Dulwich is a leafy, genteel haven amid the mean streets of south London.
Indeed, Dulwich Village is almost too quaint for the Big Smoke — it has old-fashioned timber street signs, a tollgate and a 72-acre park, all managed to perfection by the Dulwich Estate. The park is the stuff of Middle England fantasies, with a boating lake, a bowling green, tennis courts and a cricket pitch; the Dulwich Picture Gallery and its elegant cafe increase the sense of refinement.
The high street has an Italian deli, but Lordship Lane is the real shopping hub, with a fishmonger (Moxon’s), a butcher (William Rose), a greengrocer (Franklin’s Farm Shop) and an artisanal bakery (Luca’s), as well as a Sainsbury’s and a library.
There’s no Tube, but there are trains to Victoria and London Bridge. And the schools make up for it: in addition to venerable private institutions such as Dulwich College and James Allen’s Girls’ School, there are good state primaries (Hamlet, Dulwich Infant, Goodrich, Heber) and secondaries (Charter, Harris Academies).
Three-bedroom period homes start at about £750,000; a large semi backing onto the park might go for £2.5m. For the best value, look in East Dulwich, where a typical four-bedroom house costs £630,000.
What the locals say
Our white picket fence needs a coat of paint, but we’re waiting for permission from the Dulwich Estate.
Why we love it
It’s the closest thing to country life in south London. Where are your wellies?”
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Dulwich voted 99th best place to live in Britain via The Sunday Times