East Dulwich was one of five areas in London named in a list of the top 101 places to live in Britain by the Sunday Times. Along with Balham, Hackney, Alexandra Palace and Marlyebone.
The Sunday Times Best Places To Live guide takes into account a range of factors including transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty, low crime rate, property prices and culture, as well as unemployment figures.
East Dulwich is an oasis in south east London and its bustling fashionable vibe has caused property prices to increase almost to the highs of neighbouring Dulwich Village. Its distinctive character of organic food shops, lively bars and good restaurants make it very appealing for young couples and families.
Lordship Lane is the main hub of East Dulwich, bursting with restaurants, bars, boutiques and organic food stores. Just off Lordship Lane is North Cross Road, which hosts a bustling street market on Saturdays.
There’s no tube, but there are trains to Victoria and London Bridge. The schools are fantastic in the area, 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 £800,000; a large semi backing onto the park might go for £2.5m. For the best value, look outside the Lordship Lane area, where a typical four-bedroom house costs £750,000 plus.
Nearby Dulwich Picture Gallery, exhibits some hugely impressive art, from Hockney to Rembrandt. Well worth a visit. The annual Dulwich Festival celebrates local cultural activities and is celebrating its 21st year this May. You’ll also find some amazing street art in and around East Dulwich.
East Dulwich is classified as a low crime area, compared to other parts of London. Even leafy Hampstead and high posh Chelsea have higher crime rates than East Dulwich!
I was born and raised in East Dulwich (an East Dulwicher at heart). I’ve seen all the changes, gentrification, you name it. But no area can compare to this quintessential suburb in London. It’s a great place to bring up a family, good schools, lots of parks and green spaces, lovely friendly community and a great high street.
The Sunday Times’ annual Best Places To Live supplement will be published on Sunday 16 March.