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Bexleyheath is located in the London borough of Bexley, twelve miles from the centre of the capital and on the edge of the open countryside. Bexleyheath was originally part of Kent until 1965 when the creation of the Greater London Council saw it absorbed into the London Borough of Bexley. Bordering neighbours are Barnehurst, Crayford, Sidcup, Welling and Upper Belvedere.

About the area

The property market in outer London is fast moving and is notorious for high demand and short supply. Most properties will only be on the market for a matter of days before being snapped up. Dan Carlisle,Branch Manager,says: " We are finding a pattern whereby there seems to be an increase of buyers moving from more inner London areas out to Bexley and Bexleyheath. This, combined with general market conditions, is helping driving prices higher than previous years. Properties to rent within the Bexley area are in high demand and we have found that many of our properties are let to young professionals looking to move into the area with a view of buying in the future. This activity and interest means that we have also noticed an increase in the commonly called Buy to Let market."

Bexleyheath offers a diverse type of resident with a mixture of young growing families to people approaching retirement age. There are approximately 230,000 household residents of which there is almost an equal split between families with an age group of 20-40 years and that of people approaching or in retirement age.

Bexleyheath has so many famous people who have either lived or worked in the borough. Kate Bush grew up here, Bernie Ecclestone once ran a used car business in Bexleyheath, Delia Smith attended Bexleyheath School and Lenox Lewis (the well-known British boxer) once worked in a fish and chip shop in Pickford Lane. The famous William Morris designed the family home "Red House" and resided there from 1859 - 1865 before finally relocating to Bloomsbury, Central London. Edward Heath, Prime Minister from June 1970 to February 1974, was once the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Roger Moore once resided in Danson Road when he was married to Dorothy Squires.

Senior Negotiator, Karen Patterson, says, "Bexleyheath is a great place to live. I personally moved from Eltham in 1985 to raise a family in an area full of outstanding primary, secondary and grammar schools. Over the years we have attended many street parties celebrating a variety of historic events. This community vibe is one that I have been lucky enough to experience over many years. The pinnacle of all events was the Royal visit from the Queen in 2005 to re-open the newly refurbished historical landmark of Danson house."

The larger properties predominantly occupy the south side of Bexleyheath and there are Edwardian, Victorian and arts and crafts style homes to choose from. The North of the town is where you will find semi-detached 1930's properties. This Kent town also offers various types of homes iconic to the area such as Feakes and Richards mostly found within the Pantiles area. These well built properties were, and still are, in very high demand. Scattered across the area there are modern flats built in the years since the 1960's.

As one of Bexleyheath's leading estate agents, Your Move has a variety of properties for sale in South/North Bexleyheath and stretching further afield to Joydens wood area. South Bexleyheath attracts young families wanting to be at the hub of the town centre, walking distance to exceptional grammar schools such as Townley and yet still having the luxury of Danson Park and the wonderful grounds on your doorstep. The Pantiles area appeals to families and young couples due to the versatility and scope for extension of Feakes and Richards style houses have to offer. The Bowyer bungalows in the Pickford Lane area and extremely sought after due to their overall size, location and all on one level living.

In Bexleyheath the most sought after roads for the larger family homes are around Danson Park, especially Danson Road itself. South Bexleyheath attracts prospective buyers from Inner London zones due to affordable homes and superb amenities. Another popular location is around Pickford Lane due to the proximity of the railway station, town centre and the fast growing independently owned boutiques/delicatessens.

The price of property to rent in Bexleyheath will start from around £800pcm for a one bedroom flat rising to £1,200pcm for a two bedroom flat with a garden. Houses start at £1,100pcm for two bedrooms and rise to between £1,300 to £1,600pcm for a three/four bedroom property. For the larger houses located around the Danson Park area tenants can expect to pay between £1,800 and £2,000pcm. The rental market is extremely buoyant due to affordable rents against similar properties within the London area.

Things to do

The Broadway is fast becoming an area of fine cuisine with the emergence of many "fine dining restaurants" which sit along side well established eat in restaurants offering Thai, Indian, Greek and Italian. The Bank, Blend, Pradas and Zingara's are some of the newest names on the food, drink and social scene. As far as nightlife is concerned there are some good bars (Pure and Arcadia) where you can dance the night away. Broadway shopping centre is the principle covered shopping centre in the middle of Town and is the largest single covered shopping facility in the London borough of Bexley. This area has also benefited from extensive refurbishment over the last few years and has a wide selection of high street fashion stores such as TK Maxx, H&M, River Island and Monsoon. The centre also benefits from a variety of large supermarket chains including Sainsburys, ASDA and Marks & Spencer.

The Red House, a wonderful arts and crafts property which was once home to the designer and socialist William Morris is situated just off of Red House Lane and is open to the public. Furthermore you can visit Hall Place which is another architectural treasure with its Grade I country house built in 1537 and set within 65 acres of wonderful gardens. The extensive estate also includes the Bexley museum collection and riverside cafe and this venue is often home to special events, concerts and art activities.

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