Eltham

Eltham is a busy town in South East London bordered by Mottingham, New Eltham, Kidbrooke, Falconwood and Elmstead Woods. Eltham sits in the London Borough of Greenwich and is covered by the SE9 and SE12 postcodes. Eltham was a civil parish of Kent until 1889 but now Eltham is one of the largest suburban developments in the Greenwich borough, with a population of almost 88,000 people. Famous people who were born or lived in Eltham include Jude Law, Lord Denis Healey, Boy George, Frankie Howerd and actor Bob Hope (see Attractions). Kidbrooke is undergoing a massive renaissance spearheaded by Berkeley Homes’ Kidbrooke Village development, which sees the creation of 4,000 new homes, and 170,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space.

For a relatively modest town, Eltham has a stunning set of attractions. The jewel in the crown is Eltham Palace and Gardens – a 1930s Art Deco masterpiece built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of the original Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII. The Bob Hope Theatre is another star attraction – renamed after actor Bob Hope who saved the theatre from closure. It was originally known as Eltham’s Little Theatre but it was renamed after the actor’s life-saving donation. There is an unusually high amount of open, green space in Eltham compared to other London boroughs and residents enjoy Oxleas woods, Avery Hill Park, Well Hall Pleasaunce and Sutcliffe Park. Also worth a visit is The Tarn – landscaped gardens and a lake with many original features from the 1930s, a picnic area and an 18th Century ice well (used for food storage by the kitchen staff at Eltham Palace).There’s also a new leisure centre just off of the High Street. Kidbrooke Village centre promises to become a new leisure destination, with cafes, restaurants and shopping facilities.

There’s no shortage of good educational establishments in Eltham and the surrounding areas, including the esteemed Eltham College and St. Olave’s Prep School.

Eltham and Kidbrooke are on the Bexleyheath mainline into London. Trains run frequently to Lewisham (for the DLR), London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Victoria. Journeys from Eltham to London Bridge by train take less than 20 minutes. There are also stations at Mottingham, New Eltham, Falconwood and Elmstead Woods. Road users are connected to the A2 and the South Circular, with the A20 and the M25 all close by. Eltham is well serviced by bus routes, with connections to Bromley, Catford, Crystal Palace, Sidcup, Bexleyheath, North Greenwich (for the Jubilee Tube line and the O2 Arena) and Trafalgar Square.

You get value for money and with all the regeneration happening around, the potential for growth is huge. Here’s a snapshot of average sale and rental prices:

Eltham Average Rent Average Sale
1 Bed  £500 – £1000 £150,000 – £175,000
2 Bed  £1000 – £1200 £250,000 – £300,000
3 Bed  £1000 – £1350 £300,000 – £400,000
4 Bed  £1600 – £1800 £550,000 – £600,000

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