering if anyone knows of a website like this one, but for Brockley? If not, any website for Brockley would do.
Also, does anyone have any thoughts about Brockley. We live in Crouch End (N8) at the moment but can't really afford to buy up here so are heading for SE London. What are the good and bad things about Brockley, please? In particular, I'm interested in streets to avoid.
Many thanks for your help!
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 02:56 pm: |
Google is your friend.
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 03:55 pm: |
Beware of the train service, at least til the East London Line is finished. It's rammers from Brockley at anything like rush hour.
My aunt lives in Reservoir Road which is great with good views of the city. As usual, the immediate area around the station is iffy.
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 05:15 pm: |
Anywhere around Telegraph Hill Park is really nice - and as Les says - great views. Get yourself a bike and you need never worry about the train service again!
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 05:52 pm: |
Pretty...in parts, but not much to do. 10 mins from London Bridge though so not too much of a big deal.
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 06:01 pm: |
I'm specifically interested in the crime rate there. People say it's bad. Is it? Is there a problem with gangs, kids etc?
Also, are there any decent cafes there, where you can hang out in the weekend?
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 06:20 pm: |
Isn't this all a bit off-topic? Better to use a Brockey site to discuss?
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2004 - 09:25 pm: |
Forest Bill - Why don't you move to Forest Hill instead? It would rhyme with your name, is a great place to live and as you see has this website.
|Posted on Thursday, 19 August, 2004 - 09:01 am: |
I'll stick my neck out and say that compared to Forest Hill, Brockley has some more "exclusive" streets and some more affluent residents. On the other hand - how shall I put it - the less nice parts of the area are a good deal less nice than anywhere in SE23. Hence a slightly mixed reputation.
As you will see from the other threads, we tend to bemoan the lack of decent cafes, restaurants etc down here, but to be honest there's a lot more stuff down here than in Brockley.
Contrary to the layout of Forest Hill, the better parts of Brockley are generally E of the railway line and the less good parts to the W, with exceptions in both cases.
As someone has said, transport from Brockley is a nightmare as the trains are full after Honor Oak. You will be lucky if you manage to squeeze on between about 810 and 840. You may fare better from one of the other rail or DLR stations if they aren't too far from where you are looking.
I am obviously partisan but I really don't see anything to recommend Brockley over Forest Hill. It is cheaper down here, quieter in terms of trouble but livelier in terms of pubs and restaurants. Our shopping area (while not that great to be honest and much maligned) is still better, and you can get on the train here. Plus we get extra, fast ones that make their last stop here before London Bridge.
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|Posted on Thursday, 19 August, 2004 - 11:53 am: |
This is a great resource - National Statistics site. I've always used this when looking at living in new/different areas. A mate of mine lives in this SE4 1LT, post code in Brockley:
Stats are a few years old based on the speed of government agencies but useful nontheless.
Hope this helps.
|Posted on Thursday, 19 August, 2004 - 04:46 pm: |
Gosh, this is brilliant! Thank you all so much for your insight. We are looking at both areas at the moment.
Any other comments more than welcome.