Sidcup is located in the London Borough of Bexley. It enjoys a busy high street, a library, supermarkets, a train station, the borough’s main hospital, good schools and leisure facilities. Within Sidcup is Blackfen, which is almost a town within the town.
The Hollies is home to a fine Victorian manor house that was built around 1853 and was part of a working farm but it became a children’s home in the early 20th century. Today, it has been converted into dwellings as part of The Hollies estate. Sidcup Place is home to tennis courts, a children’s playground, pitch and put, and plenty of open space, while Sidcup Leisure Centre is home to two swimming pools and an array of sporting facilities. Golfers can also join Sidcup Golf Course, with its nine challenging holes and 18 tee boxes.
A short drive away is Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, which is far more than just a plant shop. The café is outstanding and there’s also an on-site formal dining restaurant called The Coach House. Ruxley Manor is regularly visited by a touring circus, and it runs children’s workshops and events throughout the year. And don’t miss its fabulous Christmas extravaganza, featuring a grotto, an ice rink and real reindeers. Sidcup’s alumni are impressive, given the town’s modest nature. It is reputed that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had a conversation about music at Sidcup’s railway station, leading to the formation of the Rolling Stones. Illustrator Quintin Blake, Olympic athletes Steve Backley and John Regis, and John Paul Jones – bass guitarist of Led Zeppelin – were all born or lived in Sidcup.
Three prep schools (Benedict House, Merton Court, West Lodge) and access to Bexley Borough’s four grammar schools make Sidcup a popular choice among families looking for exemplary education. Unusually, two of the south east’s most sought-after performing arts schools are also in Sidcup – The Bird College and The Rose Bruford College – whose graduates have gone on to stage and screen fame.
Sidcup train station is located on Station Road and it sits in Zone 5. Services run into London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Charing Cross (journey times from 18 minutes), via Woolwich Arsenal and Lewisham (both for the DLR). The A20 can be accessed at the Crittal’s Corner round-about giving easy access to the M20 and M25, while the whole of Sidcup is served by a number of bus routes. Blackfen is well placed for the A2/M25, with a the Danson Interchange junction located at the Blendon roundabout.
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:
|Sidcup||Average Rent||Average Sale|
|1 Bed||£650 – £700||£130 000|
|2 Bed||£900 – £1000||£216 000|
|3 Bed||£1000 – £1600||£256 000|
|4 Bed||£1400 – £1700||£357 000|
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