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Advice on Hurstbourne Road

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Joined 04-04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 12:39 pm:   

I'm new to the area and i'm interested in a flat near the top of hurstbourne road... Would be really interested to hear peoples opinion of that road and also some answers to these questions...

1. Does anyone know whats happening on the land on the corner of Standstead Road and Hurstboune?
2. Catford Station would be closer then Forest Hill, but Catford seems to have a bad reputation. So would that walk be safe in the dark?
3. The flat is on the ground floor but has double glazing and an alarm, do think it would be safe and secure?
4. I'm in my mid 20's, are there a lot of people around my age range living in the area?
5. And finaly, I work in Green Park and the jouney planner says to take the overground to London bridge then the Jubilee to Green Park.. Is this really the quickest root? and are there good alternatives when those lines inevitably mess up?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 01:14 pm:   

On the travel plan - it's quite straight forward going from LB to GP and if you travelled in from Forest Hill your train would probably terminate at LB anyway. Trains from Catford Bridge go to Charing Cross or Cannon Street. If you've got time the walk isn't too long between GP & Charing Cross.
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 01:41 pm:   

1. No.
2. Catford isn't the best of areas in some respects but it's not totally dodgy and the walk is along the main road so I wouldn't have thought it would be too much of a problem.
3. Depends on how it is overlooked etc but a GF flat is usually no worse than a house.
4. Not particularly.
5. How much more direct a route do you want?! One change and 4 stops on the Tube... Should be quite quick. Trains don't normally go too badly wrong to be honest. The one this morning was 10 mins late but this didn't make any difference to me as it just meant that I ended up on the "0842" at about ten to nine when I had intended to be on the 0853.
Joined 18-07-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 01:49 pm:   

I live not too far away in Montem Road.

1. Don't know about the land. Been like that since I moved in about a year ago.
2/5. My wife goes to Green Park for work and finds it easier to go into LB (from Honor Oak Park) and take the Jubilee. Coming home, you always have the option of going down to Victoria and getting a train to FH from there but bizarrely not on the way in (trains don't start until 9:30). Never had any trouble but it feels safer to avoid Catford after dark.
3. Only crime we've experienced was having our car tyres slashed (along with the whole street) by some yoofs. Police seem to have sorted that one though.
4. Seem to be few of us 25 to 35 year olds about. Need a decent pub besides the Dartmouth though. Don't listen to the propaganda about the Blythe Hill Tavern, it's rubbish.
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 01:52 pm:   

Agree with HTG on all but 4. Ok, Clapham it is not but there are a fair number of mid-late 20s in the area and seems that more and more first time buyers (who tend to be in the mid-late 20s bracket) are moving to the area as it represents such good value for money.
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 03:09 pm:   

Where Hilltopgeneral lives in the 'posh estate' there are fewer people in their 20s, but down on our side of the tracks there are many people in their 20s and 30s.

Overall Forest Hill is a very diverse community with people of all ages. This is what makes it a great place for everybody to live and gives us a fairly lively forum.

A profile of your street can be found at: hbourhood-profile/l/SE23+2aa.html

'Most people are in their twenties and thirties and there are only a few, very young children. The population is diverse.'
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 06:33 pm:   

Fair enough Michael - but I don't see flocks of bright young things on their way to work on the train in the morning either. Sure, there are some but the area does not feel especially youthful.
We have discussed the lack of associated amenities (namely places to spend one's money eating/drinking/shopping) ad nauseam but if there is ostensibly such a significant young population, why nothing to cater for them? Are they all hard up as a result of being first time buyers, spending their hard-earned wages on mortgage payments and ploughing their remaining cash into replacing avocado bathromm suites? Perhaps being a "better value" area attracts the impecunious?
Could be a valid theory I think; it could well be that our residents, as a result of age, employment and residential tenure, have a rather lower disposable income than the footloose and fancy-free "young professionals" of some other parts of London - ?
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2006 - 06:50 pm:   

Did anyone see the recent Location, Location? Forest Hill was considered too expensive, and that was before the East London Line was announced. They ended up recommending a flat in Brockley.

Re Catford, English Partenships are developing the old dog track and car park. Mainly with housing, also the area is to be modestly re-vamped.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 06 April, 2006 - 12:59 pm:   

What is the fasination to be with youngish people all the time. They have little experience of life.
Suggest you form and 18 to 30 club
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Thursday, 06 April, 2006 - 04:17 pm:   

Compare Brighton and Bexhill?
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 06 April, 2006 - 06:58 pm:   

I must admit not knowing Bexhill very well. I am not specifically refering to the over 60's but there seemed an implication that anyone over 30 is not exciting. Look at Ann Widdicombe for example
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Friday, 07 April, 2006 - 08:32 am:   

I would rather not
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Friday, 07 April, 2006 - 09:57 am:   

I don't think there was that implication at all. a guy in his mid 20's asked if there were many people of a similar age in the area - a perfectly reasonable question!
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 07 April, 2006 - 11:05 am:   

I think Brian is just trying to provoke the under 40s in the forum. However, the 'young' people of FH have shown their maturity by not rising to his provokation.

Steven, I hope the lively debate you have started has been useful to you!
Joined 04-04-2006
Posted on Friday, 07 April, 2006 - 12:33 pm:   

Thanks to everyone who replied.
I've had an offer on the flat accepted this morning so hopefully there will soon be another 'youngster' in the FH
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Friday, 07 April, 2006 - 02:58 pm:   

There are a lot worse places to live. Simon's view that the Blythe Hill is 'rubbish' is something I wouldn't agree with, but obviously we are all entitiled to our views. It's only 5 mins walk from you so you can evaluate it for yourself. It is the only place in the area with a decent garden for the summer months. Walking back from Catford station is fine, even late at night. Going the other way ie into Catford can be a bit dodgy, not necessarily threatening but very quiet, a kind of wasteland. Good luck.

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