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Neighbourhood Watch: Hackbridge

Green spaces: Hackbridge

Setting the scene

Carbon neutral: BedZED

HACKBRIDGE is an unassuming suburb with an impressive claim to fame: it’s the site of BedZED, the country’s first large-scale eco community.

Completed 15 years ago, the scheme, comprising around 100 homes, workspaces and communal facilities designed to be carbon-neutral, has blazed the trail for further developments, so much so that the local borough, Sutton, aims to become UK’s greenest.

The area has direct trains to Victoria and St Pancras International, and to London Bridge in morning rush hour, and property is keenly priced.

Snooping around

THE majority of older properties in the local area are Edwardian, and there are listed Victorian cottages on Hackbridge Green, along with 1930s houses and modern flats.

‘Hackbridge is a great place to live due to its proximity to Sutton,’ says Andrew Bryant of Mann. ‘Generally professionals and young families are buying, and it’s good value compared to some other parts of south London as it’s far enough out to get more for your money but the great transport links mean the amenities of central London are not far away.

‘One-bedroom flats start from £250,000, three-bed houses from £400,000 and four-bed houses from £500,000 — £550,000,’ adds Andrew.

What’s new

SUSTAINABLE development New Mill Quarter forms part of the transformation of a former trading estate and will provide over 725 flats and houses, shops, a surgery, supermarket and care home. Eco features include green and living walls which help to regulate air temperature, combat air pollution, absorb rainwater and increase local biodiversity.

Ex-trading estate: New Mill Quarter

The first are now on sale in the Hackbridge Gardens phase with David Wilson Homes starting from £263,995 for a one-bedroom flat, with Help to Buy available, and from £578,995 for a three-bed house.

Millfields, from Redrow, is a collection of two and three-bed houses in a peaceful riverside setting and a short walk from the station. Three-bed townhouses remain, from £575,000.

Riverside splendour: Millfields

At Rydon’s Maple Grove, adjacent to the Wandle Trail, three and four-bed houses with open-plan layouts start from £525,000.

Property ladder

First rung

This refurbished first-floor conversion consists of a new eat-in kitchen, a living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom with separate WC. £275,000, Foxtons

Average for Hackbridge

A split-level, two-bed flat in the BedZED development. £350,000, Barnard Marcus (The average property is valued at £371,308)

Luxury home

An extended, refurbished five-bed house with a huge open-plan living space and bi-fold doors to the garden. £650,000, Cubitt & West

Rent report

‘There is a lot going on in Hackbridge that caused increases towards the end of last year, but prices stabilised in January. The area is popular with young professionals, and prices start at £900-£1,100 per month for a two-bed flat,’ says Stacey Pain of Hunters.

Hackbridge’s vital statistics

Council tax: (Band D) £1,538.33

Commuting time: From 25 mins to Victoria

Annual Travelcard into Zone 1: £1,892

Amenities: ★★☆☆☆ Largely residential but near Sutton, a major centre; Westcroft Leisure Centre has a variety of facilities

Open space: ★★★☆☆ Beddington Park; the Wandle Trail; Wilderness Island

Schools: ★★★★☆ Results above average; grammars

Crime: ★★★☆☆ About average

Who lives there? Couples, young families

Famous faces: Tracey Ullman grew up locally.

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